In a city dominated by large business hotels, the 20-room Abode is a most-welcome addition to Mumbai’s accommodation options: a true boutique hotel with a stylish, individualistic approach to décor, and service geared towards leisure travellers. Add to that rooms to suit all budgets and a perfect location.
Right in the heart of Colaba — the small historical and tourism hub of Mumbai — with a variety of restaurants, shops, markets and all major attractions within easy walking distance. Gateway of India and Taj Palace Hotel (where you must certainly stop for a cocktail at sunset to watch air-kissing Bollywood celebs) is just a five-minute stroll from the front door.
Address: 18, Lansdowne house, M.B. Marg, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai, 400001, India.
Style & character
The city’s first and only real boutique hotel, transformed from small low-key family hotel by Australian architect and designer Sian Pascale into its current boho-chic hipster incarnation. A mix of custom-designed furniture and commissioned tiles from local craftsmen with vintage furniture, and fabrics and artworks sourced from Mumbai’s second-hand markets — the result is a sassy affordable “anti-chain” hotel that feels more true to Mumbai’s character than any other.
Service & facilities
A small, caring enthusiastic team, well versed in what to see, eat and do in the area. More guesthouse than hotel, but facilities include an all-day dining café, room service and a small spa room; treatments can also be done in-room. The hotel has partnered with a local gym, and has suggestions on running routes; yoga, meditation and cooking classes are arranged for those who prefer more relaxing highs.
A varied choice to suit all budgets. I’d highly recommend you book the Luxury category (additional space; windows, some street noise inevitable, but this is part of the experience of being in the heart of Mumbai). But if you’re on a budget, the entry-level Basic rooms, cosy but equally well designed and furnished, are the best-value bedrooms in the city (en-suite shower and basin, but shared separate toilets are kept in mint condition). Note that if you require a twin-bedded room you’ll need to specify this very clearly; almost all the rooms are furnished with double beds.
Food & drink
Food is good and served in the all-day café. Breakfast (served until noon) comprises fresh breads, homemade yogurt, eggs to order, fresh seasonal fruits and juice, two hot Indian dishes of the day, good South-Indian coffee and masala chai; thereafter a light all-day menu is available in the café as well as in your room, but I’d recommend you head out to one of the many dining options within walking distance. Staff provide excellent guidance depending on what you feel like on the night.
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