Suffers from a common Indian 5 star hotel problem: poor value for money and in need of an upgrade. This is compounded by the fact that it's the best beach resort anywhere near Chennai as it is, so little incentive to invest money.
Service is good, but common areas could do with an upgrade.
Same goes for the rooms, which are a little old (esp. bathrooms) and pretty damp.
If you want to be anywhere near the ocean, get a cottage, because the main building is quite far from the beach. Beware though that the beach is not used much: not groomed and often it is dangerous to swim. Most of the activity revolves around the grounds.
Grounds are lovely and the restaurants good (we particularly liked the one by the beach). Pool is one of the warmest I've ever been in (sun-baked and just over a meter deep).
It's a decent property if you are near Chennai and want some sun, or if you're there for an event (like us). Otherwise, I don't think I'd travel far for it.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Vivanta By Taj - Fisherman`s Cove, Chennai Hotel Chennai (Madras)