During my recent trip to India earlier this year, I stayed across multiple cities, including Mumbai. I was in Mumbai for a quick overnight layover, so I decided not to invest in a luxury hotel. Instead, I opted for the Fairfield by Marriott Mumbai International Airport.
Other parts of my India travel from earlier this year are summarized in the series of articles below:
- Flying to India in Air Canada Business Class using a combination of my E-Upgrade credits on Air Canada and the Worldwide Companion Pass.
- St Regis Goa
- Fairfield by Marriott Mumbai International Airport
Booking the Fairfield by Marriott Mumbai International Airport
My first introduction to the hotel was at the domestic terminal at Mumbai waiting for a flight to Dehradun. From the corner of my eyes, I noticed a Marriott affiliated property with a direct view of the airport operations. With only one other airport hotel in Mumbai, the Taj Santa Cruz, that had airport view rooms, I was excited to see another option in Mumbai. I made a mental note to consider staying here for any future trip to Mumbai. I was also happy to learn that it would be the Fairfield by Marriott, so the hotel would not be too expensive.
The booking was done through Marriott for INR13,875.62 per night (C$230 or US$166.72). I had an option for the following room categories:
- Queen or 2 Twin City View
- Queen or 2 Twin Deluxe Garden View
- Executive Suite, 1 King, Courtyard View
- Presidential Suite, 1 King, Courtyard View
The hotel does not advertise any of their rooms consisting of an Airport View. However, I noticed that their Deluxe Garden View and Courtyard View rooms would have an Airport View. Hence, I paid INR1,200 (C$19.77 or US$14.42) extra to guarantee my upgrade to the Deluxe Garden View room. I paid the upgrade fee, despite being a Titanium Elite member as I did not want to risk losing the upgrade if the hotel was sold out that evening.
Booking an Airport Transfer
The airport transfer through the Fairfield by Marriott Mumbai International Airport cost INR1,500 (C$24.72 or US$18.02) in a Toyota Innova. In India, it is very common to be charged for a private airport transfer fee within that range. I felt this was a small fee to pay for the convenience of being picked up and dropped off with the comfort of an airport hotel driver.
Check-in at the Fairfield by Marriott Mumbai International Airport
As I exited the lobby, I was checked-in by a front desk associate at the hotel. He welcomed me to the hotel, recognized my Titanium Elite status and walked me through the facilities of the hotel.
As he was checking in, he noticed I had paid extra money for a Deluxe Garden View room. He was disappointed that I paid extra for the upgraded room, despite being able to get it for free as a Titanium Elite member. I personally did not want to take the risk of a sold-out hotel, so decided to pay for a guaranteed view. After a few clicks on the keyboard, he offered to provide me round-trip airport transfer on behalf of the hotel to make up for the extra amount I paid for the airport view room. He also asked his colleague, Kajal, to escort me to the room to ensure that I am comfortable and happy with my assigned room.
Deluxe Garden View Room
My first impressions were that the room was small, clean and comfortable for a quick overnight stay.
The airport views were decent for a hotel that does not actually advertise their airport facing views of the room.
Kajal, who escorted me to my room, also offered me a welcome amenity consisting of a fruit plate platter and a hand-written note personally welcoming me to the hotel.
I was very happy with my decision for a quick overnight stay at Mumbai airport. My only gripe with the room is that there was no King bed. However, for just myself, a King bed is also not a necessity.
The Fairfield by Marriott Mumbai International Airport is a great option for a quick overnight stay between flights at Mumbai.
I have also heard there is a fantastic infinity pool, however, I did not get the opportunity to experience that during my short stay at the hotel.