This was my 5th stay here in the past 2 years, and you should read my earlier reviews along with the title of this review and that pretty much sums it up. Perhaps, as a result of past comments from various guests, the hotel has instructed its drivers not to bring the guests from the airport through the messed up main road. So, he brought me from the inner lanes and the innards of the area. I am glad it was dark, and I could not see much around, but he was basically driving me through some of the worst slums in the area. It seemed like a shorter drive, but as always with approaching the hotel in a car, one should keep ones eyes fast shut until one is well past teh security gate, and safely ensconed in the warm, welcoming interiors of the hotel.
A new tip this time. As I have said before about the rooms in the hotel, one has a choice of either looking out into the slums and the chaos of the street outside or the insides of the tenements on the other side. However, ask for a room facing the slums (and the hills) on the East, and you will be rewarded with a beautiful sunrise over the (dirty) hills. Just enough to make up for the terrible views and the location.
I must also acknowledge here the fact that this is the ONLY Holiday Inn (for that matter any Priority Club hotel) in the world that recognizes me as a Platinum member and provides the necessary benefits and upgrades. Hats off to the mangement for this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport is the first refreshed Holiday Inn in India. This 245 room hotel is located amidst North Mumbai’s commercial hub and is 1.2 kms from the International and 5 kms from the Domestic airports. Hotel facilities include a Rooftop infinity pool, Business Centre, an Executive Lounge, Gymnasium and Spa. For conference and banqueting facilities there is a grand Ballroom which accommodates 500 guests and 4 smaller meeting rooms equipped with superior technology. Sky Terrace is an open air roof top venue for that perfect evening gathering. On offer is a choice of dining options: Saptami - an all day dining restaurant featuring live counters, Saptami Express – offers fresh deli specialties, 72 – a chic lounge bar and 24 hour Room Service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport Hotel Mumbai (Bombay)