We were in Mumbai for three nights. For a budget hotel in India the accommodation was comfortable and clean and the staff were very helpful and pleasant. The restaurant attached to the hotel was used for the included breakfast and we ate our evening meals there too as the food was good (as long as you like Indian food) and the place was licensed. There is a Starbucks just opposite and the hotel faces the back of the famous Taj Mahal Hotel, so that even though we weren't living in the lap of luxury, we could at least see people who were! Locationwise, it is a short walk to the India Gate and and to the shopping areas, art gallery etc., so except for a half-day tour of Mumbai to see the sights we were able to get around without transport.
Everest Hotel is intriguingly described on its card as "the budget executive hotel". Well, it's very basic - there is a room and a bed, shared bathroom, and breakfast is a piece of bread, omelette and tea. The staff are very friendly and welcoming. The wifi works well and that was a good feature. Nothing special but just ok in a city that has expensive accommodation everywhere. It worked well for me because it was very near where I needed to be for a conference. There are also many cafes and restaurants, and other shops & services nearby, the neighbourhood is very good and a cool environment to be in.
Colaba, situated at the southernmost tip of Mumbai, is one of the most exciting places in the city. Colaba Causeway is a tourist hub which runs parallel to the Gateway of India, which has always been a hot vacation destination. When in Colaba, visit the Prince of Wales Museum and the Regal Cinema, one of the few old movie theatres in service in the city of Mumbai. There are numerous shops and sidewalk stalls that deal in costume jewellery, t-shirts, low-priced leather goods, semi-precious stones, authentic Indian ware, as well as Kashmiri carpets and shawls. It's best to visit several shops while exploring all of the opportunities for a good deal and negotiating on price. The causeway is also lined with food kiosks, restaurants, and cafes. Leopold's Cafe & Bar and Cafe Mondegar are some the most famous restaurants in this area.
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