The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai (previously the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower) is reopening on August 15, in celebration of India’s Independence Day, after extensive restorations on the waterfront 1903 flagship property’s Palace Wing.
The 107-year-old heritage wing of the hotel was badly damaged when terrorists stormed the hotel, taking hostages, and burning rooms in the November 2008 attacks on Mumbai, which also affected the Oberoi hotel (the hotel reopened in April). Mumbai, it appears, is starting a new chapter.
At a press conference earlier this week Raymond Bickson, Managing Director and CEO of Indian Hotels Company Limited, said, “Today, we have fulfilled our promise of rebuilding the Taj to its former glory. It is a befitting tribute to the spirit and resilience that is The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai; and the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the hotel.”
The restoration included the redesign of 285 guestrooms and suites, including 161 Grand Rooms with bay-windows with sea, pool, or city views, and 82 Taj Club Rooms, which now have rich rosewood floors and high arched ceilings with beams, reminiscent of the hotel’s atriums.
Forty-two Luxury Suites were also refurbished, including the Maratha Suite designed by LTW Designworks, Kuala Lampur, redone in warm shades of turmeric, ochre and crimson and decorated in ornate traditional Indian paintings.
Such noted designers as Rockwell Group Europe and LTW Designwork redesigned the Taj’s restaurants and bars, including the Harbour Bar, Wasabi, and Sea Lounge.
Even though the hotel’s extensive art collection was not damaged in the 2008 terrorist attacks on the city, the paintings (some that are 100 years old) were still refurbished as part of conservation efforts.
The Taj has a few limited offers in celebration of their grand reopening, including the Timeless Celebrations offer, a “stay-two-get-one-night-free” for those who book one of the new Luxury Grande Rooms at the Palace Wing, and the Suite Celebrations offer, which includes an extra night free when you book one night in one of the Taj’s suites.
Lyndsey Matthews is the online editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.