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Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai
Ranked #17 of 397 Hotels in Chennai (Madras)
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newde lhi
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“luxury, comfort, hospitalty”
Reviewed March 23, 2014

i have stayed here a number of times and find this the best place to stay in Chennai.
beautiful property with lovely swimming pool and breakfast lounge !
buffet breakfast is one of the best you can find in the world , suitable to the liking of so many tastes of various nationalities ! in particular the bakery is great !

rooms are most charming and service most professional and personal care is taken by the house keeping of ur specific needs.

not to miss the Bar -" Distil " where u will be served in style and fun by the very accomplished bar tender ( s) !!

full marks to Vivanta by Taj , Connemara chennai

Room Tip: rooms in the new wing are better
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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gmovivanta, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai, responded to this review, April 26, 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from the Vivanta by Taj - Connemara!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to write a review on Tripadvisor further to your experience at the Connemara.

Its wonderful to note your very kind comments on the hotel product, its energized staff and some very interesting areas of the hotel such as the high energy bar, The Distil.

We greatly value your patronage and look forward to welcoming you back at the Vivanta by Taj - Connemara soon!

Kind Regards,

Samrat Datta
General Manager
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

my friends and I stayed there from December 2013 to early January 2014. So we spent New Years there.

The room is nice, shower is great and the place is fully functioning. The house keeping does a good job in cleaning the room all the time and making sure that our amenities are always complete.


Our breakfast was not that great though. I always get the generic potatoes (Wedges, Hashbrown etc) then egg. If you are eating that for more than 7 days, it gets a bit repetitive.
The staff was really helpful. The manager in the restaurant is really accommodating. They have an eat all you can which is good. (There are 2 restaurants and 1 bar if I remember correctly), both restaurants are okay but I like the food options better of the restaurant near the pool.

Room Tip: My room was in the far end of the 2nd floor. Its really quiet.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
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gmovivanta, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai, responded to this review, April 26, 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from the Vivanta by Taj - Connemara!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to write a review on Tripadvisor further to your experience at the Connemara.

We appreciate your overall impressions about the hotel while you stayed with us with friends over the New Year period. Our Chefs have taken note of your helpful comments on the repetitive aspect of some of the items on the breakfast menu. It will certainly go a long way in planning our cyclic menus and offers from the kitchen that are served at the guest's tables along with the buffets.

We greatly value your patronage and look forward to welcoming you back at the Vivanta by Taj - Connemara soon!

Kind Regards,

Samrat Datta
General Manager
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Reviewed March 14, 2014

lovely hotel with a very very good service! we loved and enjoyed staying at this hotel for 5 nights even though we did not really liked the city. the housekeeping was outstanding and made us feel really special.

  • Stayed April 2013
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bristol
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Reviewed March 14, 2014

We had a bright cheery welcome from the gentleman manning reception and even though we arrived at 2am there was still a welcome drink for us.

Our room on the 2nd floor overlooking the pool was a little dated but this didn't detract from our stay at all. It was a very large clean room with everything required to make a comfortable stay from the king sized bed to the double size shower which had a plentiful powerful supply of hot water.

We ate both at the pool during the day and the hotel restaurant buffet in the evening, we were very happy with all the food we ate here. There was an excellent selection for both vegetarian and meat eaters and the service was prompt and efficient.

The hotel was an oasis of calm in contrast to the frenetic experience of Chennai city.

Room Tip: Our room was overlooking the pool, it was very quiet and peaceful
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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lewes
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Reviewed March 10, 2014

5 Starr hotel with 2 star minds ,I wanted to show my 2 Indian friends the pool & breakfast room was refused even after asking them for a security guard to escort them round with me the answer NO !

This is Indian class system gone wrong ,they were smarter than me in dress code ,

the rest of the staff I have no problem ,

I will never stay in another Taj hotel from now on and shall be back in India from April 10th for another 3 weeks and have already books my hotels ,I had exchanged 2 email with then on this and they still have no answer for me as to why there refused my friend a view of this so called 5 star Hotel

a very disgruntle customer of Taj-Connemara Chennai

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

Stayed in Room 126 for three nights (February 1/3) after the flights from the West Coast. Found the hotel a perfect match for our needs. Centrally located, quiet---our large room overlooked plumeria and the walkway to Raintree. The bed was good and the bathroom neat and well laid-out.The breakfast buffet is very good with plenty of options both Indian and Western. Would definitely stay again.

Room Tip: Room 126 is in the older part of the hotel. Didn't check out the new wing.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

We spent only one night (actually half a night) in this nice place which is like an oasis in the big city of Chennai. Its central location, its perfect service (even 0300am with tired kids and parents) and its charm are remarkable. We especially like the breakfast and the pool area.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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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)
#15 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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