About this listing
Super spacious suite in an elegant home, in Mumbai's most convenient central suburb!
Mahogany is a twin-bedded, spacious master suite with air-conditioning, hot water, wi-fi, secure wardrobes, antique desk and chair, in a tastefully-designed, super-clean apartment. The suite has an extra divan-bed. It comes equipped with a hot water kettle (tea, coffee, milk powder, biscuits/crackers and toiletries form the welcome package).
The Mahogany Mastersuite is in a fully furnished and serviced designer apartment that has elevator access, 24 hr security, a lush garden below and a veggie garden on the terrace (we grow our own fruits and vegetables, organically!) in a premium area of Chembur.
Guests can access common areas of the apartment which include a beautiful, spacious, open-plan living-dining-kitchen TV room, and balcony with good views beyond. They can also access the spacious rooftop terrace with its veggie garden, and a private lawn (with a swing and climbing frame for kids) in the building compound. So much private space is rare in Mumbai, and the property is pretty unique in this city...
Interaction with Guests
When I'm not traveling myself, I would be there to meet you and introduce you to Mumbai - the magnificent and sometimes exasperating city I call home! I have enjoyed the company of many of my guests and like to host decent, interesting folks who know how to enjoy the good life. If I am not there, be sure that I will have a very reliable and friendly person to host you in my place – and will be in email contact throughout.
This is a safe and convenient neighborhood with nearly 15 banks and ATMs on our street alone. For some reason several spas have come up - there are 3 within a two minute walk away. Besides banks and spas, we've got a Costa Coffee across the street, a Barista's down the street, and very good restaurants (North Indian, South Indian, Coastal and Continental), a new wine lounge and lots of shopping options nearby.
There are autorickshaws outside the gate, a taxi stand and bus stop opposite the house, and train station seven minutes walk away. A new road connects Chembur to South Mumbai by elevated freeway to get you there in 15 minutes. A new monorail goes to Central Mumbai, and will soon touch South Mumbai. The city's first metro now links Chembur to the western suburbs…and there’s more to come as this new city centre is very well connected for access to all parts of the metropolitan area.
Other Things to Note
*** I have two suites and three studios in Chembur. If this one is reserved, please check for availability in the others…....
Dining-in – There are lots of dining options and I encourage you to eat out and try India’s varied and wonderful cuisines. If however you are at least two guests in your party and prefer home-cooked meals, I can hire a cook to make your meals at a nominal cost.
Airport Pickup/Dropoff – If you are familiar with the city and its interesting taxi drivers, I recommend you refer to the detailed house directions on your reservation to get here on your own. However, if this is your first time in Mumbai and/or you are arriving at night and/or you do not speak the local language, and especially if you are a single woman, please use our airport pick up service. For a reasonable $30 charge to cover our time and travel costs, you will be met by a reliable friend of mine who will bring you directly to your suite by ac taxi, saving all of us a whole lot of stress. I cannot tell you how many times I have received frantic calls from guests who land up jet-lagged at the airport at 3 am to realize that there are no GPS-enabled taxis in Mumbai, the taxi drivers do not speak English and can be very rude, and that they are well and truly lost in the middle of the night (A useful tip: In India we use landmarks and directions from locals, not maps, to find our way.)
Other Services - We have folks on call who provide Ayurvedic massages, Mehendi Applications, Beauty Treatments, and Indian Cooking Classes at nominal costs. Also, I stock menus of all the nearby restaurants so you can make yourself cozy at home and just order in!
What's really not done….
Bringing in day/night visitors
Using the room for work/any commercial purpose
Engaging in any illegal activity
Leaving an unholy mess behind :-)
The place is exactly as described. The room was spacious, clean cool and comfortable. The apartment was homely with beautiful quality furniture and appliances. The wifi was fast.
The apartment is on the 3rd floor of a small family owned building and the building and premises too are well taken care of, clean and secure with 24 hr security. Mandy was traveling but kept in touch and was helpful. Never met the maid, but she came in daily, cleaned, placed drinking water and made the bed.
I worked in the business district (BKC) and my commute on the first day was only 15 minutes, on average I would say 25 minutes at 8am. Return is a bit longer and if it rains might as well stay at home.
Overall it was a honest, clean and comfortable experience.
Only drawback, there was couple staying in one of the other rooms and unfortunately their parents never taught them manners, - to greet people when walking into a room. They d walk past me as if I was invisible and when I greeted I d only receive a pained halfhearted response.
Glad you liked your stay, and sorry to hear about your experience with the other guests. Well, different strokes for different folks, and as I've seen too, it takes all kinds to make the airbnb community :-) I hope to see you around soon - do stay in touch. We have an active alumni group in the city and you may enjoy re-connecting.
The lovely place is exactly as pictured. A very comfortable room and Mandy is a great host. The location is perfect-- in a leafy, quiet (for Mumbai!) and traffic-free neighborhood with lots of good, low-key restaurants. It's only a 25 min drive to downtown, so there's no reason to stay in touristy Colaba.
Mandy was an excellent host, we continued our stay and booked with her again! Great experience, her optional cooking class was awesome.
Mandy was a very welcoming host, and her hospitality made my visit to Mumbai enjoyable! She shared her knowledge of the city with me which allowed a comprehensive understanding of Mumbai's secrets and its past. The rooms were clean and comfortable, just as advertised. I would recommend this place to friends and travelers to Mumbai.
Mandy's home was beautiful, clean and very well maintained. It is situated in a well connected suburb of Bombay and Mandy goes out of her way to acquaint her guests with the neighborhood and the city. The room was large and airy and has a private attached bathroom. Mandy kindly opened up her kitchen to her guests, and we were able to buy some basic groceries and store it in her fridge along our stay. All in all, a great host and a wonderful experience at Mandy's.
staying with mandy was a wonderful experience! the apartment is well appointed with all the needed amenities for a comfortable stay. spacious, clean, nicely furnished with delicious home cooked meals and a hospitable host who was a great source of information in helping to navigate the city. ulhas, who helps take care of the apartment is sweet and eager to help with errands. the suburban location (10 min walk to train, 50 min train ride to vt station in colaba) is a nice departure from the touristy areas of south bombay and offers what feels like an authentic home stay experience living among locals in a lovely, safe neighborhood.
John was extremely helpful during our stay and the apartment had a great infrastructure and the building is very nice. In cities like Mumbai it can be hard to find a comfortale and fairly place that is not dilapidated so we were happy to experience a higher end yet modest enough apartment. The helpder, Mayur, was also very easy going and willing to assist us with small errands. John and Marie also offer other services to traveler such as laundry, information on deliery places, cooking with prior notice, etc. This neighborhood is not necessarily in central Mumbai and not so close to the beach but it is a safe, friendly, easy to navigate middle class suburd. For us as it was perfect as were working in Mumbai and it was near our site.
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About the Host, Mandy
Hi there, I'm Mandy - never-say-die globe trotter and inveterate rolling stone - former journalist, designer, management professional, academic and entrepreneur - to name a few :-) I'm also a greenie, and have a little organic farm on my terrace in Mumbai that keeps me grounded when I'm not traveling! Besides travel, I enjoy the good life, great music, soul-stirring movies, awesome literature and inspiring company - the last item being the reason I've been an airbnb host since 2009 :-)
I have homes in India and the US, so catch me wherever...and know that even if I'm not home when you visit, I'd have a reliable and friendly person hosting for me. My homes are clean, comfortable and conveniently located - five listings in Mumbai (same location - good for group reservations) and two in upstate NY (same location).
IMPORTANT: Please see photos, descriptions, and previous guest reviews before contacting me, to save our time. Also, know that I may simply not respond if:
a) you have a blank profile
b) you seem to be email bombing many hosts to begin a price war
c) you have no introductions, verifications or reviews, are quite mysterious about your purpose of visit, but still want me to rendezvous with you somewhere and take you - a complete and utter stranger - back to my home for a viewing of the room :-)
That having been said, I'm glad to answer GENUINE inquiries from GOOD FOLKS! And if you end up being my guest, will gladly go out of my way to make your stay a GREAT experience :-)