Abode Bombay – Adorable, old-style guesthouse offering convenience and personality.
The eco-friendly and community-minded Abode is a pure delight, and so much nicer than the charmless motel-style options nearby. The Luxury Rooms are particularly spacious and feature sitting areas (and bathtubs) alongside broad windows providing so much space, light, and views. Rooms also come with prints of old India, funky furniture, and personal touches like the use of a local mobile/cell phone, eyeshades, and earplugs – not that the latter are needed because the area is comparatively quiet. (Other rooms share a bathroom, but are equally lovable.) All rooms branch out from a charming café-cum-lobby in the atrium, where a hearty breakfast is served to all. What’s more, the management is extremely helpful, and it’s only a short walk from the esplanade and iconic Gateway of India monument.
Abode Bombay – The Location
- Address: On the first floor of the small (and easy-to-miss) Lansdowne House building on M.B. Marg (road). Nearest and easiest landmark is the Regal Cinema (100m). Facing that building, head right and take the first left.
- Area: In a fabulous southern section of the city called Apollo Bunder. Packed with places to eat, drink, and shop. About 400m from the sea.
- How to Get There: From the airport, get a taxi at a pre-paid counter (30 km; 1-hour drive, longer during peak times). The iconic CSMT train station is 15 minutes (3 km) away.
- Handy to: Gateway of India. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus.
Abode Bombay – The Basics
- Guests: Independent and budget-minded travelers of all ages who appreciate the rates, convenience, and helpful staff.
- Views: Most rooms face the streets which are comparatively quiet, although some general noise is inevitable.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Certainly not expected (or provided) at this sort of inner-city guesthouse.
- Extras: Mobile phone for each room. It can be used for any local number.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +91 808 0234 066
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: abodeboutiquehotels.com
Abode Bombay – Amenities
- Pool: Not expected (or provided).
- Spa: Small room where a range of massages can be booked, including those provided by a local association of blind people.
- Fitness Center: None on-site, but ask the management about using a public gym within a few minutes’ walk.
- Other Facilities: Library. Laundry. Local tours. DVDs. Business services. Money-changing. Souvenirs.
Abode Bombay – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: Petite café in the atrium, which also serves as a reception and guest lounge. Provides breakfast as well as drinks and light meals from 11 am to 11 pm.
- Breakfast: Substantial and freshly-cooked breakfast included in all rates. Available until mid-day.
- Room Service: Drinks and light meals from 11 am to 11 pm.
Abode Bombay – Rooms
- Room Types: Abode Basic Rooms • Abode Simple Rooms • Abode Luxury Rooms • Abode Superior Luxury Rooms • List of all Rooms
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking on the premises.
- Best Room: The Abode Superior Luxury Rooms are in a corner, offering twice the space, light, and views. Spacious sitting area and standalone bathtub outside the bathroom.
- For Families: Rooms are not really designed for extra single beds. Best to book 2 adjoining rooms, but they don’t have connecting doors.
Abode Bombay – Local Transport
- Walking: Fascinating area for walking, with so many cafés, bars, and shops nearby – often upmarket and in colonial-era buildings. Comparatively quiet and shady streets, and extended sidewalk along the esplanade less than 400m away.
- Public Transport: Nothing of any use to tourists. The Mumbai Metro probably won’t reach this far until about 2023.
- Taxis & Auto-rickshaws: Plenty of taxis. Use the black-and-yellow ones and insist on using the meter. Rides can also be booked using Uber and Ola apps. No auto-rickshaws in this area.
Abode Bombay – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
Fabulous choices within 300m in all directions.
- Le15 Café – Light meals (mostly Western) and world-class coffee and pastries.
- Bademiya – Always popular for tasty Indian food at local prices in a simple setting. Non-vegetarian options available. From the guesthouse, walk over the road, past the namesake kebab stand (open evenings), and turn right.
- The Table – Award-winning and very swish, with extended communal tables on the ground floor and more intimate seating upstairs. Haute cuisine and no curries.
- Indigo Delicatessen – Chic bistro with wooden tables. Ever-changing menu includes sandwiches, ribs, and pizzas, as well as take-away breads and cheeses. One block northeast of the guesthouse. Just past The Table.
- Leopold Café +91 (0)22 2282 8185 – 150-year-old institution featuring adorable décor, fascinating photos, and clunky fans. Very popular, but slightly overpriced. Entrance easy to miss among market stalls along the main road. Walk past Bademiya and turn left at the main road.
- Pizza Express +91 (0)22 6656 2633 – Opposite Indigo Delicatessen. Renowned across the city, so it’s always busy. Lovely setting on two levels.
Shops & Markets
- As a popular tourist area, there are plenty of shops in the neighborhood. The best range is along the backstreet behind and inside the iconic Taj Mahal Palace hotel. Tailors and jewelers are a specialty. Just around the corner from the guesthouse, along Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, the sidewalks are full of market stalls. Especially busy around Leopold Café (see above).
- The majestic Gateway of India was built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of the English king. More iconic than interesting, there’s little to see, but the harborside setting is pleasant and the people-watching, fascinating. Boat tours also available. Free entry, and open 24/7. Just head down the road towards the sea. (400m).
Abode Bombay – The Hotel
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