Budget hotels in Mumbai
Mumbai, the capital of the state of Maharashtra, is a group of seven islands, namely Bombay Island, Parel, Mazagaon, Mahim, Colaba, Worli and Old Woman’s Island. Mumbai is connected by bridges to the mainland. Formerly known as Bombay, in 1996 the city’s name was officially changed to Mumbai, the original Marathi name derived from the Goddess Mumba who was worshipped by the Koli fishermen who were the first inhabitants.
The main attractions of Mumbai are the Gateway of India, overlooking the harbour, the Prince of Wales museum, Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, Elephanta cave island located in the Arabian sea , Parsi Fire temple, Marine Drive also known as ‘the Queens Necklace’ and Chowpatty beach.
Being the commercial centre of India, other than the tourists that come to see Mumbai, a lot of business travellers also frequent this place. A lot of people migrate to Mumbai from all over the country in search of a better job and living, making Mumbai a congested place.
The cost of living in Mumbai is among the top of the charts while compared to the other cities. This also reflects in the hotel industry. Mumbai has one of the most expensive accommodations in India. If you are looking for anything below Rs. 700, be prepared to stay in a congested dingy room.
For the budget traveller there are many mid level and budget hotels. Most of the better options are found around Colaba and the Fort area. MTDC has quite a few of their hotels in and around the city. Some of the other budget hotels are Salvation Army Red Shield Hostel, YWCA, Hotel New Bengal, Hotel City Palace, Samarth Hotel, Nalanda Hotel, Volga Hotel, Hotel Lawrence, Maria Lodge, Sea Shore Hotel, Bentley’s Hotel, Welcome Hotel, Hotel Oasis and Hotel Outram. These hotels could cost you anything in the range of Rs. 1000 to Rs. 3000.
Though these hotels may not have all the facilities of a high-end hotel, they may provide you with a clean air conditioned double room, attached bathroom, and have facilities like a travel desk and multi-cuisine restaurants. Some of the hotels may even provide you with a complimentary breakfast.
Mumbai has an efficient suburban train network that is always overcrowded. The Taxis operate 24 hours a day. Buses are also frequent to travel within the city. Mumbai is connected to the other cities by rail, road and air.
Mumbai enjoys a temperate climate. Mumbai can get very humid during the monsoon seasons.
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