Luxury means different things to different people and what works for one traveller might not be fulfilling for another. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure to the Tamil capital, here are 10 hotels that will make your sojourn a seamless one. By Nikita Chawla
1. ITC Grand Chola
Where history meets exclusive luxury.
With 10 dining options, an opulent spa, and a modern wellness centre, ITC Grand Chola is the third largest hotel in India and the largest standalone luxury property in the country. The best part is its picturesque location and proximity to Chennai International Airport (only five minutes). This multiple award-winning property is a living tribute to the Chola dynasty and fuses traditional South Indian temple architecture with state-of-the-art modern amenities. Sumptuous decor featuring Tanjore paintings and inlay marble work by skilled artisans from Mahabalipuram attracts history buffs and art connoisseurs. ITC Chola also boasts a five-star GRIHA rating (the highest award for green buildings) with a strong emphasis on personalised luxury, femaleonly floors, and butler services. When luxury meets history in such an exclusive destination, a journey back in time to the golden period of South Indian opulence is guaranteed.
Starts from INR 9,800/USD 138
2. The Leela Palace Chennai
Relax with stunning sea vistas.
Satisfy your yearning for coastal living by booking a plush sea-view room at The Leela Palace Chennai. Located on the southern tip of Marina Beach, this one comes with proximity to business districts and tourist attractions. It attracts well-heeled travellers looking for a quiet getaway or those aiming to see the city in a limited time. The Santhome Basilica and the Parthasarathy and Kapaleeswarar temples are all covered with a 20-minute drive. While the architecture is traditionally Chettinad, the decor is avant-garde, with rich colonial undertones, especially in the fine dining restaurants, walkways, palatial bathrooms, and the business centre. Indulge your taste buds with delicacies ranging from pan-Asian cuisine at their gourmet Chinese restaurant, China XO, to international favourites served at the all-day buffet restaurant, Spectra.
Starts from INR 10,111/USD 142
3. Park Hyatt Chennai
Holiday with your canine companion.
With 200 indulgent rooms, including 20 lavish suites, this hotel is a silent retreat in the middle of the bustling city of Chennai. The interiors are sleek and thoughtfully done (even the most basic rooms are equipped with espresso machines and smart lighting). While most rooms are around the lily pond in the inner courtyard, the upgraded rooms overlook the picturesque Guindy National Reserve. Indulge in Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian, North Indian, Italian, and Western cuisines at the Flying Elephant or relish a customised menu at their pantry-style restaurant, the Dining Room. Park Hyatt Chennai also caters to your furry friends and pampers them through its unique Paws at the Park programme that features dedicated rooms for guests travelling with pets. The stay includes a dog bed, dog treats, a water bowl, and a toy to keep your canine friend entertained. Sumptuous dog meals are also available.
Starts from INR 12,000/USD 169
4. Hyatt Regency Chennai
Caters to the globetrotter.
Epitomising South India’s artistic traditions, this luxury hotel in Chennai exudes warmth with a dash of cosmopolitan glamour tailor-made for both business and leisure travellers. Hyatt Regency Chennai is a modern hotel located close to prime business districts, IT corridors, consulates, 230 metres from the nearest metro station, and 15 kilometres away from the Chennai International Airport. The rooms sport contemporary designs and are ergonomically styled, with modern amenities and elegant baths, all set against the stunning coastal skyline. You can choose from an array of suite types and rooms that offer features such as the Regency Lounge, club access, complimentary airport transfers, kitchenette, powder rooms, etc. Amidst bespoke pergolas, ceramic art installations, and landscape inspired by waterfalls and green meadows, the Hyatt Regency Chennai also has a stunning outdoor pool. Bask in the glory of the sun on one of the sundeck chairs or take a dip in the azure blue water.
Starts from INR 9,000/USD 127
5. Taj Coromandel
Rejuvenate with tailor-made wellness services.
This intimate five-star hotel has played host to famous political figures such as former US President Jimmy Carter; The Duke of York, Prince Andrew; former US President Bill Clinton; and the Emperor and Empress of Japan. It is the preferred choice of accommodation for diplomats and high-profile guests. Whether you are a busy business traveller or seek a luxurious stay, the Luxury Room, Grand Luxury, and Taj Club room with their contemporary furnishings, butler services, complimentary breakfasts, and modern amenities exceed your expectations. If you’re in the mood to unwind, the Jiva Grande spa has you covered. This exquisite wellness centre spans three floors and consists of four single spa suites, a relaxation area, yoga studio, and an Ayurveda consultation and treatment room. The invigorating therapies, massages, body scrubs, wraps, and facials ensure of relaxation and rejuvenation. For those travelling with their partners, there’s the couple spa suite, which earns brownie points for its lavish bathtub overlooking the stunning landscape.
Starts from INR 9,600/USD 135
6. InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort
For a stylish staycation.
Launched in 2016, this 105-room property is the first luxury hotel resort from the InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) that blends world-class luxury with a renascent Coromandel style. It is located on the pristine beach of Covelong, close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mahabalipuram. Here, stylish hospitality meets contemporary amenities in a 21st-century setting—a partnership that echoes along the pillared hallways and corridors of the resort. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be pampered with attentive service and unparalleled comforts. The rooms are luxe and spacious, to say the least. They provide a tranquil private retreat with a lotus pond or pool view, walk-in wardrobes, rain showers, and valet laundry services.
Starts from INR 7,540/USD 106
7. Sheraton Grand Chennai Resort & Spa
Think unparalleled views of the Bay of Bengal.
Other than the usual fitness centre and spa, the Sheraton Grand Chennai Resort & Spa also has an incredible infinity edge pool that extends into the horizon. Sip cocktails on the well-cushioned loungers by the poolside or dive into the shimmery blue waters that blend with the spectacular sunset in the Bay of Bengal. If the pool sets the ambience, then the food is the undisputable showstopper. Make a reservation at the al fresco restaurant, Pelican Deck, for European grills and barbecue prepared by experts using the freshest ingredients, which go perfectly with their innovative and refreshing drinks. Share small bites at Pintail Lounge and trade stories of your day during the happy hours. You can also wine and dine at their culinary powerhouse, The Reef—a popular choice for visiting connoisseurs. Visit this place for an authentic gastronomical experience with rich local flavours that are soundly tempered to accommodate the sensitive international palate.
Starts from INR 8,820/USD 124
8. Hilton Chennai
An eclectic mix of everything.
Be it for business meetings, a wellness break, or some quality time with your family, Hilton Chennai offers the services you need, the amenities you expect, and the extras you deserve. It encapsulates the urban, dynamic, and metropolitan spirit of Chennai in a way few can. For one, it is 15 minutes from the Chennai International Airport and 10 minutes from the Chennai Trade Centre, with a metro station at walking distance. The other reason to stay here is the collection of five restaurants and bars including a 24-hour cafe where brunches to pre-dinner drinks and everything in between is duly taken care of. VisitQ Bar for a culinary experience under a starlit sky. Sit under the gazebos and enjoy spectacular views of the city as you sip signature cocktails and enjoy the music played by the resident DJ. Their banqueting and conferencing facilities are extensive as well, and can accommodate up to 1,000 guests at a time.
Starts from INR 8,260/USD 116
9. Radisson Blu Hotel Chennai City Centre
A break from convention.
Eclectic style coupled with minimal decor sets this one apart. Just 10 minutes (3 km) away from the airport, the Radisson Blu Hotel Chennai City Centre is an upscale property that endeavours to make your corporate meetings and private events special. The rooms come categorised in Standard, Deluxe, and Business Class. Be it a wedding or a seminar, the incredible event facilities spanning more than 1,022 square metres, capable of comfortably hosting up to 900 guests, are impressive.Host an elegant event in the lobby-level Royal Court, which can be segmented into three separate spaces. The Royal Summit, located on the lower lobby level, can be divided into two spaces. For a smaller business event, reserve their boardroom, which offers amenities like LCD projector, remote-controlled lighting, a whiteboard, and video conferencing.
Starts from INR 5,780/USD 81
10. Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park
Add zing to your work trip.
Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park, formerly known as the Sheraton Park Hotel & Towers, is a five-star hotel located on TTK Road in Chennai. Located in the heart of the city, the hotel is surrounded by major companies such as Barclays, Cisco, Oracle, Shell, HCL, and Microsoft. They also offer early check-ins, express check-ins, and late-night check outs so that you can make the most of your stay. The conference and meeting facilities are spread across 15,000 square feet and include 13 meeting rooms, a 24-hour business centre, facilities for outdoor and indoor activities, and high-speed Wi-Fi access. You can also indulge in the themed breaks curated by creative chefs at the property to add zing to your business trip. After the day gets done, slip into a relaxed evening at the Westminster Bar with a delicious selection of beverages.