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New Woodlands Hotel
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

This is one of the oldest hotels in town and clearly has the monopoly on the market among the Chennai middle class (the hotel has facilities for weddings and functions) and others who come for the music events that happen close to the hotel. The hotel is sadly neglected and the rooms and bathrooms are ill designed and run down. The internet connection is terrible logging one off regularly. The staff were nice but with these limitations there isn't much they could do. This is the second time I stayed there. The first time was in 2009 for one night. In Dec 2013 it was three nights. Both times I was there because it was the hotel chosen by the event organizers. So maybe I am the wrong audience for this hotel. The best part of staying at the hotel was seeing the amazing flying foxes (big bats) that were roosting in the big tree in one corner of the big lawn.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Bombaceae
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

New Woodlands is big and institutional -- indeed, you could call it bureaucratic and impersonal. But it delivers exactly what it promises. Its extensive facilities are scrupulously maintained and utterly clean. The bustling restaurants serve tasty food. They pretty much nail the 3-star-hotel category,

Part of the New Woodlands brand is a certain cultural conservatism, so in addition to being vegetarian there's no alcohol served. If you feel like a drink the next-door Hotel Savera has a few options, and the My Fortune, a few blocks West on Cathedral Road, offers a pleasant bar.

Room Tip: The old wing has big suites and an elevator. The new wing has smaller, slightly spiffier rooms, although the bathroom doors are only 5 1/2 feet tall. It has no elevator of its own and is linked to the old wing by awkward stairs and ramps. So if you have any mobility difficulties the old wing is the way to go, and in general I think it's preferable; rooms on the East side of that wing are especially quiet.
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Thank chienandalou
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

Visited this Hotel Couple of times and nothing really seem to change here in this Place.Its become a bit Pricey as time goes by but infrastructure wise nothing is changed.
Its Pros Restaurant serves some pretty good Vegetarian Food.And it is the only Lodging facility that i visited which has a temple inside.
Its small things like this that make you feel OK in-spite of lot of Odds.
Good service at the restaurant and front office.
Its Cons are old rooms,old and not so comfy small sized Bed.not so good Room Service,Bellboys in particular they are just concerned with what tip you give away.

Its ok for a overnight stay.I come here to this Hotel only to attend visa Interview,since it is close by and my company books it for me. :(

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled on business
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Thank JeevanHT
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

i have stayed at the woodlands at least 30 times over the years, especially between 2004 and 2007, when i spent many days there. i just went back there in dec 2013, and it is still almost exactly the same -- convenient for the sangeeta sabhas during the chennai music season, not far from the us consulate. aggressively vegetarian (which i find quaint but like). however, since my last visit about 3 years ago, i found the prices had gone up quite a bit, both for the food (very good food, by the way) and for the hotel rooms themselves (about 3500 for d/o which i thought a bit steep for what the place offers). the place has probably not changed at all in 50 years, so it has a sort of old-world charm, what with a temple on the premises. i stayed for just one night and found it reasonably comfortable, sort of like visiting with a strict and fussy old aunt.

Room Tip: the cottages are a better deal than the rooms
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank malabarcoast
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Reviewed 24 December 2013

I have strayed here three times over the past 20 years. It is amazing how it remains the same over such a long time. Nothing has changed. Good food. Old style lodge look. Large rooms. Do not expect the frills of the modern hotels. South Indians and especially Tamilians will find it very comfortable. Others I am not too sure. Located close to Mylapore, the traditional happening place and close to Kabaleeswarar Temple.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled on business
Thank Subramanian V
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