Palmgrove hotel is an excellent value for money hotel, close to city centre and if someone is looking for homely vegetarian food. The hotel has both room and cottage options. We had our reservations initially as we we were wondering how a hotel in the city centre could have cottages.. we took the plunge and booked the same for 2 nights on our visit to Chennai/ Mahabalipuram and loved the space we got in the cottage. with 2 children who would have been all over in a hotel room.. the cottage option was a great relief as we had lots of space for children to run around.. separate space for dining, living and bed room! all at an unbelievable price compared to what we would have paid otherwise at the pricey 4 star or 5 star hotels nearby. Service was very good. Hotel doesnt have too much of choice with restaurants as there is only one Indian vegetarian restaurant.. However that serves excellent food and unless one is particular to explore other kind of food.. it more than suffices.
the hotel has its old world charm and has barely any modern amenities barring the basics one needs... telephone/TV/Geyser etc. Room service could be a little faster but once you reconcile to the old world concept you will enjoy the service. Location is unbeatable !! All in all if you need space and want to stay in a service apartment/ cottage in the city centre .. this is value for money!