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Mum­bai Juhu

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BACK­GROUND There are nine JW Mar­riott ho­tels in In­dia, with two in Mum­bai it­self. JW Mar­riott Mum­bai Juhu opened in Jan­uary 2002 and since then has been one of the most iconic venues of the city.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? It’s a struc­ture you can’t miss if you’re pass­ing through the sub­urb of Juhu. My Uber drove through a wind­ing path­way lined with green­ery and dropped me at the Àve Áoor prop­erty’s en­trance. Its base­ment is ded­i­cated to its ball­room. A quick se­cu­rity check fol­lowed and I walked into the roomy lobby that has a lot of loung­ing space spread across. The sound of the play­ing pi­ano Àlled my ears as I Ànished the check in pro­ce­dure and walked to­wards the el­e­va­tors on the left. Bom­bay Bak­ing &om­pany, its coͿee shop, is on the right along with a few other F&B out­lets while straight and then down the spi­ral stairs is its all day din­ing restau­rant ³ /otus Café. The re­cently ren­o­vated lobby looks rich with golden hues and mar­ble Áoor­ing.

WHERE IS IT? By Juhu Beach, on Juhu Tara Road. There’s a Star­bucks right across the road along with a num­ber of restau­rants and bars. The in­ter­na­tional air­port is half an hour away with­out tra΀c.

ROOM FA­CIL­I­TIES I was stay­ing in a Grand Ocean suite (71 sqm) that opened to a panoramic view of the Ara­bian Sea from its French win­dows that sprawl across the liv­ing room, bed­room and the bath­room. On the left of the liv­ing room is a din­ing ta­ble and a sep­a­rate toi­let. The lounge area faces the television ( 1 inch) and the desk that’s be­side the win­dow. The mini­bar is camouÁaged be­side the television. I used the power sock­ets here to charge my de­vices and also to play mu­sic through an iPod doc. Clos­ets are placed on the path­way to the bed­room. There is also a Bose ra­dio and sound sys­tem in the bed­room. Four phones are placed in the suite and the wiÀ is free. It was nice to sit by the win­dow early morn­ing and enMoy coͿee with an un­in­ter­rupted view of the sea. The white mar­ble bath­room e[em­pliÀes lu[ury with its bath­tub be­side the win­dow and a sep­a­rate shower area. Since I was stay­ing in this level of ac­com­mo­da­tion, I could ac­cess the ([ec­u­tive lounge that oͿers com­pli­men­tary evening cock­tails and canapés, non al­co­holic bev­er­ages and charge­able busi­ness ser­vices. Some of the other ac­com­mo­da­tion cat­e­gories are Deluxe room, Deluxe Ocean View room, Premier Club room, Ex­ec­u­tive Juhu Beach suite and the Royal /otus suite.

RESTAU­RANTS AND BARS A full range break­fast is served at /otus Café how­ever I chose to ex­pe­ri­ence its re­cently launched break­fast menu at Bom­bay Bak­ing Com­pany. I de­voured their blue­berry pan­cake along with freshly squeezed or­ange juice and a dou­ble shot espresso. My lunch was a light kati roll at /otus Café as din­ner was sup­posed to be quite lav­ish at Dashanzi, its pan Asian restau­rant. The restau­rant boasts of an ex­pan­sive bev­er­ages menu with spe­cial­ity gins from around the world. For din­ner, we started with edamame and tru΁e, mush­room crys­tal and ka΀r lime pesto and shi­itake mush­room and lo­tus root dim sum. The Ha­machi and Shake sashimi was im­pec­ca­ble. I also had din­ner the pre­vi­ous night at its Ital­ian restau­rant ³ Mezzo Mezzo ³ where I rel­ished the home made potato gnoc­chi with black tru΁e with the /it­tle James Bas­ket Press (French red wine) by Saint Cosme. MEET­ING FA­CIL­I­TIES There are 13 event rooms that sprawl across 1,790 sqm. The Grand Sangam Ball­room can ac­com­mo­date 1,000 peo­ple while Ganga, <amuna and Saraswati can Àt 200 del­e­gates each. LEISURE FA­CIL­I­TIES There’s an out­door in­Ànity and a salt­wa­ter pool along with a chil­dren’s pool. The Àt­ness cen­tre has Jacuzzi, steam and sauna fa­cil­i­ties along with Vi­broGym equip­ment. I tried the Quan Sig­na­ture Ther­apy at Quan Spa that deeply re­laxed my mus­cles and joints, re­sult­ing in a peace­ful night’s sleep. VERDICT It re­mains a clas­sic with cor­po­rate and leisure trav­ellers with its host of F&B, lux­ury and busi­ness fa­cil­i­ties.

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