Mumbai’s most expensive piece of sky
As suburbs’ top hotel JW Marriott shuts down rooms for renovation to hike tariff rates, here’s a look at the most expensive hotel rooms in the city.entertainment Updated: Apr 01, 2011 14:36 IST
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
Presidential Suite, Four Seasons, Worli
Thirty-two floors up in the sky, with clear views of the sea and city skyline, the three bedroom suite has a home theatre system and bar area. A private study allows you to keep abreast of the happenings back home.
Kohinoor Suite, The Oberoi, Nariman Point
If the uninterrupted sea view and 2050 sq ft of space to roll around in doesn’t get you, the grand piano and personalised butler service will. The space encompasses a living room, dining area and large bedrooms.
Presidential suite, ITC Maratha, Andheri
Enrique Iglesias, Bryan Adams and Shaggy have all spent the night in this 2,500 square feet suite, equipped with its own gym, steam room, personal bar, a 12-seater dining table and pantry, with personal butlers.
Maharaja Suite, The Leela, Andheri
The sprawling 8th floor suite is decorated in traditional Indian style with antique artefacts, paintings, teak wood cabinets and silk fabrics. Indulge yourself in the bathroom with the Jacuzzi and rain shower.
Presidential Suite, Taj Land’s End, Bandra
One of the priciest pads in the suburbs, you can gaze at the Sea link from your suite on the 21st floor. With an office space apart from living quarters, and bathroom fitted with a Jacuzzi, the 3000 square feet space is no poor man’s land.
Saturn Suite, Sahara Star, Santa Cruz
Making the best of its proximity to the airport, this duplex suite is not as impressive as its competitors. But you can get comfy with your own living room, dining room, bedroom and kichenette away from home.