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“Wonderful pool for lounging in the afternoon sun!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai

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Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Binny Road, Chennai (Madras) 600002, India   |  
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Ranked #23 of 338 Hotels in Chennai (Madras)
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“Wonderful pool for lounging in the afternoon sun!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

When we lived in Madras from 1977-83, the pool at the Connemara Hotel is where I learnt how to swim. So it has a vey special place in my heart. The poolside is also this hotels biggest asset. Set in a secluded colonial garden, sitting by the pool and reading in the late afternoon sun is magnificent. So is the dining in the restaurant by the poolside, which is charming with great food.

The hotel per se is a little bit dated. The style is a mix between art deco and colonial. We had a big suite on the ground floor, opening onto the pool, and it was fantastic albeit not entirely functional. The design incorporated a lot of smaller rooms/nooks within the suite that were somewhat a waste of space.

I have to say though, that the service was exceptional. Very attentive and welcoming.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

Another Taj hotel that it is impossible to fault. The food here is really good, the service, the staff, meet and greet, Taj have everything absolutely right. WHen you enter the hotel, you feel like visiting royalty. The rooms are a joy to walk into, the pool area was spotless, the pool attendants were never obvious until you maybe wanted to move the lounger out of the sun, and they were there to help immediately. Room service, bell boys, everything superb. I see someone else has said, the whole atmosphere is that of serene and calming, despite being in the middle of Chennai.

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the pool,
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

Taj Connemara is a beautiful jewel in the midst of a busy locality in Chennai. The rooms are Victorian (and I mean it as a compliment) and the restaurant overlooking the pool is beautiful, it has serene and calming effect on you and the pool is very nice. This property has a stamp and character of the tasteful leadership which is required to keep up such an old heritage property.

I had a very bad experience at the airport with the pickup (and I guess this is outsourced by Taj).

I was checking out on the third day and I encountered this gentleman, smartly dressed, polite. He insisted that he escorts me to the cashier and took my bag from me; he was very warm and had a childlike, pristine enthusiasm. He wanted to know how my stay was at the Connemara, very proud of his property; he led me into sharing with him my experience at the airport. He heard me out very patiently and I thought was very hurt that such an incident had happened; where here he was trying his best to make each guest comfortable at the Connemara. This gentleman happens to be the General Manager of The Connemara, Mr. Vijay Shrikent.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

The last hotel on our tour of Southern India so we only had one night to sleep here as we left at midnight on the second night. We were given a room on the ground floor at the very end of a corridor and while it was large and quite comfortable there was only one small window in the corner which looked out on a dark hole so no natural light. If we had been staying longer we would have asked for a room change. Huge walk-in shower but this became very slippery in use which could be dangerous for anyone on their own in the room. Back of the bathroom door was very grubby.

Reception area has very little seating and there are lots of mosquitoes - we also spotted one dead cockroach in the corridor. Pool area looked lovely but as it's enclosed by buildings it's very hot with no airflow.

Food was good but service was very slow on our first night - they said there was a wedding party in the hotel so there was a shortage of staff in the restaurant. However we had our farewell dinner on the second night and there was no improvement. We were told one glass of wine was included but wineglasses varied in size from very large to very small which caused some complaints. Coffee service was haphazard and some gave up waiting as we wanted to get to our rooms to rest and finish packing before our journey home.

Not what we expected and would not have wanted to stay longer.

Room Tip: Try to avoid rooms on the ground floor as they have very little natural light
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

After staying in several Taj properties in India I've come to realize that if the hotel has another designation in addition to "Taj" (in this case, Vivanta by Taj) it is not going to be up to the amazing standards of the flagship properties. That said, the Connemara is a very nice, centrally located, Chennai hotel (far better than the Sheraton Park Towers where I have also stayed). The historic but renovated hotel has very large rooms with sitting and study area (at least the one I stayed in) and they are very quiet. I had one overlooking the swimming pool which is lovely. My only complaints with the room were that some elements were a little tatty (bathroom fixtures, bed linens) but they could be overlooked. The service is impeccable, perhaps even a little too attentive. Overall I'd recommend this hotel to others.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

had a comfortable and enjoyable stay on 29 jan 2012. the staff is courteous polite & prompt in meeting requests . a hotel with good ambience located in almost center of the city and yet quite and noise free.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

Stayed for 2 nights with tour group in Jan '12. - Luxurious hotel; rigorous, airpot-style security on entry; room very spacious and well equipped; extensive facilities that we had no time to use. Food: good variety, but a few issues with service. Hotel has an issue with mosquitos - our room was equipped with mains insecticides.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai

Address: Binny Road, Chennai (Madras) 600002, India
Location: India > Tamil Nadu > Chennai (Madras)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Family Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#14 Spa Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#16 Romantic Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#19 Luxury Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#20 Business Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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