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Hilton Mumbai International Airport Review. A charming hotel

The Hilton Mumbai International Airport is a good option for Mumbai airport. There’s a good quality breakfast, excellent location and well designed rooms. The hotel is charming, but it’s certainly not aspirational.

Read this trip report for the inside scoop on what to expect. I took loads of photos, and they all pop out into a slideshow.

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What I liked

  • Breakfast had a wide variety of Indian and western options
  • Nice pool area
  • Rooms are well designed
  • Lobby is visually impressive
  • Hotel is well located for Mumbai Airport

What could be improved

  • Hilton Mumbai is compact and not an aspirational hotel
  • Food in the executive lounge was average

Hilton presence in Mumbai

Hilton have over 6,000 hotels in the world. Unfortunately for Hilton loyalists, this is the only Hilton in Mumbai! Hilton and IHG are my go-to Hotel brands, so this isn’t ideal for me!

Mumbai has over 20 million residents and is the financial hub of India. So this is a glaring hole in the Hilton’s portfolio! I visit Mumbai frequently as I have business interests there, so I hope Hilton can beef up their presence. 

Mumbai Visitor Guide

The Hilton Mumbai International Airport is located 5 minutes drive from Mumbai airport. It’s next to a number of hotels, including Hyatt Regency and JW Marriott. It’s also well located, if you wish to explore the suburbs of Mumbai (Bandra, Juhu etc.). Bandra is where the Bollywood superstars live.

The hotel is about 20km from south Mumbai, which is the poshest part of Mumbai! It has the most expensive properties and the best tourist attractions, e.g. the Gateway to India and Marine Drive. The Mumbai traffic is absolutely horrific, and it takes 3 hours to travel 20km in rush hour. If you plan on sightseeing, then I wouldn’t stay here.

The below video covers some of the must see attractions in Mumbai.

The Hotel

The Hilton Mumbai International Airport is compact and charming. The grounds are pleasant, but no more. I’ve stayed previously at the Grand Hyatt Mumbai – so it’s not a fair fight! Like most 5* hotels, it has a very nice lobby! There’s a grand chandelier to lend to the feeling of luxury.

The hotel has the following facilities

  • Airport hotel
  • Outdoor pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Executive Lounge
  • Grand lobby

From the outside, the Hilton Mumbai is unimposing and doesn’t look like a 5* hotel. But the hotel does have a charm, and does everything that a 5* hotel should. I don’t have any complaints!

The Room

The guest rooms were compact, but well decorated. Especially impressive was the bathroom, which had a classy feel. The bathroom has a separate shower and bath.

The room had basic tea and coffee facilities – no Nespresso machine! I personally think that Nespresso machines should be expected at 5* hotels. However, the Intercontinental Paris didn’t have one, whereas the 4* Radisson Blu Liverpool did! Your mileage may vary! It didn’t make any difference to me, as I had access to coffee at the executive lounge.

The breakfast

I really enjoyed the breakfast at the Hilton Mumbai Airport. There’s an extensive buffet, and many cook to order options. There are western and local dishes available.

Cook to order selection:

  • Pancake
  • Waffle
  • French Toast
  • Croissant waffle
  • Cook to order eggs
  • Dosa
  • Uttapum
  • Paratha

The waffles and pancakes were very good. As a native Londoner (don’t judge!), I was introduced to pancakes late on, and am now making up for lost time! One of my biggest frustrations with British Hotels, is their assumption that everyone wants bacon and eggs for breakfast..

I tried the coffee and enjoyed it. Smooth.

I took 10 photos of the breakfast. To see these, just click the above photo, and it pops out into a slideshow.

The Executive Lounge

I had access to the Executive Lounge due to my Hilton Gold Status. This is an excellent benefit, as lounges often serve something close to a full dinner.

The executive lounge at the Hilton Mumbai Airport is small. It has a breakfast service and evening dinner/drinks. I didn’t eat breakfast at the lounge, as breakfast in the restaurant was excellent.

Evening canapes were pretty average. The meals consisted of some basic salad options and microwaved hot dishes. Indian cuisine is feted the world over, so it’s disappointing that the food is so poor. They probably want to entice guests to eat at their restaurants. It’s certainly not as bad as the food I had at the Plaza Premium, Ahmedabad Airport. So there’s one saving grace!

The Airport Lounges in Mumbai Airport are better than Ahmedabad! The Business Lounge is open to business class passengers from all airlines. It’s a beautifully bright lounge with excellent runway views. There’s also a terrific buffet. With Indian and Western items.

The Loyalty Lounge is also in Mumbai Airport. It’s a unique place! You can access the lounge with a Priority Pass and the food is lovely. On the flip side, the beer is watered down and the lighting feels like a prison canteen!

The Pool

The back of the Hilton Mumbai Airport had a small pool area. The pool was nice and clean, and there’s also a charming dining area. The design certainly wasn’t spectacular, but it was pleasant. This is the story of the hotel really!

There’s also a small fitness centre, which contained some cardio machines and some dumb bells.


The Hilton Mumbai International Airport is a solid option for an airport hotel. For a 5* hotel, it does all of the basics right, without anything being amazing. I was particularly impressed with the design in the lobby and the bedrooms.

The JW Marriott Mumbai is another excellent Airport Hotel. It’s the closest hotel to the airport. I could see the terminal from my room! The design of the hotel is funky and there’s a really nice pool.

The St Regis Mumbai is my favourite hotel in the City. Better than the Taj! Better that the Four Seasons! The hotel is the tallest building in Mumbai. There’s a stunning lobby that looks like a French Ballroom. The food was amazing!

The Taj Mumbai Hotel is probably the most famous hotel in the city. It’s opposite the Gateway of India. I had a lovely stay. There’s some nice restaurants on site. I also booked a really great price. Which helps!

The Grand Hyatt Mumbai is another luxury hotel in the city. The grounds are absolutely stunning! The breakfast was huge. With a variety of Indian and Western options. The hotel is well located for Mumbai’s business district.

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