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Mumbai, India’s financial capital, is often the first port of call for many business and leisure travelers to the country. The city’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is hands-down the best airport in the country with its sprawling expanse and stunning design. The area around the airport, namely Andheri and Vile Parle (where the domestic terminal is located) is choc-a-bloc with hotels for every kind of traveler, and the airport is well connected to the city’s business and entertainment hubs so you can get around with ease. Here’s where to stay near Mumbai Airport.
Best Overall: ITC Maratha
You cannot miss the massive hulk of ITC Maratha as you exit the airport; a seamless blend of English Victorian and Indo-Saracenic architecture, the hotel is built up with hand-carved stone and topped off with a domed roof. The interiors are a blend of contemporary décor and traditional art themes, ranging from the frescoes of Ajanta caves to indigenous Warli tribal art. The dome encloses the Atrium, the light-filled heart of the hotel, offering a rare respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. The hotel has 380 luxurious rooms including 27 suites. Rooms are spacious by Mumbai standards with plush interiors and world-class amenities.
ITC Maratha has five restaurants, one bar, and a tea lounge. The Atrium houses the multi-cuisine, 24-hour Peshwa Pavilion. Other restaurants include the iconic ITC brands like Peshawri, Dum Pukht, and Pan Asian. Dakshin Coastal is one of the best seafood restaurants in the city serving the varied cuisine of South India’s incredibly long coastline. The elegant Bombay High bar offers a fine collection of whiskeys, cigars, and cocktails, while the glasshouse conservatory ambiance of Catherine’s is perfect for a spot of afternoon tea. Other facilities include the signature Kaya Kalp Spa, a salon, an outdoor pool, and a 24-hour gym.
Best Budget: Hotel Leafio
Located in Sakinaka, Hotel Leafio is just two miles from the airport, though you should factor in about 20 to 30 minutes to get to the airport considering the areas steady traffic. Leafio is a good budget hotel if you’re looking for a short stay in the city or for a quick transit. The hotel offers 39 rooms in various categories. Rooms are clean, compact, and air-conditioned, and come with en-suite bathrooms, LCD TVs, and writing desks. Some of the rooms are windowless, so check before booking. Wi-Fi is free, and daily housekeeping and toiletries are included. Guests have raved about the service, especially the quick check-in and checkout times.
The hotel has a spacious rooftop restaurant that serves an Indian and continental buffet breakfast (complimentary) with plenty of variety. There are several public transport options nearby including the Sakinaka metro station, which is a five-minute walk away. The hotel can arrange airport transfers at an additional cost or you can simply book an Uber.
Best for Families: JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar
JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar is a luxury five-star property located just half a mile from the international terminal of Mumbai airport. The hotel offers 581 rooms and suites in various categories, all of which come with king or double beds, marble bathrooms with double vanities, minibars, tea/coffee services, and more. The rooms can accommodate rollaway beds or cribs for children.
The all-day dining, multi-cuisine JW Café serves an extensive breakfast buffet and is especially popular for its generous Sunday Brunch. Romano’s is the dinner-only Italian restaurant, which serves up some of the best pizzas in the city. Other facilities include a well-equipped fitness center, a large outdoor pool, and a children’s pool. The hotel also has a kids’ playroom with a bouncy castle, games and toys, a dedicated art and craft station, and a kiddie meal station. While the kids are occupied, you can unwind at the Spa by JW with a range of Ayurvedic massages, beauty treatments, and couples’ massages. The spa also offers in-suite massages and treatments.
Best Boutique: Waterstones Hotel
Less than a mile from the international terminal, Waterstone’s Hotel is an intimate boutique that's ideal for both business and leisure travelers. Its 99 rooms and suites are spacious and done up in soothing neutrals. The Boutique rooms are nature-themed and look out over the outdoor garden surrounded by waterfalls and shallow pools. The suites are all floral themed and done up in luxurious India-inspired design, complete with a kitchenette and balcony.
Set amidst lush greenery and waterfalls, All Stir Fry is the hotel’s signature restaurant, an Oriental street food market of sorts with à la carte menu and a DIY wok counter that’s very popular. The chic On The Rocks bar is perfect for breezy cocktails while looking out over the city skyline. The Waterstone’s Club — which adjoins the hotel — offers guests a range of services like an Olympic-size outdoor pool, a spa and salon, a fully equipped fitness center, and sports facilities like tennis, squash, and croquet. There’s also a game room, movie lounge, library, and music lounge at your disposal.
Best for Romance: The Leela Mumbai
Touted as the only resort-style business hotel in Mumbai, The Leela is the last word in luxury and romance near the airport, which is just a mile away. It’s conveniently located for access to the city’s business and IT hubs as well as its shopping and entertainment districts. Eleven acres of lush, landscaped gardens, cascading waterfalls, and a lotus fountain lend the hotel a resort feel. The Leela offers 391 rooms, including 30 palatial suites that come with butler service. Rooms look out over the city or the outdoor pool and are done up in neutral tones. The hand-tufted woolen rugs on the floor give the rooms a luxurious touch as do the Posturepedic mattresses, pillow menus, and massage cubicles in the bathroom.
There are four onsite dining options, including the all-day dining Citrus, the Chinese specialty restaurant The Great Wall, and the Indian specialty restaurant Jamavar. If you're looking to splurge, opt for Le Cirque Signature, a Franco-Italian fine-dining restaurant with a well-stocked wine cellar and an eclectic menu. Looking to relax? Choose from a range of Ayurvedic, Eastern, and European therapies and body treatments at the ESPA spa, try a yoga and meditation session, or get a makeover at the in-house salon. The hotel also offers a state-of-the-art fitness center and a pool.
Best for Luxury: Hyatt Regency
Located practically next to the international airport terminal, Hyatt Regency is a premium Hyatt brand hotel that’s suitable for both business and leisure travelers. This contemporary property offers 401 spacious rooms done up in a minimalist design with floor-to-ceiling windows, premium furnishings, and high-quality amenities. Splurge on the Presidential Suite, which comes with a 55-inch plasma TV, Bose speakers, a massage chair, and a personal wine bar. The marble bath and Jacuzzi is an added luxury touch.
Spread over two floors, Stax is a contemporary Italian restaurant done up in glass, steel, and stone, overlooking the pool and landscaped garden. The upper level of the restaurant is the Stax Bar featuring a variety of single malts, wines, and cocktails. The all-day dining Glasshouse has an interactive show kitchen and serves both à la carte and buffet; don’t miss their lavish Sunday Brunch. Take a dip in the glistening outdoor pool or simply relax at the poolside sundecks with a drink. For fitness enthusiasts, the hotel offers a well-equipped gym with steam, sauna, and whirlpool, as well as an indoor squash court.
Best for Singles: Urbanpod Hotel
If you’re traveling alone, book a pod at Mumbai’s first Tokyo-style pod hotel. Urbanpod Hotel is located just three miles from the international airport and is well connected to the rest of the city. It offers 140 rather futuristic-looking boutique pods that come with free Wi-Fi, a TV, personal safe, USB chargers and funky mood lighting. Apart from standard pods, you can also choose from private pods, ladies’-only pods with a shared ladies’-only bathroom, or suite pods with a queen-size bed, a study table, and a window.
The bathrooms are shared but towels and toiletries are provided. Breakfast is also included as is a range of gourmet teas and coffees. Apart from hot breakfast, snacks, sandwiches, and beverages are sold through the day at the common café and living area, which is also a great space to meet fellow travelers. The hotel also has two business center desks for work and meetings. The modern design and interiors have been done up by the renowned Singapore architect firm, Formwerkz, giving you a truly international experience.
Best Business: Hilton Mumbai International Airport Hotel
Located just two miles from the international airport, the Hilton is the perfect base for the business traveler in Mumbai. It’s either close or well connected to the business hubs of Andheri, Powai, and Bandra Kurla Complex, as well as the Bombay Exhibition Center. Designed like a 19th-century summer palace, the Hilton Mumbai certainly has more personality than your average business hotel. Its 171 rooms and suites are decorated in muted colors and wooden accents and come with flat-screen TVs, coffee makers, and desks with ergonomic chairs. The suites sport Victorian décor and elegant marble bathrooms and include butler service.
Enjoy a drink and live music at the Lounge Bar with its dark woods, fine antiques, and paintings. The multi-cuisine Brasserie restaurant is open 24/7 and serves up a huge buffet of Indian, European, and Oriental dishes; their midnight buffet is also very popular. The restaurant’s extended outdoor section, The Brasserie Grill is open from October to March and is the perfect setting for kebabs and grills. The hotel has an outdoor pool and a fitness gym so you can keep up with your fitness routine.
Best Hostel: Zostel Mumbai
Zostel is the largest and one of the most popular backpacker hostels in Mumbai. Its location just two miles from the airport makes it an ideal base for the budget traveler. It’s a lively space done up in bright yellow and cool whites, with funky artworks on the walls. The hostel has a choice of mixed dorms, two female-only dorms, and en-suite private rooms. All dorms have a shared shower, a common hangout area, lockers, and storage facilities. Bed linens are included but towels must be rented. Wi-Fi is free and reasonably fast.
Zostel Mumbai has an indoor common area, a reading room, and a rooftop hangout space where you can meet fellow backpackers and swap stories over a coffee or beer. The rooftop café serves freshly made breakfast (at additional cost) and there’s a small kitchenette where you can make tea or coffee throughout the day. The closest metro station is Marol Naka, which is about a mile away but you can easily hail a rickshaw or hop on the bus to get around.
Our writers spent 2 hours researching the most popular hotels near the Mumbai airport. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 15 different hotels overall, read over 50 user reviews (both positive and negative), and stayed in 3 of the hotels themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.