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.
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