My first glance at this hotel was at about 1:30am after a long flight from the UK, so I was tired and ready for some shuteye! The reception was friendly and the formalities concluded in record time. And so I was shown to a room on the ground floor and, as some people have mentioned, there was a musty smell to the room – nothing which would put me off and I have certainly experienced worse! Added to that, I had specifically requested a non-smoking room and so I will put up with a musty smell any day compared to the smell of stale cigarettes! Let me add that the smell has now totally disappeared (I have been here 6 days now).
The room is huge (Room No. 88) and in a far corner of the hotel. The room décor is looking a little tried but is certainly not “tatty” and everything works as expected. The bed is certainly a “King Size” and has an extremely firm mattress which is to my liking. There is a choice of pillows available, but the standard pillows are perfect for me. The bathroom is also a really great size with a huge shower cubicle and the usual toiletries which you would expect to find in a hotel of this grading.
Food & Beverage
There are several restaurants within the hotel and I have tried them all and can say they all produce food which is of good quality though some may baulk at the prices… but they are really are really in line with any other hotel around the world in this class. Alcohol is expensive in India generally so expect to pay “over the odds” for imported beers or liquor, but the local stuff is good and prices just a little lower! Service in the restaurant is generally good and a lot of attention is paid to people… though it does irritate me a little that they are not so quick to clear plates from the table when it is obvious you have finished eating. There is a good selection of food types from Indian and other Asian to Italian. Breakfast has the usual European fare as well as some really good South Indian breakfast items – give them a try!
I have read here quite a lot of niggly complaints about this hotel but I can honestly say that I have not had any reason to complain thus far with anything in this hotel (I am due to be here for two months minimum). The staff are generally friendly and the location is not so bad… Let’s face it, Chennai is not the most beautiful or cleanliest place on earth, but the Connemara is a little haven of relative peace in the chaotic metropolis of Chennai
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai is the city's only heritage hotel, built in 1854 as the Imperial Hotel, renamed Albany in 1886, finally re-established as The Connemara in 1890. It was an Art Deco look that the Connemara sported when it ‘reopened’ in 1937. And the legendary architect Geoffrey Bawa added his touch to the tower block and linking pool in 1974. Today it is infused with the spirited style of Vivanta by Taj. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vivanta By Taj - Connemara, Chennai Hotel Chennai (Madras)
- Hotel Taj Connemara Chennai