Whether it’s a quick stopover for international travellers, a business meeting, or a staycation, The LaLiT Mumbai is the perfect base in the City of Dreams. By Amitha Ameen

The Lalit Mumbai
The all-weather outdoor pool at The Lalit Mumbai.

On my travels, I go to great lengths to reduce the commute time from the airport to my stay. Like sitting on a flight for hours isn’t enough, I must bear a long, bumpy car-ride as well? This is exactly why the five-minute drive from Mumbai International Airport to The LaLiT Mumbai had me jumping with joy on a recent work trip.

Grandeur is the first word that pops into my head as I stand in the middle of the soaring seven-storeyed atrium lobby—one of the largest in Asia, I am told. Skylights, evocative murals, and a grand piano catch my eye. The friendly staff spend little time in ushering me to my room. The hotel has 369 suites, rooms, and apartments—designed to suit families and corporate guests alike. The premier room, my abode for the next two days, is a bright and comfortable room that blends modern decor ethos with a traditional Indian touch.

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The soaring seven-storeyed atrium lobby is one of the largest in Asia.

A quick nap and a refreshing shower later, I wander the corridors to explore the ‘unparalleled amenities’ that the hotel boasts. It’s not a stretch. My aimless meandering first brings me to the all-weather outdoor pool, which quickly becomes my favourite part of the hotel. A wooden roundhouse and layers of foliage make for the perfect outdoor pool ambience.

A private high-tech movie theatre, a state-of-the-art all-day gym, and a spa offering natural therapies are some of the other facilities at The LaLiT Mumbai. To grab a bite, I head to the multi-cuisine diner named 24/7 Restaurant. From live counters to Chinese and Continental, besides a whole section dedicated to desserts, the hotel impresses with their vast buffet. Besides a filter kaapi, I indulge in the famed Maharashtrian coastal spread.

The Lalit Mumbai
The hotel has 369 suites, rooms, and apartments.

For a fine-dining experience, the hotel offers two exclusive restaurants— Baluchi and Trendz. While Baluchi serves delicious pan-Indian cuisine, the latter has Italian on its menu. The LaLiT Mumbai is also home to the famed nightclub Kitty Su. Frequented by stars, this swanky, exclusive nightclub is on every Mumbai partygoer’s list.

I would recommend The LaLiT Mumbai to anyone looking for a quick break from the hustle of work-life in the city, or for a delectable stop on your India travels. A 360-degree experience awaits you here. thelalit.com

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