Hyatt Regency Hotel Mumbai
I flew to Mumbai for the World EQ Summit, on Etihad Airways. You can read all about the short haul flight in our post – What You Should Know About the Full Etihad Business Class Experience. As the conference was being held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, I decided it would be best to stay there.
The Mumbai Hyatt Regency Hotel is located right next to the international Airport, so you couldn’t get a more convenient location. When you also take into account the Mumbai traffic, this really is a Godsend location. Otherwise you could spend hours getting to and from the airport.
The only downside is that you aren’t close to much else at all. The downtown area and Juhu Beach are about 40 minutes away by taxi. The map below shows you the distances between the airport, Juhu Beach and downtown.
Arriving by the free hotel shuttle, you go through several levels of security checks. For my money, this is a good thing given the level of risk in travel now. At the gate the vehicle is scanned. Then, at the front entrance to the hotel, your luggage is also scanned. As you enter the hotel you also need to walk through an airport style screening station.
It is a sad reality, especially in Mumbai, that this level of security at international hotels is needed. However, the added peace of mind it gives travellers, certainly helps. This is obviously important as the hotel is a popular conference venue situated very close to the city’s international airport.
The Hyatt Regency Hotel in Mumbai is a large, modern hotel that caters specifically for the conference crowd. The hotel has many function rooms of varying sizes. They cater well for snack breaks and lunch, with an extensive Indian buffet. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options are available, and the food each day was wonderful.
The hotel is well set up, with a large restaurant that operates all day; a stylish bar upstairs from the lobby; a pool; beautiful gardens; and a club lounge. It’s heaven in Mumbai!
I had booked a room with a king-sized bed and was pleased to see it overlooked the pool and garden. The room was fairly traditional in layout, with wardrobes to the left of the entry and the bathroom to the right. Straight ahead was the desk. A comfy chair was by the window and the bed was in the centre of the room, on a beautiful rug.
The bathroom was larger than I expected and had a separate, full-length bath that you stepped down into. There was also a rain shower, which I absolutely love.
The Hyatt Regency Mumbai Club Lounge
I was offered an upgrade to a club room at check-in for 3500INR and decided to take this up. It gave me club lounge access that included breakfast, in a quieter area than the main dining room. Also included were drinks and snacks during the evening happy hour.
The Club Lounge was also a pleasant space to return to after a hectic day. It was situated so it overlooked the pool, giving it a very peaceful atmosphere. The staff were very friendly, although at times needed to be asked to provide service, especially outside the evening cocktail hour. Coffee, tea and soft drinks were available all day.
The breakfast spread was not as extensive as downstairs in the main restaurant, but had just enough for a quick bite on my way to the conference. Fresh pastries, cereals and toast were on display and eggs to order could also be requested.
In the evening there was a cocktail hour, which was a lovely transition from the busy day to the evening plans. Wine and beer were available as were small bites, including chicken wings and a very good cheese platter. Definitely worth the extra cost to enjoy this space each evening with friends or colleagues.
The Pool and Gardens
I loved the pool and gardens of this hotel. A quiet oasis away from the craziness of day to day life on the streets of Mumbai. It provided a welcome opportunity for a little relaxation during an otherwise very busy trip.
The gardens were immaculate and there were paths to wander along. If you were looking for something more sedate, then lying on one of the beautifully positioned sun lounges was a great option. This area was never very busy, but for me it was a real highlight of the hotel.
The Backyard BBQ
A lovely, fun addition to the Hyatt Regency’s programme of events is the Backyard BBQ. Several nights a week it’s offered in their poolside gardens.
It really was a lovely way to have dinner with friends in the outdoors, and I took advantage of it during my stay. Often in Mumbai, with the heat and dust, you feel the need to eat indoors in air conditioning. However, in the evening, especially if it is a little cooler, the Mumbai Backyard BBQ is a real treat.
For a set price, which includes drinks, you have a wide range of choices for your evening meal. Ranging from traditional Indian veg and non-veg, to burgers, barbecued meats and vegetables and fresh salads. Everything was cooked to order in front of you. Alternatively you could take a seat, have a glass of wine or beer, and the staff would happily deliver your food to your table.
We opted to go with the recommendations of the waiting staff and thoroughly enjoyed everything, from herb-infused mushroom skewers to lamb and pork. Do look out for this on your stay as it’s a real treat, both for the food and the poolside location.
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Visiting India, and Mumbai in particular, can be an assault on your senses. The sheer number of people, the traffic, the dust, and the day-to-day life of this bustling city can be overwhelming to some. This is especially true on your first visit.
We have visited India many times and we love this part of the experience. It is, however, nice to have a pleasant place to stay away from all this, where you can retreat each night. The Hyatt Regency Hotel in Mumbai is the perfect place to retreat to, especially if you have a conference or business to attend to near the airport. For our money the highlights include the pool and gardens, and the club lounge. Each adding a special flavour to our stay. Do consider the Hyatt Regency if you are staying in Mumbai.
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