A 100 year old bungalow turns into a backpackers hostel in Bandra

At just a 10 minute walking distance from Bandra Railway station, off the bustling Hill Road, you will find one of the oldest houses in the area – the 100 year-old Almeida House, a Portuguese bungalow that has now been converted into Horn Ok Please, a traveller’s hostel.

The navy blue gates open to a super-funky artistic door, that has Horn OK Please written on it in exactly the way that you’d find on any truck in India. This hostel that opened a few weeks ago, serves as a temporary home to travellers from around the world.  

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Who started Horn Ok Please?

This is the brainchild of a group of three self-confessed backpackers – Rishab Maskara, Smit Jain and Rohan Shelke. Rishab is also being supported by his wife Adina Goerke, who looks after the decor and other arrangements.

Horn Ok Please was initiated with the aim to offer travellers a new kind of space and comfort in Bandra. It is a subtle mix between a budget-friendly yet homely place.

These three boys are very fond of travelling. They have stayed across various hotels in Europe and Asia. They said that they found this place in December 2015, on the day of Christmas and after going back and forth quite a couple of times, got the space in July just this year. They confessed that the idea of HOP came from a hostel in which they stayed while in Budapest. Despite working hard day and night, it took them around 75 days to set up HOP since they were determined to focus on every detail, and make this place welcoming for its future guests.

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Why this quirky name?

The boys wanted a name which could be understood by everyone. Their list of names mainly included an animal and an adjective.  From Drunk Monkey to Pink Cow, they thought of a number of other names, eventually settling on Horn Ok Please which could be shortened to HOP as well. Their amazing ideology behind this name was the fact that it is a popular phrase and works well in India.

Currently, HOP has space that can host around 24 people, in their dorms. Out of 3 rooms, one is specified for female travellers whereas the other two are mixed.

Expansion plans are already on at HOP and they may open up the first floor by mid-Jan next year.

Facilities available in HOP:

  • Restrooms along with free lockers
  • Equipped Pantry
  • Credit Card accepted
  • Air-conditioned dorms
  • Free wi-fi
  • Breakfast
  • Hot water
  • Books
  • Comfortable beds
  • Showers

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The hostel also has a customized little brochure for every guest that can come in handy while travelling around Mumbai. It has a map of Bandra with a checklist of Things to do, apps you should use and a few of their own favourite places. All this gives you a good idea about all the awesome things to do in and around Mumbai.

HOP is a great budget friendly beautiful home for travellers, while also making sure they feel safe at all times. So if you’re planning a trip to Mumbai but don’t know where to stay, then HOP is the place we’d recommend!

Address: Horn Ok Please Hostel, House No. 22, D Monte St, Santosh Nagar, Bandra West, Mumbai – 400050

Here is the Google Maps link to the hostel.

Phone: +91 9985544000

Email: whatsup@hophostelmumbai.com

Website: www.hophostelmumbai.com

All beds are priced the same at INR 849 inclusive of taxes.

 

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