THE TAJ MAHAL PALACE, MUMBAI
The Taj Mahal Palace threw open its stately doors in 1903. It truly embodied founder Jamsetji Tata’s vision for the city, of providing an indigenous hospitality service that would cater to the myriad needs of global travellers. An architectural marvel offering panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and the Gateway of India, it is a graceful landmark of Mumbai.
USP – Home to and retreat for maharajahs, politicos, dignitaries and their entourages, over the past century it has stood witness to the transformation of the country. It has amassed a diverse collection of paintings and artworks. From Belgian chandeliers to Goan Christian artefacts, the hotel incorporates a myriad of artistic styles and tastes.
HERITAGE PICK – In 1947, the hotel hosted the legends and architects of India’s independence. The first speech to industry in independent India was made at the hotel. It was during those heady days of celebration and grandeur that Jamsetji Tata’s masterpiece took its place on the political and tourism maps.
BLENDING HISTORY WITH LUXURY – The property has been ahead of its time since 1903. Jamsetji Tata travelled the world to ensure that the hotel would be magnificent and truly global. To the original structure envisioned in the 19th century, the decades have seen additions from reorganising of rooms, suites and their layouts to the addition of floors and even the construction of the Tower Wing. With layers of history embedded in the structure, the conservationists have had to overcome unique challenges to ensure a seamless blend of heritage and modernity.