The Art of Picking a Hotel in Mumbai
Mumbai, the city of dreams, of tireless industry, of thronging humanity, of a resilient spirit like no other, welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each day. Many come here to make it their home while yet others come here on a business trip while others simply to enjoy their time with friends and family in the largest city of India. Picking the right accommodation in Mumbai, though, may be an art. Here are a few pointers that may help you.
Location is king
Mumbai is a sprawling city with a population of about 1.8 crore people. Add to this the number of daily commuters who travel to the city for livelihood and the number of visitors from other parts of the country and the world. The one great challenge that any visitor to Mumbai will face is commuting from one place to another. It is best to pick a hotel which is close to work and is also easily connected with the airport/railway station.
Look out for the extras
The one thing you can remain assured of in Mumbai is room availability. You will find numerous hotels in your preferred category in each locality or area. This means that the amenities and extra facilities on offer may well be a deciding factor. The top 10 hotels in Mumbai too offer seasonal discounts and package deals from time to time. Watch out for these.
Food of course
Mumbai is a medley of cultures and culinary traditions. While you must get out in the evenings and try everything from the fine dining options to the popular street food that this city has to offer, it is wise to pick your hotel on the basis of the restaurants in the hotel or in the vicinity. The business centres of the city (such as the Central Business District, the Bandra Kurla complex, Vikhroli, or Thane) are also home to some of the top restaurants in Mumbai.
Entertainment and nightlife
Mumbai is called “the city that never sleeps”. The sheer variety of cultural programs and entertainment shows that are hosted by this city on any given day is mindboggling. Home to the glitz and glamour of Bollywood, Mumbai is also the heartland of Maharashtrian, Gujarati, and Hindi drama. The music and dance scene vies for attention with the multitude of discotheques and night clubs in the city.
Places of interest
In case you are Mumbai for a vacation or for a pleasure trip it is advisable to stay near the main places of interest such as the Gateway of India. There are a number of tourist buses that take you through the city for sightseeing and also operate specialised tours such as those to Bollywood and back. Staying at a hotel that is a pick up point for one of these tours may be a big advantage.
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