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The Best Place to Stay in Mumbai
Mumbai is, well… Everything.
And I don’t mean that in the millennial-speak, “[insert must-have trend-of-the-moment] is everything,” kind of way. Rather, it’s every adjective I’ve ever used when describing a travel destination all at once, and ramped up to 10. It’s the most vibrant city I’ve ever visited, but it’s also the most crowded. It’s utterly fascinating, yet incredibly frustrating as well. In short, it’s unmissable—and, for a Canadian travelling to India for the first time—occasionally overwhelming.
Figuring that I’d be just that—overwhelmed—and more than a little jet-lagged after the 14-and-a-half hour flight from Toronto, my criteria for choosing a hotel in Mumbai was clear. It would have to be in the heart of the action in Mumbai’s Colaba district, but it also needed to serve as a serene escape from those manic city streets. Essentially, it needed to tick two boxes that were as contradictory as Mumbai itself. Perhaps unsurprisingly, what fit the bill was TripAdvisor’s top-rated hotel in Mumbai: the Oberoi Mumbai.
Travel tip: Although it’s officially referred to as “Mumbai,” you’re more likely to hear the city referred to as “Bombay” once you’re in India. The two terms can be used interchangeably without ruffling a single feather.