Con­struc­tion Year Why Stay?

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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.

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