Filthy, hot, noisy (muezzin at 3am) and uncomfortable.
However.... I first came here 16 years ago and it hasn't changed at all. Wonderful, wonderful building full of pot plants, balconies, mature trees, courtyards, walkways and twisting staircases. This is old India. Highly, highly recommended if you like heritage and dirt. (It's therefore my favourite hotel in Chennai)
I agree with the previous reviewer though. Child friendly? Absolutely no way!!!