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Monday March 10
After our arrival in Mumbai airport we arranged a pre-paid taxi which got us to the hotel with no detours or issues. The day was spent lazing in our room as John aimed to recover from his Delhi belly. Terrie went out and had a lovely meal at a vegetarian restaurant nearby.
Tuesday March 11
John felt much better …
Mumbai... the place to start.
Josiah and I arrived in Maharashtra after 27 hours of traveling with little and uncomfortable sleep. We departed Sunday morning after deciding the day before that we would change our flights and go. We had waited long enough.
We walked out of the airport into such a high humidity that I …
... Trolling along very slowly (for a long 60 minutes) provided us ample opportunity to inspect the expansive ship yards in the port, while peering through the haze of heat, pollution and fog searching for a view of the actual blue sky as well as the horizon. Neither was forthcoming. As our departure shore disappeared into the haze, the shore of Elephanta Island began to emerge.
To provide some context, the island was approximately ...
... want and sunbathe next to you on the beach and try to eat your lunch!
It is very sunny and pretty here with beautiful flowers. Tomorrow I am going to a town called Old Goa, visiting some waterfalls and going to a Spice Plantation to meet elephants which will be fun.
Lots of love,
... I told Dani I had a dream involving bats and casually asked her if she was scared of them...when she said she wasn't I explained that actually I didn't have a dream but - don't freak out - there's a dead one lying on the floor actually! Anyway...getting sidetracked here.
One morning we managed to go for a run too, but we got lots of weird stares again - even in a big city like Mumbai. It was nice running along the shore though. At least we ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Fitness/Health center
- Free parking
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TravelPod Member ReviewsChateau Windsor Hotel Mumbai (Bombay)
The Windsor Hotel- conveniently located in Mumbai city and within walking distance (10 - 20 minutes) of Crawford Market, CST train stations, and a multitude of restaurants and venues. Though a little overpriced for India, the cost was 550 rupees ($8.80) a night. The place was clean, the people were friendly (especially Smiley), and they served a complimentary breakfast in which you could order an omelette, "Indian breakfast" (which always changed), and Chai Masala.
We did have a run in with bugs after a few days of dirty sheets, but upon request they immediately came and fitted new ones.
My favorite fragment of Windsor is all the travelers we got to meet. The WiFi room seemed to be the prime spot to say "hello" to new faces and learn popular tips.
I would suggest this place for a stay in Mumbai.
*Review for the Windsor Hotel, NOT Chateau Windsor*
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
A welcoming and good quality hotel for the price. Be aware of getting a room near the kitchen, it is noisy from 5am and until 12 pm... not great for a good nights sleep!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Chateau Windsor Hotel Mumbai (Bombay)
We booked directly with the hotel through their website which was easy enough. Rooms were exceptionally modern and service was perfect. Internet was free and the location was spot on for roaming around relatively hassle-free. Just about worth the trip from the airport just for one evening in Mumbai, which took about 2 hours in each direction.
Un hotel straordinario
Abbiamo prenotato l'hotel direttamente e con la massima facilitą tramite il suo sito internet. Le camere erano incredibilmente moderne e il servizio era perfetto. La connessione a internet era gratuita e la posizione era ideale per andare in giro a piedi senza essere troppo infastiditi. Vale la pena sobbarcarsi il tragitto dall'aeroporto al centro di due ore per l'andata e due ore per il ritorno per trascorrere una serata fuori a Mumbai.
Excellent value for money and very clean/friendly
We also made very good experiences with this hotel. We arrived by train coming from Goa at 7 in the morning and could use our room stright away. Not even a question. The owner of the hotel is very helpful as well as the rest of the staff. Our room was very clean and comfortable.
The location is very central and taxis are available at resonabel prices everywhere - just make sure they use their meter....
The only recommendation I would give is not to use the hotel taxi driver to the airport - he charges more than you would normally pay for grabbing a cab on the road and we ended up in some discussion as he did not consider our tip as acceptable. So better take any taxi on the road.
Mocca cafe is recommendable for having a drink at night. Definitelywe woudl stay in Chateau Windsor again.
Excellent value for money
My daughter and I stayed at the Chateau Windsor for six nights prior to flying to Goa. This is an excellent budget hotel. We were most impressed with the cleanliness, the room facilities (including room safe, AC, TV, fridge). In addition the use of the internet was free. The staff are also most welcoming and helpful. I would recommend this to both old and young persons and to women travelling alone. It is located in a safe and relatively quiet part of the city. The only difficulty we found was a means of booking. On phoning we were told the rooms were held but we manged to book via Hostelworld.
Good clean budget hotel
i stayed here on 2 occasions with my son. It's a budget hotel but has good ,clean,air conditioned rooms with balcony. The management take a pride in the cleanliness of the rooms. Front facing rooms have a busy street outside with some traffic noise but not really intrusive.Rooms at the back are very quiet. No restaurant but excellent and inexpensive room service. Very friendly helpful staff. Situated a 40 minute taxi journey from international airport, 3,500 rupees fare ( about £4). 20 minutes taxi to the main Victoria train station.
No mosquitos or other wildlife when we were there ( october) . Several restaurants nearby but avoid the Chinese restaurant a couple of doors away,not nice and very expensive.
I'd stay at this hotel again.
Chateau Windsor is a Winner
Don't judge this book by its cover!
The Chateau Windsor is a very conveniently located, high service, mid-priced hotel. It is located in the Churchgate area of downtown Mumbai and close too all the major tourist points of interest.
At the present moment, it's entry looks like that of a nice upper middle class apartment building, which in fact I believe it is. Don't let this non-descript facade disuade you from entering. Ride the old fashioned, attendant operated elevator up to the lobby on the 5th floor and step into its circa early 60's vintage lobby and you'll still have lingering doubts about what the condition of the rooms could possbily be like. Bold traveler, I urge you to continue forward and ask them to show you a room. This is where the reward awaits you.
Follow a bellman and he'll unlock the hallway door and you step into another world. Sleek, clean, modern, polished. I was shown a courtyard facing room with no view. This room was in perfect condition. New Pergo flooring in the spacious high ceiling room for me was a really nice amenity. I'm personally not fond of hotel rooms with wall to wall carpeting; they stink and look beat really fast. Pergo is much easier to keep clean and fresh. It has all the basic needs of a hotel room well met: A/C, ceiling fan, big clean bed, armoire, desk, fridge, safe, phone, good lighting, cable tv.
The clean new look continues right into the bathroom. Where everything is new. I'm not sure if the stone used is marble or granite (maybe both), it is stylishly laid out without being overdone. More importantly though than looking than good, it worked and worked well. Plenty of water pressure and actual hot water!! 24 hrs a day no less. A shower stall with room for two.
A good clean room at a fair price isn't the only thing the Chateau Windsor delivers to its customers. They offer great services at fair prices. The room service is very fast and very reliable. Prices were very reasonable as well. You can pretty much order most anything you might want and they'll get it for you. The laundry service was fast, reliable and again fairly priced.
They still understand the concept that being a good hotel isn't just about providing a clean, comfortable room but also about being of service to its guests. I had a good stumble while walking about Bombay and jammed my foot really hard. I limped back to the Chateau Windsor pretty close to midnight. The concierge insisted on helping me to my room. Once there he filled the bucket with hot water and got epsom salts as well. While I soaked my foot he went and got a deep heating type of ointment to rub on it as well.
The next morning the pain was so overwhelming and persistent I thought about getting my foot x-rayed to find out if I had fractured it.
I went to the front desk to inquire about the location of a hospital. They of course had aleady heard from the night shift about my injury. They set me up with a cab driver who had been carefully instructed to pretty much take me by the hand and lead me through the bureauacracy of getting my foot x-rayed and consulting with a doctor at an Indian hospital. Not an easy thing to do when you are foreigner and in pain. This driver stuck by my side for the several hours this took to complete. Had I tried to do this on my own I'm sure it would have taken much longer to complete and been a frustrating experience as well. The driver was very helpful and persistently aggressive at pushing me through the "system". It was obvious at all points along the way that I was lucky to have him at my side. When it was all over and done and I asked the driver how much he wanted for his services that afternoon, he asked me for 135 rupees which works to to 3 US Dollars. The front desk staff's arrangement for me made my life much easier and that I think is the definition of good service.
The Chateau Windosr gets my thumbs up recomdendation on all points. Great Location. Great Room. Great Service. Great Price.
Very neat and clean budget hotel
grand chateau is very clean hotel , difficult for a hotel in mumbai to maintain at budget prices. they dont offer any discounts but they make up for the service and clean bedsheets.
Great budget hotel
I have to agree with the other reviews. After searching the internet for an affordable hotel I noticed that Indian hotels are fairly expensive.
After having a South African Airways staff member
recommend this hotel I thought I would give it a try.
I was pleasantly surprised at the good service we received . The building is old but the rooms and
bathrooms are clean. This is important to the budget tourist. Finding a restaurant is not always easy but
across the road is the Gaylords restaurant which is
very good.Lastly I would not recommend a long stay in
I agree with the other review, A little gem in a top location. Not a five star property by any means but a great little hotel. The hotel looks and smells clean, the service is typical India but the staff are honest and friendly.
A good breakfast including eggs(any style) is about USD0.75.
The waters edge is about 50metres away, great at dusk.
Good food is available within a block or 2.
The hotel is on the 5th floor, an old elevator with attendant gets you there, dont be put off by the entrance to the building, the rooms are worth the ride.
A Mumbai gem
I visited Mumbai in November 2004 to watch an international cricket match there. I stayed 7 nights at the Chateau Windsor. It is located very close to the Wankede Cricket stadium so was excellently located for my needs. It is also well located for general tourist needs - close to the main railway stations & touristy areas of Colaba & Fort, & about a 20 minute walk from the Gateway to India. It is in a quiet (by Indian standards) tree lined street. The double room I had was newly decorated & spotlessly clean, with an equally clean ensuite shower & toilet. It also had air conditioning (a must in Mumbai) & a cable TV which has a good selection of channels in English. The hotel is actually on the fifth floor of an apartment & office building - you get to reception via a small lift from the ground floor lobby. The building is quite old (50's?) but well maintained & rather quaint. The only downside is that there is no restaurant, but there is a room service breakfast available at extra cost. However there are plenty of restaurants located within yards of the hotel, including a Pizza Express,a Chinese restaurant, & the wonderfully named Gaylord which serves an excellent range of southern Indian dishes.
The staff are very friendly & helpful, & I would definitely stay here again when visiting Mumbai.