What are the best areas of Mumbai to rent a service apartment? What facilities and services can I expect from a Mumbai service apartment? What are the best service apartments in Mumbai? Read on to learn the answers to these questions and much more in my simple and easy guide to renting a service apartment in Mumbai for both expats and travelers.
Mumbai is the financial capital of India. It is famous as LAND OF DREAMS. It is a well-known place for business executives, internship students, and travel lovers.
As the commercial center of India and the hub of business and leisure travel within Asia, Mumbai has exceptional hotels of all kinds catering to the business elite and casual traveler.
Recently, a new kind of accommodation has gained favor with business executives on short stays in Mumbai–the budget service apartments. With bigger commercial development over the past several years, service apartments are rapidly becoming the preferred choice of living style for their affordable luxury.
What is a Service Apartment?
The service part of the equation usually refers to the daily cleaning of your apartment, the furniture, kitchen amenities and so on that normal apartments do not include. Some service apartments also function as hotels, and these are called Apartment hotels.
What’s So Special about Mumbai Service Apartments?
Real estate and relocation agents believe Mumbai has the most number of sophisticated apartments the world has to offer. There are not just one or two service apartments, but close to 50. This is Mumbai city itself is a major business hub for Asia.
Renting a serviced apartment in Mumbai can be a daunting task for several reasons–the primary one being there are so many ‘fine print’ and extra costs involved when signing a weekly, monthly or yearly contract.
I have gone through several service apartments, learning on the way which ‘services’ are included and what to expect from your stay in a service apartment in Mumbai.
Mumbai contains inexpensive to exclusive service apartments, but the best ones are the budget service apartments.
The Best Areas to book a service apartment in Mumbai
Malad west is the most centrally located place in Mumbai. It is easy to travel anywhere in Mumbai from this place.
Kandivali West is a safe residential area and is the best choice if you are looking for a budget-friendly service apartment.
Andheri west is a luxurious and affordable western suburb in Mumbai
If you want to enjoy nature in Mumbai, Goregaon east is the best option.
The areas listed above are all within easy access to shopping, dining, entertainment, trains, and highways. If you choose to live in one of these areas, you will experience life in the center of Mumbai’s thriving business and shopping centers while indulging in an ultra-private service apartment in Mumbai. I personally recommend Malad west, as they are the classiest areas of Mumbai, but if you are looking to be close to the night markets Andheri is perfect, and Goregaon east is always a colorful experience.
Facilities and Services of Typical Mumbai Service Apartments
These vary between the different types of service apartments, but a standard of excellence has been established from the increasing competition among service apartments. Facilities and amenities are improved regularly to keep up with competitor residences. However, before investing in a service apartment, be sure to check if these services and facilities are available.
Services That Should Be Included Free of Charge:
24 Hour Security
crockery and utensils
The Loopholes: Length of Stay, Deposits, Electricity and Repair cost
If you are staying for a month or more, the service apartment may charge you for electricity, gas connection, Wi-Fi and cable. It is highly important to clarify at the time of booking of the service apartment to avoid any problems.
Be extremely careful when signing leases; most require a 2-month deposit, and if you move out before your contract is finished you might have to forfeit this deposit. Some service apartments do not take any deposits for the stay. That works out to be the safest and most convenient option.
Make sure the service apartment has a laundry service, either in the house or out of the house. Most service apartments have washing machines or caretakers for laundry.
How much Should I Pay for booking a service apartment in Mumbai?
A Budget service apartment in Mumbai should cost anywhere between 1500 Rs to 4500 Rs per night depending on the location, period of stay and facilities.
Which Service Apartment Should I Choose?
The service apartment which is VALUE for your MONEY should be at the top of your chart. As many service apartments just pull in a lot of extra money in the name of swimming pool and gym which does not belong to them but to the society who generally do not allow guests to access these facilities. At the time of booking the service apartment kindly clarify of maintenance cost of the apartment. Repairing work is extremely expensive in Mumbai as the cost of labor is very high. Some service apartments ask guests to shell a lot of money if AC or TV stops working in the apartment while their stay. Generally, it is included in the tariff of the service apartment as it is not intentional damage to the property. So be extra careful while booking a service apartment in Mumbai.
If you are still undecided whether to have a stay in Mumbai on your next trip, it was just recently announced that the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) plans to make MUMBAI a “LOVE” city. You will find big artwork of LOVE MUMBAI, LOVE LOKHANDWALA, LOVE GOREGAON, LOVE MALAD at various places of Mumbai making you fall in Love with life…… ……….Now is the time to take your next vacation or business trip to Mumbai, as life couldn’t get any better in the City of Dreams!