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1. Posted by astral_e (Inactive 2 posts) 9y

Hi, I'm after recommendations of budget accommodation in Mumbai. I will be there for three nights in just over a week, then back for one night in April before leaving India. For the first three nights, I was thinking of staying in Colaba - I'm waitlisted for Bentley's, I would like to know what other travellers experiences have been there, and hear any alternative suggestions. For the one night that I am in Mumbai in April, I want somewhere near the international airport. All suggestions gratefully received! Thanks.

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Astral

The cheapest place to stay is the Salvation army hostel, in Colaba. Only costs around 2 US$ per night, including breakfast, for a bed in the shared dorm.
It is very safe to stay there, for u and your belongings. There are individual safes, for your money and doccuments, with keys for u to take away with u. At night, these safe are locked inside gates, with a guy sleeping there, to guard them.

What is Bentleys? Is the a web link for it?

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 6, 2007, at 11:54 PM by Mel. ]

3. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

That hostel that Mel mentions is the 2nd worst hostel I have stayed at in 48 countries in approximately 200 hostels. If you like the idea of having bed bugs so bad that they are as big as ladybugs crawling all over you everywhere on the bed on the pillow, everywhere, then it may be a place you find good. If you like the idea of a number of the windows being smashed, a pigeon flying around in the room having nested in the room and flying about shitting all over the place (including in the toilet/bathroom), then again that might suit your likes. If you enjoy the idea of having almost everyone smoking illegal drugs that'll kill your brain cells and make you feel sick if you don't smoke, then again you might like it, but I'd prefer to pay a little more and live like a human being instead of like an animal. Apart from all of that, the $2US that Mel refers to, does not include the cost of a locker which is compulsary when you use the dorm room even if you don't want to use it. That room had only males at the time I stayed, so I think it was an all male dorm, so maybe if you are female you might have a better quality room which does spell NIGHTMARE!!!!

I ended up sleeping on the lino floor in the corrador near the cleaning cupboards as that was the only place safe from the rampant case of bed bugs that were as rampant as bees in a bee hive. Then at about 5.00am when I was woken when the cleaners come to get the stuff out of the cupboards, I left and then went in to the main part of town and stayed at Asha Hotel. It was far far nicer than that shit hole that's the Salvation Army hostel, it was only 450 rupees (normally 500 so you may be able to haggle down the price a bit) which is still very cheap and it was actually possible to get an a good nights sleep as it was located at the back of an alleyway off the busy road (I think it was Grant road). It was almost directly opposite the area where a lot of taxis hang about on the side of the road which you can use to get to the airport. The hotel isn't overly close to the airport being right in town, but it was about 35-40 minutes by taxi when I had to leave in the early evening so it wasn't too bad. If you needed to go in the peak hour traffic, it'd take considerably longer. The Salvation Army hostel is even further away from the airport.

I also stayed at Hotel Anukool which was cheap, very basic and extremely noisy of a night with next to no chance of getting any sleep. It wasn't more than a few hundred metres up the road to Asha Hotel from there.

Have a great trip, but avoid that salvation army hostel like you would a plague of rats.

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting aharrold45

That hostel that Mel mentions is the 2nd worst hostel I have stayed at in 48 countries in approximately 200 hostels. If you like the idea of having bed bugs so bad that they are as big as ladybugs crawling all over you everywhere on the bed on the pillow, everywhere, then it may be a place you find good. If you like the idea of a number of the windows being smashed, a pigeon flying around in the room having nested in the room and flying about shitting all over the place (including in the toilet/bathroom), then again that might suit your likes. If you enjoy the idea of having almost everyone smoking illegal drugs that'll kill your brain cells and make you feel sick if you don't smoke, then again you might like it, but I'd prefer to pay a little more and live like a human being instead of like an animal. Apart from all of that, the $2US that Mel refers to, does not include the cost of a locker which is compulsary when you use the dorm room even if you don't want to use it. That room had only males at the time I stayed, so I think it was an all male dorm, so maybe if you are female you might have a better quality room which does spell NIGHTMARE!!!!

I ended up sleeping on the lino floor in the corrador near the cleaning cupboards as that was the only place safe from the rampant case of bed bugs that were as rampant as bees in a bee hive. Then at about 5.00am when I was woken when the cleaners come to get the stuff out of the cupboards, I left and then went in to the main part of town and stayed at Asha Hotel. It was far far nicer than that shit hole that's the Salvation Army hostel, it was only 450 rupees (normally 500 so you may be able to haggle down the price a bit) which is still very cheap and it was actually possible to get an a good nights sleep as it was located at the back of an alleyway off the busy road (I think it was Grant road). It was almost directly opposite the area where a lot of taxis hang about on the side of the road which you can use to get to the airport. The hotel isn't overly close to the airport being right in town, but it was about 35-40 minutes by taxi when I had to leave in the early evening so it wasn't too bad. If you needed to go in the peak hour traffic, it'd take considerably longer. The Salvation Army hostel is even further away from the airport.

I also stayed at Hotel Anukool which was cheap, very basic and extremely noisy of a night with next to no chance of getting any sleep. It wasn't more than a few hundred metres up the road to Asha Hotel from there.

Have a great trip, but avoid that salvation army hostel like you would a plague of rats.


Looks like that place has deterioriated greatly, since I stayed there.
U said, that was the second worst hostel u stayed in. Which was the worst, and what was wrong, with it?

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 7, 2007, at 6:19 AM by Mel. ]

5. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Cheaper hotels in Mumbai are quite dirty. I don't know if you can stay in Mumbai for just 100 rupees a night but well. I stayed in the seashore hotel in Colaba. Its one of the cheaper options. Its on the fifth floor and you may see the gateway of India and the harbour from the tiny window. Rooms are 500 rupees with the window. And 450 rupees without the window. Without window is not advised, its a humid cave, really. There doesn't seem any ventilation whatsoever. The staff cooks and sleeps in the entry hall. The smell of mixed spices and meat is prevalent. You will take it for a day or two. Its cheap so why not. Its not recommendable to stay there during May and June. You won't sleep because of the heat and the 100% humidity.

6. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

Mel - The worst was in Prague, but it was more of a hotel that had the word hostel at the end of its title. I didn't make note of the name in my diary, but it was more like a pig sty mixed with a private brothal up the hall (at least that was the way the action in the bedroom went up the hall). The toilets/bathrooms bring a new meaning to the word disgusting. You enter the toilet/bathroom and right at the door their is a huge gap in the floor where the floor has broken. Then the toilets and showers well that is a nightmare. With the toilets being in-operable as the flushing mechanism was broken and had obvious been for a long long time, the septic had filled the toilet up to the seat rims (which were smashed off). The pipe that sends the sewerage to the septic tank that is usually attached to the floor or wall in most places, was smashed on both so septic was also on the floor spilling out the pipe. The showers were so disgusting, they still only just worked but the walls and floors were blackened with mold. The bed had a dip in it and in one bit of it it had a bit of a spring showing. It appeared that the owners must've lived there and they'd change rooms every night and go at it real hard in one room and change at different times, because sometimes the noise was close and other times it was a little further in the distance up the hall. Over the years the beds have got dips in them from the hard core that they do. The walls were paper thin, so you could hear people quietly talking in other rooms and here a couple making out up the other end of the corridor. When you turn the light on in the room it made a very annoying buzzing noise because it was rattling on the roof. The floor in the room had a few boards that had broken and the areas that hadn't felt really weak. There was nothing in the room that was actually not broken completely or seriously damaged. I managed to fix the light a little bit by shoving pages of tourist brochure between the light box and the ceiling, but even then it still rattled somewhat. The light also was doing that annoying flicking thing that the tubing lights sometime do, that also can cause people to have siezures.

When you enter the hotel, the reception has got like jail bars type bars covering the whole area, so you needed to put your money through that. I took down almost every detail of the place in my diary including where it was located near, but not the name (I was a week behind in my diary at the time).

That hostel in Mumbai - Salvation Army one, like I said I stayed in the all male dorm room, so possibly the female dorms which one would assume you would have stayed in was a bit better. Seeing in India women are treated like gods in comparison to men, well maybe the female room is better quality. In Mumbai, hardly any man is obese and a lot of men and boys are there starving to death by the millions basically sliding skin covered skeletons as they have no muscles to even be ablt to move their legs, while a lot of women are obese and the ones that aren't are certainly not anorexic. Their weight suggests that they eat the whole families meal or at least a fair chunk of it, instead of sharing it with the kids and husband who are much skinnier so need it more. That way of life in Mumbai and the whole of India, kind of suggests that the mens dorm would be a lot more shit than the womens dorm. The whole area of Colaba is full of druggies praying on the tourists, so I assume you would have bumped in to that and probably noticed when you entered the hostel the sign informing people of no smoking or drugs allowed on the premices (so that suggests it is the normal in the hostel). Again women may not get approached as much as men who are by themself. One of the rules that pissed me off in India was women could push to the front of the line at train stations, so you could be waiting there for over an hour at the local train stations to get an 8 rupee train ticket.
I stayed in that hostel early June 2006 when it was very hot, so it was relatively recently.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 7, 2007, at 3:30 PM by aharrold45 ]

7. Posted by astral_e (Inactive 2 posts) 9y

Thanks for the suggestions so far - will steer clear of the Salvation Army hostel, I don't fancy sharing my bed with bed bugs!
Mel, the website for Bentley's is http://www.bentleyshotel.com/
It has a good review on the Lonely Planet website so I thought it might be a good option, though I am still only waitlisted.

8. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting aharrold45

Seeing in India women are treated like gods in comparison to men

At least u did not have to put up with hearing "hello baby", every 10 minutes, when u were walking around Colaba. Why is it always the ugly guys, who say that?

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting aharrold45

In Mumbai, hardly any man is obese and a lot of men and boys are there starving to death by the millions basically sliding skin covered skeletons as they have no muscles to even be ablt to move their legs, while a lot of women are obese and the ones that aren't are certainly not anorexic. Their weight suggests that they eat the whole families meal or at least a fair chunk of it, instead of sharing it with the kids and husband

I dont think it is true, but
It is tickling my imagination.

10. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

"Hello baby" would get annoying, but I know that every few metres I'd get a guy say "hello my friend!" (in this most annoying voice). I felt like saying "I only just f**king met you you're not my friend yet and starting off like that to me, you won't ever be my friend!" (I didn't say that, but that's what I was thinking). The reason it is only the ugly guys is because the decent looking ones are usually taken, the same thing applies with the women. Guys in India for the most part are such arseholes to other guys who are tourists, they only see a walking ATM and a possiblity of someone to scam or con out of more money. I think with women who are tourists they see a potential extra wife and mother to another one (or 9) of their children (unless you are travelling with a man and have a wedding ring on). That is the vibe that I got from a couple of Indian guys I actually had a long conversation with about Indian culture and beliefs after they asked what I thought of the Indian women.

Almost all the women say 30+ were pretty obese, women aged 15-30 for the most part were slim-medium, younger than that most were slim but next to none were anorexic. Men on the other hand about 10% were obese, 50% were slim and 25% were deadly underweight and 15% were almost starved to death (in Mumbai).

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 8, 2007, at 5:03 AM by aharrold45 ]