Mumbai’s 10 best business hotels

Mumbai’s 10 best business hotels

Luxury, boutique, budget: These hotels are good for your first or umpteenth Mumbai business trip
Four Seasons Hotel
Most of the city's best business hotels fall into the luxury hotels category. A better variety of business boutique and budget hotels have yet to come up.

Luxury hotels

The Taj Mahal Palace, Apollo Bunder

Taj Mahal Palace hotel Taj Mahal Palace hotel has a whopping 11 restaurants and lounges. The Taj Mahal Palace hotel in South Mumbai is often the first port of call for any visiting head of state or celebrity from out of town here on business. It is easy to run into a popular face in the lobby of this century-old hotel.

Overlooking the Gateway of India, the Taj hotel, with its 560 rooms, including 44 suites has one of the best stay experiences in Mumbai, intertwining traditional Indian hospitality and modern luxury, winning it many travel awards.

The hotel also has a superb mix of dining options, with 11 restaurants and lounges in its complex, including Wasabi -- one of the seven restaurants operated globally by celebrity Japanese chef Morimoto.

The Zodiac Grill was so proud of its food that the menu card did not have a price list. Guests could pay as much as they deemed fit, though that has changed now with a fixed price menu.

Nicely integrated into the complex is a shopping area full of luxury brands such as Dior and Mont Blanc.

The Taj chain has a loyalty program called the Taj Inner Circle, and is also a part of Leading Hotels of the World alliance.

From US$350 a night for a room in the heritage wing and US$200 a night for a tower wing room. 

The Taj Mahal Palace, P J Ramchandani Marg, Apollo Bunder; +91 (0)22 2641 0531; www.tajhotels.com

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Trident, Bandra Kurla Complex

Oberoi Trident, Bandra Kurla ComplexThe Trident is right in Mumbai's new Bandra business district.The stylish Trident is located in the heart of the city’s new business district, the Bandra Kurla Complex.

Opening its doors in 2009, this 436-key hotel includes the Trident Club rooms which are as spacious as suites.

Contemporary in design, 500-odd original works of contemporary Indian art are spread throughout the hotel.

The restaurant mix caters to all sorts with four restaurants including O22, named after the city’s telephone code, has all-day dining options which include some good sushi and more than 1,500 bottles of wine in a two-story glass wine cellar.

The Trident chain has a loyalty program called the TridentPrivilege, which can be used for redemptions at the luxurious Oberoi sister hotels also.

Standard rooms from US$200 a night.

Trident, C-56, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex; +91 (0)22 6672 7777; www.tridenthotels.com

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JW Marriott, Juhu

 JW Marriott, JuhuEat at one of the city's biggest Sunday brunches at the JW Marriott in Juhu. The flagship Marriott property in India, this 326-room hotel is located by the Arabian Sea in Juhu, an upscale locality close to the airport.

In the neighborhood of many Bollywood stars, you may find yourself dancing next to the industry's upcoming stars at the Marriott's in-house nightclub Enigma.

You have a choice to look out for a lively Juhu Beach view from your window, or the calm of the Arabian Sea in an Ocean View room.

The Lotus Cafe, their coffee house, perhaps has the biggest Sunday brunch in Mumbai. And the Bombay Baking Company is a good place to have tea, a quick bite and a browse through the small bookshop.

The Marriott Rewards program can be used to collect and redeem reward points here.

Standard rooms from US$275 a night. 

JW Marriot, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu; +91 (0)22 6693 3000; www.jwmarriotthotelmumbai.com


Four Seasons Hotel, Worli

Four Seasons Hotel MumbaiStay at Four Seasons and you could have sunset meetings at rooftop lounge Aer. This towering 37-floor hotel came up in central Mumbai’s Worli district in 2008.

The panoramic view of Mumbai life passing by from one of the high-rise floors with the sea in the backdrop does justice to the central location of this hotel, with the Mahalaxmi Racecourse, Phoenix Mills and Worli Seaface in striking distance.

All 202 rooms have a view -- pick one overlooking the Arabian sea or the Racecourse  -- and between 36 and 55 square meters are some of the largest deluxe hotel rooms in Mumbai.

Aer lounge on the 34th floor is the highest rooftop bar in India, and has a crisp selection of food and drinks, cool lounge music and one of the best sunset views in the city.

Amongst the three restaurants, San-Qi with its Pan-Asian cuisine is one of best restaurants in town, and the buffet takes a full Sunday to walk through. 

Standard rooms from US$300 a night.

Four Seasons Hotel, 114 Dr. E. Moses Road, Worli; +91 (0)22 2481 8000; www.fourseasons.com 

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The Oberoi, Nariman Point

Trident MumbaiThe Oberoi-run Trident hotel has arguably the best service of any business hotel in Mumbai.Almost at the pointed end of Marine Drive Trident towers, The Oberoi stands tall.

Frequently mentioned on the lists of the world’s best hotels and noted for its business-like service, this 287-key hotel is tastefully done in off-white shades with all the comforts and technology you need tucked into your room or suite.

A destination for eminent personalities, this hotel has played host to presidents of the United States and Bill Gates, amongst other patrons.

The restaurants are a little dull but the food is excellent, with five restaurants on the complex.

Michelin star Chef Vineet Bhatia runs Ziya, an elegant Indian speciality restaurant with a show kitchen, through which you can peep into the vast expanse of the sea.

Fenix, the all-day dining restaurant has a minimalistic look and feel and an uncluttered menu which really only offers their best.

Standard rooms from US$280 a night.

Nariman Point; +91 (0)22 6632 5757; www.oberoihotels.com

Grand Hyatt, Santacruz

Grand Hyatt MumbaiOne of the largest luxury hotels in Mumbai.One of the largest luxury hotels around in Mumbai spread over 12 acres, the Grand Hyatt is also only a 20 minute drive from the airport.

Apart from the 547 rooms, you also have the choice to check-in to one of the 147 service apartments if you are here for a long stay.

There is a jogging track on the premises, which is unique to this hotel in Mumbai.

China House is arguably the best Chinese restaurant in town and a popular nightclub for locals.

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The hotel is also the home of Mumbai Fashion Week, twice a year in March and August/September.

There are three other restaurants, but of special mention is Fifty Five East, the casual dining restaurant with interactive kitchens.

You can accumulate points on the Hyatt Gold Passport, and apply your Diamond Suite upgrades for a spacious suite.

Standard rooms from US$280 a night.

Grand Hyatt, off Western Express Highway, Santacruz (East); +91 (0)22 6676 1234; mumbai. grand.hyatt.com

Boutique hotels

InterContinental, Marine Drive

Intercontinental hotelIntercontinental Marine Drive has one the city's best rooftop lounge bars, Dome. The InterContinental Marine Drive overlooks the Marine Drive promenade, which is just the soothing sight you need after a hectic day of work at the financial district next door.

Small and personalized, this 58-room hotel is up to speed with all the standards of a large InterContinental you may have visited anywhere else in the world.

There's a complimentary in-room massage on check-in.

Dome, the open-air rooftop lounge of this hotel, is one of the best in the business, not just for the view but for their drinks and food.

A new fine dine Thai restaurant called KOH by chef Ian Kittichai has recently brought this hotel back on the gourmet circuit.

Enjoy the privileges of the InterContinental Ambassador program here and make sure to ask for your room upgrade -- however, this is not guaranteed.

Standard rooms from US$260 a night.

InterContinental, 135 Marine Drive; +91 (0)22 3987 9999; www.ichotelsgroup.com/intercontinental

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 Svenska, Andheri West

Svenska AndheriSvenska iPads and PlayStations on loan without any charges.With only 29 rooms (including one suite), this is the smallest luxury hotel in Mumbai.

Located in the bustling commercial suburb of Andheri West, this hotel is cleverly close to the airports yet able to service a large part of north Mumbai as its catchment.

Minimalistic and clean in design, the hotel makes up for the frills of a larger hotel by providing private butler services.

The hotel has five restaurant and lounge options in spite of its small footprint. The Mesa Bistro has an affordable buffet, while the Miro has tapas as good as Madrid.

If you need one, just ask for an iPad or a PlayStation on loan without any charges.

Svenska is a member of the elite WorldHotels Deluxe Collection. You could earn loyalty miles with one of the 18 airline partners signed on by the hotel. 

Standard rooms from US$250 a night.

Svenska, F 73/74, Oberoi Complex, SAB TV Road, off Link Road, Andheri West; +91 (0)22 4431 0000; www.svenskahotels.com

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Budget hotels

Hotel Bawa Continental

Bawa Continental MumbaiBawa Continental, the best budget business hotel in the burbs. Near Juhu Beach, this 32-key hotel has easy access to the airport and some of the best leisure hotspots of suburban Mumbai.

The hotel is equipped with Wi-Fi and offers complimentary airport drop and a buffet breakfast.

The hotel has an in-house Arabic restaurant called Bistro Grill which dishes decent fare, and it recently added a 24-hour coffee shop called Bombay Brew.

Besides, there are plenty of options to choose from near the hotel including Aurus and nightclub Trilogy at Hotel Sea Princess in walking distance. 

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Standard rooms from US$60 a night.

Hotel Bawa Continental, opposite Theosophical Society, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu; +91 (0)22 2261 3636; www.continental.bawahotels.com

Astoria, Churchgate

Astoria MumbaiAstoria allows you to pay less to be near Colaba, the most buzzing part of downtown Mumbai.Right opposite the landmark Churchgate Station in South Mumbai lies the Astoria hotel.

Its 72 rooms and walking distance from Nariman Point, Fort and Colaba -- where there's enough action to warrant not moving outside the zone if you're only there for a couple days on work.

The hotel only has a coffee-shop on premises, but there are all kinds of eating options close by including The Table and Indigo Deli. 

Standard rooms from US$100 a night.

Astoria, J.Tata Road, Churchgate; +91 (0)22 6654 1234; www.astoriamumbai.com 

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AJ is a finance guy based out of Mumbai. His day job is trying to help run a financial services company. By night he writes about his travel experiences on his business travel blog called Live from a Lounge.

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