Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hotel Majestic & Waterloo Mansions, Bombay

The Majestic Hotel was at one time one of the city’s best hotels. It was designed in the
Indo-Saracenic architectural style by WA Chambers, who was also the engineer on the
famous Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.
The erstwhile Waterloo Mansion, which was then built exclusively for residential
purposes, is now referred to as the Indian Mercantile Building. Its architectural style is
Gothic with turrets, pointed arches and black stone façades.
Located near the Wellington Fountain Circle (or Regal Circle), the two structures became
one of the most photographed pieces of architecture in the city and were frequently
featured in postcards of the early 20th century.

Hotel Majestic & Waterloo Mansion Bombay India

Bombay, Hotel Majestic & Waterloo Mansions Old Postcard


Hotel Majestic - Bombay - 1890s

Cnr Wodehouse Rd & Colaba Causeway, Bombay.
Once one of Bombay's best hotel's the "Majestic" is located at Wellington Fountain, just behind the Taj Mahal Hotel. Designed by W.A. Chambers in the Indo-Saracenic architectural style and featuring domed minarets, the building must have embodied the exoticism of the East to new arrivals to Bombay. In fact, together with the adjacent Waterloo Mansions (see my photo at ), the "Majestic" was frequently photographed by those early travellers.


Waterloo Mansions - Bombay

Wodehouse Rd, Colaba.
Overlooking Wellington Fountain Circle and adjacent to the Majestic Hotel (see my photo ), these residential apartments occupy a central position at the junction of Colaba and the Fort area and are close to the landing-place for steamship passengers at Apollo Bunder.
Built in an Indo-Gothic style of architecture, early photographs show the original red spired corner towers which have since disappeare