There's a wide variety of quality Mumbai airport hotels to choose from (unlike Delhi airport hotels), but unfortunately they don't come cheap. As the domestic and international terminals are situated away from each other, attention also needs to be paid to the location of the hotel. This guide to Mumbai airport hotels will point you in the right direction of the best places to stay for all budgets.
1. ITC Maratha
The ITC Maratha is a highly rated five star hotel with an opulent Indian feel, making it one of the top luxury hotels in Mumbai. It's located in a peaceful spot 5 minutes from the international terminal and 10 minutes from the domestic terminal. Stay at this substantial hotel and enjoy the 6,500 square foot Wellness Center, five award-winning restaurants, enclosed garden, and special wing for business travelers. Of course, the service is outstanding too. Rooms are priced at 10,000 rupees ($180) upwards for a double.
2. The Leela
This sprawling luxury hotel, located right near the international terminal of Mumbai airport, is almost as popular as the ITC Maratha. What sets it apart is its vast grounds -- 11 acres of lush landscaped gardens, cascading waterfalls, and lotus fountain. Very relaxing! Doubles cost from 8,000 rupees per night.
3. The Hilton
The Hilton took over the operation of the Le Royal Meridien in January 2011, a luxury hotel that was initially launched in 2000. It offers something pleasingly different. Designed along the lines of a 19th-century English summer palace, it has an elegant colonial feel throughout. The hotel is much smaller than many luxury hotels, enabling it to provide welcoming, personalized service. The hotel is conveniently located on Sahar Airport Road, close to Mumbai's international terminal. Room rates start from around 7,800 rupees per night.
4. Sahara Star
The Sahara Star is located right next to the domestic terminal of Mumbai airport. It doesn't look very impressive at all from the outside (some people liken it to an incomplete sports stadium), but its interior reveals something else entirely. It could perhaps be the world's most unique airport hotel. Stepping inside is like stepping into a tropical wonderland. The centerpiece is a towering domed atrium, complete with palm trees and lagoon, that contains the hotel's facilities such as bars, restaurants and pool. All rooms overlook the atrium. The hotel also has India's largest aquarium and the world's only underwater private dining room. Double rooms cost around 7,000 rupees per night.
A relatively new addition to the collection of Mumbai airport hotels, the Courtyard by Marriott is a large modern hotel with 315 guest rooms and 16 suites. It's located on Andheri Kurla Road, a few kilometers from Mumbai airport's international terminal. The hotel has an international restaurant and cafe, Asian restaurant, and a pool bar. There's also a fitness center and spa. Staff are helpful and the buffet breakfast is substantial. Rates start from 5,500 rupees per night plus tax, which is less costly than a lot of branded luxury hotels in the area. It's super value for money!
7. The Lalit
The Lalit used to be called The Grand, and until recently it was part of the Intercontinental chain of hotels. It's also located on the road to the international terminal of Mumbai airport. The hotel is a bit dated and isn't as popular as many in the area, but it still receives good reviews. Double rooms at this luxury hotel are often available for a bit over 5,000 rupees per night, and it's possible to get some very attractive last minute deals.
Have an eco friendly stay near Mumbai airport! The luxury Orchid is one of the top eco friendly hotels in India, and has double rooms starting from around 7,000 rupees. It's located closer to the domestic terminal than the international one.
9. Hotel Accord
Hotel Accord is a family operated hotel with 37 rooms that's possibly the best alternative for those on a budget. It offers relatively inexpensive accommodations and free airport shuttle, located around 10 minutes from the domestic terminal and 20 minutes from the international terminal. Service is good, rooms are spacious and clean, and there's a restaurant and bar that dishes up tasty food. Unfortunately wireless Internet isn't free though. Expect to pay 3,200 rupees per night upwards for a double room.
Newly opened in early 2011, the Ibis is located just behind the Sahara Star, outside the domestic terminal. There are 148 rooms, bar, and international cuisine restaurant. Great for the budget conscious! Rooms are available for around 5,000 rupees per night for a double, including tax. Guests have to pay for Internet.