I found the Lotus Hotel in my guidebook and wasn't disappointed. It is a fair distance from Central Madras but nevertheless a nice area which is close to the Pondy Bazaar and Pengal Park. The area around is busy but Venkatraman Street is quiet so no traffic noise.
The room was very good with great bathroom facilities. The room was serviced daily and fresh towels and clean bedding. The room has a TV and is air conditioned.
There are some nice local stalls in the Bazaar for food as well as good restaurants.
I would certainly recommend this hotel and would stay again if in Madras.