Everyone who is anyone has stayed here - including the Beatles, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Bill Clinton, Jacques Chirac, the King and Queen of Norway, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, Roger Moore, Joan Collins, Mick Jagger, Deep Purple, Michael Palin, Hillary Clinton… as well as professional cricket teams on tour. For the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower is counted among the city’s best known addresses.
Neighbor to the iconic Gateway of India, the hotel was commissioned in Indo-Saracenic style by the Tata’s and first opened its doors to guests on 16 December 1903. It cost around a quarter of a million Pounds Sterling to build (now valued at £127 million. During World War I, the hotel was converted into a 600-bed hospital. The dome of the hotel is made from the same steel as was used in the Eiffel Tower..
After the horrific 26/11 attack, it has served as the face of Mumbai’s resilience, pictures all over the world of its burning dome as recognizable today as the World Trade Centre on its moment of impact by terrorist-laden planes on 9/11. A Pheonix, it rose of the ashes so swiftly as to stun the world.