“An ethical gem in the heart of southern Mumbai, with impeccably chic rooms and service that's second to none”
Elegantly understated and impeccably kept, rooms are an unusual mix of old-world colonial charm and up-to-the-minute design.
The owners believe passionately in supporting local designers and craftsmen, and have trawled all over India to find beautiful things. Artworks have been created by local truck painters, soft furnishings crafted from block-printed fabrics, and floors laid with handmade tiles. Much, too, has been reclaimed: Burma teak salvaged from demolished houses, cushions made from vintage saris, and many fascinating objets from Chor Bazaar, from clocks to suitcases.
All rooms represent great value for money, particularly the Basic rooms: smaller than the rest, closer to the kitchens, sharing a toilet between 3 and some are windowless (but they have ensuite showers). The Simple and Luxury rooms both serve as happy mediums. But if you’re travelling in style, go for a Superior Luxury with state-of-the-art bathroom and perhaps an in-room 1920s-style rolltop tub - gorgeous.
Mattresses are supremely comfortable, bed linen is turned down at night, and thoughtful extras include flowers, candles and 2 types of towel - traditional Indian or fluffy European. In keeping with the eco spirit of the place, you also get reverse osmosis water that’s refreshed daily.
The lofty yet cosy lobby-lounge has a big central breakfast table, and doubles up as an all-day café. The bronze mirrored wall, booths and vintage lights are inspired by the Art Deco heritage buildings of Bombay, and it’s a brilliant place to hang out, browse books (many on travel), meet fellow travellers and check an email or two.
Breakfast is a simple but well-made affair: fresh fruit and breads, eggs any way (try the masala omelette), plus a daily changing local specialty. The rice pudding of noodles with nuts and sultanas was amazing! South Indian coffee and the house masala chai are served in enamel teapots.
As for the service, it’s hard to find fault. The multinational team are warm, polite and professional; no one disturbs you unless you ask for attention, and they go out of their way to make you feel at home.
Eating out is every Mumbaikar’s entertainment of choice; south Mumbai offers a mixture of authentic local cuisine, polished (pricey) restaurants and super-fresh Gujarati cooking. The team are happy to make recommendations and can provide maps with nearby suggested eateries.
Children of all ages are welcome. Families will enjoy the friendly, informal atmosphere, but should bear in mind there's no outside space for little ones to let off steam.
Children (4-12 years)
The Superior Luxury and Luxury rooms each have space for an extra bed or baby cot.
If parents fancy a night out, the hotel can organise a babysitter on request.
Baby cots and high chairs are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking