You may be surprised by how expensive it is to stay in Mumbai. We recommend making reservations at least two weeks in advance. In particular, you must plan ahead during Diwali, a five-day-long festival of lights celebrated late October or early November, and the winter holidays around Christmas—Mumbai's biggest tourist season.
Many travelers head for Colaba where there is the best variety of properties. Most of the five-star hotels are clustered along Marine Drive and Nariman Point. If your visit centers on the suburbs, the best neighborhoods to stay in are Juhu and Bandra. There also are options in the suburbs around Sahar and Santa Cruz, near the airport. Lower Parel is also an up-and-coming area with a few five-star hotels in the vicinity.
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