Staying at one of the Juhu beach hotels that are right on the oceanfront is the perfect solution for escaping the hustle and bustle of Mumbai. You'll feel secluded from the city at this upmarket suburban location. An added bonus is that you'll be relatively close to the airport. These top 5 Juhu hotels are the pick of the bunch for a relaxing beach-side vacation, for all budgets.
(Here's a tip: if you're going to be in Mumbai for the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, you'll be in the heart of the action where the idols are immersed in the ocean at Juhu Beach).
Thinking of splurging? You can't pass up the JW Marriott. Not only is it one of the best luxury hotels in Mumbai, it's centrally located in the Juhu Tara Road shopping area, has one of Mumbai's top luxury spas, plus four restaurants and two bars. The Lotus Cafe is renowned for its extensive buffets. Oh, and there's a huge oceanfront swimming pool and garden with direct beach access too. It's a large, recently refurbished, hotel with 355 rooms. Everyone from Bollywood stars to vacationing families can be found there.
- Rates: From about 12,500 rupees per night, plus tax.
The Novotel is a relatively new beachfront hotel located at the quieter northern end of Juhu Beach. It opened in 2009 after a complete renovation (it used to be the old Holiday Inn) and has fast become a fashionable place to stay. The hotel offers 203 rooms and suites, with city or ocean views. It's also jumped on the Sunday brunch bandwagon, and offers an enticing poolside Sunday brunch with an eclectic range of food from all of its restaurants. If you're not staying at the hotel, you can use the pool for an additional cost during the brunch. The hotel's seaside bar is one of the best bars in Mumbai to enjoy a sundowner, and there are happy hours too!
- Rates: From about 9,000 rupees per night, plus tax. Breakfast is included.
If you're on a budget, you don't have to miss out on staying on Juhu Beach. The Citizen Hotel has a fabulous location right at the center of the action. There are 45 rooms and all of them have a sea view -- the executive rooms have a partial view while the deluxe rooms have a full view (with a refreshing sea breeze). The hotel has a beachfront restaurant and bar, and free wireless Internet in the lobby. Staff are friendly. Complimentary airport pickup and drop off is also provided. The only drawbacks: the rooms are small and there's no swimming pool.
- Rates: From 3,900 rupees per night, plus tax. Breakfast is included.
The iconic Sun N Sand hotel was the first luxury beachfront hotel in Mumbai. It's located at the quieter northern end of Juhu Beach, right next to the Novotel. However, with 120 rooms, it's smaller than the Novotel. The hotel's excellent service and friendly staff have made it a long-term favorite with guests. It also has a reasonably priced indoor Sunday brunch. Rates are a bit cheaper than the other luxury beachfront hotels because the Sun N Sand is older, and the rooms lack modern amenities and contemporary decor. The hotel has been very well maintained though. You can get a beach facing room for very little extra, and it's well worth it! There are two restaurants, swimming pool with bar, spa, and fitness center.
- Rates: From 7,500 rupees per night, plus tax. Breakfast is included.
The Sea Princess is situated at the far southern end of Juhu beach. This luxury hotel has been in business since 1987 and was recently renovated. There are 111 guest rooms and most have a sea view. Those who love the nightlife will appreciate the fact that the hotel houses one of the city's hottest nightclubs, Trilogy. It's spread over 5,000 square feet and two levels. Dress to impress! Other facilities include spa, meditation room, business center, fitness center, outdoor seaside swimming pool, two restaurants, and a poolside lounge bar.
- Rates: From 7,900 rupees per night, plus tax. Breakfast is included.
Step out of the hotel and you'll be in the center of the carnival-like atmosphere on Juhu beach. The Ramada Plaza Palm Grove is situated on the busy main part of the beach, right next to the rows of snack stalls. There are numerous restaurants and bars in the vicinity as well. Similar to the Sun N Sand, the hotel is an older one that's been well maintained. Its dated decor and rooms could do with updating but they're clean and comfortable. Just don't expect five-star luxury and service, and you won't be disappointed! Facilities include beauty salon, fitness center, book shop, and handicraft store.
- Rates: From about 8,000 rupees per night, plus tax. Breakfast is included.