Part of the Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces , this hotel with its rooms and 44 suites is considered the flagship property of the group; it employs some 1, staff. The hotel is made up of two different buildings: the Taj Mahal Palace and the Tower, which are historically and architecturally distinct from each other the Taj Mahal Palace was built at the start of the twentieth century; the Tower was opened in The hotel has a long and distinguished history, having received many notable guests, from presidents to captains of industry and stars of show business. The hotel is notorious as the most visible target of the Mumbai attacks. In , the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel acquired an image trademark ,  the first building in the country to secure intellectual-property-right protection for its architectural design. The original building of the hotel was commissioned by Tata.