The Leela Mumbai

Mumbai’s enchanting urban resort

With a driveway ensconced within a small grove of trees leading up to the hotel’s main entrance, The Leela Mumbai is a resort-like fortress perched in the midst of the city's bustling suburbs at Andheri.

Close to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport and the Airport Road metro station, the luxury property is conveniently placed for a first or hundredth visit to the City of Dreams. While Mumbai is known for never sleeping and its heady experiences packed with dizzying sights, smells and sounds, The Leela is much like a secluded cove, offering a serene harbor from the frenetic pace of the city just outside.

The luxury hotel’s main lobby further intensifies this feeling that you’ve stepped into a softer, sweeter Mumbai. There are displays of fresh flowers (usually red roses) at every nook, gurgling water from an immaculate step fountain, and scents of citronella and lemongrass wafting through the air.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • There is a striking Mughal-inspired, dome-capped structure with a seating area on the lower level of The Leela Mumbai that can be seen from the main lobby. After snapping a few photos, linger here before dinner to catch a pair of sitar and tabla (drum) players creating magical music every evening.
  • New York’s famous Le Cirque Signature calls The Leela’s eighth floor home. Between bites, take a good look at the art within the restaurant — you’ll find that the drawings are not drawn or painted but three-dimensional and made out of wire.
  • The Spa at The Leela is a tranquil stop for rejuvenation after exploring bustling Mumbai. We suggest refreshing with the signature Essence of Leela, a 120-minute deeply energizing session that involves body brushing and exfoliation before hot stones are placed on your vital energy or chakra points to create a sense of balance.
  • The Leela has a shelf near the main entrance called Mumbai Handpicked where widely popular Locus City Cards are stocked. These palm-sized illustrated guides to different neighborhoods in and outside the city aren’t just incredibly helpful maps, they also make for cute keepsakes.
  • Ask the Les Clefs d’Or concierges about the luxury hotel’s bespoke sightseeing tours. The guided visit leads you to famous Mumbai temples, flower markets and souvenir stalls.

Things to Know

  • A small gym is stocked with all the necessary equipment for a workout between sightseeing adventures. A designated yoga spot and a short jogging track near the swimming pool make it easy to get your fitness fix outside.
  • No professional photography is permitted within The Leela’s premises, ensuring privacy for all hotel guests.
  • Be sure to explore the property’s surrounding Andheri neighborhood. Slightly further afield is the popular Juhu Beach with its colorful offerings in the form of street food and various hawker-administered entertainments.

The Rooms

  • Every room relaxes the senses with wide windows and elegant furnishings. There is a seating area by each window, forming a nook for reading, lounging and working comfortably.
  • Most of the 390 rooms and suites overlook the property’s lush lawns and swimming pool. For guaranteed peaceful vistas, book a Premier Pool View room.
  • Accommodations on the seventh and eighth floors of the Mumbai hotel include extra perks like always-on-call butler service and access to the Royal Club Lounge with its all-day bites and dedicated check-in counter. These spaces are good for foodies, just steps from many of the property’s top-notch restaurants.

The Restaurants

  • The Great Wall’s natural light-filled dining room transports you to China with Ming-era-inspired paintings, porcelain vases, marble lions at the entrance and classic Chinese cuisine. After a long morning of sightseeing, the hearty four-course Express Lunch is sure to satisfy, as will the cheong fun, crispy prawn dim sum.
  • Le Cirque Signature focuses on elegant Italian fare (hand-cut black truffle fettuccine pasta is a specialty) and an exhaustive wine-list, making it a superb place for an intimate dinner.
  • Casual all-day dining can be found at Citrus. The hotel's buffet-style eatery serves mouthwatering international cuisine for all three meals, plus a sumptuous Sunday brunch.
  • Six Degrees is a chic gathering spot on The Leela Mumbai's lobby level, where vineyard-inspired evening barbecues are held outside near the lotus pond during the winter. You'll often find locals here sipping on wine and sundowners after work.

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Sahar, Andheri (E), Mumbai, 400 059 India
BOM (5-9 min)  
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