An Opulent Interlude At The ITC Maratha In Mumbai By Alexandra Chalmer

ITC Maratha in Mumbai

ITC Maratha in Mumbai

Mumbai airport offers little amusement between the hours of a flight change, so for those who have a lengthy stop over, respite from the perils of transit doldrums comes in the majestic form of the ITC Maratha. Ten minutes from the International Terminal, the ITC Maratha exudes a unique and authentic Indian charm with a sense of sophistication that exceeds the standard so many of its kind fall short of.

Enter the grand lobby, and you arrive in a world where jet-setting businessmen convene over gin-and-tonics, where you are greeted with a smile of sincerity and grace at every corner you turn. The atmosphere is replete with a sense of energy and exotic elegance that the Far East is so often lauded for – and you feel it.

The ITC Maratha is proud of its luxury cuisine and the flagship Dum Pukht restaurant is the hotel’s top ambassador for its culinary prowess. Whether it’s your final escapade with Indian fare or one of many business dinners, the authentic, slow-cooked, refined dishes will leave a lasting imprint. For starters, we enjoyed Kakori Kebab, a minced lamb delicacy allegedly created for a toothless state leader who was subsequently unable to chew his food. The result is a deliciously soft, melt-in-the-mouth sensation. We also sampled Jinga Dum Nisha – succulent, tandoori-roasted prawns – and we couldn’t leave without trying Dum Pukht’s signature dish, beautifully flavoursome lamb biriyani, and Guccchi Pulav – delicate mushroom rice.

The flagship Dum Pukht restaurant

The flagship Dum Pukht restaurant

To add to the atmospheric ambience, the restaurant relinquishes no detail in its décor; with its gold lacquered ceilings exuding the majesty and wonder that only history books speak of.

Suites offer palatial marble bathrooms, electric massage chairs and comfortable beds you can’t resist after a long day travelling. The rooms also have charming statues, paintings and photographs that work despite being slightly kitsch. The ITC Maratha is one of those hotels you never want to leave, and you won’t feel bad about that. The perfect place to reside if you are a globe-trotting entrepreneur or lingering in the purgatory of transferring flights – the ITC Maratha not only offers a luxury haven but the chance to experience a part of India’s vast cultural tapestry.

The ITC Maratha
Sahar Andheri (E), Mumbai 400 099, Maharashtra, India
Tel : (91) (22) 28303030
Fax : (91) (22) 28303131
Email : reservations.itcmaratha@itchotels.in