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The Urbanist’s Mumbai: Where the Locals Would Stay

Taj Mahal Palace  

“The grand Taj Mahal Palace (from $157; has panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and the Gateway of India. I recommend visiting its quiet Harbour Bar. And in the lobby, there’s a beautiful waterfall monument with the names of those killed in the 2008 attacks.” —Chirag Wakaskar, photojournalist and creator of @EverydayMumbai


“Abode in Colaba (from $60; rides the line between budget-friendly and boutique. Though the amenities are basic, the service is kind and personal. I love the recycled-wood paneling in the showers, the modern concrete tiling, and the free packets of Parle-G tea biscuits in the lobby.” —Alex Sanchez, executive chef of the Table

“Four Seasons (from $170; is equidistant from Bandra and Colaba, making it great for accessing all parts of the city. Its walls are adorned with contemporary art, the spa is exceptional, and the service is the best I’ve ever encountered. And the rooftop bar, Aer, has gorgeous sea views and a happy hour that coincides with magic hour.” —Sheena Dabholkar, travel and design blogger