The Taj Mahal Palace is the oldest luxury hotel in Mumbai and was started by the Tata group founder, Jamshetji Tata. The hotel was and is one of the country’s finest hotels and offers top-notch luxury for those looking forward to be pampered while on vacation. The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel is 112 years old and wasopened to the public on December 16, 1903. The Taj Mahal Palace has seven floors and the adjacent Tower has 22 floor with 560 rooms and 44 suits that boast of decor, amenities and facilities that will beat your expectations.
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Legend has it that Jamshetiji Tata thought of establishing the taj Mahal palace Hotel in Mumbai after he was denied entry to one of Bombvay’s then luxury hotels, The Watson Hotel, near Kala Ghoda in Fort. However, several insist that this story is baseless. The reason why Tata was urged to start a hotel of this stature in Bombay, was because there wasn’t any hotel at the time which exuded of such class. In fact, in the early 20th century, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel was the only hotel in India to run on electricity.
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However, in 2008, during the terror attacks in Mumbai, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel was in the danger zone for three days. Though the terrorists started at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, they soon moved to Colaba where the Taj Hotel and Leopold Cafe were among the targeted places. The hotel’s roof was destroyed on one side and several hostages were kept in the hotel too. Renovation of the hotel started soon after and a huge section of the hotel was open to the guests within a fortnight. It was close to 18 months later on August 15, 2010 that the hotel was fully revamped. Barrack Obama visited Mumbai in November 2010 and went on to be the first head of a state to stay at the Taj Mahal Palace after the terror attacks.
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