The Shalimar – Affordable midrange option that’s comfortable, functional, and convenient.
This low-key but agreeable hotel offers a range of rooms and suites at half the rates of those in more fashionable suburbs. Yet the area is still reasonably upmarket and certainly handy: close to the inner-city beach (Chowpatty) and the major train and bus stations, just off a main inner-city thoroughfare heading to the airport and northern beaches, and a quick trip to the attractions in downtown. The Shalimar offers spacious motel-style rooms for the budget-conscious, while the Lifestyle Suites are individually-themed and unconventionally decorated, e.g. ‘Egypt Room’ and ‘Marrakesh’. As well as the inexpensive rates, the other major selling point is the pleasing range of facilities nearby.
The Shalimar – The Location
- Address: August Kranti Marg (road), Kemps Corner. The Kemps Corner Flyover along Pedder Road is a major landmark, about 150m away.
- 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 (20km; 1-hour drive, longer during peak times). The Mumbai Central train station and nearby central bus depot are about 20 minutes away (2.5 km).
- Handy to: Chowpatty Beach.
The Shalimar – The Basics
- Guests: Mostly budget-conscious Indian business people and Western tourists.
- Views: Rooms to the front face the main road, so they may suffer from traffic noise. Those to the side face quiet lanes with a few other similar-sized buildings nearby.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected (or provided) at this sort of mid-priced inner-city hotel.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +91 (0)22 6664 1000
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: theshalimarhotel.com
The Shalimar – Amenities
- Pool: Not expected (or provided).
- Spa: On the ground floor, and with a separate entrance, the Serene Room provides a good range of treatments.
- Fitness Center: Small, as anticipated at this type of hotel, but decent enough. Open 24/7.
- Other Facilities: Hair salon. Business Center. Money-changing. Art gallery in the lobby.
The Shalimar – Food and Drink
- Restaurants & Bars: Gulmurg – Quiet and stylish setting on an upper floor. Street views, and wide menu of Indian, Chinese, and European food. • Yo! The Deli – Very popular café for sandwiches, coffee, and pastries. Eat-in or takeaway. Attached is The Bakerie bakery. • District Lounge – Intimate sofas, wooden bar counters, and an extended list of imported spirits.
- Breakfast: Not generally included, but this depends on how the room was booked. Otherwise, available for an extra charge.
- Room Service: Available from about 7 am to 11 pm.
The Shalimar – Rooms
- Room Types: Studios • Zen Rooms • Smart Rooms • Comfort Room • Lifestyle Suites • List of all Rooms
- Smoking Rooms: May be allowed in some rooms; ask the management when booking.
- Best Room: Choose one of the Lifestyle Suites depending on the décor of choice, e.g. ‘New York’, ‘Greece’, or ‘Egypt’. The most authentic Indian-style suites are ‘Le Pondicherry’, ‘The Malabar Room’, and ‘Rajputana’.
- For Families: Nothing set up for families, and no space for an extra single bed in any room or suite. The only option is to book 2 rooms, and a few do have connecting doors.
The Shalimar – Local Transport
- Walking: With wide sidewalks, it’s a pleasant area for walking and exploring the plenty of shops and cafés nearby.
- Public Transport: Nothing of any use to tourists. The metro probably won’t reach this far until about 2023.
- Taxis & Auto-rickshaws: Plenty of black-and-yellow taxis. Insist on using the meter. Rides can also be booked using Uber and Ola apps.
The Shalimar – What’s Nearby?
Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars
A surprisingly fine selection in a 200m radius, but sometimes a little hard to find.
- Charcoal Eats – Meat lovers will rejoice in this simple eatery, part of a citywide chain. About 200m (west) down the road.
- Sweetish House Mafia – Odd name for a bright little spot for cookies, cakes, and coffee. Across the junction from Charcoal Eats.
- 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. Across the junction from Charcoal Eats.
- 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.
- 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.
- The popular Chowpatty Beach is about 2 km by taxi. While the sand is clean and views, impressive, the water is not suitable for swimming. Plenty of food stalls during the evenings.
The Shalimar – The Hotel
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