Unfortunately, Mumbai isn't a city that's known for its cheap hotels, and there's limited choice for those on a tight budget. However, if you're willing to sacrifice a few comforts there are some clean but basic accommodations available.
Here are 5 decent guest houses and cheap hotels in Mumbai that will help you stretch your dollar further.
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1. Hotel Oasis
The Hotel Oasis offers everything that's needed in a cheap hotel -- a handy location and clean rooms with hot water, towels and a TV. Its location in Mumbai's Fort area is in walking distance to the city's tourist attractions. There's no restaurant but there are plenty of good places to eat nearby.
- Features: Cable TV, attached bathrooms with hot and cold water, travel services.
- Address: 276 Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Near G.P.O. Fort. Ph: (91-22) 3022-7886.
- Price: 1,380 rupees ($25) for a standard double room without air conditioning, up to 2,180 rupees ($40) for a deluxe air conditioned double room.
Hotel Traveller's Inn is another small and clean cheapie that's great value for money. It's located down a side street in the Fort district, close to Colaba Causeway. The staff is friendly and aim to please.
- Features: TV with satellite channels, instant hot water. There's free wireless Internet in the lobby.
- Address: 26, ADI Marzban Path, Behind Cafe Universal, Ballard Estate, Fort. Ph: (91-22) 2264-4685.
- Price: 535 rupees ($11) for a non air conditioned dormitory, 1,180 rupees ($21) for a non air conditioned double room, and 1,510 rupees ($27) for a double with air conditioning. All rooms have attached bathrooms. Tax is additional.
3. Hotel Lawrence
This tiny hotel only has a handful of rooms but it's well run and very popular. The hotel is one of Mumbai's best kept secrets as it's hidden away on the third floor of a nondescript office building. Don't give up trying to find it or be put off by the decrepit exterior and long climb of stairs. It's cheery inside, centrally located, and with a street full of delicious restaurants to choose from just around the corner.
- Features: Fans, limited hot water, 3 shared bathrooms cleaned daily, lots of books to read.
- Address: 33 Sai Baba Marg (down a side road in back of the Prince of Wales Museum, off K Dubash Marg), 3rd Floor, ITTS House, Fort. Ph: (91-22) 2284-3618.
- Price: 700 rupees ($15) for a double room or 1,000 rupees ($20) for triple, breakfast included.
The rooms at the YWCA guesthouse have recently received a makeover, and are clean and simply furnished. All rates include buffet breakfast and dinner. Although this guest house is run by a Christian women's organization, men are also welcome. It's a safe no frills place to stay, with smiling and helpful staff. You'll need to book at least a month or two in advance.
- Features: Hot water, cable TV, complementary morning tea/coffee and newspapers, wireless Internet, travel services.
- Address: 18 Madame Cama Road, Fort. Ph: (91-22) 2282-6814.
- Price: 2,126 rupees ($38) for a single and 3,150 rupees ($56) for a double room with attached bathroom and air conditioning. Rates include tax, buffet breakfast and dinner.
The guest house is part of the sprawling ISKCON Hare Krishna temple complex. It offers very clean and comfortable rooms, decorated with antique furniture. As this is a religious place, you’ll need to keep in mind that TV, meat, smoking, alcohol, and tea and coffee are not allowed. Guests can take part in the daily spiritual activities, although this isn't compulsory. The complex has a delicious vegetarian restaurant.
- Features: Air conditioning, room service, attached bathrooms, hot water from 4 a.m to 8 a.m.
- Address: 111 Hare Krishna Lane, Juhu. Ph: (91-22) 620-6860.
- Price: 2,995 rupees ($52) including tax for a standard double room without air conditioning and 3,495 rupees ($65) including tax for an air conditioned double room. A single room is 2,595 rupees.