Citizen Hotel in Mumbai, India

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Updated: October 8, 2019

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Review of Citizen Hotel in Mumbai, India.

Citizen Hotel – Quiet and affordable mid-range option facing Mumbai’s prime beach.

Positioned nicely away from the traffic, this small and friendly hotel provides more panache than expected. Some rooms could do with a little modernization, but are still very comfortable and reasonably spacious. Those facing the sea feel like they’re virtually on the sand, while most of the other rooms also offer decent glimpses of the water. The Citizen is not up to the standard where a pool and gym are expected, but the position facing the beach, and surrounded by cafés, is among the finest in the city. It’s value-packed, with mid-range facilities at budget prices, and breakfast is included. And being so close to the airport, it’s a worthy option as a transit hotel.

Citizen Hotel – The Location

  • Address: 960 Juhu Tara Road, the main road alongside Juhu Beach, a popular area in the northern suburbs.
  • Area: Faces the beach at a bend in the road. About 150m down a poorly-signed lane from the road. A useful landmark is the bus stand along the lane to the hotel. Plenty of cafés and bars, and a few shops, in the immediate area.
  • How to Get There: From the airport, get a taxi at a pre-paid counter (9km, 35-minute drive; longer during peak times). The Andheri train station and connected metro station are 20 minutes (4.5km) away.
  • Handy to: Juhu Beach. Domestic and international airport terminals.

Citizen Hotel – The Basics

  • Guests: Mostly Indian tourists seeking a fabulous city-beach holiday.
  • Views: The few rooms at the front directly face the sea and almost feel like they’re on the sand. Those to the side still offer decent glimpses of the ocean.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Certainly not expected (or provided) at this sort of low-key hotel.
  • Extras: Daily newspaper delivered to each room.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout. Quick and reliable.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 (0)22 6693 2525
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: citizenhotelmumbai.com

Citizen Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool, Spa, & Fitness Center: Not expected (or provided).
  • Other Facilities: Money-changing. Laundry.

Citizen Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: (Both restaurants serve alcohol.) Bay View Restaurant & Bar – Pleasant indoor setting with sea views. Impressive service and extensive menu. • Sea Side Patio – Outdoor tables alongside the beach, almost on the sand. All-day dining, cheaper than the attached restaurant. Perfect for sunsets.
  • Breakfast: Included in all rates.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurant hours of about 7 am to 10 pm.

Citizen Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Executive Rooms • Deluxe Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: Some smoking rooms available, if requested.
  • Best Room: The best, of course, are those facing the sea. And the ones on the top (3rd) floor would be a little quieter.
  • For Families: Rooms can squeeze in an extra single bed, while many have connecting doors.

Citizen Hotel – Local Transport

  • Walking: One of the finest areas in Mumbai for strolling, especially along the extensive beach. There are some sidewalks and plenty of places to eat and shop nearby.
  • Public Transport: Nothing of any use to tourists. The Mumbai Metro probably won’t reach this far until about 2025.
  • Taxis & Auto-rickshaws: Plenty of black-and-yellow taxis along the road. They have meters and drivers will use them without too many arguments. Unlike the city center, auto-rickshaws operate here, and also usually use their meters. Rides can also be booked using Uber and Ola apps.

Citizen Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    The bustling food court about 300m north of the hotel is home to about 30 stalls selling street food. Might be a good time and place to try pav bhaji (spicy vegetable curry with buttery bread) or tawa pulao (traditional fried rice). These 5 places are within 600m north of the hotel (towards and past the Ramada Plaza Palm Grove hotel).

  • Domino’s – Familiar pizza joint notable for the rooftop eating area with views rivaling those at 5-star resorts. 5-minute walk (400m).
  • TAP – Trendy meeting spot on the ground floor. Focus on grills. Also, live music, DJs, and TV sports. 5-minute walk (400m).
  • Bora Bora – Above TAP and similar layout. More of a bar than a café, but great Italian food. Live music most nights. 6-minute walk (450m).
  • Ramada Plaza Palm Grove – This hotel offers a few decent options: Tangerine Café (24-hour coffee shop), Oriental Bowl (authentic Chinese), and Shooters (sophisticated bar). 6-minute walk (450m).
  • Shiv Sagar – One in a city-wide chain of reliable vegetarian restaurants. Always good value and perennially popular. 7-minute walk (600m).

Shops & Markets

Attractions

  • Juhu is the premier beach in Mumbai. Implausibly packed on public holidays and weekends, it is relatively quiet on weekdays. The beach is the sort found in Goa: extensive, scenic, reasonably clean, and usually fine for swimming. A few water sports can also be arranged at a spot near the hotel.

Citizen Hotel – The Hotel

Citizen Hotel is located on Juhu beach.

The Citizen Hotel is in Juhu, an excellent beach in the northern suburbs of Mumbai.

All rooms offer sea views.

The layout ensures that all rooms to the side also offer decent glimpses of the ocean.

The hotel is located away from the main road.

The hotel is about 150m from the main road, so all rooms are shielded from traffic noise.

Plush interior of The Citizen hotel.

The Citizen offers more style and grace than the exterior and rates might indicate.

Bay View Restaurant & Bar offers sea views.

Inside, but still offering sea views, the Bay View Restaurant & Bar at the hotel is swish.

Sea Side Patio offers beach-side seating.

Sea Side Patio is an appropriate name for this café/bar at the hotel, one of very few in the area alongside the beach.

Sea Side Patio offers interesting beach views.

There is always plenty to see from the Sea Side Patio café at the hotel.

Sea views from the hotel rooftop.

The hotel rooftop offers extensive views of the beach in both directions.

Rooms are simple but comfortable.

Some rooms could do with a little modernization, but are otherwise very comfortable.

Spacious rooms have enough space for a desk and luggage.

Rooms feature decent-sized desks and enough space for luggage.

Each room has a small window-side sitting area.

A small sitting area is alongside the window in each room.

Food stalls near the hotel.

A few minutes’ walk north (via the beach or road) is a collection of food stalls.

Street food at the beach stalls.

The food stalls at the beach are an ideal place to try some street food.

Ramada Plaza hotel is within walking distance.

The Ramada Plaza hotel, less than 500m north via the road or beach from the Citizen, offers several fabulous places to eat.

Tangerine Café at the Ramada Plaza.

At the Ramada Plaza, the Tangerine Café is open 24 hours.

Shooters bar/lounge at the Ramada Plaza.

The Shooters bar/lounge at the Ramada Plaza is ideal for a relaxing drink.

Shiv Sagar vegetarian restaurant is opposite Ramada Plaza hotel.

Almost opposite the Ramada Plaza, Shiv Shagar is one in a city-wide chain of vegetarian restaurants.

Bora Bora opposite the hotel is great for drinks.

On a bend in the road almost opposite the Ramada hotel is Bora Bora. On the upper floor, it’s a trendy open-air meeting spot for a drink or meal.

TAP bistro/bar is under Bora Bora.

Under Bora Bora is the equally hip TAP bistro/bar.

Domino's outlet nearby with rooftop seating.

Only a few minutes on foot from the Citizen, this familiar pizza joint offers rooftop seating with outstanding views.

Nature’s Basket supermarket is within walking distance.

Just behind Juhu Residency Boutique Hotel, about 1km north of the Citizen, is the outstanding Nature’s Basket supermarket.

Nature’s Basket sells organic and imported items.

Nature’s Basket sells locally-grown organic products and imported goodies, like wine and cheese.

Metered black-and-yellow taxis are common in the city.

There are always plenty of taxis along the main road. The black-and-white ones have meters – and drivers usually use them.

Buses are very popular with the locals.

A useful landmark is the bus stand along the lane to the hotel, but services are of little use to foreign tourists.

Juhu beach is very long.

The beach in front of the hotel extends a long way in both directions.

Quiet beach early in the morning.

While the beach can be impossibly crowded on public holidays and weekends, it’s comparatively quiet on weekdays.

Amazing sunset at Juhu beach.

The sunsets at Juhu, especially from the hotel bistro/bar, are fantastic.

Water-sports counter outside the hotel.

A few water-sports can be arranged at a spot very close to the hotel.

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