Designed like a palace in the Indo-Saracenic style, the elegant five-star hotel was built in 1903. The building has a central dome, corner turrets, several stories of arches, an arcaded ground floor and an adjacent Tower Wing overlooking the harbor, a modernist creation built in the 1970s.
The luxury hotel has more than 550 rooms, and a swag of bars, restaurants and lounges. If you can’t afford to join the likes of Mick Jagger, Bill Clinton, Joan Collins and the Obamas staying in the hotel’s seriously swanky suites, drop in for coffee in Le Patisserie or dinner at the Zodiac Grill.
Sip Cuban cocktails in the Starboard Bar, with views of the Gateway of India from the hotel’s lobby, or go for the more traditional atmosphere of the Harbour Bar, with its art deco furnishings and bar.
A thorough and enjoyable walking tour around the main sights of Colaba and Fort. My guide was friendly and willing to modify the tour for my interests as I was lucky to be the only person on the tour. Breakfast was also delicious.