About The Taj Mahal Palace
At 550 rooms, this place really is a palace. The massive building is more than a hotel, though; its artifacts and history are woven into the very fabric of the city. Other hotels may be an emblem of their city, but perhaps none so much as the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai. This icon was built in 1903 and was a turn-of-the-century trendsetter, becoming the first hotel in India with electricity. Since then, it's hosted everyone from heads of state to the most famous entertainers in the world. The bright interiors of the hotel are filled with a treasure trove of memorabilia: massive Belgian chandeliers, Bastar tribal art, Anglo-Indian inlaid chairs and tables, Mughal-inspired Jali designs, contemporary sculptures that are really a narrative of the city itself. As far as facilities, the Taj Mahal Place's 10 dining destinations are some of the hottest in the country, with cuisines ranging from Indian to European to Middle Eastern to Asian. Enjoy a custom Middle Eastern menu in the cozy Casablanca Room, with glassware and crockery from the house of Versace; or try The Sea Lounge, which offers old colonial charm with art deco furniture and live Piano music enhanced by its spectacular view of the Arabian Sea. It is considered to be a city institution for traditional Afternoon Tea featuring an elaborate buffet spread of classic English delicacies and Local Indian favorites complemented with a selection of the world's finest teas and coffees. In the evenings, guests may choose to opt for a quiet glass of Champagne or a cocktail as they watch the lights from the moving ships on the harbor. Given its long residency and landmark status, perhaps it?s not surprising that this Mumbai landmark is considered one of the original grand hotels of the world.