Find out about short term and long term places to stay in Mumbai, whether on holiday or for business travel: hotels, serviced apartments, hostels, guest houses and flats...
As a commercial city and the capital of the state, Mumbai offers a wide range of business hotels (many of which surround the airport), luxury hotels and options for short-stay accommodation. Also on offer are serviced apartments, guest houses, short-term rental apartments and hostels. There are several getaway resorts with excellent hotel provision within 30 Km of the city. Accommodation is plentiful in Mumbai, but few options are cheap by comparison to other Indian cities.
Hotels in Mumbai range from budget to five-star, and the range of services corresponds with the price. Luxury hotels are generally contemporary in design, with a few notable exceptions, and their facilities may include swimming pools, spas, water slides, fitness centres, shopping arcades and travel assistance. Location is an important factor in price, and less expensive hotels for travelling professionals are located across the city. Facilities may be basic or more comfortable, with particularly helpful reception staff and meal service commonly found. Air conditioning is not universal, and is an important feature to consider when choosing a hotel.
Hotels are categorised from one to five stars according to the Indian Ministry of Tourism's guidelines. There are two associations that carry out the ratings: the Hotel Association of India and the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India.
- For a listing of hotels in Mumbai, see the Hotels & Holiday Accommodation category of the Angloinfo Mumbai Business Directory
Serviced apartments are a popular choice in Mumbai, owing to the number of professionals who commute over long distances on a weekly or monthly basis. Serviced apartments for long-term and short-term let are widely available. Most are typical flats, with flat-sharing a possibility, but many include conference suites and office facilities. Serviced apartments may be let out by single-building businesses or larger companies that operate across the city. They may also provide meal services on request.
- For a listing of serviced apartments in Mumbai, see the Serviced Apartments category of the Angloinfo Mumbai Business Directory
Guest houses represent a wide range of price and type. They are often more costly than in other parts of India, and price will vary by district. They may have more in common with serviced apartments or hostels, depending on the guest house in question. Rooms are typically smaller than those found in serviced apartment suites, and prices are generally lower than in hotels. Dormitories and meals may be available.
- For a listing of guest houses in Mumbai, see the Bed & Breakfast & Guesthouses category of the Angloinfo Mumbai Business Directory
Hostels are rare in Mumbai, and mostly provide accommodation for students studying in the city. There are several single-gender hostels linked to charities and universities, but rooms may be difficult to book in advance.
Apartments for Short-term Rent
Many flats in Mumbai are leased out for short-term and long-term lets by lettings and property agents, as well as by private individuals. Furnished, part-furnished and unfurnished apartments are available. Property agents will typically request a deposit of two weeks to one month, and communal charges will be payable. The social views of the landlord or landlady and the relevant tenants' association can be a barrier to potential tenants, particularly in more exclusive areas. Property agents can handle any particular problems on a case-by-case basis.