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by Santorini Dave • Updated: October 8, 2019
The Oberoi, Mumbai – Sumptuous, seaside, and family-friendly, it’s one of the city’s finest.
Along the quieter end of the inner-city esplanade, The Oberoi is extremely luxurious. The layout is instantly appealing: all categories of accommodations face outwards, and most offer extensive views of the sea or streets. The décor throughout the rooms and suites is likeably contemporary (e.g. modern art and stand-alone bathtub), and there is optimum use of floor-to-ceiling windows. The Oberoi is actually attached to the Trident hotel (which shares the same owners), so guests can also enjoy the facilities there, which include a playground on a lawn and a more impressive pool. And the amenities for families at both the hotels are far better than at almost all rival hotels. The Oberoi faces the sea and is surrounded by terrific places to eat, drink, and shop, walkable via shady sidewalks, including a mall.
The Oberoi, Mumbai – The Location
- Address: At Nariman Point, on the southern end of Marine Drive, the inner-city esplanade. Physically attached to the Trident hotel next door, with direct walkways between the two lobbies and pools.
- Area: Fabulous area alongside the sea, so there are breezes, sunsets (haze permitting), and plenty of places to eat and drink nearby. As the esplanade becomes a dead-end only 200m past the hotel, traffic is minimal and the area, far quieter than the northern part of Marine Drive.
- How to Get There: From the airport, get a taxi at a pre-paid counter – although some rates include airport transfers (27km, 1-hour drive; longer during peak times). The Mumbai Central train station and nearby central bus depot are 20-25 minutes (6km) away, and the CSMT station is a 15-minute drive (3km) away.
The Oberoi, Mumbai – The Basics
- Guests: Caters mostly for those on holidays, including families.
- Views: Rooms and suites to the front offer broad ocean views. Those to one side face the side street (but with no angled views of the sea), while those to the other side directly face the (almost) adjoining Trident hotel. Rooms at the back overlook the city streets.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Perhaps surprisingly, there are none, but almost no other hotel in Mumbai provides these either.
- Extras: All rooms and suites have access to a 24-hour butler service.
- Wi-Fi: Free throughout for all guests.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +91 (0)22 6632 5757
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: oberoihotels.com
The Oberoi, Mumbai – Amenities
- Pool: Plenty of brightly-colored sunbeds, but the pool at the adjoining Trident hotel is larger and offers more impressive views. Both can be very breezy because they’re on high floors. Guests can walk between the two pools, which are on the same level, through a black gate.
- Spa: The Oberoi Spa offers a notable array of massages and facials. Open 24 hours.
- Fitness Center: Well-equipped and very spacious.
- For Families: Activities for families include separate cooking classes for adults and children. Playground at the attached Trident hotel.
- Other Facilities: Express laundry. Boutiques. Business services. Money-changing. Travel desk. Guided local tours.
The Oberoi, Mumbai – Food and Drink
- Restaurants & Bars: Ziya – Contemporary Indian cuisine from a menu created by a Michelin-starred chef. • Vetro and Enoteca – Italian cuisine and chic décor. Famous for its extensive wine collection, best savored at the attached Enoteca lounge. Dress up. • Fenix – Dishes from across India and Asia, with particular focus on Japanese. Attached bar specializes in imported whiskeys. • Eau Bar – Sea views and all sorts of cocktails and imported wines and spirits. Live soothing music on most nights. • The Champagne Lounge – Casual meeting spot at the lobby. Also coffee, sandwiches, and scones. • The Oberoi Patisserie & Delicatessen – Almost lost on a basement level, it’s popular for home-baked pastries, as well as imported cheeses, meats, and wines.
- Breakfast: May be included depending on the room and how it was booked, but not normally part of the rates.
- Room Service: Available 24/7.
The Oberoi, Mumbai – Rooms
- Room Types: Deluxe Rooms • Luxury Rooms • Premier Bay View Rooms • Premier Ocean View Rooms • Oberoi Executive Suites (some with Ocean Views) • Deluxe Suites • Premier Suites • Golcanda Presidential Suite (1-only) • Kohinoor Presidential Suite (1-only)
- Smoking Rooms: Some rooms allow smoking.
- Best Room: About six times larger than the Deluxe Rooms, the 1-only Kohinoor Presidential Suite features unrivaled luxury and views from corner windows. Also, a separate living/dining area, powder room, personal butler service, and private gym facilities.
- For Families: All rooms and suites can fit in one extra single bed. Some of the lower category rooms have connecting doors. The management is happy to discuss how to accommodate families.
The Oberoi, Mumbai – Local Transport
- Walking & Cycling: One of the finest areas in Mumbai for walking. With wide and shady sidewalks the entire length of the esplanade, why not join the hundreds of locals for an early morning stroll? MyByk rents bicycles on the other side of the road from the hotel. Safe to cycle along the esplanade as far as Chowpatty Beach (4km from The Oberoi, 8-minute drive) and some backstreets; not so anywhere else.
- 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 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.
Oberoi Mumbai – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
The CR2 mall (500m, 7-minute walk, see below) offers the finest selection in the area:
- Eleven Kitchens – Upmarket food court with 11 fabulous options, including a Subway.
- Jamie’s Pizzeria – Part of the international chain under the auspices of British celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver. Spacious and family-friendly.
- Ristorante Prego +91 (0)22 6617 2008 – Next to the mall entrance for classy Italian cuisine in a likeable setting.
- McDonald’s – Usual fare, but also fab street views.
- Also worth trying are the bistros and bars at the attached Trident hotel, which is accessible along an indoor walkway between the two hotel lobbies. The Trident offers: The Verandah (spacious and cheerful coffee shop), India Jones (stylish bistro for Asian dishes), and Opium Den (classy bar/lounge).
Oberoi Mumbai – The Hotel
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