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“Reasonably Good Value For Money (for Mumbai) in a Good Location”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Gulf Hotel

Gulf Hotel
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Gulf Hotel
Ranked #357 of 444 Hotels in Mumbai (Bombay)
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Reasonably Good Value For Money (for Mumbai) in a Good Location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2011

I stayed here with my mother for five days. We paid 1870 rupees (25 pounds) for a double room on the 5th floor with a window and a view (albeit small) of the sea. The communal areas of the hotel are quite exquisite (marble etc) which fools one into thinking the rooms might be of a similar standard. They're not! They're in severe need of renovation - peeling wallpaper, windows that are stuck etc. They have a website where the pictures of the rooms bears no resemblance to reality. It is a Muslim-run place and has a lot of Arab guests. The lift only goes to the 4th floor so we had to walk up one flight. We asked for the air conditioning to be turned off and after a few replies by hotel staff that it was not possible (they could attach paper over the vents if we wished!) a more senior and sensible staff found a crude handle to reduce the airflow. The room was pretty basic, the sheets were clean, but had holes in them, the mattress and pillows were fairly hard, and the bathroom was clean and had hot water, but the tap leaked. There was an old rusty noisy fridge which worked, as did the fan and tv. The room was cleaned every day if you asked it to be, and you also had to ask for other amenities such as toilet roll or soap. The staff were on the whole friendly and helpful. The hotel has an expensive restaurant on the top floor (Koyla) that has ok food (no alcohol), but is constantly busy (book in advance) with the young and trendy of Mumbai who go to smoke sheesha there mostly. The adjoining restaurant to the hotel (Ideal) has good food for a reasonable price. The hotel is really well situated to visit the other sights in Colaba on foot (Gateway of India, museums etc), there are always taxis outside and it's cheaper than many other 'budget' hotels in the area.

  • Stayed January 2011
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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Hoboken, New Jersey
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2010

So on a rainy day in Mumbai, we skipped over other hotels and chose the Gulf because the exterior looked nice. The cheapest room they had was more than twice what we wanted to pay for, but we assumed (foolishly) that the high price was for a nice room.

boy, we were wrong. First of all, there were only two of us, and the room they gave us had 3 beds in it. The sheets they had were old and dirty, and we didn't even use the blankets they gave us. I was wearing sandals everywhere in the room. I asked to get towels from the front desk (a 20-minute operation), and was assured that they would bring two down to the room. After another 40 minutes of waiting, I went back up to the front desk to ask again for the towels. The front desk guy, having totally forgot my request, got one of his guys to go find towels. After a frantic search, he found one "clean" towel to give me.

We were in Mumbai for three days, but only spent one night here and spent our whole first day walking around the neighborhood finding a better hotel, where we spent the last two days in Mumbai. That may have been a blessing in disguise because we got to know the area really well, but this blessing was not worth my stay at the Gulf.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2010

A little on the sterile side, the bathroom mildly dirty, but hey: it's India. Take pillow case and sheet. The staff are quick to help, and it's a short walk to Regal Circus and the Gateway. There is dingy restaurant right below hotel with quick service, cheap prices and good food. Get the cheese Naan with jam for breakfast.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2009

The area was good. Value for money. Staff always willing to assist.Food on Top Floor (Koylas) was exellent and inexpensive. Had a great time.No problem with bookings, unlike other hotels i stayed in Mumbai.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2009

We stayed there 2 nights, its just 5 min. from Gate of India, cheap, but bed sheets was dirty

Stayed November 2009, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2009

Though the rooms are small and lack comfort ameneties, but its located near Gateway of india

  • Liked — location
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  • Stayed September 2006, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Gulf Hotel

Property: Gulf Hotel
Address: Next To Radio Club, Mumbai (Bombay) 400005, India
Region: India > Maharashtra > Mumbai (Bombay)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #357 of 444 Hotels in Mumbai (Bombay)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 69
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