india has stepped into the global limelight and opened its gates, and nowhere else but in its biggest cities this change is more evident. as the country's financial and cultural capital and main trading port, mumbai has always been a window to the outside world of some kind. the city's openness is paired with a can-do mentality, making it an ideal spot for innovations and new ideas of any kind. while mumbai features quite a few reputable luxury lodgings and many more are in the making, a more personal and authentic hospitality venture has opened its doors. aptly called abode, it's mumbai's first luxury boutique hotel and located in colaba, a historic and upscale part of town dotted with many landmark historic buildings.
the property is set up by lizzie chapman and abedin sham, two travel-obsessed professionals who earned their spurs respectively in finance and hospitality, and wanted to create a hospitality formula with heart. heart for local culture, the environment and people, that is. the duo enlisted sian pascale of mumbai-based design studio young citizens to create abode's appealing interiors while graphic designer katy buckley supervised its design and identity. abode occupies a building whose wooden and iron façade was meticulously restored before each of its only 20 rooms were decorated in a colour palette taken from terracotta chai pots and pistachio sweets, and floors are laid with hand-made custom-designed, cement tiles.
the hotel is furnished with beautiful reclaimed colonial and art deco hardwood and wicker furniture has been sourced from the city’s second-hand markets, in addition to custom-built pieces, such as bed side tables made from chaat stands and library shelving inspired by bombay roadside bookstores. interestingly, the fabrics used for soft furnishings have been sourced from vintage saris, or block printed from original designs. there are four room categories, each different in size but all featuring the same understated, vintage-infused aesthetic, in addition to lovely extras like original artwork, luxurious cotton linen, robes + towels and natural bath products. abode's style may be inspired by a bygone era, its concept is very much geared towards the modern traveller, and it has the amenities to match.
rooms come with full direct dial mobile phone that guests can use to keep in touch as they roam around the city, there's a high-speed wifi network, and a complementary international, seasonal breakfast service. which brings us to abode's cozy lobby where breakfast is served. very much a meeting place for both guests and visitors, it actually doubles as a café during the day. the menu lists a great variety of tasty bites and drinks, from sandwiches, cakes and scones, to coffee, indian teas and fresh juices. and should exploring bustling mumbai take its toll, the hotel's dedicated treatment room with experienced practitioners has got you covered. alternatively, you could head for a nearby hi-tech gym with which the hotel has partnered. location: lansdowne house, mahakavi bhushan marg, second floor [colaba].