Travel Blogs from Mumbai (Bombay)
... every week for a tenner. I've had suits tailored for me. I've not had to iron a single shirt, cook or clean the flat once. I've walked into pretty much every club, bar and restaurant I've wanted to without queuing. I've partied till dawn on the roof of a hotel and for a week in Goa. I've experienced more sights, sounds and smells than in years in England. Bombay is a place full of contradictions. I've seen really terrible things - children with sliced-off ears, old men ...
... 7th Feb we once again travelled to the bus station. We then got on a bus to Ajanta Caves (with all our bags and things). The bus ride took 2.5hours and was actually surprisingly comfortable. Upon arrival at the caves complex we had to pay an amenity fee (for what we are not sure), check our bags into the cloakroom, then catch a bus 4km to the caves.
These caves were interesting due to the fact that they were different than caves we ...
The second day in Mumbai was a day of extremes...from elaborate, fancy wedding parties, to the poorest people living on the streets. Mumbai itself is a city where wealth and poverty are literally at each other's doorstep. Cramped, slums can literally be steps away from a huge, palatial home. It is impossible not to see both when in this city.
The day started with the henna ceremony. It was a gathering of the grooms side (the bride had her own ceremony with her ...
... juices and momos. Finding good value with a smile in that area borders on impossible. 7. Due to crowds (1.2 billion people, remember?) you will only be let into an Indian airport with a valid ticket and only up to 4 hours prior to departure time. It's worth remembering that. You can be accompanied by family, in which case they will need to purchase a visitor's ticket. Yes, you heard me. In Bombay this costs roughly the equivalent of ...
... hill there are women walking around with metal jugs of water on their heads. They step directly in your path and plead with you to buy some water from them. "Water! Only one quarter! Water!" Just be sure to mind the parasites... or stick with your bottled water. The caves are incredible. It always blows my mind to think about how something so glorious was crafted entirely by hand. The caves are a cool respite from the sweltering heat ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ascot Hotel Mumbai (Bombay)
Hotel moderno y bien localizado
Muy sorprendidos con la calidad del hotel.Hotel nuevo, con habitaciones confortables, modernas y limpias. Buena ubicación, en una calle tranquila y cercana a la Gate of India. Para los precios de los hoteles en Mumbai, el Ascot tiene muy buena relación calidad-precio. Recomendable.
Die besten Zimmer, die wir während unseres kompletten Aufenthalts in Indien hatten. Außergewöhnlich modern und sauber. Das Personal war sehr bemüht, uns alles recht zu machen. Kostenloses Internet. Wirklich tadellos.
Best rooms we found in the whole of our stay in India. Exceptionally modern and clean. Staff made a real effort for everything to be just right. Free Internet. Faultless really.
Great hotel but getting expensive
The Ascot is a great hotel. I have stayed there several times after fairly gruelling trips around India and it is always a real treat to arrive. The rooms are huge, really comfy beds and the bathrooms are great. My only complaint is that the prices are constantly rising. Between Jan '06 and Nov '06 the prices had risen by around 25%! What was a really good value hotel is becoming an expensive luxury, particularly by Indian prices!
Great find in busy Mumbai
The Ascot is a great value for the price. It's clean, modern, has all the mod-cons including flat-screen T.V., good A.C., moden and big bathrooms, in the heart of Colaba. It's within walking distance to the Gateway of India, the seafront and the nightlife in the neighborhood is fun with all the street vendors. The location couldn't be better and the hotel itself is great.
Wonderful modern Ascot
We checked into the Ascot hotel after an awful experience at the Godwin down the road and we were absolutely delighted we did so . The staff bent over backwards to get the room ready even though we were 3 hours early for check in . The rooms were modern and chic , clean comfortable and bright . Bathroom was spacious and spotless . Location is ideal for colaba and the gateway of india . It was a pleasure returning to this hotel at night after a hectic day battling Bombay . The staff , the facilities and cleanliness of the hotel was flawless and one of the best hotels we stayed in in our 5 week trip in india . Great value for money . Definitely recommended .
Great location, great hotel
After checking into the awful Harbour View hotel, we had to find a better place to stay. We had a look at the Ascot hotel and breathed a huge sigh of relief immediately.
The rooms are really big, with huge beds, great bathroom with bath and separate shower cubicle. The linen was great, satellite tv, quiet aircon.
Staff were helpful and the location was great - being a short walk from India Gateway and around the corner from a street with markets along it.
Great Place to Stay - Cleanliness is Fantastic, Standards are High
I stayed at this hotel for three days with my sister and a friend in September and we all loved it. It was safe, quiet and we found the staff were helpful. It is dominated by Arab customers - however this shows that the standards are kept high. Spacious room, big bed, great bathroom and shower. The location was alright as well in Colaba. Came across it by chance, there are a number of Hotels along that same road, but none of them really match the standards, quality and cleanliness of this hotel. I do not think it is expensive in comparison to other hotels in mumbai that offer a poorer quality of standards yet are more expensive to stay at. I would certainly stay here again
Great Value and v nice rooms
Didn't stay here so can't offer info on service but stayed next door and wished I hadn't.
The Ascot on Garden Road is a little gem of a find. Great location which is just around the corner from the Gate of India and top night spots and clubs within a short taxi ride. Busy shopping areas also on the door step. Room I saw was clean, great size and fabulous decor.
For this price, this can't be beaten. India in general lacks mid range hotels and this fits the gap nicely. Business or personal would be happy here.
Good value, which is hard to find in Mumbai
I booked a lower-cost Superior room; they gave me a Deluxe room at the same price because they had run out of Superior rooms; so they honored their commitment. Overall I was very pleased with this hotel, and if I go to Mumbai again, this is where I'll stay. The location is very good, and it's extremely hard to find a mid-range clean hotel in Mumbai; this is one of the few. Modernized (a bit over the top with modernization, but good quality, and it shows the owner cares).
Here's what was in the room: A small closet with shelves, and a light that goes on when the closet door opens; combination safe. Nice desk and chair. Phone. King bed. Bedside light switches. Soft bedside lounging chair. Windows on 2 sides but no view. Refrigerator. Small freezer only large enough for ice cubes. Tea water heating pitcher, cups, tea bags. TV with many channels, half in Hindi and other Indian languages; Al-Jazeera in Arabic; Russian, Spanish, Thai stations; BBC, CNN, ESPN, HBO, one US network I think NBC. Lots of Indian movies with star-crossed lovers with languid eyes. DVD player. Air conditioning that has more than one setting. Bathroom scale. Thong slippers. Modern accoutrements in bathroom. Tub with shower sprayer. Shower with glass door. Toilet with bidet sprayer. Hair dryer. Dial-up internet connection, but you need to know how to configure your computer, so it was useless to me. Phone at bedside, on table, and in the bathroom.
Qur'an in the drawer (other hotels have the Bhagavad-Gita in the drawer), direction to Mecca is marked, prayer rug available in the closet. So this hotel caters to Muslims, and a block away there is a charming Muslim neighborhood, I would have enjoyed visiting the shops. Hotel apparently caters to upper middle class. Spotless throughout. Very good service.
Lots of effort has gone into the rooms to make people comfortable. The menu has some western items, but mostly Indian food. The kitchen could use some work to make things better for westerners who want some western food items; the Indian food items could be described for novices. They could use more familiarity with how westerners like their food cooked, if they are going to offer western food items. Toast was wrapped in a napkin, and was hard. Eggs were good. Hot milk served with coffee. No fresh juices, only canned; no fresh fruit (Change that please! Modernize the foods in addition to the bathrooms!) Fast room service 5 a.m. till 11 p.m.; inexpensive food; food service manager doesn't speak good English, but hey, that's part of the adventure.
No napkins are served with meals.
There are one or two guards out front 24 hours a day. The guest room doors are secured with electronic keys; according to the instructions, they automatically lock at the conclusion of your stay, at checkout time, so apparently if someone got ahold of an old key it would do no good. So the door security is good. However, it would be improved by a peephole; because you get room service etc. and can't see who is ringing the door buzzer. Nor is there a security bar that lets the door open partway so you can see who's there, but still prevent entry, and this would also be a good added security feature. The rear of the hotel faces an unsavory neighborhood. So, when leaving the hotel, especially after dark, you may consider it wise to take a cab, even if you are just going a short distance. The biggest improvement I recommend for this hotel is to provide a wi-fi hotspot with broadband internet. I walked to an internet place a block away; kind of a tacky hole-in-the-wall affair, but serviceable, and a dollar an hour. Next time I'd take a taxi there instead of walking after dark.
Be aware that the taxi drivers speak Urdu (again, apparently the hotel caters to the Muslim population more than the Hindus, though I expect that everybody's welcome), they chew betel nut, their teeth are stained red, and they spit a lot. Yuck. But, they got me where I wanted to go, and they had not only the "Cool Cabs" which are slightly larger and air-conditioned. In addition they had a larger taxi, SUV style, which I hired for the airport trip with all my luggage. Because in general, Mumbai's taxis are extremely small.
If you are a woman traveling alone, and want an extra measure of security when taking a taxi, have the hotel staff write down the name, drivers' license number and vehicle license number of the taxi, for added security. Not that I think the taxis are that risky; but I mention this particularly for women, so you will feel, and be, more secure.
The side street, Colaba, has interesting street stalls (but watch out for the antique-looking sundials and brass marine objects; they are phonies and *way* overpriced). Cottage Industries two blocks up that street is a great place for shopping for authentic Indian goods at fixed and reasonable prices; government operated. But I got ripped off by the place next door, somebody Brothers, who lied to me and told me they were Cottage Industries; they charge more. The area around the hotel, during daylight hours, is a fascinating one, walk in any direction. There are beautiful parks and buildings and broad avenues half a mile to the north. The Garden Hotel and the Godwin Hotel are on the same block as the Ascot. Check the photos on the hotel's website, they give a good idea of the caliber of the rooms. I'm adding photos showing more details.
The location shown on the map on the main page of the hotel's website is incorrect; the actual location is somewhat north of there, close to the location shown on that map for the Prince of Wales Museum. On Google Earth the Ascot is precisely located at 18 55 08.75 N, 72 49 47.30 E . From the Taj Mahal hotel next to the Gateway of India, travel due south along the shoreline, about 3 blocks till the road turns to the right; take the first right, then the first left, and that's Garden road. Go one block west to the Ascot. Nice staff. If you are a tourist and want to see downtown, this is a reliable place and close to the action.