The Oberoi Mumbai
What We Love
- Sharp, newly redone decor featuring dark floors, walnut furniture and tall, silk-covered chairs
- Excellent Indian restaurant on-site, and also a fine Italian restaurant from Rome’s Hassler Hotel
- 24-hour spa in case you want a massage before bed
- The outdoor heated swimming pool
- Picture windows with sea views; you feel as if you’re on a ship
What To Know
- Prepare to go through airport-style security when entering the hotel
- New interior decor is up to the minute, but the architecture is very 1980s
- The hotel is in the city’s bustling and sometimes noisy business district
- WiFi is $22 a day
- Parking On Site
The Oberoi Mumbai was born again in April 2010, reopening with a top-to-bottom redesign after being damaged in the terrorist attacks of November 2008. The enormous lobby is stunning, with a gleaming white Grecian marble floor, ivory and forest-green silk sofas and a cherry-red grand piano, and there are plenty of touches that make the hotel just a bit more special, from the Oberoi Patisserie and Delicatesson to the female chauffeurs who will ferry you around in a fleet of Audi A8s.
Bed and Bath
The sleek decor continues upstairs in the hotel’s 73 suites and 214 guestrooms, which feature dark oak floors and walnut furniture in contemporary lines, and red or beige silk highback chairs with gold pillows. Punctuating it all are picture windows that frame the expansive Arabian Sea views. The walls are lined with brightly colored, specially commissioned oil paintings, the beds have leather-clad headboards in pale ivory, and there are hand-tufted rugs strewn on the floors. The bathrooms have glass walls, but there are electronically controlled roller blinds for privacy.
Guests can start their evening in the Champagne Lounge, enjoy some of the best Indian food in town at the restaurant Ziya or, if homesick for Western cuisine, stop in for some pasta at Vetro, a vivid room decorated with colored glass panels. The Italian menu at Vetro is supervised by the chefs at Rome’s Hassler Hotel. One of the best ways to finish an evening here is to go for a treatment at the spa, which, like most everything at the hotel, operates 24 hours a day. Have a massage, a honey and coconut milk wrap or a two-hour specialty ritual called the Mumbai Wave (a massage using heated lava shells followed by a thermal mud and water facial) — and then take the elevator directly to bed.
In the Area
You can shop ’til you drop in the immediate vicinity. For clothing, accessories, jewelry and housewares try the 100-year-old Bombay Store. Or if you’ve come to India for the cuisine, tour the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market (formerly known as Crawford Market); the Victorian building is famous for stalls selling every type of edible. Admire the Gateway of India, an 85-foot-tall basalt gate built to commemorate the 1911 visit of King George V (it was also the gate through which the British left, in 1947). Hop on a boat from here for the hourlong ride to the caves of Elephanta Island, which contain some remarkable sculptures of the Hindu gods. Back in Colaba, the seaside promenade of Marine Drive is right on the hotel’s doorstep and draws leisure seekers from all over Mumbai. Also worth checking out is the Dhobi Ghat, in Mahalaxmi, which is the largest open-air laundry in the world. It’s a colorful spectacle of row after row of concrete laundry pens.
How to Get There
It is always a pleasure to stay at The Oberoi, Nariman Point, Mumbai. Anupam and his team go to any lengths to make us feel special. Therefore, it is not a coincidence that The Oberoi is my choice of abode during my visit to the Financial Hub.
Everything about the Hotel i.e. the location, ambiance, decor, food, is good. View from the room is awesome. It is well-connected to various parts of the city and one can easily commute with the help of Uber, etc.
This was our first hotel stay in India on a nine day tour and The Oberoi, Mumbai certainly set the bench mark for all our other accommodation. We had a corner suite on the 15th floor with a view of the Arabian sea in one direction and Marine Drive in the other direction. The "necklace" at night was stunning. Our room was spacious, luxurious, well appointed and very comfortable. Housekeeping graciously and expertly took care of all our needs. We dined in the superb Ziya for a dinner and a lunch and enjoyed the contemporary twist on authentic Indian dishes. At Fenix we enjoyed a delicious breakfast and a' la carte lunch. Service at both restaurants was impeccable. It was the staff that won our hearts. Everyone we interacted with was friendly in a discreet manner, courteous and professional. We were impressed by the breakfast waiter who on learning we had a lunchtime flight organised a light lunch for us to take with us to the airport and we were delighted that members of all teams felt comfortable in engaging in conversation with us. After we met the General Manager, Mr Dasgupta we understood why - the culture of an organisation is always set by its leaders.
Initially I was bit hesitant as the property was at the dead end of Mumbai. Also being a platinum Elite member of Marriott and SPG I wanted to stay at J W Marriott/SPG hotels but this was recommended by one of the friend and it was indeed value for money. The rooms, hospitality and any kind of service was simply superb.
My wife stayed in the marvellous hotel before returning from a long trip in North India.
She was thrilled by the hotel which according to her testimony was in one word: PERFECT. She described the hotel as really beautiful. The room (suite) in the 20th floor with ocean view was one of the most comfortable rooms she ever had. The dinner and breakfast were delicious. The service was very friendly and at the same time very professional. My wife was excited by the staff of the hotel that demonstrated top quality service. All of them did their utmost during all her stay to make her pleased and satisfied. She told me that she fell in love with this hotel and return to it whenever she's visiting Mumbai.