Skip the big cookie cutter hotels and become a local at one of these chic Mumbai boutique hotels.
Abode bombAy Hotel
Boasting an elegant mix of modern luxury and colonial décor, Abode Bombay, located at the heart of the city, features spa- cious and contemporary guest rooms across four categories – we love the Superior Luxury rooms, with their deep soak tubs and iPod docking stations. Each guest room is a haven of peace, replete with Indian vintage furnishing, locally-produced art and cutting-edge technology. Kick start your day in the Abode Lobby & Library, a chic café popular with locals and guests alike, and at the end of your explorations return for a rejuvenating massage or a spot of yoga with a local guru. abodeboutiquehotels.com
Blending Swedish minimalist design with colour- ful touches of India’s rich heritage, Svenska Mumbai is a luxurious 31-room boutique retreat hidden away in Andheri. All rooms, including our favourite, the sole Luxury Suite, are generously- sized and feature private butler service, goose down duvets and pillows, iPod docking stations, and mood lighting. After a day haggling at the markets, indulge yourself with an in-room spa treatment, before having dining at the hotel’s signature Mediterranean restaurant, Miro. Alter- natively, make for the Mesa Bistro, a casual and relaxing venue for some of the best Indian and Oriental dishes in town. On Friday or Saturday nights, the hotel’s Sky Lounge is the place to be for captivating sunsets and signature cocktails. www.svenskahotels.com
Located near Mumbai International Airport, Waterstones Hotel, once named India’s trendiest hotel, takes its inspiration from Mother Nature. Each floor of the hotel was individually designed, from the idyllic ‘glacier’ level to the bright ‘fire’ floor, while each of 99 nature-themed rooms feature breathtaking views of a serene waterfall, and a range of modern amenities, including 42-inch LCD TVs, minibars, and Bluetooth music docking stations. Take a dip in the swimming pool or break a sweat at the state-of-the-art fitness centre and when you’ve worked up an appetite, treat yourself to a feast of exotic Pan-Asian fare at All Stir Fry, or stop over at the wood-panelled Van Gogh’s bar for an inspired cocktail or locally-produced rum. www.waterstoneshotel.com