It took 21 months, 2,000 craftsmen, and $38 million to renovate the Palace Wing of the Taj Mahal Palace (Apollo Bunder, Colaba; 866/969-1825; tajhotels.com; doubles from $510)—and the result is just as impressive as the numbers. The 285 redesigned rooms—some outfitted with rosewood floors—have mahogany beds and glass-walled bathrooms. A 20-minute walk west, you’ll find the overhauled Oberoi (Nariman Point; 800/562-3764; oberoihotels.com; doubles from $625), where cream-colored marble imported from the Greek island of Thassos lines the hotel’s 14-floor atrium lobby. Upstairs, the 287 rooms incorporate elaborate hand-carved wooden furniture and restored Indian artwork. Just north of Bandra, the 14 rooms at the stylish Le Sutra (14 Union Park, Khar W.; 91-22/2649-2995; lesutra.in; doubles from $270) are inspired by classical Indian art, from the Shringar suite’s peacock motifs to the Buddha frescoes in the Nirvan room. In the Worli business district, there’s the 202-room Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai (114 Dr. E. Moses Rd., Worli; 800/332-3442; fourseasons.com; doubles from $390) with a duplex spa, the sophisticated rooftop Aer lounge, and an on-demand fleet of BMW 7-series cars for guests.
Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is midway through a multibillion-dollar makeover that’s slated to be completed in 2012. The centerpiece will be a new Terminal 2, designed by New York–based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and expected to serve some 40 million passengers annually. Shaped like an X—and linked to Mumbai’s proposed light-rail network—T2 will serve as a mega-terminal and ultimately replace the four domestic and international terminals now in operation.