Whilst Mumbai is the economic capital of India, Bombay is the city of dreams where slumdog millionaires and Bollywood heroes are born. Mesmerising travellers for hundreds of years, Bombay assaults the senses and captivates the mind.
In the heart of Colaba, historical epicentre of the city, sits Abode; a tranquil haven of beautiful design and luxurious accommodation. A boutique hotel which is a complete expression of the city, celebrating its magic with chic, modern interpretations of historical features and paying subtle homage to Bombay’s heritage and bohemian past.
The ultimate anti-chain hotel, Abode is fabulously unconventional in its individuality and style, yet suitably refined when it comes to meeting guests’ expectations. 20 elegantly appointed rooms feature carefully restored vintage furniture, original artworks, sumptuous bedding and the latest entertainment technology. Guests enjoy complimentary breakfast, complimentary 24-hour, unlimited high speed WiFi, a peaceful treatment room, carefully curated shop, café and room service.
The hotel’s style is inspired by the city of Bombay, it’s transition to modern day Mumbai and its layers of design heritage. Abode is located on a bustling commercial street, in a heritage property built in 1910. The hotel’s wooden and iron façade has been fully restored and the lobby features an original 19th Century chandelier. The floors are laid with hand-made cement tiles by a Mumbai tile maker, using a 100 year old technique.
Architect & Interior Designer Sian Pascale for Young Citizens combined the feel of luxury, the charm of a boutique hotel and a unique Bombay inspiration to source and create the furniture of the hotel. 20th Century colonial and art deco pieces have been sourced from Bombay’s second hand markets and lovingly restored for the hotel. Custom-built furniture designed specifically for Abode includes bed side tables made from chaat stands and library shelving inspired by Bombay roadside bookstores. Reclaimed Burma teak, salvaged from demolished houses has been used as flooring. Bedroom light fittings have been created using hand-thrown ceramic lampshades, turned hardwood lamp holders and neon. Fabrics used for soft furnishings have been sourced from vintage saris, local markets or handwoven by the charitable organization WomenWeave.
Abode is the sequel to a story that begun in 1910 when Bombay was a bustling port, brimming with traders from across the new world.
The hotel began life as the private residence of David Sassoon, one of Bombay’s most industrious entrepreneurs, during the city’s commercial heyday.
A local family specialising in antiquities, acquired the property in 1982 and ran it as a small guesthouse for many years until its true potential was realised in 2013.
We love our city and believe passionately in making a positive impact within it. Our environmental policy is real and we constantly look for new ways to have a positive social influence. Feel free to ask us more about the initiatives below and share your ideas on social and environmental impact at [email protected].
We have tried to make Abode as authentic as possible with almost everything sourced in India. We’ve also found wonderful local artisans to help us make our vision of the hotel come true. It wasn’t easy... Many things would have been cheaper and quicker to get abroad but we believe passionately in supporting local manufacturers, skills and production techniques as well as reducing our impact on the planet.
In the café, we have adapted many dishes to use local, seasonal ingredients. This makes our food fresher and healthier as well as reducing your impact on the planet.
We have state of the art air conditioning units that reduce emissions. Wherever possible, power saver light bulbs have been used, in order to bring down consumption.
Cement tile floors keep the downstairs spaces cool by absorbing heat in the day using the principle known as thermal mass.
Our car service is provided by women from Mumbai (who in many cases are single mothers and the sole earners in their family). Where possible, we help them to own their own cars and become self-sufficient.
This enables us to bring you fantastic massage therapists. Blind people in India often face discrimination and challenges in the workplace. Massage is a skilled job and this training provides them with a stable income.
Some of the most beautiful things we sell are made by organisations that empower people through skills teaching and commerce. We are happy to introduce you directly to any of these groups to find out more.
Left over soaps go to a local NGO that works with under-privileged women.
We use re-fillable stainless steel shampoo / body wash bottles to reduce wastage and don’t leave excess vanity supplies in the rooms.
We try to use as little paper as possible and encourage you to receive your bill by email if possible. Our laundry / shopping bags are made from recycled bed sheets.
If you want to bring things from home that will have a much bigger value for people here or if you feel too heavy at the end of your trip, please leave anything you don’t really want with us and we’ll make sure it goes to people who need it.
If you want to make an even greater impact, let us know. We have selected some local NGOs that we know work ethically and impactfully. They all desperately need donations of your time and cash.
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