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“Incredible value for location, except for dance club next door”
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Hotel Lawrence
Ranked #23 of 391 Mumbai (Bombay) B&B and Inns
Seattle
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Incredible value for location, except for dance club next door”
Reviewed 16 January 2012

Hotel Lawrence is ideally located for tourists at a fraction of the price of other hotels.

Don't worry too much about the stories of sketchy alleys and stairwells. It is true you have to walk 30 meters down a side street to find the stairwell (on the right, small hotel sign at eye level), but it did not seem unsafe. Same with the stairwell: guy sleeping on 1st floor landing, sacks of something blocking much of the stairwell, unpainted wood, but well-lit at night and not apparently unsafe. The hotel staff are professional and helpful. Rooms are basic budget, though cleaner and brighter than average. Bring your own bedsheet and toilet paper. Common bathrooms are scrubbed daily but still budget common bathrooms... except for the lovely surprise of hot water (!) once you figure out how to operate it. The one on the end had the best hot water. Breakfast was decent.

Only downside was the (upscale) dance club across the side street. Bring heavy-duty earplugs, or don't come back to the hotel between 10PM and 1AM. If there were no dance club next door I would have given this hotel a five star.

Even considering the dance club and unattractive exterior, this is a stunning budget value for Mumbai.

Room Tip: Try to get one on the left side of the hallway. Maybe they are shielded a little bit from the dance...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Durban, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2012

Great hotel in a very good area, nice and close to Colaba, it took us 10 minutes to walk to the Gateway of India. Rate included a desent breakfast of chai, breadroll, butter and banana, which was great. Shared bathroom is alright and quite clean, the room and linen were perfectly clean. Noisy at night, but not too bad at all. Manager is not the friendliest of people, but fine. Recommended.

Room Tip: The last room on the right has 2 windows facing the street, nice view and nice and cool too.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2012

Good value for money. Conveniently located, just stone's throw away from The Gateway of India. Basic but clean rooms. Shared bathrooms that leave a lot to imagination but friendly and helpful staff that goes this extra mile. The staircase leading to the hotel could easily put you off but don't let this happen. The hotel is worth climbing these three sets of stairs.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Kenya
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Reviewed 13 November 2011

This place is in a fantastic location, right around the corner from India Gate and down the street from Colaba. Rooms are very basic, but clean, and there were no bedbugs in my room. The staff was super friendly; they let me check in early in the morning and ordered a taxi for me at midnight! They also bring breakfast to your room. I really enjoyed my stay here.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 September 2011

price 600 single room... 700 for a double room. common bathrooms (3 are available) look like 20 years old, but are quiet clean anyway... rooms very simple. Dont expect any luxuries! even towels not included... but it works anyway, no bedbugs, no mould... quiet but close to pulsing spots. i liked it here, especially for this price (little breakfast included)

  • Stayed September 2011
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2011

We were shocked by the entrance to the building and almost went elsewhere but glad we persevered and climbed the staircase of doom! The owner was friendly and very helpful and we found the rooms light and airy and clean. The location is great and breakfast is a bonus. The hot shower was unexpected and much appreciated! Overall a great deal for Mumbai.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Barcelona, Spain
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Reviewed 21 August 2011

I stayed here at the end of July 2011, coming from a cheaper but horrible place. These were my only experiencies in cheap Mumbai places, but I have travelled around India and Nepal and this is among the best places I have stayed for such a cheap price.

I was a little afraid of bedbugs because of two former reviews, but I have not had any similar problem; no other bugs either.

The manager was truly kind and helpful, and gave me advice about some things and even lent me a city map. I also talked to another staff member and he was very friendly.

The room was not big but OK. Bedsheets were clean and bed acceptably comfortable. As it is in a little street coming from a not very busy big street, it was also pretty quiet considering being in Mumbai. The location was good, nearby Gateway of India and several restaurants and a cybercafe. There was also free filtered water, that is a nice detail, and even some books and guides at reception.

On the bad part, there were no plugs in the room, so I had to bring my laptop to reception to use it. The shared bathrooms were very acceptable for Indian standards but poor for Western ones, although they were reasonably clean. For some people, it could be shocking that there were people sleeping in the steps leading to the hotel from 8-9 pm, but they looked absolutely harmless and said nothing to me.

To conclude, I would say that it is a very good option for staying there some nights at a very cheap rate.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
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Property: Hotel Lawrence
Address: No 33 I T T S House Shree Saibaba Marg, Mumbai (Bombay) 400001, India
Region: India > Maharashtra > Mumbai (Bombay) > Gateway of India
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Ranked #23 of 391 B&Bs / Inns in Mumbai (Bombay)
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Number of rooms: 9

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