Olde Bombay - Sweet Studio o' Mine

Apartment - Private room · Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Convenience Plus at Chembur - the new city centre! Monorail, train, bus, taxi and auto (soon metro too) just 10 minutes away!

Your host, Mandy
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Convenience Plus at Chembur - the new city centre! Monorail, train, bus, taxi and auto (soon metro too) just 10 minutes away!

The Space

OLDE BOMBAY is a self-contained, elegant, retro studio with air-conditioning, private bath, hot water, secure wardrobes, drop-down dining table/desk, lounge chair and wi-fi. This unique studio with a king-size antique bed, has its own entrance and fully equipped kitchenette with fridge, single stove-top, hot water kettle, cookware and diningware. Tea, coffee, milk powder, biscuits/crackers and toiletries form the welcome package.

Guest Access

Guests have independent use of the studio. They are welcome to hang out on the large upper floor balcony, or on the spacious rooftop terrace with its veggie garden. The washer in the main house can be accessed through the housemaid at Rs 150/- a load.

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.

The Neighborhood

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.

Getting around

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 two studios available 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, Mumbai Day Tours (South Mumbai, North Mumbai and Elephanta caves) 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!

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Weekly Price: $390 /week
Monthly Price: $1300 /month
Security Deposit: $200
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • This was our best AIRBNB stay in India. The last time, we found someone so well organised, friendly and down to details was Nuria in Madrid. Loved the stay, loved the connectivity and loved the way she makes everyone comfortable. All stars...

    Ps. From her place to South Bombay (Nariman point) was just 15 mins via the new freeway !

    June 2014
  • To stay with Mandy is a delight ,she is great host and place is beautiful too.She came and picked me up in middle of night wish was extremely nice and necessary for a woman that travels alone.the room was even bigger than looks on the pictures , nice and clean.Mandy is providing a lot information about Bombay and are help in all different ways ,A GREAT HOST, a nice beautiful bed,.Aircondition very very good also silent and cool a place to recommend HIGHLY

    March 2014
  • I cannot say enough good things about Mandy and her wonderful family. I stayed with her while transitioning to more permanent accommodations in Mumbai and she was caring, helpful and supportive through every step of the process. I look forward to spending time with her beyond my stay at her lovely apartment, as I have made a true friend through my experience living there.

    The studio apartment is completely self-sufficient and should have everything you could possibly need. And if there's anything amiss, I am certain that Mandy or her kids will have an answer for you as to where to find it. The room was always immaculate when I returned home from work, thanks to the amazing staff Mandy keeps.

    Chembur is an old, industrial eastern suburb that is undergoing massive development. It is particularly convenient if you need to get to South Bombay, as the new Eastern Freeway will have you in Dongree/Kala Ghoda/Colaba in about 10-15 minutes (unheard of the rest of Mumbai). It is never too troublesome to find a taxi, autorickshaw or bus to take you anywhere you might want to go just outside of the building.

    If you choose to stay with Mandy, know that you are in great hands!

    July 2013
  • I had such a wonderful stay in this apartment. Mandy is so friendly, kind, and helpful. She gives very clear indications to her guests (and even a map) to help them navigate the neighborhood, which I found to be a peaceful oasis in this city. The place has everything you need for either a short or long stay; it is very clean, comfortable, and has a homey feel to it. Plus, I found the train very convenient for daily travel to South Mumbai and trips to Navi Mumbai. I cannot recommend this place enough! I hope I can return during my next trip to Mumbai.

    March 2013
  • What a great experience to stay at Mandy's place! Very friendly host and a safe area to stay. Would definitely go back to Mandy's in Mumbai.

    January 2013
  • We stayed at Mandy's place for a week over Christmas time and it was exactly what we were looking for -comfortable, friendly, and well put off the way of Mumbai's tourist areas. We had great fun exploring the lovely residential area the house is in and eching the train to different parts of the city. The station's only 5 min walk away, and there are lots of good restaurants nearby. Although you'll also get amazing food if u east in, as we did on Christmas day!

    December 2012
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Hello - I'm Mandy! I've lived in different countries and have been, at various times in my life, a journalist, designer, management professional, academic and entrepreneur! I'm also a greenie and have a little organic urban farm on my terrace in Mumbai. Other than that, I enjoy travel, the good life, great music, soul-stirring movies, awesome literature and inspiring company - the last thing is 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, there would be a reliable and friendly person hosting for me. My homes are clean, comfortable and conveniently located - four 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 :-)
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