Simple and sweet
This is unfortunately not a positive review, but I hope Nirali will see it as fair.
The flat is next to the famous Mahalaxmi temple. The flat overlooks the sea through trees, which is lovely. The Hajiali Mosque out on it’s rocky promontory is visible from the windows .
Staying away from the usual Colaba/Fort/Churchgate tourist triangle was a major plus for us. Being a bit further north meant we could access our friends in Bandra more easily, but still get down south quickly.
Busy Warden Road nearby has some nice food shops, and a coffee/juice bar with wifi. There are small local chai/snack places, and a laundry dhobi. Nearby Breach Candy is good for shopping.
The building is surrounded by shanty dwellings, which did give us pause, but does offer a glimpse into Mumbai life that most tourists or even middle class Mumbai citizens won’t either seek out or get a chance to see. Unfortunately that also means the only access to the building is difficult if you have substantial luggage.The temple approach is pedestrian only. Taxi’s have to park a distance away. Nirali did come and meet us to help when we arrived, and provided us someone to help when we left, which was both kind and highly necessary. Also several excitable dogs roam around unsupervised after midnight, making coming home late at night a bit of an ordeal.
Unfortunately we realised on arrival that the rate was too high for what was being provided.
The flat is small, although it could be potentially delightful. However the place obviously hadn’t been lived in or cared for for some time. It was frankly scruffy, and too little thought had gone into making the place in any way presentable for Airbnb guests. Bathrooms could have been in better condition, a lack of decent furniture, and a sparsely equipped kitchen. A few plants would have cheered it up.
The bedroom had a hole straight out to the world from a missing an air conditioner. That coupled with very early morning temple noise made the bedroom difficult to sleep in. There’s only room for a fold out sofabed, although this was new and reasonably comfortable. That it was a light bed was actually fortunate because we needed to move it and sleep in the living room.
INR5300 per night could have bought us a well appointed mid-range hotel room anywhere in Mumbai. There are smart serviced apartments in good areas on Airbnb for less than that, with wifi, cable, etc. Not having wifi for that money we found extraordinary. After our initial week’s booking we did need to stay a few more nights, and accordingly asked for a substantial discount. In Nirali’s favour she offered us 30% on the remainder of our stay, but we had requested 40-50%.
In short, unless Nirali either substantially improves the flat, or drops the rate, I can’t recommend this place, which is a shame, because it could be a great place to stay.
We chose the flat mainly due to its location , Mahalaxmi is nicely centrally located in Mumbai. The proximinity to the temple, while making it quite noisy early the morning was charming ,with a insight into local life and a welcome break from the tourist spots .However as Simon has outlined the flat it self was quite basic and scruffy for the price,with few home comforts,no towels or a change of sheets were provided and after staying nearly 10 days it needed a clean. However it had great hot water supply (which is rare in Mumbai) and the sea breeze and sunlight coming directly in to the flat was also a (website hidden) was Nirali's first experience of using Airbnb , i felt she was open to sugggestions to improve the place.. the price has been lowered and with a some creative improvements could be a great place to stay.