1. The Taj Mahal Palace
Standing across from the Gateway of India, this architectural marvel of a hotel preceded the famous arch by over 20 years. Back then, the Palace was the first sight to woo ships entering the Bombay port. The heritage structure is a combination of Moorish domes, Florentine-Renaissance design elements, Rajput and Oriental architecture. You'll be blown away by the 250-foot central dome, ornate balustrades and priceless paintings: it should come as no surprise that the likes of Bill Clinton and William Somerset Maugham have stayed here. Check in to earn bragging rights while making the most of the landscaped pool, first-rate spa and top-notch restaurants on premise. Fun fact: The Taj was home to India’s first all-day dining restaurant and the city’s first licensed bar.