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Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai
Ranked #17 of 397 Hotels in Chennai (Madras)
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“Great value in center of Chennai”
Reviewed 16 December 2013

I stayed 3 nights at this hotel arriving very early a.m. Reception was great and the room was extremely comfortable. Wonderful large swimming pool which is a nice relief from the heat and dirt of Chennai. The breakfast at Verandah is enormous and I tried two of the other restaurants for dinner, both great. (Hip Asia has a variety of choices from Thai to Vietnamese and Raintree is a great introduction to south Indian cuisine). The staff was wonderful throughout the hotel. The desk clerk even offered to set up an appointment for a massage at the neighboring Taj Club House hotel when the in-hotel spa was booked. He even offered to take me across the street himself if I was nervous about walking on my own. This is a historic old hotel (totally renovated) and make sure to look at the wonderful photos from the 1930s displayed all around the hotel. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

My wife and I stayed two nights at this hotel in December 2013. The check in was smooth and the room very comfortable and elegantly decorated. However, the telephone was not working and it took many reminders to get it fixed. The front office staff was also cold and curt.

However, this was more than amply made up by the excellent support we received from Mr Gajanan Borde who seemed responsible for our wing. He volunteered to get an alteration of one of our clothing just purchased when we asked him for a needle/thread so that we could do it. He organised for the phone to be fixed, the complimentary basket of fruits to be provided. He made the visit worthwhile and his pleasant smile will always remain with us.

The room was well equipped with all facilities.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

I am a Silver member of Taj Group. I was in MAA for a trade roadshow and stayed in Taj Connemara in Sep 2013. The rooms very very nice and the breakfast was simply superb. It is not crowded and the staff are very friendly. I would totally recommend this property for stay in MAA.

Room Tip: Pool side rooms are well appointed
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 14 December 2013

Overnight stay during a business trip. One of the first things i heard was that it is over 150 years old and that does mean something. Also found out that some people frequented chennai and choose to stay only at the this hotel. Relaxed setting, lots of families around, great food both at dinner and at breakfast. Value for money. Nice swimming pool and attentive hotel staff.

Room Tip: All rooms are great.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Forres, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 December 2013

My wife and I spent the final few days of a tour of Southern India here. Although it was not yet our wedding anniversary, the hotel had made us a special cake which was left in our enormous upgraded room to welcome us to Chennai. It was a good start which just got better. The food in this hotel was excellent and the staff were very friendly and helpful. With a few days sightseeing to do, it was always good to return to this haven of peace in the middle of a bustling city.
The pool looked great although we never found time to use it. Maybe next time?

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 December 2013

I stayed here for 3 nights during a convention at Chennai. It was an extremely pleasant and comfortable stay. Taj hospitality is unmistakable. The hotel has an ethnic old world charm and yet very modern. The rooms a very spacious with a work area spaced out overlooking the swimming pool. I really liked this concept. Unlike other hotels where the work area is facing a wall, this was a very different concept. The room had a five wing fan with an old world charm (you may not need to use it because of the excellent AC system). The layout of the room is also superior than the modern standard layout of the rooms.

The toiletries were very good quality, and the bathroom very spacious and excellent. Bath tub + shower cubicle. Spencer Mall is adjacent so some shopping is always possible even if you return late from work, though the mall is pretty ordinary, rather an inferior one.

The food is excellent, and the best part is the desserts. Complimentary Breakfast has lot of options and of very good quality. Chicken and Fish preparation are also very good.

Overall, my stay here was extremely good and I strongly recommend a stay at this hotel.

Room Tip: Room overlooking the swimming pools can give you a pleasant working table.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 9 December 2013

As a business traveler, I have been spending time between 7/8 pm till 8/9 am in hotel rooms. Typically I land up sleeping in a room.
Vivanta Chennai is now my regular and favorite place for stay in Chennai. The hotel staff somehow manages to guess my preferences and I keep on staying in rooms that have not only great view but is comfortable.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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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 Romantic Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#15 Luxury 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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