The Taj Mahal Palace

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A historic landmark hotel and opulent oasis of calm in the amiable chaos of Mumbai. When it opened in 1903, it was hailed as ‘the finest caravanserai in the east’. The hotel has since undergone a £100m refurbishment.

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Location

A prime central position overlooking the Arabian Sea and the Gateway to India, the ceremonial stone arch commemorating the state visit of George V and Queen Mary in the 1920s. All the colourful vibrancy of the city on its gilded doorsteps.

Style & character

The original building is a seven-tiered wedding cake of Gothic, Greco-Roman, Islamic and Rajasthan architecture topped by a glittering Florentine dome. The extravagant interiors are adorned with Italian marble floors, Belgian chandeliers and 4,000 works of art, most of them antique. The erstwhile horse and carriage entrance is a swimming pool shaded by mature palms. This was the first hotel in India to be installed with electricity, German lifts and Turkish baths. Portraits adorning the walls of the lobby are a Who’s Who of royalty, heads of state and A-list celebrities. A 22-storey tower annex added in the 1970s offers more modest accommodation and services.

The Taj Mahal Palace via Agoda

Service & facilities

As professional and polished as one would expect from the flagship of India’s Tata business empire. No waiting around for attention – 800 staff are on duty at any one time, which generally works out at a staff member for every guest. Extra flourishes in the palace wing include 24-hour personal butler service and an in-house Vedic astrologer. There are also no fewer than 15 yoga and meditation classes to choose from, a private jet on standby at four hours notice, and a luxury yacht.

  • Bar
  • Fitness centre
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

There are 285 rooms and suites in five categories in the palace wing, and 275 superior and de luxe rooms in the tower. Palace rooms start at luxury grand, which are relatively small but supremely comfortable with Italian marble bathrooms and Rajput bay windows overlooking the sea, the pool or the city. Space, glamour and prices increase through a range of Taj club rooms and suites culminating in the Presidential suite, 15 rooms adorned with India’s finest arts and crafts and served by 13 staff including two masseurs. The Tower rooms are less ornate, in contemporary style with restful mint and mauve hues.

The Taj Mahal Palace via andBeyond

Food & drink

A world of cuisine in half a dozen restaurants featuring the best of Indian, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Szechuan, European and casual dining. Masala Kraft blends classic and modern Indian cuisine, Wasabi by Morimoto specialises in seafood flown from Japan, and Souk on the tower rooftop offers a range of Eastern Mediterranean dishes supervised by its Syrian chef.

Access for guests with disabilities?

Wheelchair access to all rooms and limited number of specially adapted rooms.

Family-friendly?

Children welcome with baby amenities and a ‘Teen concierge’.

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