City Guide: Mumbai, India

Mumbai has a ferocious energy akin to an unrelenting child. It's impulsive, high-octane and bursting with gusto. Home to India's most prolific film industry, punishing pollution and a lot (and we mean a lot) of people, in Mumbai you'll encounter chaotic bazaars, colonial-era architecture and a pace that is sure to outrun you.

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Abode

Mumbai, India

In a sea of corporate options, Abode’s boutique charm is a welcome rarity. Located in the heart of Colabra – a long road flanked with stalls selling everything from kolhapuri slippers and silk saris to spice boxes and hand-crafted puppets – there’s an air of busyness to Adobe’s surrounds. Inside, vintage furniture, hand-crafted fabrics and paintings by local artists dominate. Added luxuries include a spa which also offers in-room treatments.

Address

Lansdowne House M.B. Marg Apollo Bunder 400001

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Horn Okay Please

Mumbai, India

Horn Ok Please is a slogan commonly found emblazoned across the back end of vehicles in India. A hostel, which typically evokes memories of snoring strangers and questionable bedding, it’s much more than simply an economical place to lay your head. With hand-crafted wooden bunks, wall art, vibrantly tiled bathrooms and a vegan breakfast, it’s Mumbai meets Shoreditch.

Address

22 D Monte Street Bandra 400050

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Soho House

Mumbai, India

Soho House’s Asian premiere is aptly set within Mumbai’s glittering movie district, Juhu. The group’s first venture outside Europe and the US guests can expected a similar set up to its other international outposts. Interiors are proliferated with eclecticism – from hand-printed cushions to bulbous, glazed lamps – plush private cinema and, as ever, Cecconi’s is right next door. Post check in, head for breakfast by the pool on the roof, with views of the Arabian Sea on one side and the entangled city on the other.

Address

16 Juhu Tara Road Santa Cruz West 400049

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Oberoi

Mumbai, India

When one thinks of chain hotels, it’s cookie-cutter rooms, bare-minimum service and a one-size-fits-all mentality that spring to mind. Despite a number of properties under its belt, Oberoi dispels such maxims. When you’re not greeted with elephants and rose petals (as you are on first arrival), you’ll most definitely be greeted by name – every staff member you encounter will magically know not only your name but, after some time, even your tastes and preferences. If you’re headed poolside, expect a personal “amenity tray” delivered within seconds of laying your hat down; small bottles of sunscreen, ice-cold water bottles, jasmine-infused towels and a selection of books and magazines take “relaxing by the pool” to a whole new level.

Address

Nariman Point Mumbai 400021 India