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Known currently as Esplanade Mansion, this crumbling cast iron building was once the elegant and exclusive "whites only" Watsons Hotel. It was designed in 1867 by the British architect, Rowland Mason Ordish. The hotel is infamous for having denied entry to Jamshetji Tata, the wealthy local from the Parsi community, who decided to build the competing Taj Palace Hotel as a way of revenge and a benevolent act to the locals. The Watsons Hotel was closed and went into decay after the departure of the Brits, and the building was subsequently sold in 1960. It has since been a slowly decaying commercial building despite being listed as a Bombay historic site. The name Esplanade comes from the road it is on, which was formerly known as Esplanade Road, but has been changed to Mahatma Gandhi Road in recent years.

Address: Mahatma Gandhi Road (formerly Esplanade Road)
Directions: Fort Area

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  • Updated Mar 17, 2009
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