We stayed three nights (early January 2018) at the Shalimar Hotel a fairly well-located south Mumbai hotel property (Lifestyle Suite with breakfast Rs11,167 or US$175/night including GST and breakfast). If we were ever to go back to Mumbai (it felt unlikely) we would book a regular room and not their suite rooms.
OUR HOTEL STAYS IN CENTRAL INDIA
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Shalimar Hotel - Mumbai, MH
Lemon Tree Hotel - Aurangabad, MH
Citrus Chambers Hotel - Mahabaleshwar, MH
Keys Prima Hotel Parc Estique - Pune, MH
Casa Palacio Siolim House - Siolim, GA
Heritage Resort - Hampi, KA
Denisson's Hotel - Hubblli, KA
(see South India for more hotels in southern Karnataka)
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We stayed three nights at Lemon Tree Hotel (early January 2018) at an exceedingly well-managed upscale resort property with a gorgeous pool and two good restaurants (Rs6,313 or US$99 including GST and breakfast). It was the perfect base from which to explore the nearby ancient stone-carved caves -- Aurangabad's claim to fame on the tourist circuit.
We traveled to 1,350 meters elevation (4,500 ft.) and the old British hill station of Mahabeleshwar and stayed three nights at Citrus Chambers Hotel (early January 2018) (Rs6,941 or US$109 including GST and breakfast). The room size was above average, on gorgeous heritage property with forested views affording a lovely sense of relaxation and perfectly situated near the center of town and the popular market where we strolled every evening, but -- and it's a big 'but' -- the property was in a shocking state of disrepair and in need of a complete makeover. The Citrus hotel chain (7 current properties in India -- soon growing to 19) should remove their name from this hotel until such time this is cleaned up. It was among the worst value for money on our entire trip.
We flew from Pune onward and stayed just one night at an upscale business hotel, the Keys Prima Hotel Parc Estique (Rs3,837 or US$60 including GST and breakfast). Very close to the airport, it is a well-run, stylish hotel -- great value. We booked the Classique room category but were upgraded to the Deluxe Ambient room. Very nice!
While in the State of Goa we visited the village of Siolim in the north along the coast.
We planned to stay only five nights (late January 2018) at the Siolim House a beautifully restored old house with a fabulous pool and a great staff. We ended up staying eight!
A statewide strike of taxi drivers descended upon us during our stay. It lasted three days. Our intended plans to stay three nights in south Goa along the beach were scuttled with no available easy auto-transport to deliver us there about 2 1/2 hours away.
So we stayed the entire time at Siolim House and enjoyed every minute of it!
We stayed one night at Denissons Hotel in Hubballi (late February 2018) (premium room with breakfast Rs4,944 or US$77 including GST).