Taj Hotels Resorts and palaces are collectives for the Indian Hotel Company Limited (IHCL) and its subsidiaries and it is renowned and recognized as one of the Asia’s largest hotel company in the world incorporated in 1902. The official founder of the Taj Group Mr. Jamsetji N. Tata incorporated its first ever hotel the property of The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Bombay in 1903 and was open to guests from 16th of December. Mumbai now earlier was recognized and known as Bombay. The Taj resort. The Taj is a symbol of Indian hospitality, completed its centurion year in 2003 happily. Taj Resorts and Palaces comprises of 93 Hotels in %% locations across India with an additional 16 International hotels in the Maldives, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Sri Lanka, Africa, Bhutan and the Middle East as well.
There is a widely known and spread story that Jamsetji Tata decided to build the luxurious hotel after he was refused to enter one of the city’s grand hotels, Parke’s Apollo Hotel, as it was reserved to the whites only which was preferably the British people whereas another belief to be mentioned is that the Taj was built as a result of the request of the editor of the Times of India who felt the need of a hotel which would be worthy of Mumbai for years to come ahead.
A treasure-trove of invaluable memorabilia, there is a story to be said behind every pillar similarly a landmark deal in every boardroom, and a storied celebration under every awning and even this hotel has a history behind itself to be told. The basic history of this magnificent hotel The Taj Mahal Palace and Mumbai is dramatically intertwined. This hotel in Mumbai is Mumbai’s first harbor landmark which was built 21 years before the Gateway of India was actually constructed and the hotel even was the first one to acquire first licensed bar in the city. For more than a century, the Taj over the years from the very beginning has played an intrinsic part in the life of the city, by hosting maharajas, dignitaries and eminent personalities from across the globe who come to visit India. Today it is a leading Hotel in the world and even the favorite destination for discerning business travelers.
The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower is a prestigious luxury hotel that is located in the Colaba region of Mumbai, India besides the Gateway of India which is one of the most happening place in southern part of Mumbai. This hotel is an architectural landmark with a very rich history attached it itself. This iconic 110 year old heritage underlines the legacy of Indo-Saracenic architecture. The Taj Mahal Palace and the Tower are the two distinct building and both of them were built at different periods and in different architectural styles as well.
This hotel has listed to itself a vast list of most famous guests including Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Jacques Chirac, The King and Queen of Norway, The Prince of Wales, Roger Moore, Joan Collins and it is also the home for international cricket teams on tour for the game.
The Taj Hotel at Mumbai was designed by India architects namely Sitaram Khanderao Vaidya and D. N. Mirza. When Vaidya dies, the British architect W. A. Chambers completed the project. Most of the hotel reflects Vaidya’s original worked out plans. The cost of construction was £250000 (£127.5 million now). During the First World War, the hotel was used to treat a soldier with a 600-bed hospital. The dome of the Palace hotel is made from the same steel that is used to build the Eiffel Tower as Tata imported the same steel during that period of time and this was even the first Hotel ever to install and run a steam elevator.
The tall building which is constructed behind the Taj Mahal Palace is the Tower wing of the Taj Mahal Hotel as mentioned earlier which was designed by American architect Melton Bekker and was constructed in 1970s. The Taj Hotels are known as the Taj Palace and Tower jointly.
The side of the hotel seen from the harbor is actually its rear whereas the front faces away in the west. The hotel was built facing inland, possibly to allow the vehicles of guests to approach the hotel from the city easily so as to avail convenience. Four decades ago, the old front was closed off, and since then the access has been made through the harbor side entrance.
The Taj comprises of variety specification to stay at it, which includes the categories of The Taj Mahal palace Rooms, The Taj Club rooms, The Taj Palace suits, the signature Suites and the Presidential suites creating a perfect blend of rich history and modern convenience. The Taj Group of company took the expansion of the Taj Mahal Palace and tower by constructing a tower and increasing the number of rooms from 225 to 565 rooms. The company began a long term programme of geographical expansion and development of new tourist destinations in India which led to its emergence as a leading hotel chain in India and worldwide.
This is not just a Hotel but an iconic Landmark. Taj comprises of a unique set of iconic properties making its mark in the history and tradition that deliver truly unforgettable experiences to the tourists and the visitors. A collection of outstanding properties with strong heritage as hotels which offers something more than that great physical product and exceptional service. This hotel is defined by the emotional and unique equity of its iconic properties and furniture that are authentic, non-replaceable antiques which has a capacity of great potential to create memories and stories.