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Most popular areas in Mumbai for 5-star hotels

India's answer to Hollywood is a city of slums and stardom-seekers, where ramshackle barrios mix with elegant reminders of the Raj and the gleaming megastructures of modernity. The megalopolis is also home to some seriously palatial hotels. Take the shimmering high-rises on the shore of Churchgate, where swaying palms shade rooftop pools. Then there's the affluent area of Lower Parler, where the options have breathtaking panoramas of Salsette Island as it juts into the sea, or Bandra – the home of opulent airport hotels surrounded by the sprawl of the city.

Top 5-star hotels in Mumbai

It's the mirror-like facades of the modern Sofitel Mumbai BKC that play host to one of the city's most acclaimed 5-star selections. Inside, visitors enjoy suites decorated with an elegant oriental edge, not to mention a rooftop pool with sweeping views over the Bandra district, and walking access to the US consulate. Next is the palatial JW Marriott in Juhu, with its Mughal-style wings, huge outdoor pool, and palm-spattered gardens on the very edge of the Indian Ocean. Then there's Taj Lands End, where the verdant lawns cascade down to the rollers of the Arabian Sea.

Where to find the best restaurants in Mumbai

With its tree-line avenues and wide roundabouts, the area of Matunga has a certain Parisian edge. The eateries are hardly European though, offering a medley of coconut-scented South Indian cuisine, all cooked up courtesy of the huge number of Tamils and Keralans that live here. Classy Juhu Beach is another great spot for dining, with everything from seaside beach shacks serving iced coffee to Italian pizzerias just meters off the promenade. And for Mumbai's multicultural medley of boutique burgers and taste-bud-tingling European-Indian fusion food, make a beeline for up-and-coming Worli.

The most popular things to do in Mumbai

Every visit to Mumbai should start with a tour of the ubiquitous must-see sights: The Gateway of India, the ornate Victorian rises of the Chhatrapati Shivaji station, the ancient Elephanta Caves. Hop aboard a local tuk-tuk and rumble through the frenetic streets checking these off, and then move onto the wealth of other awesome treats that await. These come with the lively bends of Chowpatty Beach, which bustle with bhaji wallahs and pav sellers and street entertainers from morning till night – it's Mumbai's answer to LA's Venice. Or, they reveal themselves on boat cruises through the endless mass of Mumbai Harbour. And later, you can case out the star-studded walks of Bollywood, learn how to cook the tasty treats of the Zoroastrian kitchen, or simply watch the sunset from the boulders and cocktail bars of Juhu Beach.

Best ways to get around Mumbai

Mumbai's sheer size make it something of a tricky city on the navigation front. However, the industrious locals here have also forged a super-efficient light rail network. Taxis and private hires are by far the more convenient and comfortable way to travel though. Choose between the common black-and-yellow city cabs, which are the cheapest option, and branded taxi services, which are more expensive, but come with added extras like air conditioning and leather upholstery. Uber and the local GetMeCab service are also available in Mumbai.

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