When I am traveling, it is essential for me to find a place to stay that doesn’t look out of place.
It’s a part of what I call “a complete picture” to make my travel experience wholesome !
I have a whole list of “places to stay” for all my future travels, right from Paris to Mexico and I update the list frequently. I recently learnt that Mumbai got it’s first boutique hotel in a very posh locale so I decided to make a visit as to if I can recommend it to any of my fellow travelers. And the answer is YES !
This quote welcomes you to Abode., set in the heart of Mumbai is a hop away from Gateway of India.
What I liked about Abode is that it was built with an idea without scraping the history to the edifice that holds Abode. I am genuinely thankful to the Architect & Interior Designer Sian Pascale who has made the place seamlessly in sync with bustling city around.
The Abode Hotel is Bombay’s first boutique luxury hotel, situated in the bustling heart of historic Colaba. Run by Abedin Sham, of sandwich chain Wich Latte and London-turned-Mumbai resident Lizzie Chapman, Abode is a two-level hotel located in a 110-year-old building that pays homage to Bombay’s heritage and bohemian past.
Abode is the sequel to a story that begun in 1910 when Bombay was a bustling port, brimming with traders from across the new world. The hotel began life as the private residence of David Sassoon, one of Bombay’s most industrious entrepreneurs, during the city’s commercial heyday.
A local family specialising in antiquities, acquired the property in 1982 and ran it as a small guesthouse for many years until its true potential was realised in 2013.
The Reception / Lobby Area.
Abode is located on a bustling commercial street, in a heritage property built in 1910. The hotel’s wooden and iron façade has been fully restored and the lobby features an original 19th Century chandelier.
The floors are laid with hand-made cement tiles by a Mumbai tile maker, using a 100 year old technique.
Abode is adorned with very interesting Bombay anecdotes and art pieces.
This Library / Sitting area is an extension of the Lobby.
The hotel’s style is inspired by the city of Bombay, it’s transition to modern day Mumbai and its layers of design heritage.
In the café, Abode has adapted many dishes to use local, seasonal ingredients. This makes the food fresher and healthier as well as reducing our impact on the planet.
The gorgeous old-world art.
The rooms look beautiful with custom-built furniture designed specifically for Abode.
Bedroom light fittings have been created using hand-thrown ceramic lampshades, turned hardwood lamp holders and neon. Fabrics used for soft furnishings have been sourced from vintage saris, local markets or handwoven by the charitable organization Women Weave.
Their calling card is undoubtedly their smaller basic rooms, meant for freelancers, designers, and other creative types traveling on a budget.
20 elegantly appointed rooms feature carefully restored vintage furniture, original artworks, sumptuous bedding and the latest entertainment technology. Guests enjoy complimentary breakfast, complimentary 24-hour, unlimited high speed WiFi, a peaceful treatment room, carefully curated shop, café and room service.
I love the fact that Abode is a well-thought out project and it reflects in every aspect associated to it., right from the directional help on the website to the logo.
The logo is inspired by the Indian Rangoli and is made with love byBritish graphic designer Katy Buckley.
Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
First Floor, Landsowne House,M.B. Marg (near Regal Cinema),
Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharastra, India, 400001
Abode is a highly recommended hotel for all my friends traveling to Mumbai. It’s your first taste of the city once you arrive here.
abode (əˈbəʊd/ )
noun: abode; plural noun: abodes
1. a place of residence; a house or home.
~my humble abode~
On an other exciting note, the Abode family is being extra generous to all the Serendipity readers with co-hosting its first giveaway contest coming on 3rd March 2014. Stay tuned guys !