Reopening Two Classic Mumbai Hotels
Published: May 2010
By Amin Jaffer
A year and a half after being severely damaged in the Mumbai terrorist attacks, two of the city’s most celebrated hotels, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower and the Oberoi, have opened again—a testament to the city’s robustness and strength. The lobby of the Taj—a plush Edwardian palace on the Arabian Sea—has a new contemporary look, with dragon-patterned panels and etched glasswork, but the heritage wing’s 297 rooms and suites remain reassuringly classic, filled with period furniture and original works of art. A striking tower on Marine Drive, the Oberoi has been completely transformed; its modern guest rooms, freshened up in a palette of ivory and sage, also received much-needed tech updates, including Wi-Fi and iPod docking stations. The airy lobby, where waiters serve tea and cocktails, is detailed with white Thassos marble and black granite. Book a table at Ziya, a 74-seat restaurant by star Indian chef Vineet Bhatia.