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“Average hotel in the center of town”
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Palmgrove Hotel
Ranked #88 of 395 Hotels in Chennai (Madras)
Bangalore
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Average hotel in the center of town”
Reviewed 10 September 2013

Just a average hotel in the center of the city, only advantage is that its just walkable for the visa consulate office.
As others have mentioned you will find the following:
Pros:-
Huge clean rooms, walk away from bus stop, easy to locate.
Really awesome food and a cuisine of veg delight for breakfast(complimentary for all).

Cons:-
Look out for bed bugs and pls take rooms in 2nd floor only!! (the only floor with no mosquitos and bed bugs)
The service guys will torture you like anything. don't be surprised if cleaning staff just burg in your room for every 10 min and asking for tips( they just kept disturbing non-stop and disturb your privacy for room cleaning, bath room cleaning, laundry, even shoe polish and water supply).
Not a value for money deal!!! but its just at a location which you cant ignore!!!

Room Tip: Walkable from US Visa office ( Ideal for short stay). Take a room ONLY in 2nd floor else don't g...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2013

I stayed only for Two days in this hotel & the experience is terrible,
Service is very bad
Check-in waiting is too long
All the servants are like beggars
Each & every order they expect TIP from Customers [They will ask for it].

Hotel Room Toilet is very dangerous i.e..the Geyser is like 25 years old...

Overall its one of the worst Hotel i ever seen....

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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6 Thank Sajishr2000
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Vellore, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2013

You walk into this hotel and you might think that you have suddenly gone back into the 70s or 80s. And I don't mean that in a good way. The hotel looks and feels old, from the lobby, to the old furniture, the old type doors and windows, the old (but working) AC the old style toilets. I was a bit apprehensive at first, but there are some good points about this hotel also. for eg
1. The location - at the heart of Chennai, very close to the business and shopping locations, also the US consulate.
2. There are lots of rooms, so was able to walk in without a reservation and get a room.
3. Food- Only had the complimentary breakfast - they had a decent spread although veg.
4. The rooms and toilets were huge and although looking old were neat.
5. Huge campus with facility of car parking

Well it's a budget hotel. There is nothing there that will excite you or make u want to return. It's only USP being the location.
So there's nothing great, it's just ok....

Room Tip: Even the basic rooms are huge. So don't know the advantage of going for a deluxe room.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bangalore
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70 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2013

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!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Bengaluru
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34 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2013

Hi,

I booked this for my cousin and grandma who had been to chennai for visa.
At middle of night they found lot of bedbugs coming out of the bed and no body was there to respond in the room service. My cousins had to go to the reception and fight with him to get alternative room.

The alternative room they gave some type of suite in which water was getting blocked in bathroom. When asked about it, they said its the only alternative you have and you have to adjust.

Finally when they checked out, those ****ers charged more than what it was supposed to be saying that my cousins stayed in a suite for which cost is more. That bloody suite where water gets blocked in bathroom. horrible bedbugs and the people do not speak any other language other than Tamil, so very difficult to talk or speak to them, because of which my cousins had to pay full amount.


I suggest, Do not step into these type of hotels

Room Tip: Just do not go
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Stanford,CA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2013

Was in Chennai for the US Visa interview. Been here before for the same purpose. I do not see any reason otherwise to be in this below average hotel.-- Its only the location of the hotel , close to business are and of course the consulate. This is a pain as the visa process is spread over 2 days now.
The service is poor. Food is OK south Indian fare. The rooms are musty with the AC and require a complete re-do for at least the past 10 years.
The housekeeping request tips for all jobs- cleaning, moving luggage and are funnily dressed in brown shirt and shorts and compete with the brown clothed auto drivers in fleecing you!!

Room Tip: Go there only for the US Visa interview location
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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chennai
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81 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2013

i went there two weeks back after my earlier visit which was some years back. the ambience remained the same . may be, they are preserving it for loyal customers, who must be old timers there for a long period !. though the stay facilities are above average, it is a nostalgic experience !. the food is really good in their restaurants and the quantities are sufficient !. the price is very competitive considering the locality and other facilities !. a budget hotel and for nostalgic remembrance !

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Palmgrove Hotel
Address: 5 Kodambakkam High Road, Chennai (Madras) 600034, India
Region: India > Tamil Nadu > Chennai District > Chennai (Madras)
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Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #88 of 395 Hotels in Chennai (Madras)
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