The soul of Mumbai comes alive at ITC Grand Central, a LEED® Platinum Certified hotel in the Existing Building. The city’s British colonial style is eloquently reflected in the architecture of the hotel, transporting the guests to a bygone era, where the unmistakable stamp of old European architecture etches the most glorious silhouettes against the city’s skyline.
Standing like a sentinel in the centre of an older part of Mumbai, ITC Grand Central is a harbinger of metropolitan style. The scale is cosy, in contrast to the impressive dimensions of the tower. The courtyard forms the space, which divides and synthesises the two portions of the hotel, each with its own distinctive character, and yet linked by the architecture of the courtyard space.
On one side is the residential area or the hotel, an exclusive space for business travellers, with quiet spaces, unobtrusive efficiency and secluded areas for dining, health care and meetings. On the other side of the courtyard, is the celebration area, with large banquet halls, three restaurants across one area and an enormous terrace with a panoramic view of the area. The hotel area has a separate entrance on the far side of the building. Here, the car drives in through an independent gate, arriving at a porch that leads directly on to the lobby. A delicate gleam of gold on the inner hollow of the dome and a painting by artist Sanjay Bhattacharya signal the style of the hotel: elegant, sumptuous, with discreet efficiency, and trained personnel whose efforts are directed at anticipating the needs of each individual.
ITC Grand Central is inspired by British colonial architecture and Victorian renaissance mixed with modern contemporary design..
While its tall spire expresses the invincible spirit of enterprise in Mumbai, the cobbled stone-paved characterful Mill Square forms the pivot of the hotel offering a befittingly charming tribute to the now-defunct mills of Mumbai.
The hotel also has a spire that captures the Gothic architectural mood of buildings dating back to colonial ‘Bombay’ such as the High Court and Raja Bai Towers and which offers a 360-degree view of the city and the sea.
ITC Grand Central, located amidst the bustling business and recreational centers in Parel , was once a buzzing centre of activity with a large concentration of cotton mills, and prior to that a posh colonial residential settlement where the erstwhile governor of Bombay, Sir William Hornby, lived.
The Victorian era is echoed with the Irish pub Dublin’s panes of coloured glass, framed rows of medals and glittering bottles. The colours of the bricks further echo the coloured stone used in the colonial Victorian Gothic buildings of Central Mumbai. .
ITC Grand Central’s tall tower, surfaced with red and yellow brick, is topped with a sloping “pagdi”, or cap of red tiles that pays homage to all the similarly attired buildings in South Mumbai and in particular, the High Court Building. .