About this listing
Classy, private studio with a unique, vintage feel, celebrating the city that Bombay was - and now, right in the heart of Mumbai's most convenient central suburb!
OLDE BOMBAY is an elegant, self-contained, retro designer studio in Chembur. It has air-conditioning, wi-fi, secure wardrobes, a drop-down dining table/desk, two comfortable cup chairs, coffee table, bedside table, console and the biggest (king-size) bed you will find on airbnb in Mumbai! Most of the furniture in this studio is vintage, pretty priceless and much-loved :-) This unique studio has its own entryway, attached bath with hot water, and fully equipped kitchenette with fridge, single gas stove-top, microwave, hot water kettle, cookware and diningware. Tea, coffee, milk, snacks and complimentary toiletries form the welcome package. The Bombay studio is serviced daily, and fresh linen provided every three days.
Guests have independent use of the Bombay studio. They are also welcome to hang out on the upper floor balcony for chai, a smoke, or a chat - or on the spacious rooftop terrace with its organic veggie garden. Accompanying kids can also use the family-owned front lawn, swing and climbing frame - a rarity in space-starved Mumbai....
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 that 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, there are coffee shops 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 four suites and four studios in Chembur. If this one is reserved, please check for availability amongst 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 $35 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!
* Pls know that I'd need a copy of the passport biopage/national id card of each occupant of this studio, as required documentation at the local police station.
What's really not done….
Bringing in day/night visitors without letting us know
Using the studio for work/meeting clients etc/any commercial purpose
Engaging in any illegal activity
Leaving an unholy mess behind :-)
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 - eight listings in Mumbai (five in same building - good for group reservations) and two in upstate NY (same house).
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 :-)