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“A haven of relative peace in the chaotic metropolis of Chennai” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai

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Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai
Ranked #15 of 386 Hotels in Chennai (Madras)
Certificate of Excellence
Nagpur, India
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62 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“A haven of relative peace in the chaotic metropolis of Chennai”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2012

First Impressions
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
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!

Overall
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

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Bengaluru, India
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31 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2012 via mobile

VBT Connemara is one of my favorite hotel on this planet. While architecturally it reminds you of the bygone RAJ days it has an excellent blend of old world charm and modern amenities. There are multiple choice of restaurants and cuisines available within the hotel manned by one of the most friendliest staff. And my pet about VBTC - If there is a contest for "CLEANEST towel in a Hotel", other hotels don't even need to compete!!!! Every time i have noticed only the whitest and cleanest towels in the bathroom rack welcoming you. Kallu Dosa by Mr.Moorti at The Verandah for breakfast always reminds me of my mom and home - rather makes me feel at home

Stayed March 2012
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Udaipur, India
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32 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2012

I was in Chennai for a friend's wedding, travelling with my parents. I was looking for a relaxing place to stay, a sort of retreat from the noisiness and chaos of Chennai. I arrived a day before my parents did and I was very well looked after. The service was very personalised and I found that to be the best thing about the hotel. They offered us a room in the old part of the hotel which had an unusual charm and calmness.
Room service was great and the breakfast spread was amazing! The only disappointing part was that wi-fi services were chargeable. It's surprising to see that in hotels like Vivanta. Either way that wasn't much of a minus point for me. I would keep going back and recommend it to others. I loved it!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank K-Rupal
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New Delhi, India
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2012

By staying in a Taj hotel you expect the service and comfort of a large hotel chain like Taj and surely they did not disappoint. The food in the restaurant was very good and I was entertaining some clients so it was important. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. Just wish I had more time to stay there. Next visit to Chennai will stay here.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dallas, Texas
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

This is very old hotel and pretty much everything in it needs to be replaced. All the finishing, beds are very old. Bead sheets are third class faded color and worn. I am surprised to see so many positive reviews.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Anil C
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Harrow
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143 reviews
68 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

We spent two nights at the Taj Connemara as part of a tour of South India with Saga. We got there about 1230 and had a cold welcome drink before making our way to room 301.
It was a very big room with twin beds, a sofa and an armchair, an office desk with chair, a ceiling fan, a large flat screen television with a good picture, ample wardrobe space, a safe, room shoes and dressing gowns, a view that wasn't up to much, an ironing board with iron which had one pin sheared off so didn't work. The bathroom had a bath and fixed shower but was good and lots of toiletries. There was a toilet and bidet. The bathroom had a strange smell we couldn't identify and the bedroom smelled of cigarette smoke. We later discovered we were on a smoking floor so all the rooms were the same. I did say to reception that using one of the very effective oil burners they seem to have all over the public places in the hotel would soon make the room smell better but that seemed to fall on deaf ears.
The food was very good at the Connemara with a bountiful buffet for both breakfast and dinner.
We did take a walk in the surrounding area and it is not for the faint hearted. The pavements are in a terrible state and there are beggars in abundance. There is a shopping centre next door with bargains to be had if shopping is your thing.
There was a lot of noise outside at night, which sounded like drilling and digging equipment but we couldn’t see it.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank wolfhill
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Singapore, Singapore
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186 reviews
145 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

When we lived in Madras from 1977-83, the pool at the Connemara Hotel is where I learnt how to swim. So it has a vey special place in my heart. The poolside is also this hotels biggest asset. Set in a secluded colonial garden, sitting by the pool and reading in the late afternoon sun is magnificent. So is the dining in the restaurant by the poolside, which is charming with great food.

The hotel per se is a little bit dated. The style is a mix between art deco and colonial. We had a big suite on the ground floor, opening onto the pool, and it was fantastic albeit not entirely functional. The design incorporated a lot of smaller rooms/nooks within the suite that were somewhat a waste of space.

I have to say though, that the service was exceptional. Very attentive and welcoming.

Room Tip: Suites with an entrance to the pool combine the best features of this hotel
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank bojantercon
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Property: Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai
Address: Binny Road, Chennai (Madras) 600002, India
Region: India > Tamil Nadu > Chennai District > Chennai (Madras) > Nungambakkam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#11 Spa Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#13 Luxury Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#13 Romantic Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#16 Family Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#17 Business Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai 5*
Number of rooms: 150
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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