The really irritating thing is that a foreigner is NOT allowed to hire a car for a self-drive in India. All car hire comes with a driver and most are only for 8hours unless you have booked with an agent who then books your driver into lodgings as well. Being so used to being independent, has irritated me as the thought of being subjected to crazy driving when I suffer so badly from motion sickness, put me off this idea for our first trip to India. Whilst we will still need to catch taxis, hopefully it won't be too bad.
So we have that fact to look forward to!!!
We used Trip Advisor, Agoda, Booking.com and Venere to research hotels with fairly good reviews. And so the price just started going up and up as the only ones with half decent reviews appear to be the 5 Star hotels. And even some of those have negative comments! Oh well, let's go for broke and book a 5 Star hotel in Colaba, the tourist area of Mumbai. Once again, if you want to pay in your local currency, try all the hotel booking engines first.
PS - we enjoyed a fabulous trip - see the Blogs on India!