I stayed in a sea facing cottage at the outskirts of the resort. Unfortunately, it was very close to a mosque. And, since it was the end of the Ramadan, the prayers kept me awake during the night. The airco was quite noisy even when running in the lowest fan mode. Without having my earplugs with me it would have been impossible to get a good night of sleep.
The cottage itself is outdated and in need of urgent refurbishment, although still rather clean. The pictures on the website are very misleading.
Although staff in general was friendly, service was not up to the standards of a 5 star hotel. I have been to quite a lot of other 5 star hotels during the past 3 years in Chennai, so I am well placed to compare.
The first day, I got my tea after I finishing breakfast, never got a napkin, The second day I got a napkin which was really worn, ... The third day, there was a friendly girl at the reception of the Seagull restaurant, and apparently from then on, everything went much more smoothly.
Breakfast selection (for Europeans) is limited. Furniture (certainly the tables) in the Seagull restaurant are worn.
Since I was here on a business trip, I personally missed a desk in my room so could do some work (basic stuff in any other 5 star hotel).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vivanta by Taj - Fisherman's Cove, Chennai, built on the ramparts of an old Dutch fort, is now riding on a fresh new wave. Yet it remains the charming beach resort that's almost one with the Bay of Bengal. Where fun lovers return for good times. There's a nice new buzz however. In the renewed cottages and villas, the nouvelle restaurants, the high energy bar, and the spa where you'll go Ah! ... more less
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