We have always preferred hotels in Egmore rather than the overcrowded Chennai Central Station area. If you're looking for a hotel that's centrally situated, nothing beats the location of the Imperial Palace. Bang opposite Egmore station, this is one of the oldest hotels in the locality. Private transport options from here are plentiful be it chartered cabs or luxury buses. Ours was a basic room with basic amenities. They certainly didn't smack of royalty but were pretty okay...after all, this is one of the better hotels in the area. What's important is the rooms were clean, the bathrooms well bleached and the housekeeping staff turned up quite faithfully daily to clean up. All in all, a pretty good hotel.