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“An oasis with some rough edges”

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Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai
Ranked #16 of 394 Hotels in Chennai (Madras)
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“An oasis with some rough edges”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

When you walk into the Taj, impressions are at first very good. Nice marble, a warm welcome, nice Art Deco design and some of the best rooms we've seen in India at this price bracket. It also makes a nice sanctuary from the chaos of Chennai beyond the front door. The pool is a lovely oasis, with fluffy towels and flowers left for the guests, and a little trolley of water and papers for those lounging around. The reception staff were also very welcoming (although sometimes a little overpoweringly so.)

Negative points? Unfortunately there are some. The food is outrageously overpriced. Okay there is a nice setting by the pool but, for the quality, this was a very expensive meal which ruined the experience. We ate out after the first night. However if you do not want to venture into Chennai it is very convenient to have the restaurant in the hotel. Second, WiFi really should be free in this chain and for the price paid. Other hotels manage it so why can't the Taj? The hourly rate is approximately 4 times the price of services providers elsewhere. Again it appears the Taj is making money out of convenience. Final point. We needed a taxi to Mamallapuram. The Travel Desk calmly quoted 8,500 Rs/-. I said no way and booked an equally good taxi from the India Tourist office (just up the road) for 1,800 Rs/-. As we were checking out, we heard an American guy arguing at the travel desk over the cost of a 4 hour trip he'd been on booked through the Taj Travel Desk. Just be wary of the charges for extras at this hotel.

Otherwise a delighful place to end up in. The only question left is, why bother going to Chennai at all? I would not recommend it if you are travelling around India for a holiday.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

welcome 2 d old charm of chennai city and deep dive in history and heritage... excellent services and ever smiling helpful staff.... definitely try d local dishes... der r amazin.... rooms r well done... however d access 2 rooms frm main lobbey is a maze... yet a good hotel 2 visit... esp for business tours...

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

Probably the best the city can offer, though they are newer properties, this is an iconic hotel, full of history, heritage, even though a century has elapsed in excellent condition, great hospitality, service and staff in keeping with the TAJ (TATA) Culture, a place not to be missed

Room Tip: ask for the rooms in the heritage wing, more expensive than the others, but worth every penny
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

Well appointed property in the heart of the city. Nice rooms and very courteous staff. The buffet food (breakfast and dinner) could be better. The Japanese restaurant is nice, the bar was good too. Although the restaurants open a bit late than one would like.

Room Tip: Their bigger rooms are great - try and get a good deal and take those rooms
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

Had the opportunity to stay at Connemara...as always with Taj - excellent service, courteous staff, and good breakfast....the plumbing needs some improvement though as one of the wash basins got choked...
Apart from that, had a good experience

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

I was delighted to experience the personal touch and attention demonstrated by the staff at Taj . A special mention to bhaskaran from verandah to have taken such wonderful care of us . The staff understand varied needs of the customers n responds in a manner that is truly satisfying n delighting ... A hotel must go .. Must c .. Must try !

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the TAJ - CONNEMARA for 4 nights over the xmas period. The personal touch and attention to detail could not be faulted.
Our room was spotless, the staff were both friendly and professional, the food was appetising.
Value for money. Smiling faces.
What more does a person need ?.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai
Address: Binny Road, Chennai (Madras) 600002, India
Location: India > Tamil Nadu > Chennai District > Chennai (Madras) > Nungambakkam
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 Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#11 Spa Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#13 Romantic Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#14 Luxury Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#16 Family Hotel in Chennai (Madras)
#17 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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