These ruins belong to one of the most grand hotels of the city at one time, called Watson’s Hotel which was restricted to ‘whites only’. The hotel is said to be the first of its kind to boast of ceiling fans. while popular folklore has it that the 1903 Indo-Saracenic style The Taj Mahal Palace hotel resort owes its existence to Watson’s as it is believed that Jamsedji Tata decided to build the hotel after he was refused entry. However there is evidence that suggest that Tata commissioned the hotel instead at the urging of editor of the Times of India who felt a hotel “worthy of Bombay” was needed. Whatever the case may be, it leads me to feel sorry to see a that once saw many ballroom parties to stand in such shambles!