Introduction to The Long Way back to Australia
Bangalore to Mumbai (Jet Airways Business Class Class 737-800)
JW Marriott Sahar (Mumbai)
Mumbai to Abu Dhabi (Jet Airways First Class 777-300ER)
Abu Dhabi to London (Etihad First Class A380)
Tour of Etihad's The Residence
The Frankfurt Hotel (Frankfurt)
Park Inn by Radisson (Luxembourg 1)
Sofitel Luxembourg Europe (Luxembourg 2)
The Westin Grand (Frankfurt)
Lufthansa First Class Terminal (Frankfurt)
Frankfurt to Seoul (Lufthansa First Class A380)
The Ritz-Carlton (Seoul)
Tokyo to Sydney (Japan Airlines First Class 777-300ER)
JW Marriott Sahar
Having needed to spend one night in Mumbai, I decided to check out the JW Marriott Sahar which was supposedly close to the airport. Once I collected my bag I made my way to the cab and headed towards the hotel. 5 minutes later we arrived, so I really didn't realize just how close to the airport I was.
Upon getting there, the hotel staff immediately grabbed my suitcase for the regular Indian hotel scans, and told me to head inside as he would grab it for me, so I headed towards the reception lobby - and it was gorgeous. I understand this hotel is only a year old, but I was very impressed with the hotel and the lobby from the start.
They had at least 8 "check in" marble counters along with a unique hanging center piece which dazzled in the lights.
I did a quick tour of the rest of the lobby, which was rather empty so I snagged some quick pictures of the coffee area and the waiting areas as well.
Upon checking in, they informed my I had been upgraded from a Deluxe King to a Deluxe King room with a pool view, which was a nice touch even though it added nothing to the actual room difference. Once checked in, I was escorted upstairs by one of the check-in team to show the room and to explain the features of the room if needed - this was a nice touch since you rarely get escorted by anyone other then the bellboys these days, though I had two people showing me my room this time (including bellboy).
Following that they handed me the card keys. I actually love the new JW Marriott card keys - all black, no words, just the JW Marriott Logo.
The room itself was quite big - 38 squared meters, so it's spacious enough for those who hate the smaller rooms. As for the decor, it was modern and rather welcoming as well.
The room also featured large tri-sliding doors which you could close if you wanted some privacy in the bathroom, but it was more if a divider rather than a door, so privacy wasn't exactly maximized. Still, the bathroom was nice as well, covered in marble finishes with a shower and a tub.
They featured some Aromatherapy Associates toiletries, and they were of good British quality.
One of the coolest things was the view of the airport, so you could see a few planes moving about. Unfortunately that 'pool view' was a corner view where I could hardly see the pool, though they should have probably called this room the Airport View.
After a quick shower, I got hungry and decided to order some room service so I could get to sleep early, considering I had to checkout by 2am to get to the airport. I decided to order the Vegetarian club sandwich, which looked appetizing enough.
Surely enough, within 15 minutes the sandwich was delivered with a side of dips and fries.
How did it taste? Pretty good, but you would hope so considering the quality of the hotel. I downed the sandwich while watching the T20 World Cup Match.
While I had wanted to go to sleep early, I decided a bag change was much needed considering the amount of travelling which was going to be required, so I had asked a friend to swap bags with me, which he did eventually, due to heavy traffic. Post that, I managed to get about 4 hours of sleep before the wake up call I had asked for woke me up. I quickly packed my essentials (and in haste forgot my trimmer charger), and headed down for a check out, with one last look at the elevator lobby on my floor. My only complaint? The pillows were rather thin and felt rubbish, though the bed was very comfortable.
When I walked outside, my Etihad chauffeur was already waiting in a E-Class Mercedes - though to be fair I was so close to the airport it wouldn't have mattered how I got there - but It's always nice when it's offered. With that, I jumped in the car, and headed off to airport, happy with the stay.