Hotel Kemps Corner in Mumbai, India

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: October 8, 2019

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Review of Hotel Kemps Corner in Mumbai, India.

Hotel Kemps Corner – Cute, convenient, and great value – with much more to like besides.

As popular with Indian tourists as foreigners, this hotel is easy to spot: bright blue and only meters from a flyover that’s part of a major inner-city thoroughfare. Most rooms are compact, bordering on undersized, but quaint and likable, with an almost Mediterranean flair, e.g. murals on the walls of rooms with names like ‘The Grandma’s Shoe’ and ‘The Lunch Box’. Another attraction is the rooftop area where a decent breakfast is served to all guests. Until roadworks are finished elsewhere by about 2021, the area outside will remain a traffic bottleneck, but the range of places to eat, drink, and shop close by is pleasing. What’s more, the hotel is convenient: close to the inner-city beach (Chowpatty) and major train and bus stations, just off a main road heading to the airport and northern beaches, and a quick trip by taxi to the older parts of the city.

Hotel Kemps Corner – The Location

  • Address: 131 August Kranti Marg (road), Kemps Corner. In a bright-blue building, about 100m from the Kemps Corner Flyover along Pedder Road.
  • Area: Tightly-packed area of apartments, shops, cafés, and bars in a more upmarket section of the inner-city. Not far from Chowpatty beach, and convenient to the northern and southern parts of the city.
  • How to Get There: From the domestic or international airport terminals, get a taxi at a pre-paid counter (22km, 1-hour drive, longer during peak times). The Mumbai Central train station and nearby central bus depot are about 20 minutes away (2.5km).
  • Handy to: Chowpatty Beach.

Hotel Kemps Corner – The Basics

  • Guests: Independent and budget-minded travelers of all ages.
  • Views: Rooms are in 2 buildings. Those to the front may have street views, but would be noisy. Better are those to the side of the second building, where rooms overlook quiet lanes.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected (or provided) at this sort of mid-priced inner-city hotel.
  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout for all, and quick.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 (0)22 2363 1995
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: hotelkempscorner.com

Hotel Kemps Corner – Amenities

  • Pool, Spa, & Fitness Center: Not expected (or provided).

Hotel Kemps Corner – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Neither provided, but perhaps not unexpected at this sort of compact and low-key hotel.
  • Breakfast: Decent buffet breakfast included for all guests and served on the rooftop.
  • Room Service: Sandwiches, drinks (including beer), and light meals available from 11 am to 3 pm, and 7 pm to 10.30 pm.

Hotel Kemps Corner – Rooms

  • Room Types: Luxury Rooms • Premier Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking is permitted anywhere on the premises.
  • Best Room: Any room on the top floor of the second building will be quieter. Premier Rooms are considerably larger and feature sitting areas.
  • For Families: Not set up for families, and no space in most rooms for an extra single bed. With affordable rates, booking two adjoining (but not connecting) rooms is a good option.

Hotel Kemps Corner – Local Transport

  • Walking: With current traffic issues (to be relieved by about 2021) and narrow sidewalks, it’s not a pleasant area for walking, although there are plenty of shops and cafés nearby.
  • Public Transport: Nothing of any use to tourists. The metro probably won’t reach this far until about 2025.
  • Taxis & Auto-rickshaws: Plenty of black-and-yellow taxis. Insist on using the meter. Rides can also be booked using Uber and Ola apps.

Hotel Kemps Corner – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants& Bars

    Fine selection along the streets, but sometimes a little hard to find.

  • The Shalimar Hotel – Only 2 doors down, it offers the classy Gulmurg restaurant (street views and attentive staff), Yo! The Deli (excellent bakery and coffee shop), and District Lounge (chic and spacious bar). 2-minute walk (130m).
  • Doolally Taproom – Finest among several chic bistros/bars sprouting up in the area. Local craft beers, finger food, hearty meals, and chatty patrons. First floor, next to Starbucks on the other side of the flyover. 2-minute walk (150m).
  • Charcoal Eats – Meat lovers will rejoice in this simple eatery, part of a citywide chain. About 500m (west) down the road. 6-minute walk.
  • Sweetish House Mafia – Odd name for a bright little spot for cookies, cakes, and coffee. Across the junction from Charcoal Eats. 6-minute walk (500m).
  • Plate & Pint – Unassuming entrance leads to a bakery serving world-class quiches and croissants. At the back, the stylish café provides a wide range of tasty Western food. Bar attached. About 250m across the junction from Charcoal Eats. 7-minute walk (500m).

Shops

  • Along the nearby streets are some surprisingly fine places, including Crossword, an excellent bookstore on the other side of the flyover from the hotel, and under Doolally Taproom and Starbucks. 3-minute walk (200m).

Attractions

  • The popular Chowpatty Beach is about 2km by taxi. While the sand is clean and views, impressive, the water is not suitable for swimming. Plenty of food stalls during the evenings. 15-minute drive.

Hotel Kemps Corner – The Hotel

The bright blue building of Hotel Kemps Corner.

This brightly-colored hotel is hard to miss, about 100m down from a flyover in a convenient inner-city location.

Hotel Kemps Corner is split into 2 buildings.

The hotel is split into two buildings. Rooms to the back are further from the main road and, therefore, quieter.

Breakfast is served on the rooftop.

A substantial breakfast is included in all rates and served on the rooftop.

The bright blue rooftop.

Bright-blue is the dominant color along the walls and rooftop area, but not so elsewhere.

The lobby has a fairly large guest lounge.

Next to the reception desk is a sizeable guest lounge – with bright-blue cushions, of course.

Rooms are individually-named.

Rooms in the back building are given individual names, e.g. ‘The Lunch Box’ and ‘The Pigeon House’.

Rooms feature a subdued decor.

In contrast to the bright-blue paint on the outside, the décor in the rooms is subdued.

The rooms and bathrooms are very compact.

The Luxury Rooms and ensuite bathrooms are compact, almost undersized, if traveling as a couple.

The compact Luxury Rooms are comfortable and quiet.

Although rather small, the Luxury Rooms are comfortable, spotless, and mostly quiet.

Larger Premier Rooms have sitting areas.

The Premier Rooms are substantially larger and feature sitting areas.

Side rooms face quiet lanes.

Rooms to the side of the hotel face quiet lanes.

The neighborhood is very busy but interesting.

The area immediately outside the hotel is busy and fascinating.

The neighborhood is very busy.

Until roadworks elsewhere are finished by about 2021, streets around the hotel will remain clogged with traffic.

The neighborhood around the hotel is very interesting and busy.

Despite the traffic, the streets in the area are interesting to walk around, and some sidewalks are provided.

Gulmurg at The Shalimar next door offers excellent street views.

In The Shalimar Hotel only two doors down, the Gulmurg restaurant offers a quiet setting and street views.

District Lounge bar at The Shalimar is good value.

On the ground floor of The Shalimar Hotel is the chic District Lounge bar.

District Lounge bar at The Shalimar.

Seating in the District Lounge bar is comfortable and intimate.

Yo! The Deli at The Shalimar is extremely popular.

A separate door along the side of The Shalimar leads to Yo! The Deli, always popular with local workers.

Yo! The Deli sells sandwiches and drinks.

Yo! The Deli offers a range of drinks and sandwiches.

Sweetish House Mafia is popular for its cookies and cakes.

A cute little respite from the traffic is the oddly-named Sweetish House Mafia, just down the road from the hotel.

Plate & Pint café is excellent for dinner and drinks.

An excellent place for meals and drinks (including beer) is the Plate & Pint café. It’s across the junction, about 700m west down the road, away from the flyover.

Plate & Pint has seating in the back.

The Plate & Pint café also offers a range of cakes, pastries, and quiches which can be taken away or enjoyed in the café at the back.

Charcoal Eats close by sells meaty goodies.

For kebabs, wraps, and other meaty meals, this little eatery is about 500m down the road.

Doolally Taproom is just a few minutes from the hotel.

Hugely popular among local workers, Doolally Taproom is a fashionable bar/bistro next to Starbucks. Across the flyover, 200m away.

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

With no auto-rickshaws in the area and the metro not yet reaching this far, the only option for long distances is the black-and-yellow metered taxi.

Chowpatty beach is about 2km from Hotel Kemps Corner.

About 2km by taxi from the hotel is the prime inner-city beach, Chowpatty.

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