The Oberoi Mumbai has a troubled past, but also is the best rated luxury hotel in Mumbai. As I found a nice package via Virtuoso, I couldn’t resist booking the luxury hotel, which is located in South Mumbai. The location close to the most important touristic spots and the Marine Drive is very convenient, but not even close as spectacular as the hotel itself.
The Oberoi Mumbai is somewhat an institution. The luxury hotel got a full five stars on TripAdvisor, which is rare, even for ultra-luxurious properties.
Definitely a hotel I had to write a hotel review about!
Upon arriving at the hotel with a taxi from Mumbai Airport, you are welcomed in the lower lobby, where several doormen take care of your luggage.
In the upper lobby, there is the real check-in, where you can sit down and relax a bit.
However, relaxation is only for short as the check-in formalities are actually taken care of in the room.
We were assigned a Luxury Room with nice views of the sea at The Oberoi Mumbai as an upgrade through our Virtuoso rate.
After a quick and friendly check-in, we had a first view of the room, which is spacious with more than 40 square meters. Upon entering, you find yourself in a hallway with the bathroom to the left and also a door to a very small walk-in wardrobe.
To room itself comes with a large working desk, a King Bed, two large bedside tables, a couch and a chair around a little table and a large window, which makes the room bright and offers beautiful views of the city and the bay.
The interior at The Oberoi Mumbai looks modern and contemporary at the same time. Also, the Luxury Room was in a particularly good condition and extremely clean!
After just five minutes in the room, a butler introduced himself and also brought some iced tea and a cold towel and asked whether he could be of any further assistance. Honestly, I find butler service a little odd, but it’s indeed helpful to have someone for all your questions. Yet, I feel like it is worth mentioning in this hotel review that you may ask your butler to pack and unpack your stuff!
The room at The Oberoi Mumbai was without any doubt absolutely satisfying, but the real highlight definitely was the bathroom.
There’s a large window with a privacy blind, which accounts for the bathroom being very bright during the day. Next to the window, there’s a luxurious free-standing tub, which faces a small television.
Below the television, there’s a lot of storage space for the single sink. Separated from the bathroom itself are a toilet and a shower, which doesn’t come with a rain shower head, but is decent nevertheless.
Two true highlights of the bathroom at The Oberoi Mumbai were the Forest Essentials toiletries, which are of an extremely high quality, and the bathtub filled with roses upon arrival.
It’s definitely about lovely touches like this one to make a hotel unique.
It’s somewhat tough to impress me when it comes to a gym. At The Oberoi Mumbai I was also hardly impressed by the hardware, which was a little bit past its prime.
There are several machines and there are also free weights, but the gym itself is hardly impressive.
The views are also nothing to write home about. However, the friendly fitness instructor and the complimentary selection of fresh fruit juices, apples and granola bars impressed me as I’ve never seen something similar in any other luxury hotel I’ve seen so far.
Getting back to the hardware, I have to admit that I was also not impressed by the pool of The Oberoi Mumbai. While quite nice and heated, it was hardly outstanding in any regard.
There are also some nice loungers, but it’s a little tough to either swim or relax in/by the pool as the wind is extremely strong on the ~ fifth level.
While we initially wanted to try some local cuisine in Mumbai, time went by and we ended up ordering room service.
While the Risotto and also the selection of breads was outstanding, I still can’t really believe how crazily expensive food at The Oberoi Mumbai is for Indian standards.
Mains are starting at 20 Euro without taxes, which is outrageous for Indian standards.
Booking through Virtuoso, we were also able to enjoy breakfast at The Oberoi Mumbai. After having to wait five minutes for our table, we were seated at a rather average table (it’s worth noting that there are no really good tables at “Fenix”, the breakfast restaurant, anyway).
We also had a short look of the breakfast buffet, which looked quite nice, but was rather small. We were instantly offered help every time we came close the buffet and though had some trouble taking pictures.
However, what’s really amazing is not the buffet, but rather the on order menu, which comes with an amazing selection of Western and Indian items.
While Sabrina had the Parantha, which she said was stunning, I went with the Akuri, which was very good as well. Service at breakfast was good, yet not outstanding as I would have expected it to be at The Oberoi Mumbai.
I was aware of the fact that our Virtuoso rate came with a lunch, but didn’t really expect it to be served at Ziya, the prime restaurant of The Oberoi Mumbai.
The restaurant is one of only few restaurants in whole Asia with three Michelin stars and also offers beautiful views of the sea.
We got an adorable table and were impressed by the golden plates and cutlery awaiting us.
The menu comes with a wide selection of starters, mains and desserts, which are all crazily expensive for Indian standards.
We were free to choose any three dishes from the menu and went with two Indian starters, the Matka Chicken and the Butter Chicken as a main and the chef’s recommendation for a chocolate heavy desert with ice cream.
Overall, we could have hardly enjoyed our lunch at Ziya at The Oberoi Mumbai anymore. While not being very hungry due to our late breakfast, we enjoyed every dish to the utmost.
The items were not only creative, but also extremely tasty.
Service was outstanding during our whole lunch as well and we would have loved to stay a little longer, but sadly had to leave The Oberoi Mumbai for the airport again.
As you’ve most likely seen in this hotel review, The Oberoi Mumbai is without any doubt a truly outstanding property. The rooms are very nice and come with stunning bathrooms, the service was outstanding during our whole stay and the quality of food could hardly be any better. The pool is just average and so is the gym, which won my heart anyway through the nice additional offerings.
Taking into account that The Oberoi Mumbai is not only one of the best, but also one of the most expensive options in Mumbai, you should think about the value for the money before booking. However, if you are looking for an outstanding luxury experience, you definitely can’t go wrong with The Oberoi Mumbai!
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