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Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai
Ranked #15 of 388 Hotels in Chennai (Madras)
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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23 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic Old Charm hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2011

True Taj Class. Centrally located..and hence makes it easy to move around. If you are business traveller , then it is "the"place to stay. Heritage structure, comfortable and spacious rooms, very clean.Has a good spa. The Asian resturant is awesome. The coffee shop could be better. Prompt and efficient check in and check out.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled on business
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Bengaluru, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2011

Taj Connemara Chennai is one of the premium Taj Properties and i am a frequent guest with them. Of all the beautiful Taj properties ( I have been to most of them) this one surely is below the mark in terms of its hospitality levels....something which Taj is so know for...Their rooms have a boring deco enough to let down a corporate execs spirits.. Their service is room service is slow .... I almost missed my flight twice depending on their personal telephone alarms. Best not to depend on them for this service.. The positive aspect is that its only here that i have had the finest sea food and the best Chinese and chettinad cuisine...

Room Tip: 1. never take the ground level ones its next to the pool and is disturbing and i find it unsafe too...
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled on business
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Centurion, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2011

This hotel is really a 5 star hotel in all aspects

Location: Perfect. In the middle fo Chennai and right next to a very large shopping mall.
Staff: Extremely friendly and helpful. When we had left, my brother had left some baby soap in his room. The management contacted us and asked how they can have this returned to us. I was stunned. It would have cost them more to have this shipped back to us than for us to buy it again. That sort of honesty from hotel staff is unbelievable and truly appreciated.
Rooms: Spacious, comfortable and clean.
Food. Excellent

What struck me most of this hotel was the interior deco. They have managed to produce a truly Indian feel to the hotel whilst maintaining its colonial history. This is indeed a 5 star hotel

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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Hyderabad, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2011

Chennai is the city's only heritage hotel, built in 1854 as the Imperial Hotel, renamed Albany in 1886, and finally re-established as The Connemara in 1890. The service is very good and the breakfast at The Verandah restaurant is classic experience. You should not miss the authentic 'Chettinad' cuisine at The Raintree restaurant.
The Connemara is in the central business district of Chennai and adjacent to the Spencers Mall. In this busy modern world its a truly experience of the old world charm !

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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bangalore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2011

Excellent ambience with very good antiques kept all over the hotel. staff is excellent and very corteous. spa is very good. i think its one of the best place to stay for a business traveller as its in the heart of the city. Pls take the corner rooms for more space. gym and the pool is average.

Room Tip: Choose the corner room for more space.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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Pune, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2011

This Taj hotel is well connected to the most of the business districts of Chennai. However it is little far off from Airport.

The hotel lobby is excellent and grand.

The rooms are nice and the furniture takes you back in heritage feeling.

The breakfast was OK. But some items can be improved.

The staff was friendly. The restuarent named varandha is on pool side and in the evening gives a nice ambience.

Overall good hotel.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2011

In the busy center of Chennai, the Vivanta is close to Spencer Plaza, a major shopping mall. Very good breakfast buffet, selection changes slightly each day. Restaurant staff very attentive. Hotel staff very helpful, I found the Travel Desk very helpful in arranging transportation to some of the sites as well as my friends' houses.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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Property: Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai
Address: Binny Road, Chennai (Madras) 600002, India
Region: India > Tamil Nadu > Chennai District > Chennai (Madras) > Nungambakkam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#11 Spa Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#13 Luxury Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#13 Romantic Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#16 Family Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#17 Business Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai 5*
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai is the city's only heritage hotel, built in 1854 as the Imperial Hotel, renamed Albany in 1886, finally re-established as The Connemara in 1890. It was an Art Deco look that the Connemara sported when it ‘reopened’ in 1937. And the legendary architect Geoffrey Bawa added his touch to the tower block and linking pool in 1974. Today it is infused with the spirited style of Vivanta by Taj. ... more   less 
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