WORDS Cheri Morris
Mumbai’s first luxury boutique hotel, Abode, is located in the historical heart of the old city in Colaba and is an eclectic balance of 20th century vintage gems and contemporary design.
Opened in 2013 and designed by architect and designer Sian Pascale, Abode provides its guests with a tranquil sanctuary that offers a carefully curated blast from the past, celebrating Mumbai’s design heritage. The 1910 building is furnished with vintage furniture selected from Mumbai’s various second-hand markets.
Rooms feature vintage detailing, while still maintaining an overall contemporary feel, and boast either a walk-in rain shower or free-standing bathtub. The floors are adorned with tile work done by a local Mumbai tile-maker who makes use of traditional techniques. The intention of the design is to preserve and celebrate the cultural and aesthetic heritage of the building and people that work in and around it by continuously supporting local designers and craftsmen. Work, including handwoven scarfs, tribal jewellery and art, is exhibited and sold in the hotel’s dedicated store.
The hotel also offers a spa and fitness class packages from local gyms including pilates, boxing, yoga and meditation classes. The lobby and library functions as an all-day café and work space and features an original 19th century chandelier. Fabrics used for soft furnishings were sourced from vintage saris and fabrics woven by WomenWeave, a local charity that empowers women to be financially independent.
To book your stay at Abode, visit abodeboutiquehotels.com.