The best places to stay in four price ranges: budget ($), moderate ($$), expensive ($$$), and luxury ($$$$)


Maria Lodge
One of the more salubrious options in a city starved of good-value budget accommodation. Expect functionality, not luxury or polished service. 34 clean, basically furnished, shoebox-like rooms, all with televisions. 5/2 Grant Building, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba; tel. 91 22 22854081.

Salvation Army Red Shield Hostel
Attracts swarms of shoestring travelers thanks to its cheap beds; economical dormitory (four spacious separate-sex dormitories, each with ten beds) and five private rooms with attached bathrooms. First-in-first-served policy for the dorm beds, but private rooms can be booked in advance. 30 Mereweather Road, Colaba; tel. 91 22 22841824.


Bentley's Hotel
“A stone's throw from Colaba district's ever-restless street market, many of the rooms here still hint at colonial grandeur.”—Rafael Wlodarski, Mumbai author, Lonely Planet. Travelers’ favorite. 40 tidy rooms (a few with balconies); ask to see several before choosing, as some are more character-filled. 17 Oliver Road, Colaba; tel. 91 22 22841474.

Grand Hotel
Centrally located three-star hotel with 73 comfortable, if somewhat lackluster and kitschy rooms; all with televisions, teak-wood writing desks, safes, and tea-and-coffee makers. Ask for a room with a decent Arabian Sea view. 17 Shri Shiv Sagar Ramgulam Marg, Ballard Estate; tel. 91 22 66580500.

Hotel Oasis
Thirty clean, comfy, and colorful rooms, but some can be claustrophobic (especially the singles). All are tiled and have televisions and direct dial telephones. No restaurant; snacks available via room service. 276 Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Fort; tel. 91 22 30227886.

Metro Palace
Good-value choice; 35 rooms are nicely kept, each with television and some with balconies. Higher-price rooms have fridges and tea-and-coffee makers. Restaurant open from 4 P.M. and bar, open from noon, serves drinks and snacks. 355 Ramdas Nayak Road, Bandra; tel. 91 22 67744555.

Single, double, triple, family, and dormitory rooms available (depending on demand) in addition to 28 private rooms with attached bathrooms. Clean and professionally run; includes buffet breakfast and dinner. Non-YWCA members pay a small joining fee (about $1.25 per person; valid one month); open to men and women. 18 Madame Cama Road, Fort; tel. 91 22 22025053.


Ascot Hotel
Bright, fresh, contemporary atmosphere in the heart of old-world Mumbai. Twenty-five well-sized, very comfortable, and tastefully furnished rooms, each with television, safe, free Internet connection, and modern bathroom; on-site restaurant. 38 Garden Road, Colaba; tel. 91 22 66385566.

Chateau Windsor Hotel
Fifty tidy rooms with televisions, fridges, free Internet access, writing desks, safes, dressing tables, and wardrobes; all have sun-warmed balconies with either sea or garden views. 86 Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate; tel. 91 22 22044455.

“A veteran of many monsoons, the Fariyas's new rooms rank high among Colaba's best comfort options.”—David Stott, author, Footprint India. 87 smart and restful rooms with televisions, fridges, and tea-and-coffee-makers. Small swimming pool. Off Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba; tel. 91 22 22042911.

Regent Hotel
“I love the traces of Arabic-flavored decor and strong mint tea served here.”—Rafael Wlodarski. 40 airy, atmospheric rooms; all equipped with television, fridge, safe, and wardrobe. 8 Best Marg, Colaba; tel. 91 22 22871854.

Suba Galaxy
“Brand new and broadband savvy, these airport-side rooms make a stylish HQ for outsourcers who’d rather avoid the ordeal of a downtown cab ride.”—David Stott. 48 contemporary-style and soundproof rooms; flat-screen televisions, free Internet connection, and writing tables. NS Phadke Road, Andheri (East); tel. 91 22 26821188.


“Book for the sleek looks and in-room gadgets, but it’s the view down Marine Drive from the roof bar that makes you feel like a jewel in the Queen's Necklace.”—David Stott. 57 immaculate and spacious rooms with every conceivable comfort. Health club, swimming pool, three restaurants. 135 Marine Drive, Churchgate; tel. 91 22 39879999.

Taj Mahal Palace & Tower
“A Mumbai masterpiece, with some of the best interior design I’ve seen; Belgian crystal chandeliers, traditional hand-woven silk rugs, onyx columns, and stunning objets d’art.”—Sanjay Singh Badnor, freelance travel writer/photographer, Times of India. 565 ultra-luxurious rooms; panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and Gateway of India; swimming pool, restaurants, spa, and business center. Apollo Bunder, Colaba; tel. 91 22 66653366.

The Oberoi
“I love the hotel’s sleek lines and its breathtakingly stark and beautiful atrium. And if you’re lucky enough to get a sea view then rock on.”—Nicholas Brett, group editorial director, BBC Magazines. 333 swish rooms; courteous service. Swimming pool, restaurants, spa (Ayurvedic massages available), round-the-clock business center. Nariman Point; tel. 91 22 66325757.


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