The Taj Mahal Palace
Famously built by JN Tata to mark Mumbai's arrival on the global business map, The Taj Mahal Palace was completed in 1903 and its heritage wing pre-dates the illustrious Gateway of India by 21 years. This marvellously opulent hotel has 560 rooms divided between two wings. Built in the 1970s, the Tower Wing is the more modern of the two and is styled accordingly with European accents. The Palace Wing, with architecture featuring Moorish, Oriental and Florentine influences, high ceilings, ornate chandeliers and hand-knotted rugs, is something worth marvelling at. The hotel also offers some of the best dining options in India with Wasabi by Morimoto (Japanese), Masala Kraft (Indian) and Golden Dragon (Sichuan.) For that over-the-top luxe touch, charter a private aircraft for you and your guests through Taj Air and have a limousine ferry you to and from the airport. Want the absolute extreme in luxury? Then book the 5,000sq ft Tata Suite -- with its own spa, gym and boardroom, you may find yourself wanting to move in, permanently. Even if you're not staying, visiting here is a quintessential Mumbai experience.
The Taj Mahal Palace, Apollo Bunder, Mumbai (+91 22 6665 3366; www.tajhotels.com)
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