For business purposes I frequently visited Chennai the last 1.5 year. The Hilton is my favorite. The rooms are spacious and due to the quality beds it gives you the luxury feel a Hilton should give you. The bathrooms are great. Marble, separate shower, separate toilet and good size bath.
There are different restaurants with each its own atmosphere. Indian, Japanese or European cuisine. Even there is a BBQ restaurant on the roof. Quality of the food is very good and the staff is very willing to meet your personal requirements. Ask for the garlic pickle.. it is excellent!
In the bar every week there is life music and now and then bigger jazz/blues/rock bands play on the roof.
The downside? When you are keen on details, you can see the hotel has been build with some ‘Indian touch’. E.G. the fountain/waterfall at the entrance does not work or at heavy tropical rainfall some water flows into the bar/café. On Sunday afternoons the main restaurant is filled with families with children yelling and running around. Very lively indeed. But if you are into a more quiet Sunday brunch while enjoying your newspaper it is better to order room service. On the other hand, this is what you should do on a Sunday morning :-).
Another interesting thing about the Hilton Chennai (for the non Indian guests) is just around the corner. There are nice authentic streets with a wide variety of shops. Get a haircut, buy a coconut scraper or a sari, taste some fruit or just walk around to get a glimpse of daily life in urban India.
However, the reason of making this hotel my favorite is not the room nor the excellent wine selection or the swimming pool. It is because of the staff. With a rare combination of friendliness, warmth, punctuality and professionalism they make the hotel rise far above the average.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hilton Chennai hotel reflects the spirit of the city in a harmonious blend of tradition and contemporary style to create a memorable stay in Chennai. Strategically located near the main commercial, IT parks and business districts in Guindy, the hotel is within a 15 minute drive from the domestic and international airports as well as the Chennai Trade Centre. Onsite amenities include Wi-Fi, a fully equipped business center and meeting rooms to facilitate both small and large corporate gatherings. Experience global cuisine when you dine at any of Hilton Chennai's five bars and restaurants. Choose from authentic pan-Indian flavors at Ayna, or global cuisine at Vasco's, the all-day-dining restaurant. Indulge with a glass of wine at Vintage Bank, the hotel's trendy wine and cheese bar, and finally, visit Q Bar, the hotel's rooftop bar and grill for relaxing under the stars. The hotel provides easy access to the major shopping districts and tourist attractions such as the Guindy National Park, Marina Beach, old town of Mylapore, San Thome Basilica and Government Museum. After a long day, relax by the hotel's outdoor infinity pool or work out at the 24-hour fitness centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Chennai Hotel Chennai (Madras)