Chennai is often known as the gateway to South India and garners more international traffic than any other city in the country, excluding the capital Delhi and financial centre Mumbai. This has meant hospitality is one industry that has historically thrived in Chennai, with the area being home to some of the best hotels not just in the region, but all across the country.
Located just south of Chennai along the scenic East Coast Road in Kovalam, the Fisherman’s Cove is one of the best-known seaside hotels in the country. Featuring picturesque views of the Bay of Bengal, the property has made a name for itself in terms of regional and seafood cuisine and boasts some of the best restaurants, bars and cafes in the city, such as Bayview, Seagull, and Upper Deck. More of a seaside resort than a hotel, the Fisherman’s Cove has a number of great stay options including cottages and villas with a sea view.
The Leela Palace is one of the most luxurious hotels in the city and is located in the centre of Adyar‘s picturesque and posh MRC Nagar area, which is flanked on both sides by the Adyar River. The Leela Palace’s greatest asset is its green backdrop with the Adyar estuary making for most of its surroundings. With a total of 326 rooms, most of which feature exquisite sea views and views of the Adyar Seaface, the hotel is also one of the largest in the city. It is also home to some great options for eats and drinks such as the Library Blu, Jamavar, and Spectra.
This Taj property located in the centre of the city in Nungambakkam is one of Chennai’s most famous business hotels. With several luxuriously-designed and spacious conference halls, auditoriums and event venues, the Taj Coromandel is a preferred destination for most of Chennai’s biggest business events, meetings, and retreats. Popular for its exquisite buffet and luxury suites, the hotel has the unique distinction of being one of the oldest in Chennai and was first opened in 1974.
One of the most-awarded hotels in Chennai, the ITC Grand Chola is a modern architectural marvel and features the best in luxury. The hotel was opened in the year 2010 and constructed as a tribute to the ancient temple architecture of Tamil Nadu. Covering an area of 1.6 million sq feet, the hotel was the biggest in the country at the time of its construction. It’s best-known for its massive pillar-less ballroom and also for its green features. The hotel draws all of its power requirements through renewable methods and is also one of the few in the world with a functional windmill located inside the hotel premises.
The Park Hyatt in Chennai’s Guindy area may not be the most striking hotel when it comes to optics, however, in terms of luxury, there are few that can match up to this fairly new property in the city. The hotel has repeatedly been awarded for its luxury features and is also known for its business-friendly features. Named the Best New Hotel in the Country, in its opening year 2013, the Park Hyatt features an 8,000-sq-feet banquet hall and is also home to The Flying Elephant, one of the largest restaurants in the city that spreads across three floors and features six open show kitchens.
When it comes to accessibility and connectivity, there are few properties in Chennai that can match up to The Park. Overlooking the Mount Road Gemini Circle, which is often considered the de facto geographical centre of the city, the hotel is best-known for being a great party destination and is home to Pasha, one of the most-popular nightclubs in the city that counts celebrities and who’s who of Chennai among its regulars. The five-star deluxe hotel stands where the iconic Gemini Studios was once located and features a total of 214 rooms, with 31 luxury rooms, six deluxe studios and a presidential suite.
The Hyatt Regency hotel has become one of Chennai’s best-known landmarks in just a few years, primary since it is located right along the arterial Mount Road (Anna Salai) in the commercial district of Teynampet. The hotel features a modern design and is spread across 18 floors, towering at a height of 71 m. The five-star luxury hotel has nearly 325 rooms and even boasts a medium-sized shopping complex within its premises, known as the Ramee Mall. The hotel’s exterior was extensively damaged during by Vardah cyclone in 2016, but repairs are currently on to restore it to its original design.
This luxury property by Westin is located in the fast-developing locality of Velachery and is one of the closest five-star hotels to Chennai Airport. The 10-storeyed structure features a total of 215 rooms and boasts two pillar-less ballrooms, a business centre and a dozen break-out rooms. Inaugurated in 2013, the hotel has quickly become a preferred destination for business travellers in the city thanks to its proximity to commercial centres such as Guindy, OMR and Velachery.
One of the best-looking hotels in the city, Hilton Chennai features a design reminiscent of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture and is located along the arterial Jawaharlal Nehru Road that connects the city’s south and western parts. Flanked by industrial and IT hubs such as the TVK Industrial Estate and Olympia Tech Park, this five-star luxury hotel is a preferred destination for business and luxury travellers. It features a total of 204 rooms, a state-of-the-art boardroom, two meeting rooms, and a divisible 4,800 sq ft ballroom.
One of the two Raintree properties in the city, the Raintree Anna Salai five-star hotel is located on the arterial Mount Road (Anna Salai) and is best-known for its multiple eat and drink options. The hotel features a total of 230 rooms, 13 suites, a presidential suite, and over 12,000 sq ft of banqueting space. The hotel is home to some well-known food and beverage options in the city including Kitchen, a multi-cuisine restaurant, Madras, which specialises in South Indian cuisine and Madera, a luxury lounge bar. It is also home to Up North, one of Chennai’s most-popular rooftop restaurants.