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
Awesome hotel at the best location of Mumbai. Superb rooms and service levels from all departments. Buffet breakfast is awesome. Food, drinks and live piano music, live DJ are really enjoyable. Staffs are very courteous and helpful. Great hotel to stay in Mumbai.
My husband and I decided to end our 3 week honeymoon at the Oberoi and it did not disappoint! ...I would give it more than 5/5 if I could!
We knew it was going to be special when we were picked up from the airport and taken to and from the airport in a chauffeur-driven Mercedes. The driver gave us a choice of music genres in the car and it felt like absolute luxury.
The staff are warm, friendly, welcoming and they really looked after us. The feel of the hotel was relaxing with piano music/ pianist in the lobby and beautiful interior.
The room was superb, always cleaned/ tidied and the bed was very comfortable. We noticed that there was also the option to select a cushion of your choice (eg. memory foam, goose down etc) which I hadn’t seen in other hotels.
Breakfast was a buffet with delicious and well-presented food. Their granola was the best I had tasted! There was also the option to order off the a la carte menu. I am vegan and not only were there plenty of options but the staff also remembered this at the next service.
We used the fitness centre- the equipment is top of the range, spacious and in excellent condition. We were given towels, water and offered headphones.
The 2 pools were beautifully set and the sun-beds were very comfortable. All perfectly looked after and we were given scented sun creams, water, etc.
For our honeymoon we were given flowers, a cake and there were rose petals in the bath on our arrival.
After a morning run in the baking heat, when we entered the lower lobby, one of the staff gave us water and a cool wet face cloth which was just what we needed!
Anyone considering this hotel should definitely book it, it’s fantastic!
Superb - and very friendly. The room was well laid out with the best of amenities and their butler service was exemplary. The room service was quick and the food was hot and tasty. The location of the hotel is ideal for walkers and joggers.