If you are in Madras, (or Chennai... whoever gave the city this horrible new name), then no need to look any further. This place has it all...brand spanking new, excellent and well trained staff, beautiful decor in the traditional style, great food, excellent amenities and spacious and luxurious rooms. You will not be left wanting for good service. The concierge who collected my luggage from the taxi had read the label on my bags and greeted me by my name. The front office lady who saw me off was genuinely interested in my views about the hotel. The rooms have an added touch of a walk-in wardrobe which I have not seen in other luxury hotels. The comfort levels in the room will be obvious if you check out the photos I am uploading. The bakery has an amazing spread of pastries and cakes that will be difficult to resist. In short, I plan to go to this hotel again just for the experience.
The only thing I would change in the hotel is the location of the gym. No hotel should have a gym in the basement with no light or fresh air. Any fitness enthusiast would abhor the idea of working out in such a place. I recommend that the gym is shifted to somewhere near the pool area with good views and loads of natural light. That would really make it the only oasis in the desert.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the confluence of the Bay of Bengal and the Adyar river, The Leela Palace is Chennai’s first and only seafront city hotel, designed by John Gerondelis from Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates Inc. While the public areas, guestrooms and suites, Library Blu, Jamavar and Spectra have been designed by Jeffrey A. Wilkes, the principal designer of DESIGNWILKES, the art and embellishment has been done by Mrs. Madhu Nair, Director Operations and Design of The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts. Drawn from the inspiration of Chettinad Dynasty, the architecture of the Palace Hotel exudes the regal and opulent style. Set on 4.8 acres of land, the 11-storeyed hotel features 326 rooms and suites. Equipped with world-class amenities, the meeting and conference centres are luxuriously and lavishly spread. Its close proximity to the central business district and local attractions and having a spectacular sea view on offer is sure to make the experience of our guests a very memorable one. ... more less
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