Mumbai is one of the most expensive cities in the country and traveling to Mumbai can burn a considerable hole in your pocket, no matter what your budget is. The city is home to some of the best hotels in the country and the most expensive suites that offer a view that only money can buy. But the city with its innumerable bylanes is also home to some of the cutest and the most stylish boutique hotels too. They may not be as expansive as ones in, let’s say, New Delhi but these hotels make the most of the small spaces and offer you service that is as good as some of the five-star hotels. So in case you’re planning a trip to the City of Dreams any time soon, here is a list of five beautiful boutique hotels in Mumbai you probably didn’t know about.

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1. The Gordon House Hotel

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The Gordon House Hotel is located in South Bombay’s Colaba and is one of oldest boutique hotels in the city. The hotel is just a walk away from the Gateway of India (approximately 300m away). The globally themed rooms, restaurant and lounge make the hotel unique. Each floor of the hotel is themed differently, Scandinavian, Mediterranean and country style that adds a personality to the place you stay at. The restaurant, All Stir Fry, is a Pan Asian restaurant and the bar/lounge, Havana Cafe and Bar, is has a Cuban theme.

Address: 5, Battery Street, Apollo Bunder, Behind Regal Cinema, Colaba

Contact: 022 2289 4400

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2. Svenska

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Tucked away in the suburb of Andheri, surrounded by the bustling malls, restaurants and lounges, Svenska is a part of a a Swedish brand with only 30 rooms and a variety of dining option like buffets, casual diners and rooftop lounges. Every room comes armed with iPod docks and gaming consoles so you don’t have to step out of the hotel if you don’t want to!

Address: SAB TV Road, Off Link Road, Andheri West

Contact: 022 22 4431 0000

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3. Le Sutra

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Though this hotel has only 16 rooms, picking from among these can be quite a task. Le Sutra has a theme that revolves around Indian Mythology and all the rooms are individually designed with inspiration from characters of various tales. Le Sutra has three floors, each themed — Tamas, Rajas and Sattva, in fact, the elevator has a Chakra theme too. Amidst the crowded city, a stay at Le Sutra can be a soothing experience. Among the high profile people that Le Sutra counts as its guests is the Hollywood director Baz Luhrman.

Address: 14, Union Park,, Khar (W)

Contact: 022 6642 0025

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4. The Waterstones

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With around 97 rooms for a stay, The Waterstones Hotel is located near the International Airport in Mumbai with amenities like spas, over seven dining options, a club and the magnificent Olympic-size pool. Waterstones is one of the best boutique hotels in Mumbai.

Address: Waterstones Hotel, Mumbai International Airport Road

Contact: 022 40906633

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5. Abode

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The 20th century hotel is one of the oldest boutique hotels in Mumbai. it’s location in Colaba gives it a tad more of the old-world charm that is almost irresistible. Abode has only 20 rooms, each styled with vintage and restored furniture and each room also has original works of art. Abode was, till 1982, a guesthouse. It was only in 2013, that the property was revamped into a boutique hotel. Abode has four options of rooms — basic, simple, luxurious and superior luxurious. Take your pick!

Address: First Floor, Lansdowne House Building, MB Marg, Near Regal Cinema, Apollo Bunder, Colaba

Contact: 080802 34066