Fast-paced Mumbai can get overwhelming, but in a rare-quiet corner is the luxurious ITC Grand Central, where you can slow things down and unwind at your own pace. By Bayar Jain
Amidst the hustle-bustle of ever-awake Mumbai, is a peaceful adobe of luxury, where time seems to stand still. At ITC Grand Central, Mumbai one can experience a beautiful juxtaposition of the Maximum City’s colonial grandeur with modern–day hospitality.
Nestled in the former colonial-residential settlement in Parel, ITC Grand Central, Mumbai brings a unique old-world charm to its guests. The ambience here radiates bygone charm and the architecture embodies the city’s rich history. The cobble-stoned pavements and the hotel’s tall spire provide an apt tribute to the now dysfunctional cotton mills of erstwhile Bombay. The Gothic and Victorian Renaissance style of architecture further magnifies the princely vibes.
The five-star property ensures each of its 242 rooms is embellished with elegance. Plush interiors, elegant furniture and picture-perfect windows looking out at the city will make your stay worthwhile. While the ITC One rooms are designed keeping the discerning business traveller in mind, the Presidential Suite strikes a balance between a homely atmosphere and the feelings of being a privileged guest. Thanks to their 24-hour butler service that comes with it.
At the ITC Grand Central, Mumbai luxury extends beyond the four walls of the rooms. The property offers a variety of dining options, each with menus carefully crafted by culinary experts. To get a taste of India’s rich food heritage, head to Kebabs & Kurries, an exclusive Indian restaurant showcasing scrumptious heritage cuisine fine-tuned through years of research by the celebrated chefs of ITC Hotels. Dublin, the trendy Irish Bar, offers a casual space to relax and unwind in. Green walls, leather sofas, stained–glass windows and wood-panelling further encapsulate the essence of shamrock. Hornby’s Pavilion is an exclusive all-day dining restaurant overlooking the ‘Millsquare’ and a fine dining Chinese restaurant, the ‘Shanghai Club’ at ITC Grand Central presents erstwhile Shanghai’s potpourri of authentic Chinese regional cuisines. It is, however, the rooftop premium lounge that steals the limelight. Point of View has been created for the high-flying traveller to soak in 360–degree views of the city’s towers and seas.
The in-house spa, Kaya Kalp – The Royal Spa provides much-needed rejuvenation for the body, mind and soul. The exotic body treatments, therapeutic hot–stone massages and tension reliever massages are some of the many rituals they offer. Rooted in Indian traditions and philosophies, every massage here aims to bring complete wellness and regeneration of senses. A fully-equipped Fitness Centre within the premises takes care of all your work-out needs, while the swimming pool is ideal for a lazy summer day.
Steeped in luxury and opulence, ITC Grand Central, Mumbai is your one-stop-shop for all things colonial with a tinge of traditional and a massive splattering of style.