The Sofitel Mumbai BKC is one of the most prominent Accor addresses in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The city’s other French hotels operate under the Novotel and economy ibis brands.
What does it look like?
The effortless marriage of French flair and Indian hospitality is a must from the moment you step on the property; and the greeting “Hello Namaskar” forms the basis. As soon as I entered the lobby, I turned to the rotating totem pole which featured designs of Indian and French elements such as peacock, art and fashion. I have been told that the totem pole is for pleasant and positive vibrations.
Regarding the security aspect, my bag was carefully disinfected before the security scan and a non-contact temperature mapping was carried out. My basic information like name and contact number was also recorded upon entry. Hands-free disinfectant dispensers are installed throughout the facility.
Check-in staff were well equipped and informed about disinfection and hygiene protocols. Hygiene and disinfection measures are implemented as part of Accor’s ALLSAFE program.
Where is it?
Strategically located in Mumbai’s commercial and financial hub, the Bandra Kurla complex, the hotel offers easy access to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. It is less than five minutes drive to Bharat Diamond Bourse.
I stayed in a Prestige suite which I would like to define as an “uber-luxury cocoon”. Interiors, across the living and sleeping space, feature bold furnishings in striking hues like royal purple and elegant artwork. High-speed wifi and a Bose audio entertainment system took care of my mandatory media consumption for the day. In the evening, I made myself a cup of coffee from the in-room coffeemaker and watched the hectic city life pass by from the giant windows. The bathroom has a separate tub and a shower with French Note toiletries that smell divine.
Rooms are only allocated after a minimum of 24 hours after cleaning and disinfection after departure.
Food and drink
A breakfast buffet is all I need for a happy and productive day. Therefore, I headed to the hotel restaurant, Pondicherry Café, to savor local and international delicacies for my morning meal. Guests were required to wear transparent gloves when taking food from counters for hygiene purposes. My breakfast buffet after almost seven months included maple syrup pancakes, sausages, South Indian specialties like vada (savory fried snacks); dosa (rice pancake) and North Indian favorites such as chole puri (spicy chickpeas with fried bread). A cup of cappuccino completed my warm indulgence.
I tried room service for lunch; a margherita pizza and a plate of hakka noodles satiated my cravings between jobs. The food was well packaged and piping hot.
Dinner took place at Artisan, the hotel’s chic outlet that combines music and gastronomy. I opted for the kung pao potato wedges which had the right balance of sweet and spicy followed by the classic house fries which are a must when visiting this place. I also ordered the fusilli alfredo pasta which was comforting. However, taking the meal a step further was the five-texture chocolate cake that was deeply decadent.
Whether it’s a grand ballroom, an intimate yet sophisticated indoor space, or a quaint outdoor location, the hotel has it all to provide a unique meeting experience.
Take a break from an intense workout at the hotel’s fitness center – only a limited number of guests are allowed inside the property at a time. Make an appointment at Savio John Pereira for a rejuvenating wellness treatment.
Verdict: For an ideal business stay in the maximum city in the middle of the new normal.
Price: The price is over 9,000
Contact: Sofitel Mumbai BKC, C-57, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (East), Mumbai-400051