TRAVELS WITH NINA

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MUMBAI HOTEL REVIEW, INDIA: SMH TRAVELLER
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Abode, Mumbai’s first boutique hotel, is almost a microcosm of the city: at once revering its rich colonial history, while simultaneously grasping at a modern, globalised future.

The two-storey hotel opened in January in Colaba, the pulsing and slightly posh heart of the city, in perfect timing with the opening of Mumbai Airport’s $2 billion new Terminal 2.

It’s housed in a 110-year-old heritage building, creatively reimagined by Australian architect Sian Pascale.

The decor of each of the 20 elegantly appointed rooms draws on local flavours and heritage design. The floors are laid with locally handcrafted tiles and teak wood salvaged from demolished houses, as well as reclaimed colonial and art deco hardwood.

Wicker furniture has been sourced from the city’s second-hand markets, signs have been done by local truck painters, and soft furnishings crafted from vintage saris and block-printed fabrics. Abode also helps guests negotiate the wealth divide, by providing packets of sweet biscuits to give to homeless children.

Rooms come with mobile phones for use around the city, complimentary high speed Wi-Fi and luxurious cotton linen, robes and towels. There’s a spa treatment room, a library and a shop, and a hip lobby cafe where the complimentary seasonal breakfast is served.

Rooms range from luxury (including bathtubs and high ceilings for 10,000 rupees ($180) a night, to basic but still stylish (showers are en suite, toilets are common) for 2000 rupees a night. See abodeboutiquehotels.com.

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