How much would you pay to rest your head on the same pillow as Barack Obama? If it’s a night in the Tata Suite at the Taj Mahal Palace and Towers you’re looking at, it’ll cost about the same as an apartment in Goa. At a staggering Rs 10 lakh a night plus taxes, this sea-facing suite is, with no competitors in the near vicinity, the city’s most expensive hotel accommodation.
Fit for a king
Located in the historic wing of the hotel, (yes, the same one traumatised by the 2008 terror attacks) the door to the suite is inconspicuous, only noticeable by the two marble elephants that guard it. Stretching across an entire wing, the sheer size of the suite - with an enormous living room, three bedrooms, study, dining hall, kitchenette and a fully equipped spa and massage centre - will have you lost without a tour guide. High ceilings with gold and silver intricate engravings are the suite’s leitmotif, and old photos of the Tata family’s properties all across the world hang alongside paintings by MF Hussain and Laxman Shrestha.
The main bathroom, if the President liked singing in the shower, has mirrored ceilings with separate bath, shower and sauna areas, in a space equivalent to that of the average Mumbai apartment. Of course, Obama would have enjoyed the view of the Gateway of India from the privacy of his bathtub, given that one entire wall is made of clear glass.
He wouldn’t have fallen behind his exercise schedule either, what with the in-room gym allowing him to keep his tummy trim. He’d also have had a chance to indulge in some high-profile pampering in the adjoining massage lounge before heading off to the spa and sauna area in the next room.
Finally, how many people does it take to keep this 5,000 sq ft magnum opus fit for a President? Fifteen, including massage therapists, butler, spa managers, gym trainer, housekeeping and a chef.
Tata Suite, taj mahal palace and towers, Colaba
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