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Abode
Mumbai

Billed as ‘Bombay’s first luxury boutique hotel’, Abode is design focused and locally inspired. The hotel began life as a private residence before being acquired by a local family who ran it as a small guest house until 2013, when its true potential was discovered. Built in 1910 the wooden and iron façade of Abode has been fully restored and the interiors renovated to reflect the city of Bombay and its transition to modern day Mumbai. Abode is a complete expression of the city, perfectly combining the city’s modern interpretations and historical features, paying homage to Bombay’s heritage.

Abode has the perfect location; a calm and refreshing oasis in the heart of the fashionable and historical epicentre of the city, Colaba, and just a five minutes’ walk (or a three-minute drive) from the iconic Gateway of India, as well as numerous trendy and unique bars and restaurants within a minutes’ walk. Abode houses 20 creative and elegantly appointed en-suite bedrooms, each featuring original artwork from local artists, carefully restored antique furniture, luxurious cotton linen and soft beds to sink into after a day exploring the frenetic city, as well as a flat screen TV and other modern comforts of a luxury hotel. The fabrics used for soft furnishings have been sourced from vintage saris and local markets, while the bedroom floors are a mix of unique handmade art deco tiles and salvaged teak wood. The Superior Luxury rooms, the best in the hotel, have free standing bathtubs too, and double height windows to allow for plenty of light and pretty views over Colaba. 

Delicious homemade breakfasts served in the hotel café and 24-hour Wi-fi are offered to all guests on a complimentary basis. In the evenings flick through the collection of books from India and abroad in the quiet library or enjoy Bombay inspired street snacks and sandwiches in the airy lobby. There is also a spa room for those wanting to indulge in a relaxing spa therapy.

Abode is the perfect mix of historic old-world charm and modern Mumbai, and the ideal hotel to experience authentic Indian hospitality in a chic and low-key environment. 

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