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“Quiet, smoothly ran small hotel.” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Niketana
Ranked #269 of 386 Hotels in Chennai (Madras)
London, UK
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Quiet, smoothly ran small hotel.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

The staff were all very obliging. The rooms were very clean - not brand new or anything, but well maintained. It could benefit from mosquito nets in every window, for guests who prefer an open window to the a/c. The only problem we encountered was that it was hard for taxi/rickshaw drivers to find.

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dana_PS
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Norwalk, Connecticut, United States
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13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013 via mobile

Nice guest house with that homely feeling. Rooms are comfortable but wi if could be better . Nice lunch area and the food is very good value for the money. The neighborhood in chennai, boat club road, is really nice and peaceful place to walk around and yet it is only 10 min away from the main part chennai.
Good experience overall

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Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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1 Thank Ronald N
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Bengaluru, India
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18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2013

a lovely home, thoughtfully converted into a guest house with lovely touches all the way through and its in a charming area away from the noise of chennai despite being so centrally located.Service is a little slow. A good bed and breakfast place in chennai.
We stayed there just the one night so hard to review every single aspect.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kausi_65
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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145 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2013

No argument its a lovely home, thoughtfully converted into a guest house with lovely touches all the way through and its in a charming area away from the hurly burly of Chennai. Appearances over - my room was very gloomy with a view onto a washing line, it was noisy (whether from staff or neighbours) and it felt damp. I'm afraid as nice as it looks all of this was negated by the issues.

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank lucy u
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Tel Aviv
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2012

We really loved this hotel. It's more like the family home it once was, full of personalised furniture an pictures, with little nooks to sit an read, in a very quiet and peaceful street, far from the noise of the city. It's in a rather upscale neighbourhood, and it's easy to understand that this was once a very upscale home! The food is nothing to get excited about, but it's plain and adequate, the rooms are comfortable, there is free Wi-Fi and a good selection of TV channels. THe service was discreet and good and we would recommend it highly.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jackrockTelAvv
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London
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2012

Niketana is a beautiful Chennai home, converted into a warm guesthouse, with personalised service and excellent, attentive staff. The made-to-order breakfast is another highly positive feature, which I remember very fondly. However, I would not stay in this place again because of the surroundings. While Niketana advertises itself as being located in a very good neighbourhood of Chennai (which is true), what you don't realise till you get there is that it is near a dirty, stinking water body. There is a constant stink in the place-- perhaps it was made worse in the monsoons. Even more worryingly, my beautiful room, and the outside terraces were full of mosquitoes, which made sitting there quite difficult. Even if the management cannot help the location of the house, it can certainly have done something about the big rubbish pile, and pool of stagnant water just outside the gate of the guesthouse. I pointed this out to them several times, but it was all blamed on the municipality. End result-- a lot of money spent on living in a nice room, but really not nice surroundings.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank WanderingGal
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New Delhi, India
Level Contributor
72 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2012

Tucked into a peaceful corner of Boat Club Road, Niketana is an absolute gem of a non-hotel for a business traveler. The service is smart, personalized and efficient, the rooms are well-appointed, and food is wholesome. The breakfast spread is complimentary and extremely filling. The hotel also has a small gym for the fitness-minded traveler. A place I'll be happy to come back to.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Udayadittya
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Property: Niketana
Address: No. 7B, New No.17 | Sathyanarayana Avenue, Boat Club Road, Chennai (Madras) 600028, India
Region: India > Tamil Nadu > Chennai District > Chennai (Madras) > Alwarpet South
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #269 of 386 Hotels in Chennai (Madras)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 21
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