The Le Sutra property, which bills itself as the country's first "Indian art hotel," is located in Mumbai's bohemian Bandra district, a stroll from the popular Carter Road seafront promenade and its cafés and restaurants. Sutra in Sanskrit means the thread that binds things together, and Le Sutra aims to tie up mythologically inspired art and hospitality into a restful whole. What this means in practice is eclectic decor - rose quartz in the Mandala room, a Buddha fresco in the Nirvana room and peacock motifs in the vivid Shringar room.
Every room has a different elaborately carved chair, inspired by Buddhist stupas, lotuses and yoga postures. Rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV, a minibar and a private bathroom with shower facilities.
Flanking the property are two very good restaurants: the swanky Mediterranean Olive Bar and Kitchen, frequented by Bollywood stars, and the more casual Out of the Blue, which serves steaks, pasta and sandwiches.
There is no gym or pool, but travelers looking for space, luxury and facilities should stick to the five-star chains. Frequent visitors to Mumbai in search of a change of scene, on the other hand, may want to give this a try.
• 16 rooms