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Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai
Ranked #22 of 415 Hotels in Chennai (Madras)
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 November 2012

Stayed here for a single night on a business trip - Efficient check-in, always smiling staff, courteous bell boys, wonderful rooms and amazing breakfast. This is what Taj has delivered to me every single time and Connemara is no exception.

I arrived pretty late and asked for a pre-billing to ensure quick check-out in the morning. I was served a piping hot thali in the room within 15 minutes. By the time I could finish my dinner, my shoes were polished, the bill was cleared and credit card swiped/settled.

They were prompt enough to wake me up at the right time and packed my breakfast. All this done at 6:30 AM. One tends to value Taj after these kind of experiences - Highly recommended !!!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 October 2012

I first visited this property in the 1970's and started to stay there from the 1980's. It is my favourite hotel in Chennai and always has been. The place has real character, a great location, large comfortable rooms and a style and class that is not easy to fond in Chennai. The Vivanta hotels by Taj are considered the second rung but, in this case, I do understand why. In recent times I have stayed in other Chennai properties and the Connemara is as good as any and in certain ways better than the lot. Again this is based on its character. I have stayed in a lot of Taj Hotels especially in India but also in the UK, Bali and other parts of South-east Asia. The Connemara is certainly one of my favourites. by the way - it;s a great location too...

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 October 2012

due to late arrival of my flight and getting taxi late from airport, i reachec around midnight. I requested them for pool side room, so they instantly upgrade me, since i had booked some another type of room. Also they promptly accepted my late checkout request. overall staff is very friendly. breakfast was very good with a personnal table service. overall a great experience.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed 18 October 2012

I really liked this hotel. It still maintains some of its old colonial style and character. The rooms are large and comfortable and the AC works just fine. The pool area is pleasant and well-kept. The restaurants are very good and the service was very accommodating. It also won't bankrupt you to stay here, in contrast with some of the Taj's other glitzier options.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 16 October 2012

Sheer dissappointment ! Staff however was as good as any other taj property but the property is indeed in tatters...with leaking roofs and seeping walls. The least that could have been done was to do some maintenance... Heritage property can be the ruse but I have stayed in other taj heritage properties and this one does fall in that league...infact taj is risking it's repute by tagging its name to this property....Cleanliness was a concern everywhere be it the rooms or the pool area.... We were given a room which was smitten with dust . On the brighter side food was excellent & staff living up to the Taj legacy rest all the less spoken is better!!!

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 October 2012

Although rated as a heritage hotel associated with the Raj, you really would not know it, save for the elegant and delightful foyer area. This is very much a business hotel - not really suitable for us as a group of UK tourists, with no grounds except the small area around a functional pool. During our 2 days here I felt a little uncomfortable with staff several times, the only time in a two week tour that I felt that we were slightly down-market for their customer preferences!

Our room was first floor (101), larger than most but with a poor view over car park and road, and smelled stale (?damp) - this was being covered by a fumigator, and I should really have asked to move but was too tired after the travelling. It was also pretty noisy despite double glazing, and the soft fittings were not totally clean. Bed fine though, and a nice large and very well equipped older style bathroom. Had to ask for the promised fruit - slightly disappointing in a mainline Taj hotel.

Restaurant delightful with pool view. Staff very efficient rather than friendly. Buffet food in main restaurant (?Verandah) was excellent/very good both nights, and the breakfasts also very good. Lunch was enjoyable and reasonably priced, eating half-portions of pasta that were top class. Hotel shop sensible and chatty manager.

The area around is pretty awful - crowded, dirty and congested. The metro works make the city a nightmare for traffic. Cannot walk anywhere except round the corner to a good shopping mall. Went to Government Museum (see reviews) and was ripped off by a taxi summoned by the hotel door man - not great Taj.

This may be a high star rated hotel but is nowhere near the class of the superb Taj Malabar at Cochin, on any count at all. But then, its for business users really. Given the TA choice between rating this as "Average" or "Very Good", it has to be the latter, but in fact that is rather generous.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 October 2012

Everything about the hotel says luxury, from the elegant foyer to the beautiful bedrooms. You could have a wonderful holiday and never leave the hotel.
The food is as good as you would expect from a Taj hotel, though we found the Raintree Restaurant an expensive experience (there are another two you can choose from!). The staff very efficient and helpful. We gave our room number the first time, but after that we were recognised, even though they were busy.
The pool is a good size and glorious to swim and cool off in.
The hotel is fairly central but the roadworks for the new metro made any moving around Chennai a nightmare. We'll have to go back next year and see how things have improved!

Room Tip: ll the rooms are good, and the lift is there if you don't want to work of your dinner walking up...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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)
#13 Romantic Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#14 Spa Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#16 Family Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#17 Business Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#20 Luxury Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
Price Range: £81 - £406 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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