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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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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. I also wrote lounge reviews for the Loyalty Lounge and the GVK Lounge in Mumbai.
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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 coronavirus has sadly decimated Mumbai and India. The outbreak occurred after the outbreak in Europe and the USA, but has been just as devastating. Many millions live in slums, so social distancing is virtually impossible. Hospitals have been overrun, and it’s been 3 to a bed in Government hospitals.
The lockdown has deprived many millions of work. In a country with no social safety net, this has led to a humanitarian disaster. The saving grace has been the low death rate – far lower than Europe and the US.
I wrote articles on how the coronavirus will change travel and how long social distancing will last. Travel will be different in the future, and they make for interesting reads.
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
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 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.
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:
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.
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 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.
If you plan to visit the tourist destinations in south Mumbai, then this isn’t the right hotel. You’ll need to travel for at least an hour, and there’s some wonderful hotels in that area.