This hotel is small with only about 20 odd rooms that are situated very centrally in the upmarket Nungambakkam area of Chennai. The hotel is trendy and the rooms are well done with a 40" LCD TV and Apple TV thrown in to entice the guests. The rooms were clean and had a decent stock in the minibar.
One of the drawbacks was that this was on the ground floor and i couldnt keep my windows open or the bindfolds parted as this would in addition to being a safety hazard would also devoid you of any privacy. Also there was any natural lighting in the room on account of a wooden structure outside room 24. So as you can imagine the combination of lack of natural light and fresh air didnt allow you determine the time of day - with mornings and nights appearing the same. The complimentary internet though was a big plus.
The electrical switches were confusing to say the least and there was a specific button in the panel in the washroom, which one has to depress for the hot water. It was a hit and miss affair, wherein i would sometimes get hot water.
There is no swimming pool, no health centre, and except for Italia which is an italian joint very few options if you are a foodie. Italia though was a great experience and had some great italian fare on offer. Though once again nothing was available to eat after 11PM, as Italia would close.
So in a nutshell very trendy hotel, with a great restaurant count as the plusses for this hotel. Lack of natural lighting , and lack of anything available to eat after 11 made this tough for someone who was coming back late. One should patronise this place only for Lunches and Dinners.
I would recommend this hotel anyday over its big brother The Park, though for Rs 5000+ taxes there are other hotels available in Chennai which can offer you more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Park Pod is a 20 room boutique hotel located in the high street of Chennai’s fashion district - Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam. Designed by Vikram Phadke, this elegant contemporary hotel features a collection of individualistic spaces. A driveway studded with twinkling lights slips into a space dominated by floating lights & lots of lustrous glass. Enjoy a swim in the startling red mosaic-tiled lap pool while the Resident DJ plays lounge & house tracks. ... more less
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