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1903 Jamsetji N. Tata, Indian pioneer industrialist and founder of the Tata Group, built this hotel, the first in India to have electricity, in 1903. The hotel’s two buildings, the Tower and the Taj Mahal Palace, were built in different styles and at different times.
In the 19th century, the only decent hotel in Mumbai was Watson’s Esplanade Hotel. In the late 1890s, Tata announced he would build a grand hotel, aiming to restore the image of the city and attract visitors from around the world.
The hotel opened in 1903, and was considered the second home of the Maharajas. In 1947, the Palace hosted the legends and architects of Independence. The 20-story Tower wing was constructed in 1973. The hotel was renovated for its 100th anniversary.
Following a terrorist attack in 2008, the hotel was refurbished. The Moorish, Oriental and Florentine styles remain and the rooms’original artworks and period furniture continue to exude a trademark old-world charm, meaning guests can experience what it was like to live as a Maharajah.
The hotel is home to the Art Walk program – a tour that takes in the establishment’s diverse collection of paintings and art works. There is also an in-house vedic astrologer, Padmaraj Kanna, who answers guests’questions about their future. The Taj also operates a private jet and yacht.
Outdoor swimming pool, spa, reference library, meeting rooms, executive rooms, private offices, ballroom and business center.