The Oberoi, Mumbai is owned and operated by the longstanding luxury hospitality company — The Oberoi Group — that dates back to 1934 and was founded by Rai Bahadur Mohan Singh Oberoi. It operates the luxury “Oberoi” and five-star “Trident” brand hotels across seven countries.
What’s it like?
The Oberoi, Mumbai feels like a cocoon of comfort away from the chaos of Marine Drive, where it is situated. A ground-floor level entrance leads you to the main lobby, which instantly cuts you off into an expansive space that houses the reception, The Champagne Lounge, Fenix and The Eau Bar. French windows give a sneak peek to the Arabian Sea while the signature red piano of the hotel instantly catches my eye. Looking up, I admire the unique cascading design of the hotel.
With regards to the pandemic, my car was sanitised thoroughly upon entering the hotel. Temperature checks at the entrance, frequent sanitisation of areas, social distancing at all times and sanitiser stations at touch-points are some of the measures undertaken by the hotel. These have been accredited by Bureau Veritas.
Where is it?
At Nariman Point, next to the 35-storey Trident Nariman Point. Situated in a significant business area of Mumbai surrounded by corporate houses and skyscrapers, the hotel faces the Arabian Sea and the iconic promenade of Marine Drive.
The accommodation is classic and modern at the same time, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, a work-desk with multiple charging ports, a master switch — making it ideal for business travellers. Deluxe rooms and Luxury rooms offer views of Mumbai’s skyline; while rooms upwards of Premier Ocean View rooms overlook the sea.
I stayed in the Oberoi Executive suite with Ocean view (74 sqm) that houses a living room, bedroom and a large marble bathroom with Forest Essentials amenities. Colours are muted with a touch of maroon, adding a sense of luxury to the clean design of the space. Automated windows, privacy screens in the bathroom, buttons for butler access and a king-size bed are some of the facets of this suite. The sea view from this suite is spectacular.
Food and drink
Breakfast is à la carte at its all-day dining restaurant Fenix, with a wide range of international and Indian fare. Here, I used the QR code to access the menu. Their selection of Japanese dishes includes an excellent range of sushi that I enjoyed for lunch.
The next day, I chose to eat my breakfast in the suite which was an exceptional experience curated by the hotel. The Eau Bar, its Gatsby-style lounge facing Marine Drive is now operational. Vetro and Enoteca for Italian dining, Ziya for Indian (helmed by Chef Vineet Bhatia), The Oberoi Patisserie & Delicatessen and The Champagne Lounge are its other F&B offerings.
The Oberoi, Mumbai has two function rooms — Udaipur and Jaipur suites — with beautiful vistas of the ocean and the cityscape. The rooms can accommodate upto 50 people each. There is also a business centre at the property.
A well equipped fitness centre, a swimming pool, and The Oberoi Spa are its leisure facilities.
Verdict: Ideal for a luxurious staycation to get away from the bustle of the city. Feels like home away from home.
Price: Internet rates are upwards of ₹12,000
Contact: The Oberoi, Mumbai, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021