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YMCA Central Branch
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YMCA Central Branch
Manila, Philippines
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58 reviews
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“All about location”
Reviewed 24 December 2013

With real estate prices in Mumbai being among the highest, if not the highest in the world, you would expect to fork out several hundred of dollars if you want to stay in the better parts of town. The YMCA is right in the heart of Colaba in a quiet street just off the main road which has all the shopping and popular cafes and bars in the area. It's about two blocks away from the famed Taj Hotel.

The room itself is not anything to be excited about but it has airconditioning and a fan as well as a decent desk and wardrobe. The toilet is clean, although the bottom part of the door wasn't in good shape. There's also no division between the toilet and the shower so expect to get everything wet when you take a shower. The mattress is hard but after about two weeks in India at the point when we got to Mumbai, I hardly noticed anymore. There are no lifts but they have people to help you bring heavy bags up.

Service is great, the front desk person was very informative and helpful. Price is a fraction of what you would pay in other places. Definitely a value for money place that I would recommend for budget travelers.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 6 March 2013

Stayed here for a few nights. Definitely the way to go if you don't want to fork out hundreds of dollars for the Taj Hotel. :)
The rooms and bathroom are clean. The staff were friendly and informative.
Best to book ahead as we had to ask every morning if there was a free room for us.
Lots of travellers come through here so its a great place to meet and chat about where they've been and where you going.
Only fault (which isn't that bad considering what most hotels were like) the mattress is super thin. But like I said, its common to find this.
Pay the extra $100AUD and you may find a more western-style bed.

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bristol
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 5 February 2013 via mobile

Clean rooms with no mosquitoes, good breakfast choice for European and Indian tastes, air condition and fan standard in each twin room. Good value for money. Helpful staff who are very friendly. Internet access available in lounge or wireless.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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Reviewed 16 October 2012

YMCA is at the hart of Colaba - walking distance to Leopolds café, Gate of India, etc. We stayed there 2 nights (2020 rs per night) in a room for 2 people with AC. Breakfast was included, butter jam toast and coffee or tea plus one banana.

Service is very attentive. Place is clean. Bed is nice and bathroom also well furnitured. They provide towels and paper toilet, as well as soap. You have also a gym that you can use, but we have not the time to test it.

I would recommend this place!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

The reviewer (Patrick) before me is pretty "spot on" and i rather focus on other tips for travellers and avoid duplication.

It is 5 mins walk to the Gateway and many of the westernised restaurants like Moshe, Indigo which is mentioned in many guidebooks on Mumbai (however pricey compared with local food and to cater for the international tourists and well heeled locals).

Also near to the Coloba shopping street and many side street bazaars for local colours and food (if you got strong guts) and the far end of that road is Sassoon Docks where fishermen bring their catch to Mumbai.

Also 10 mins walk to the buzz around Victoria (Train) Terminus where there is both designer and street market/peddlars.

Its a 15 mins to right of hotel to Nariman Point where there is a different sort of crowd and a promenade to watch people and fitness crowd.

The room has aircon (but no control) and a fan and it can be uncomfortable if you cannot control the temperature. There is a window to see the outside world (but side of other buildings rather).

Here are few more pictures of the hotel. I would come back for its basic accomodation and cleanliness.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Canton of Bern, Switzerland
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Reviewed 21 April 2012

Great location in Colaba, close to Leopold café, the Prince of Wales Museum, and also within a short walking distance from major tourist attractions such as the Gateway of India, Horniman Circle, the High Court and the University of Mumbai, etc.

The rooms are clean and very reasonably priced for Mumbai standards, and they are equipped with AC and a plasma TV with some cable movie channels. Hot water is abundant.

There is free luggage storage on the day of your check-out. Unfortunately, the YMCA Central Branch does not provide internet, but there are internet cafés closeby. Table tennis players will be happy to find several ping pong tables at their disposition.

The price range is similar to the YMCA International House in Mumbai Central, with the difference that at the YMCA Central Branch in Colaba you are not obliged to spend the 800 rupees per day for breakfast and dinner, and instead you are free to have all your meals outside which is very useful given the abundant eating options in Colaba. If it is more convenient for you to stay in Mumbai Central, however, the YMCA International House is a great option and its rooms offer a slightly higher standard than those of the YMCA Central Branch in Colaba.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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34 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 11 November 2011

I got a tip about this place from a friend who was looking for a decent hostel for her University attending son..she did recommend it for out of town visitors on short visits.
There are two sections..one for working males and the the other, across, on the opposite side of the building. Rooms are clean,airconditioned, decent attached bathroom, LCD TV with cable and the best, is the location.A quiet street, next to Colaba (less than 5 minutes walk).
The only problem is Food! There is a Canteen type of place..which will serve you basic breakfast..(not included in tarrif), but reasonably priced and edible, but no room service.One has to walk across to the other side for this.Its strange, if you need mineral water, they will send it to the room, but if need Tea in the morning..that is not allowed??
Room tarrif for a double is Rs 2000, which is reasonable for a city like Bombay. There are an amazing amount of other food options around Colaba, so that did help. Its definitely more than a hostel!!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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Property: YMCA Central Branch
Address: 12 Nathalal Parekh Marg | Colaba, Mumbai (Bombay) 400001, India
Region: India > Maharashtra > Mumbai (Bombay)
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Ranked #45 of 554 Speciality Lodging in Mumbai (Bombay)

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