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
This is a lovely hotel with very attentive staff in a part of Mumbai where space is at a premium, so don’t expect massive rooms.
However, in this day and age I did expect a quality standard internet service.
This was not the case and trying to conduct a normal business day with 2.3Mbs download and .9 upload is totally unusable.
You are able to pay to upgrade to a usable speed but this is a very dated way of gaining additional revenue and leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
I will NOT be staying here again when so many other hotels offer a sensible connectivity speed as part of the package.
The hotel is located downtown Mumbai on Marina Drive. It is luxurious and the services are on the highest quality. The restaurants are great and includes international cuisines. Try the pool. It is relaxing and you will escape from the noise of the city.
It’s the best hotel in a very unique style and has great service and value. It’s has best decoration all over the hotel. It’s best for tourists to visit and stay here. It has best for all i.e friends, family, couples, and everyone
I have to say, The Oberoi did not disappoint. The hotel rooms were decent but I have stayed in better rooms in Mumbai. However the level of service received was impeccable. I was most disappointed about the breakfast. There is an a la carte option along with buffet options for cold/room temperature options but most of these things tasted stale and definitely not fresh or appetising. I really felt that was a let down!
From the greeting at the airport and chauffeured Mercedes to the private cooking lesson with the chef and butler services and everything in between, this hotel was spectacular. Not a single detail was overlooked. I stayed at a variety of top properties while in India and I would recommend other 5 star properties consider sending their staff to stay at the Oberoi so they can learn from the best. The service and property was much nicer than many of the other top properties. I'd definitely recommend that foreign guests (like me) opt for the private cooking lesson with the chef. I learned how to make a variety of dishes and then was served them later at dinner. Only area of improvement is the spa, which I understand they are redoing. The facial and massage I received were wonderful, but the spa was a little noisy and lacked amenities (steam room, sauna, tea/juice, ect.). It's still great for treatments and my skin is glowing as I write this review, but the upgraded facilities will be a great improvement to the overall experience!