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TravelPod Member ReviewsAstoria Hotel Mumbai (Bombay)
What started out as a quick fill in night turned into 5 days stay at this hotel. nothing flash, but comfortable & great service. Breakfasts nothing to rave about but it is food to get you started for the day. we enjoyed our stay at this Hotel & great location to wander around the old parts of Mumbai.
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... food snacks. Upon seeing my guitar, one of the men asks me to play a few songs, which I do, and it breaks no end of ice as other passengers in our carriage come up the corridor to watch.
We're woken in the morning by the chai wallahs, whipping down the corridor shouting "chai, chai, garram chai." Tea, tea, hot tea, it means, and when you ask for one he pours the drink into to a tiny cardboard cup from the spout of a big, battered and blackened old teapot. Chai is one of my ...
... Bar in Kowloon, Sail away in Hong Kong with the stunning backdrop and light show in the harbour, seeing orangutans close up in Singapore, sampling the street-food in China town, Singapore and Georgetown, Penang and visiting Hoi-An even though we didn't get much time to look around Sadly, that was another trip over. Time to plan the next........ ...
... if this was down to general city life or the British touches like red double decker buses and Victorian architecture. Either way I was pleasantly surprised to be feeling very up beat.
I eventually found my hotel and it was absolutely awful, a real dump in a grotty part of town and the staff were definitely acting weird! I decided to just have an early night and get the hell out of there first thing in the morning.
... and unexpectedly different. We started in the commercial area which is largely recyclables sorted, extracted and reduced into smaller pieces that can be shipped off to remoulded again. So all different types of recyclables are bought to the slum. Suffice to say there are plenty of excess recyclables sitting on the ground, rooftops and anywhere else they can find space. Next note was the space. As you would expect, space was limited but ...
... and even tiny spots of extreme wealth all of which are surrounded by huge areas of extreme poverty, but in this area all we could see as far as the eye could see were huge mansions, sporty European cars and lots and lots of designer brands. Mumbai really was a millionaire’s playground and this was clearly the classiest part of the city. It was hard to imagine that only a few streets away whole families were living and sorting through piles of garbage just so they could exist ...