Vivanta by Taj - President, Mumbai
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... was about an hour long and we passed some yachts and military cruisers on the way. When we got close to the pier on the other side we could already see that there were no tall buildings and the coast had a long beach full of palm trees. This was more like it. We took a bus to the next little town and found a hotel for the night and found some fried fish for dinner. The plan was to find a bus the next morning and take it to the first beach that looked good. We fell asleep dreaming of white sand an coconuts.
... the first of what is sure to be many curries, we headed back and crashed for the first night – both feeling the effects of a 9 hour flight and a 5½ hour time difference.
The next day we made our first port of call the British’ last – the Gateway to India on the southern tip of Mumbai. A beautiful archway leading to the sea from which the last British troops marched in ceremony, we paused not only to take this marvel in but also to hide in the ...
... kannte Indien sehr gut und nahm mich mit raus zum Einkaufen. Ich lernte von ihrschnell, wie man mit den Leuten auf der Straße umgeht – wie man aufdringliche Verkäufer abwies aber trotzdem freudlich war. Sie und die anderen Hostelbewohner hatten mich sofort im Schlepptau, um mir den Stadtteil Colaba zu zeigen, und wiesen mich auch gleich ins Mit-den-Händen-Essen ein, was viel Spaß machte. Das Thali, welches aus ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Vivanta by Taj - President, Mumbai Mumbai (Bombay)
Had a great stay
Just returned from a week at the Taj President. Had a great experience, staff friendly and very helpful. Had a standard room, not cheap but the amenities are all free eg gym, steam room. Pool clean and well maintained, good facility especially at end of a busy conference day. Free bottled water a bonus and nice touch. They have a lively bar "Winks" which has lots of atmosphere in the evening. Three restaurants on site. Breakfast was included in my package and there was a great selection of indian and european food,freshly squeezed juices - really good!
This was my first trip to Bombay, and i was overwhelmed by the number of people and traffic and noise, the Taj was like an oasis in the desert, calm, cool and very welcoming. We ate out in Bombay and walked back to the hotel on these occasions, lots of street people. Its hard to see so much wealth and povert side by side. I would highly recommend this hotel and would happily stay here again
I returned to the President after five years. My Business associates had made the booking for a standard room but upon arrival I was informed that they only had executive rooms available at approx U$D 207 a night. On enquiry about the diference between a standard room and an executive one I was informed that they were on higher floors and so offered a better view and also the room size would be bigger. No other difference was pointed out. On further enquiry I was told that no breakfast was included either. This came as a rude shock as any decent hotel especially in this price range in India and that too on a executive room would be glad to offer not only breakfast but it would also be served in the more exclusie executive lounge. Having stayed in this hotel earlier in a standard room I was surprised to further observe that the room size of the executive room was no different than a standard one. To the credit of the staff I must say that they were all very polite and helpful and the lobby manager agreed to make my breakfast complimentary in face of my objection quite promptly. As I was there only for a day and my engagements required me to stay downtown i did not have much choice but I can definately say that other hotels in the city primarly the ones in the subarbs such as the Grand Hyatt, J W Marriott and Le Meridien to name a few all offer much better deals both in terms of pricing and services offered. Breakfast and evening cocktails in executive lounge, free airport transfers, free suit press, butler service etc are almost standard with them in their executive rooms. All in all President was a big disappointment, not expected from the Taj group.
Distinguished Service and Clean
I am staying in the Taj hotel for three days on my own. Being a female traveller and first time in Mumbai, I find the hotel very secure and comfortable.
Staff are very attentive to details, they have put in additional effort to make a difference. I have received special ladies amenities and even fresh flower arrangements in my room.
Just one disadvantage about the room, I stayed at the Standard Room with twin bed, but the bed size is relatively too small (in terms of width). I nearly fall down the bed one night!
Good location and food
I stayed here for 10 days in June for busines trip. The location of the hotel is good for business and leisure travllers alike. It's close to business district and tourist attractions. The neighbourhood is quiet and relatively clean (in Bombay standard though).
Remember to get a room on the higher floor with a sea view. The restaurants serve great food(Italian, Thai and Indian) and the breakfast is nice too. The fitness centre is OK but you can just forget about the pool. For Rs 200/300/600 you can have wireless Internet for 1/2/24 hours. The room size is standard and the service is good, and the staffs are helpful and courteous.
There's really not too much to do in Bombay. There's some colonial buildings, Chowpatty Beach, the Gateway of India and the Elephanta Island. You can buy cheap books here in either bookshops and roadside stalls along MG Road and DN Road (e.g. a Da Vinci Code cost Rs75- with bargaining on street stalls).
I loved my stay at the taj president
we loved are stay in mumbai last year. we stayed at the taj president and we loved every thing about it from first class service to excellent dining at all its restruants and room service. the food was really out of world and even my fussy daughter and nephew loved the food, hats off to all the catering staff and chefs.
the only thing that did spoil my visit to mumbai was the constant begging and when we tried to view the gateway of india we were hassled by all sorts of beggers of differeant ages and it put us off. the musuems especially the albert and victoria was very nice, the gandhi museum was nice. i loved the old buildings but was said to see a lot of them in a bad state, i enjoyed my trip to the aganta and elora caves as well as my trip on mumbai harbour where we has a quite a few hours of peace on the cruies boat from the taj mahal hotel.
loved my trip and looking forward to coming again hopefully at ehe end of this year.
Cricket trip March 2006
We have just returned from the Taj President for the England v's India test,we had a executive suite, paid an extra £100 for it but to be fair we never used the front room so probably not worth upgrading for. The hotel was very nice by Mumbai standards, staff are the most helpful I have ever found. The resturant did lovely carpaccio and steak, lots of choices, western style in the Trattori Resturant. Didn't try the other three rest's. The bar prices were extortionate, £15 for a southern comfort and a Archers!!! The staff will do anything for you.
Cig's are cheapest to buy in the airport, this is the only place you can get Lambert and Regal (about £9 per sleeve)They are cheap on street but apparently are stronger cos been on the street for weeks in the sun.
If you want some Viagra, go to a pharmacy and ask they're about 25p each, haggle!! Also get a taxi to the Lacoste shop it will only cost 100 rupees and the stuff in there is dirt cheap, proper shop, tee's are about £10.
We got in taxi's every night to some bars, 'The Sports bar' and 'Leopolds' were good and cheapish, kingfisher is the best and cheapest beer to drink about 120 rupees (1.50), but make sure you don't get the 8% stuff its not nice!
The taxi drivers try to charge you 3 or 400 rupees to go places, when you get in ask them how much, usually about 100 rupees for up to an hour in taxi(about £1.30)! Tell them to put their meters on and it will be cheaper, but they usually don't work. when you get to airport, there's a taxi office as you come to the exit, pay for it up front about 600 rupees (£7.60) it takes about two hours so be prepared. Also don't give the beggar kids any money cos if you do they only ask for more!!
The place is very safe, although the poverty is rife, I'm a girl and had no problem getting taxis back to hotel (For more beer money) by myself, also the homeless people sleeping on road are a bit daunting but they don't bother you. The people all want to have their photo taken with you so just let them it makes their day!!!
As a final note possibly the prices were increased because there was a big event and there were loads of english out there for cricket so you might find things cheaper.
Not cheap, but a lovely hotel with excellent service and in a great location
An excellent hotel in the city centre area of Mumbai - both the room and service was extremely pleasing. The staff were courteous and helpful at all times, and the rooms were very clean, especially the bathroom which looked recently renovated.
Breakfast was superb - the vast range of dishes that the chefs can prepare on request are incredible, and we felt very well looked after, as several members of staff came up to us and offered to bring us something new to try. It's this attention to detail which separates the Taj hotel group from many others in the 5* category.
The room rates are certainly not cheap here (even if you're booking online via a discount agent), however if one wants to stay in the heart of the city, this hotel is an excellent choice.
Long Stay, Great Service
We had extended business in Mumbai and spent six weeks at the Taj President, so we know the place inside and out. In a nutshell, it's a great hotel. Six weeks in a hotel room could be rough, but the Taj President staff made it very enjoyable. The President has three very good restaurants, a newly rennovated bar, a pool, workout gym, spa, and beauty salon, all of which we used, and all of which were very well run. The hotel staff really went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable in every way. I would highly recommend the Taj President to anyone with business in Mumbai.
Great service and location
The Taj President Hotel has the most courteous and efficient customer service that I have ever encountered. The hotel's many duty and other managers are extremely effective and go out of their way to help. My daughter became ill while we were there in December and the hotel called out an excellent doctor immediately. We had to delay our return to the UK by 2 days because of this illness and the hotel gave us the same room that we'd stayed in so that we never moved rooms.
Our room was sea facing and this was well worth the extra fee. The sunrises were just great. The Trattoria Italian restaurant was great as were the daily breakfasts served there. The range of foods available was impressive. Even my fussy eater daughter found something she liked to eat every day.
The location of the hotel is also great. It is in the midst of the business district but only a short distance to the shops and bars in the downtown area. Taxis are cheap and plentiful in the area, but agree a price before getting in as not all work by their meters.
The jewellery sector in Hughes Road is amazing for bargains as are the ones near the opera house where pieces can be made to order and be delivered to the hotel within a few hours. The inhouse jeweller, Indian Art Emporium is excellent for value and service. The one opposite was over-priced.
We also went to the over-priced and overrated Taj Mahal hotel by The Gateway of India. My daughter had a hamburger and I had a club sandwich with 2 orange juices in their coffee shop. It cost Rs 1550 (nearly £21) and the burger was undercooked! The waiter service was really abysmal, slow and crude.
Try to negotiate room rates directly with the hotel as these can work out cheaper. We booked a 9 city Tour with Thomas Cook and were charged over the odds.
Stayed at the taj in feb 05 It is has very friendly and helpful staff, has average sized rooms,service was excellent,the three restaurents on site were served great food with the italian being very reasonable
The pool area was great and an ideal place to unwind after a hard day finding bargains in Mumbai
The location was ideal,not far from the gateway and near to the shops,cheap plentiful taxi rides to all of these
The evening entertainment consists of the library bar which has a female singer (not that good )most nights
great place ,would definetely stay there again...but after looking around the taj mahal hotel I would try there first ...depending on price