Set in the heart of Colaba, Abode Hotel is the kind of discovery Indiaphile readers will absolutely love. In fact, we’re naming it our hotel of the year, for it’s combination of style, ethics and friendly service.
Just past the famous Regal Cinema, above a fairly nondescript Colaba street, Abode welcomes it’s visitors into a haven of boho tranquillity. Housed in a 110-year-old heritage building, sensitively updated by Australian architect Sian Pascale, Mumbai’s first boutique hotel is situated in what was once the private house of an East India Company director. With it’s double height ceilings, whitewashed brick walls and original circular glass internal window, the design evokes the colonial era, and yet the furnishings are the epitome of contemporary style. Antique wooden furniture sites beside old Bakelite switches, the bathrooms lie behind salvaged wood doors, the artwork includes framed vintage Indian books, and the floors are inlaid with patterned tiles. Wicker furniture has been sourced from the city’s second-hand markets, signs have been done by local truck painters, and soft furnishings crafted from vintage saris and block-printed fabrics. This place is a homage to the city of old, a place to unwind and chill out in minimalist luxury.
Staying in a comfortable hotel in Mumbai, one is acutely aware of the millions of people struggling in quite difficult surroundings only a stone’s throw from the hotel. Kudos to Abode, however, for making the experience such a conscientious one. Massages are done in conjunction with a local school for the blind, airport transfers are done via the city’s only female staffed taxi service, and there are ecological touches at every step of the way. Even the AC unit, I noticed, is down with the lowest possible carbon footprint.
If the judge of any good hotel is in its chai, Abode comes out very highly. A superb cup of spicy hot chai served in retro enamel was followed by one of the most fragrant rose lassis I’ve ever tasted. Breakfast was toast, curd, fresh fruit and egg bhurji (scrambled, with spices).
With no traditional lobby to speak of, the managers Yuvraj and Asawari at Abode sit at a corner table of the main room, behind a stylish Apple Mac. They can can help with anything from airport transfers to personalised walking tours and eating recommendations.
These guys have really thought of everything. Every guest gets a prepaid local mobile phone to help organise life as you explore the city. The flat screen television comes preloaded with a dongle of their favourite movies. There are even a package of earplugs beside every bed, in case the ubiquitous Mumbai street noise keeps you awake. All rooms have Wifi as standard too!
The hotel is 1.2 miles from the well-known Nariman Point and 6.2 miles from the famous Girgaon Chowpatty Beach. The Local Bus Station is 100 yards away. The CST Railway Station is 1.2 miles while the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Mumbai Airport is 15.5 miles away.
Definitely our favourite place to stay in Mumbai, Abode really is a brilliantly conceived hotel. And with rooms starting at 4000 rupees a night it’s quite reasonable too for what they offer. An absolute gem.
Name: Abode Bombay
Address: First Floor, Lansdowne House, M.B. Marg (near Regal Cinema, opposite Ling’s Pavilion), Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharastra, India, 400001
Landmark: Opposite Chinese restaurant – Ling’s Pavilion
Contact Number: +91 8080234066