The beautiful Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai has welcomed guests into its prestigious halls for over 100 years. It was the first harbour landmark in Mumbai having been built 15 years before the famed Gate Way of India which lies just beyond it. In 2008 it was the vicitim of terrible terrorist attacks that saw the historic building go up in flames, but after extensive rennovations it re-opened and has been working hard to uptain it’s title as Mumbai’s number one hotel.
The Taj Mahal Palace has a very lively atmosphere with crowds bustling in and out of its central lobby area. Exploring further into the hotel you will come across the guest only areas, here the mood changes to one of calm elegance. As you walk down the marble hallways, you will notice framed photos of former VIP guests hanging on the walls. The interior architecure in the famed Heritage Wing of the hotel reminds one of India’s colonial past.
The Hotel is very much split into two parts, the original Palace or Heritage Wing and the newer Tower Wing. The Palace Wing is where several of the most luxurious suites are located and it is far nicer than its newer counterpart. We stayed in a room in the Tower Wing which featured a large double bedroom with homey décor. Unfortunately the bathroom was not up to standard with a combined bath and shower that could use a new coat of paint and toiletries that were limited in number and quality.
Aside from it’s history, one of the Taj’s main selling points is its wide selection of first class restaurants. The Taj Mahal Palace boosts nearly every cusinie including Mediterrean, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Seafood, and of course Indian! Breakfast is served on the ground floor as a buffet with made to order omlettes, pancakes, and waffles. They even have a section dedicated to healthy choices! The only negative was that breakfast got a little chaotic later on in the morning with queues outside for a table, not exactly 5 star service! Though all our other meals were excellent.
The Taj Mahal Palace is in an ideal location if you are a tourist. It is in the Colaba neighbourhood which is the former British quartier and is home to some beautiful British and Portugese architecture. It is also a short walk to many muesums, boutique shops, and trendy resturants.
The Taj Mahal Palace’s pool area is one of the most beautiful I have seen. They also have a 24 hour gym, several shops, a hair salon, and a spa!
By Ash from www.liakadatravel.com