The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

Mumbai, India

  • The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai View 1

    This glorious waterfront palace is steeped in history

  • The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai View 2

    This glorious waterfront palace is steeped in history

  • The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai View 3

    This glorious waterfront palace is steeped in history

  • The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai View 4

    This glorious waterfront palace is steeped in history

  • The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai View 5

    This glorious waterfront palace is steeped in history

Why we choose The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

The hotel’s enormous collection of treasures tells Mumbai’s story, and it’s one you’ll want to hear

  • The Chef’s Studio offers memorable private dining
  • Palace Wing guests get butler service and Palace Lounge access
  • Taj Luxury Shopping Boulevard offers treats from Dior to Louis Vuitton

At 550 rooms, this place really is a palace. The massive building is more than a hotel, though; its artifacts and history are woven into the very fabric of the city. Given its long residency and landmark status, perhaps it’s not surprising that this Mumbai landmark is considered one of the original grand hotels of the world.

What you need to know about the hotel

A global icon that welcomed visitors to the country before the Gateway of India was built

  • Enjoy a custom Middle Eastern menu in the cozy Casablanca Room, with glassware and crockery from the house of Versace
  • The Sea Lounge offers old colonial charm with art deco furniture and live Piano music enhanced by its spectacular view of the Arabian Sea. It is considered to be a city institution for traditional Afternoon Tea featuring an elaborate buffet spread of classic English delicacies and Local Indian favorites complemented with a selection of the world’s finest teas and coffees. In the evenings, guests may choose to opt for a quiet glass of Champagne or a cocktail as they watch the lights from the moving ships on the harbour.
  • The Heritage Walk & Art Walk showcase the hotel’s diverse collection of paintings and works of art

Other hotels may be an emblem of their city, but perhaps none so much as the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai. This icon was built in 1903 and was a turn-of-the-century trendsetter, becoming the first hotel in India with electricity. Since then, it’s hosted everyone from heads of state to the most famous entertainers in the world. The bright interiors of the hotel are filled with a treasure trove of memorabilia—massive Belgian chandeliers, Bastar tribal art, Anglo-Indian inlaid chairs and tables, Mughal-inspired Jali designs, contemporary sculptures—that are really a narrative of the city itself.

The hotel has also reopened the Taj Art Gallery within the hotel. The new Taj Art Gallery will be available for artists and commercial galleries around the country to exhibit. It seeks to broaden perspectives and encourage dialogue, relevant to contemporary discourses around art. The gallery program will be focused on the work of emerging and mid-career artists, as also on historical material.

When deciding on a room, we recommend suites in the Palace Wing, which is a work of art in its own right, featuring an Indo-Saracen-Moorish design. As far as facilities, the Taj Mahal Place’s 10 dining destination are some of the hottest in the country, with cuisines ranging from Indian to European to Middle Eastern to Asian.

Where is it and what's nearby

Located along the sea-front looking onto the Gateway of India, this hotel is a genuine landmark

  • Around Churchgate Station is Indo-Saracenic, Victorian Gothic and Art Deco architecture; after Miami, Mumbai has the most Art Deco buildings
  • Wine in India—who knew? A few hours away in Nashik – the Sula vineyards have noteworthy sauvignon blancs and reislings
  • The Prince of Wales Museum, which may be the best in the country, presents India’s history and culture through art

Taj Mahal Palace is set on the waterfront opposite the Gateway of India on nearly three acres of land. Mumbai actually backs up to the Arabian Sea, offering several palm-fringed beaches for family or couple fun. But more than a beach town, Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is a metropolis where you’ll see both very well-to-do and incredibly impoverished residents on the streets. The pace of the city—not to mention the sheer number of people packed into Mumbai—will either leave you exhilarated or stressed out. If it’s the latter, plan to spend some time in the hotel spa. If it’s the former, you may never want to leave.

How to enjoy Mumbai

Home to Bollywood, where more than 100 movies are made every year, Mumbai sizzles with glamour. Explore the trendy district of Bandra for upscale fashion, jewelry and accessories

  • Take a boat to Elephanta Island. The ancient temple cave complex is cool and quiet, a wonderful respite from the busy city
  • Explore the alleyways of the flea market of Chor Bazaar for the chance to buy everything from plastic flimflam to surprise finds such as vintage Baccarat
  • Tour the heart of Bollywood in Film City, a huge complex that includes 20 studios and many outdoor locations

Throughout Mumbai are examples of a Victorian colonial heritage, including the city’s oldest museum, the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum (formerly called the Victoria and Albert Museum) and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly known as Victoria Terminus). The railroad station was modelled on that of London’s St Pancras and is an outstanding example of glorious Gothic architecture.

For a glimpse of traditional Mumbai, stop by the dhobi ghats where your classic top load washer wouldn’t stand a chance in a head-to-head with the rock, hard soap and sheer muscle of the resident dhobis. One of the most beautiful hub destinations in the city is Flora Fountain. Appropriately surrounded by flowering shrubs, this ornate monument is bordered by Bombay University, the Bombay Stock Exchange and the Gateway of India.

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    When to visit Mumbai

    Visit in September to see Ganesh Visarjan. The climax of the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival, which celebrates the birthday of elephant-headed god Ganesh, it includes thousands of processions arriving on Mumbai’s beaches carrying Ganesh idols down to the sea. The processions are musical affairs with drums, songs and dancing.

  • We say

    The Taj is the heart and soul of Mumbai.

  • We say

    It’s large, but there are things to see around every corner and pillar.


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When you book with us

Because of our special relationship with The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai, we include these exclusive benefits when you book through Protravel:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Buffet breakfast daily in Sea Lounge or Shaminana Coffee Shop for up to two in-room guests
  • USD $100 equivalent hotel credit to be utilized during stay

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