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Aloft Chennai, OMR - IT Expressway
Ranked #51 of 395 Hotels in Chennai (Madras)
Certificate of Excellence
Bournemouth
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58 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Good Value for Money, but you wouldnt want to stay for long”
Reviewed September 5, 2011

As per the heading this hotel represent excellent value for money for the business user, although probably too far out of town for a holiday. If you are staying for a week or less then I would recommend, although you will need to find somewhere else to eat, any longer than that and I would look elsewhere

The good points:
- New clean and modern hotel
- Rooms are spacious and clean
- Good bathroom
- Gym, pool and Spa are all good, the Spa in particular is good value for money
- Bed is exceptionally comfortable

The not so good points
- Location is right on a busy crossroads and main road so is very noisy at times
- The food is quite frankly awful, poor selection and not hot (temp not spice)
- Room service (if you must have it) is very slow, over an hour even for a sandwhich
- The bar closes at 22:30, seems ridiculously early even by Indian standards

Room Tip: Ask for a room high and towards the back of the hotel as a lot quieter
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2011

I stayed at the Aloft Chennai with my spouse during August 2011 for 3 days (for a business conference and meeting) . The hotel is extremely well done and qualifies for classification as a full-service luxury hotel.

The entry lounge is grand. The interiors of the rooms are tastefully done and the bathrooms are well appointed (with a glass partition). The breakfast spread was lavish and offered much more than a traditional south Indian meal - something that most business travelers tire out of after a couple of days in Chennai.

It is slightly far from the city center (though a 20-30 min drive is all that it takes) but well located for the IT industry.

Recommended for a business or even pleasure trip if you intend to visit Mamallapuram or Puducherry.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
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Amman, Jordan
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33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed August 26, 2011

The hotel interior design is interesting and unusual, service is good and staff are friendly, rooms are contemporary, clean and comfortable.

But if you are looking for a variety of restaurants or a big pool, you will not find it here.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed July 19, 2011

Really enjoyed this fairly new Hotel opened about a year old.
The new concept Hotel part of The W Hotel group(Starwood).Room was spacious excellent bed comfort. Free wifi was great added value.

Restaurant choice was buffet or A La Carte the selection offered in the buffet was very impresive.
Prebooked with breakfast is better value room rate .
Bliss Spa menu was excellent

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
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NY, NY
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32 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed July 17, 2011

I have stayed at this hotel for a week on business travel. This hotel is definitely a great hotel. Good service, overall cleanliness, clean sheets, really hot water, good water pressure, and comfy beds. The rooms are New York style small hotel rooms, if you could survive in them on an extended stay, you will not be shocked staying in this hotel.

Pros:
Nice speedy internet that does not require you to extensively reconfigure your computer to use.
Courteous room staff.
Consistent room cleanliness.
Minimal power outages.
Many English language channels on TV.
Decent room service food.
The gym and pool are clean & inviting.
Nice Flat screen TV.

Cons:
Someone must hold a grudge against Kingfisher Strong beer in the kitchen/bar. They are either consistently out of it, or you need to plead with staff to stash a couple in the ice cooler to get them cold when they are available.
Weekend staff does not look at the "do not ring" light outside the door and will ring you starting at 7 am for cleaning service. remember to put the "aSleep" sign on the door.
If you need the hotel car to take you to a location, get to the lobby by 8:30 am minimum as cars may be at a premium.
Make sure you have the destination address readily available for reading by the car dispatcher, otherwise the dispatcher will not say "I do not know where that is", he will just use his best guess of what he thinks you mean, sending you off on an adventure.
Hotel restaurant buffet is not worth the money, the food selection is depressing, salads look sad, hot entrees are lukewarm, the desserts are not tasty, and room wait staff can be timed with a calendar acting on any request. Go with the room service, but be advised if you order drinks, food and dessert, you will get 3 separate bills to sign since they don't believe in combining cost centers for billing.
They have a multiple input multmedia interface in the room for hooking up your computer, iPod, or other electronic device to it and view and hear the content on the flat screen TV. Too bad there are no instructions on how to use it. They also say there are cables available at the desk for loan to hook your device up to it, but they treat you like a potential criminal when you ask to borrow them.
Flat screen TV is not hooked up to HD signal, so you get blurry, mono TV signal on a gorgeous screen in mono.

If they just fix these rather minor problems, i would rate them truly excellent.

Room Tip: Pick the side next to the construction. The low lying side near the side street has a lot of traffic...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
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Chennai
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed June 3, 2011

Used SPG points to stay for a night with family. Pleasant experience love to be back. But pay more attention while checking out. I was charged Rs.2000 extra and had to take up the matter with SPG. I was refunded back soon.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed June 3, 2011

Aloft Chennai is very close to most the IT Ofiices in chennai, just a 2-3 KM radius you will find most of the company, if your customer/office is in Siruseri even then you can manage withing 5km. I used stay in other hotels in chennai but this i found very best Hotel. Put all your accomdation worries to front desk they will manage and help you accordingly this is my experience, hotel also has the inhouse travell desk which make so not to worry about going out in hot Sun and search for a cab, the transport rates are very economic, I think Aloft is one of the best hotel on OMR road. Please do stay and experience the difference and enjoy the W hotels treatment.
I am planning to reserve the room at Aloft for my next stay once i get the confirmation of my schedule.
Thanks to Aloft.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Aloft Chennai, OMR - IT Expressway
Address: 102, Rajiv Gandhi Salai, Shollinganallur | Omr IT Expressway, Chennai (Madras) 600 119, India
Location: India > Tamil Nadu > Chennai District > Chennai (Madras)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#29 Spa Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#39 Business Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#40 Luxury Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Aloft Chennai, OMR - IT Expressway 4*
Number of rooms: 129
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For the traveler open to possibilities, Aloft Chennai OMR IT Expressway is a modern, fresh and fun destination. It is a hotel that celebrates the individual and gives you freedom to control and customize your travel adventure to fit your personal style. With a loft like design, it is a place where walls have been knocked down to create a space that is open in design and open to possibilities. A place where energy flows, personalities mingle, and opportunities abound. A place where anything can happen. Conveniently located in close proximity to the city's many IT/ITES companies, tech trade, airport and city sites, this bold new lodging will inspire you to discover more. ... more   less 
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