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“HERITAGE, BANG IN THE MIDDLE OF CHENNAI”

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Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai
Ranked #29 of 437 Hotels in Chennai (Madras)
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 May 2014

A Very Nice Heritage Hotel. This was the II Heritage Hotel that I had ever stayed till now. Not so big but cute. All the Antiques (statues et al) placed everywhere including inside the rooms, the Paintings, the old photoes were all a delight in seeing (& reading). The Surroundings & the Pool are quite pleasant where you can enjoy walking around seeing many more temple ruins etc., placed here & there. Service was quite good and the food was good in all the restaurants. The Meeting of the Rotary Club, Chennai happening here every week (Tuesday) since MORE THAN 85 Years ! REALLY GREAT. Love to Stay here whenever possible.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled on business
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gmovivanta, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2014

Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj - Connemara!

I had the utmost joy in reading your review of our hotel written on tripadvisor. Thank you so very much for appreciating the heritage aspect of the hotel; preserving which is one of our utmost responsibilities in the hotel to be able to offer it as a place with traditional values and modern amenities.

You have summed up the various bits of the hotel from its antiques to the paintings and artifacts in a very delightful manner. Do look up on us on your subsequent trips to Chennai and it will be a pleasure to have you with us again!

Kind regards,

Samrat Datta
General Manager

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

The hotel is one of the oldest hotels in chennai, the architecture is simply amazing and the hotel is so calm and serene though in the midst of a buzzing city. The Coffee shop-Verandha serves a good spread, buffet breakfast and a good variety in lunch and dinner. The rooms are spacious, though the bathroom fitings are a trifle old, the bath tub small. The room service is very cordial and the staff are very very cooperative and courteous. All in all, a pleasant place to stay,

Room Tip: The top floor rooms are quiet and nice.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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gmovivanta, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2014

Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai!

It was very heartwarming to read your detailed review and compliments for the overall hotel experiences. Thank you very much for the same and it certainly makes us feel rewarded.

Detailed observations from discerning guests as you always help us go the extra mile in closing the gaps that stand in way of delivering flawless experiences. We take note of your comments on certain ageing aspects of the hotel's product. I would like to assure you that we are indeed in the process of continual up-gradations throughout the year and the guest rooms are very much on our to-do list in the year ahead.

Look forward to welcoming you back!

Kind Regards,

Samrat Datta
General Manager

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

Nice to see a heritage hotel changing to a vibrant Vivanta brand.People were young and fresh. Enthusiasm of staff could be well seen.But somehow I felt they were trying too hard for changing their heritage to Vivanta. What I felt the hotel is a bit expensive compare to other city business class. Rest I am in love with the location.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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gmovivanta, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2014

Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj, Connemara - Chennai!

We thank you for your very kind comments on the hotel, its staff and its services on Tripadvisor. Your observations definitely make us feel rewarded and inspire us to do better and better each time.

Yes, Vivanta is a youthful brand and it makes our task very interesting to offer the same in a business hotel with old world settings. Its our endeavor to deliver in a "Vintage - Cool" format which is the theme of our services and I am sure you have enjoyed the same.

Thank you once again and we look forward to welcoming you back!

Kind Regards,

Samrat Datta
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

I happen to visit Taj Connemara - Vivanta property near Egmore in Chennai for a business exhibition hosted by the jewellers association of India and one of our key partners were hosting the event. The property by itself is so small with just a little lobby, the reception is pretty small, the parking space minuscule. The exhibition was arranged in a hall and the restaurant was nearby. I had a few drinks at the dark and shady kind of the bar for which they charged us 1K cover charge.
The staff through were quite courteous.
Overall, an Ok property but never gives you the feeling of Taj hotes, where you would automatically say, WAH TAJ....

Room Tip: Good for a visit only...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled on business
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gmovivanta, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2014

Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai!

We thank you for your recent feedback on Tripadvisor on the overall stay experience you had during your last stay with us. We have taken a note of your observations on the property, its size, layout, staff services and various food and beverage outlets. Its constructive comments from our guests which always help us go the extra mile in aligning to guest expectations all the time.

We are however disappointed to hear about certain of your experiences, particularly at the bar and in order to understand the specifics better, would prefer to have your direct contact so that we can converse further on this subject.

Kindly accept our apologies for any inconveniences. Look forward to being in touch,

Kind Regards,

Samrat Datta
General Manager
samrat.datta@tajhotels.com

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Reviewed 21 May 2014

Built in 1854 as the first hotel in Chennai, it has passed the years evolving into a five star Taj property. The building retained it's elegant facade through these years but has added the class and elegance that Taj is known for. From the magnificent lobby to the hideaway swimming pool. It is a delight to walk through the Connemara. The staff is amazing and very in tune with making each guest feel like a royal. I stayed in their pool side suite and it was an exceptional experience. The food was excellent as you knew it would be when you ordered. I will return to Chennai and this is the only place I will stay. It is truly a beautiful place.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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gmovivanta, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2014

Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai!

We take this opportunity to thank you for your valuable time spent in writing a review about our hotel on Tripadvisor.

We are glad to know that you have enjoyed your stay and your overall impressions about the property's heritage, layout, food etc have charmed you. We thank you for your kind words and look forward to having you with us again.

Kind Regards,

Samrat Datta
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

I have stayed here before and this time as well I was not disappointed. My room was comfortable and clean and service was immaculate. I was a bit disappointed with the room service food quality but the Buffet downstairs more than made up for it. The swimming pool is gorgeous but the spa is undergoing renovations currently. I just wish the reception lobby had more warmth in terms of decor. Will be back next year.

Room Tip: All rooms are nice.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

great hotel with 3 good restaurants; decor was good; room was spacious, bed was big and comfy; bathroom was great with both shower and bathtub; toilettries and complimentary bottled water was sufficient; tv channels was enough; complimentary newspaper everyday; internet was available at a cost; there was a swimming pool that looked good; breakfast had plenty of choice; food was good although mainly indian. a great experience overall.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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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)
#9 Family Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#13 Romantic Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#17 Business Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#18 Spa Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#27 Luxury Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
Price Range: £77 - £387 (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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