I spent two weeks professionally travelling around India. GRT Grand Hotel definitely was the best of the several hotels I stayed at. Arguably, it is not very Indian but then, you can just look across the windows (my room was on the top floor) and behold the view of the city. Rooms are large, spotless, service is very friendly (albeit a bit - silently - pushing for tips), the buffet restaurant is nice and reasonably priced for such a hotel. Actually I liked Chennai, a hectic city during daytime, not really beautiful but enticing, paradoxically relaxing when compared with northern Indian cities. Yet the hotel's atmosphere is quite different from what you find in the surroundings and makes it a real haven to rest and work.