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As a buzzing creative hub, Mumbai has become a force to be reckoned with, and this stature is now increasingly resonating on a global scale as well. As such, it isn’t surprising Soho House has anticipated with an alluring foothold, situated in the plush enclave of Santa Cruz West, and literally just a stone’s throw away from the Indian Ocean. The newly opened  Soho House Mumbai occupies a modern building with a neoclassical façade, featuring 38 guestrooms and facilities across eleven floors, all designed by Soho House founder Nick Jones and the company’s design director Linda Boronkay. Upon entering the premises, guests first encounter Cecconi’s, an Italian restaurant and fixture at all of the Soho House outposts across the planet.

Informal yet fancy, the setting here boasts glass chandeliers, warm timber and rattan panelling with antique Indian handmade brass lights. The dining establishment serves Northern Italian fare with a variety of cicchetti, pasta, pizzas made in the wood-oven, seasonal vegetables and salads, as well as a range of signature dishes. Additionally, there’s an L-shaped marble bar and a seating area with leather banquettes and Indian cut-glass lights. Outdoors there are rattan chairs, tables and plants lining the terrace. Another venue that’s accessible to all, is The Allis. Both a lounge and bar, the setting is contemporary yet distinctly Indian, featuring vintage rattan furniture, ceramic tiles, Indian textiles and handmade rugs.

One floor up, it’s members-only territory, and the following facilities can be found here. The plush Screening Room is furnished with 34 armchairs made in mohair and hand-printed block fabrics from Rajasthan, and come with footstools side tables and a menu with drinks and snacks that can be ordered for the film. The Paisley Room is a versatile space and suitable for all types of events and gatherings, and comes with a fully equipped bar with high-tech sound, light and projection systems. The third floor of Soho House Mumbai is home to its very own House Gym. A full-fledged space where to work out and relax, it has a range of extras, such as Technogym and Watson equipment, a group fitness studio, steam rooms, laundry facilities, and even an outdoor café and workout space.

The guestrooms are situated on floors three to seven, and range in size from Small to Big, with two Playroom suites. Each room is individually designed, with eco-friendly sisal carpet, antique timber and bone inlay furniture, and lampshades created from antique sari fabrics found in nearby markets. The bathrooms have Indian-inspired coloured cement tiling, vintage mirrors and marble fittings, with a full set of Cowshed products in each. On the eighth floor the main members’ space is situated. Designed to meet and mingle with fellow members and guests, and to occasionally let your hair down, it’s a spot where to do all that in great style. The setting has just the right high ceilings for cut-glass chandeliers and antique teak floors, and a bar with antique mirrors, glass wall lights and leather bar stalls. Furnishings comprise of antique furniture with pieces by the Soho House design team.

And in full compliance with Mumbai‘s tropical climes, outdoor balconies are readily available, offering seating areas with sea views out over the sea and city on either side. The Library on the ninth-floor overlooks part of the members’ space below, with floor to ceiling windows. Last but certainly not least, there’s the venue’s rooftop, arguably the most coveted oasis in town. This beautifully decorated outdoor space flaunts traditional Indian cement tiles, walls clad in reclaimed sleeper wood and retractable awnings overhead. A colourful marble-top bar and adjacent restaurant faces the expanse of the Indian Ocean, with terrazzo tables and a relaxed seating area. On the upper level is the pool, with striped sunbeds and surrounded by lush plants. Location: Soho House, 16 Juhu Tara Road (Santa Cruz West).

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