Hotel Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai
The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower is a five-star luxury hotel and is one of Mumbai's most famous historic landmark hotels. It stands on the Arabian Sea waterfront close to the Gateway of India and many of the key tourist attractions. The hotel opened in 1903 and is built in a distinctive architectural style that combines elements of Moorish, Oriental and Florentine style.
The hotel has 565 rooms including 46 suites. 268 of the rooms are in the hotel's 'Tower' extension which was added in the 1970s. The other rooms - which tend to be more expensive - are in the original historic building. All rooms include telephones, interactive televisions, wi-fi internet access, mini-bars and laptop safes.
Hotel facilities include extensive gardens and an outdoor pool, a shopping arcade, several bars and a choice of restaurants, a night club, business centre, concierge and travel services, conference rooms and the hotel's own luxury yacht which offers short cruises.
Note - at the time of writing (2009) the hotel's historic 'Palace Rooms' are undergoing refurbishment.
Hotel The Leela Kempinski Mumbai Mumbai
The Leela Kempinski is part of the international Kempinski hotel group. Located close to Mumbai's international and domestic airports in the business district of Sahar, it's a convenient base for holiday makers or business people who prefer to be in the airport area and offers luxurious facilities in a peaceful setting.
The hotel is set in 11 acres of gardens with a free-form swimming pool forming the centrepiece of the estate. Other leisure facilities and services include an in-hotel shopping arcade, a squash court, health club, art gallery, massage service, baby sitting, a night club and a beauty parlour. For business guests there is a business centre. Guests in rooms on the Royal Club floor have access to an executive lounge with free drinks and snacks and afternoon tea.
Standard room facilities include laptop safes, broadband access and work desks in all rooms. Dining options include an international brasserie as well as restaurants specialising in Indian and Chinese dishes. Casual dining and afternoon teas are available in the Lobby Lounge.