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“Vintage hotel at the center of the city” 4 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)
Kochi (Cochin), India
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58 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Vintage hotel at the center of the city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

In line with most of the Taj properties, this hotel is one of the best in Chennai. Located at the center of the city. I heard that it is one of the oldest hotels in Chennai. You can see that old charm every where. The rooms are spacious with all amenities. Service is as per the standards of the Taj group.
Food is a bit of disappointment. (the reason may be that, i had food from the buffet for the meeting where the spread will always be compromised for the cost). I can understand that the choice will be limited, but the taste is not what was expected from Taj.
Other than food, there is nothing much to complain. The property has an excellent pool. The fitness center may need some up gradation in terms of space and equipment.
Only complaint is about the receptionist. I was offered the Taj inner circle membership when i stayed at another property 4 months back. I gave the number to him while checking in and requested him to check whether the membership is activated. I reminded the reception during my stay also. But while checking out, i was told that they couldnt contact the member relationship team. It has been three months now and till date i have not got any communication.

Room Tip: Go for their green rooms (dont remember the exact name), which have less carbon foot print
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

I stayed here for 7 days and this hotel superseded my expectations more then words can say. Whatever you need they provide and the pool service is outstanding ! I loved the Hip Asia restaurant menu as it was diverse and delicious. Upon check out I left 2 gold rings and they were immediately brought to me by Benjali, the bellman helping me. AMAZING !

Room Tip: I love the heritage rooms that open up to the pool they are huge. But stay closer to the spa then t...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Copenhagen
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70 hotel reviews
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Service is front and center at the Vivanta by Taj - Connemara in Chennai. I stayed one day at this marvelous 170 year old heritage hotel.

Apart from spacy rooms, colonial atmosphere and splendid service, here are some of the pro's and con's;

Pro's:
- large rooms
- personalized service (see luggage tag photo)
- wonderful pool area with great service
- great service from front desk to pool attendants
- plentiful breakfast buffet
- internet is fast and works throughout the property
- video telephone allows you to see who is knocking on your door - nice touch!

Con's:
- bathrooms are old. It is not really a huge problem, but would be a nice touch if they were given an upgrade/overhaul
- room 208 faces the street, and hence there is a bit of noise, but turn up the TV or radio and you won't even hear it

All together; I am glad I chose to test this hotel, and will surely come back to stay here again.

Room Tip: Take time out to explore the property, the many restaurants, the spa, gym and - do not forget - to s...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

We came back to stay at this hotel after a gap of a couple of years. We still love the old world charm of this property. Yes, it needs a makeover and it looks a little run down but it still speaks to you.

The reason we still love this hotel is the staff and the wonderful way they keep it clean and spotless. We love walking in the small garden area and around the pool area. We love the great spread at breakfast and the variety of food to choose from at lunch and dinner.

Room Tip: Choose rooms that overlook the pool or the garden, especially rooms in which you can look at the glo...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

What a fantastic place to stay. The whole ambience is one of history. The staff are, as is usual in Taj properties, so good. Being met by the accommodation manager on arrival is an example of the style that is evident here. The rooms are really atmospheric and stylish with a feeling of history. The bathroom is clean, well equipped and well laid out. A very good meal at lunch time - just what was needed after travelling and our evening function was well supported with a good room and very good catering by helpful efficient staff.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

I have always loved Taj hotels and each time i visit them they have always exceed the expectations. The superior rooms are big and spacious(try the city facing). The buffet breakfast has a wide spread varieties from continental to authentic south Indian. The filter coffee that was served in the morning breakfast buffet was just amazing. Also, the staff are so courteous and well mannered. Please don't forget to take a closer look at the property to know the history of Connemara.

Complimentary fruits every day, choice of pillows, fantastic in-room dining experience, free juices at the pool, unlimited hospitality and much more......

Also, don't forget to visit the newly opened "RainTree" restaurant which is an authentic chettinad. (See pic attached of the restaurant).

As usual while returning back my daughter wanted to know when is the next time that we are going to explore another taj property :).

Room Tip: Rooms with the city view are fantastic. Dont forget to try the authentic chettinad restaurant raint...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Dibrugarh, India
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

If you love Heritage properties and going to Chennai, this is a place to stay. I had read mixed reviews on TripAdvisor about this property. But then when you are staying in a heritage property, some things you have to overlook. May be the elevator is old and bit noisy, paint peeling out of the walls in some areas due to water soaking but then the staff is really good and helpful. The rooms are nice and really huge. You do not get rooms like that in other 5 star hotels anymore. The room we stayed in was like a suite. The food is good in both the restaurants we tried here. The pool is nice. Would love to go back and stay again.

  • Stayed September 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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:
#12 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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