A stay at the Taj Mahal Palace

On of the highlights of my trip to India had to be the opportunity to stay in the iconic Taj Mahal Palace, located in Mumbai.

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Without a doubt this is one the best hotels I have ever stayed, and it was surprisingly affordable. Rooms in the tower wing start from around £140 per night and rooms in the original palace wing start from £190. I would recommend spending a little more and staying in the palace.

The rooms have stunning decor, with varying colour schemes. Comfortable furnishing and relatively spacious you may be tempted to never leave the room.

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The tea and coffee making facilitates were a nice touch. Love waking up and having the choice of good English Breakfast tea, or cafetière coffee (all rooms come with a French press).

The toiletries were good quality. And house keeping even gave us some extra bars of soap, which have seen us through the rest of our travels.

The housekeeping was meticulous with excellent attention to detail. For example charging cables are tidied neatly with a ribbon. They were ever present in the corridors, so you were never left wanting for anything.

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There is a free daily tour at 5pm for guests staying in the hotel. This informative and entertaining trip around the Taj is well worth your time so make sure you sign up.

The pool was surprisingly chilly, due to the surrounding walls blocking the sunlight. This does, however, mean you are not overlooked. The pool is clean and well maintained. Given iconic nature of the Taj, a number of tourists come in for a look, but the pool area is only open to guests.

Breakfast was an utter delight. Fresh pastries, olive loaf and a selection of fruits were just a handful of what was available. There are hot options, both Indian and western. You can help yourself to the buffet, or order dishes from the menu. Tea and coffee were plentiful. As were the selection of juices. All enjoyed with a view of the Gateway of India.

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Food from the room service menus, and on site restaurant were pricey by Indian standards. But affordable in comparison to the West, as well as being very good quality.

To sum up I would absolutely recommend a stay in the Taj. Even just for one night – it’s a truly opulent experience and well worth the money.

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