Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai
No.2, Binny Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600002
Ranked 68 amongst 2132 hotels in Chennai
Vivanta by Taj - Connemara Overview
A property over one-and-half centuries old, The Taj Connemara in Chennai has seen it all and evolved over time to include new age convenience associated with the Taj Group’s hospitality services. Acknowledged as the city’s only heritage hotel, this standing example of “colonial brilliance” blends the Art Deco look in each of its 150 rooms along with the contemporary technology and carries with ease its status as a 5-star luxury retreat.
With a choice of settings for business meetings or conferences with various seating capacities the hotel also offer its line of signature “motifs” – a list of must see and must-dos for a guest to experience the vibrant city.Apart with their hospitality and in-room amenities, one can relax at the “Jiva Spa” or dine privately. Sweat it out at their well-equipped fitness centre or enjoy a few laps in the outdoor pool, you can choose to unwind through a host of other leisure facilities as well.
Vivanta by Taj - Connemara Reviews (122)
The hotel was conveniently located hence I did not face any difficulties while finding the hotel. The staffs were friendly in behaviour and professional in service. The room that was provided to me was good and the amenities in the room were in proper working condition. There was no interruption during check in and check out process. I am satisfied with the services given by the hotel. The hotel was worth for the money.
Good getaway from the busy center of Chennai and not too far away either. Located near the sea and the Mahabalipuram temples allow tourists to enjoy the location. Good hotel with good service. Staff was very friendly and food options were great. Make sure to take sun screen with you!
There was no delay in check in and checkout. The variety of food was available in the hotel. Room was spacious with clean. The hotel appearance was good. Garden was available at the hotel. The hotel was located outside the city. Wi-Fi facility was available in the hotel. The activity was arranged by the hotel. Behaviour of the staff’s was friendly. I don’t have any suggestion.
It was a very good hotel. It was a family tour. The location of the hotel was nice. The service was excellent in the hotel. The cab facility was provided at the hotel. The check in and checkout process was done on time. The activity was not conducted in the hotel. The room was nice in the hotel. The food quality was nice in the hotel.
Top Reviews of Vivanta by Taj - Connemara
This is a real city oasis, our favorite Chennai hotel by far, with discreet, efficient service yet radiating an atmosphere of leisure in this otherwise strictly business city. This time we had an early check in, really too early, and when we saw Devendar waiting at the exit, all smiles and genuine warmth, we were in gay abandon. After winding the roads of the Shringara Chennai, as the city is called, we were at the portico of what was once the house of Lady Connemara, the estranged wife of Lord Connemara the Governor of Madras, who was always found in the company of beautiful lassies at the sight of whom the lady Connemara walked out on him and stayed in this house, then known as The Albany. The hotel, which is turning 125 years old this year, is on a mission to recapture the old-world glamour of its past with glossy butler service, languid English high teas and vintage car rides. Quite fortunately for me, I was with my wife, no lassies and no arm-candies like the then philanderer governor and hence we had a warm welcome from my friend and accommodation manager Saniz Pottaikkad with a retinue of beautiful girls at the portico and the check in was all in a dream-phase. Actually the Connemara hospitality had taken off as soon as we landed at the airport and were escorted to the hotel. The hotel is charming but not prepossessing. Although the exterior is very attractive, enter and you are transported into another era (it's been here since 1891, albeit much changed), with grand, gracious public spaces, wide corridors, and highland rooms, all tastefully and luxuriously decorated. Book a room that opens onto the delightful lush courtyard where comfortable loungers are arranged around a large sparkling pool (the modern suites or heritage ones, both stupendous) - this is the perfect place to recover after a bout of shopping at next door Spencer Plaza (or the many other Chennai options). Facilities are top-notch (pillow menus comparable with the Leelas and the like), staff superb and food delicious: a recipe for total comfort. Good large suites and rooms, good atmosphere and food. The hotel was getting groomed for the Easter, a great ringer of good times, no pun intended, unleashed a million reasons to smile. The first reason was Vivanta by Taj. My wife and I Immersed ourselves to the unmatched hospitality of the hotel staff, many of them familiar and those who were new and unfamiliar lined up showing their affection and warmth in a way peculiar to the Taj Signature hospitality. Our suite, 123 - easy to remember had been bedecked with blowers, basil leaves and other paraphernalia for welcoming our deities. Later we would come to know Ms. Richa Bhalla the house keeper and her assistant Akshaya as also the unparalleled florist Gopi, whom I knew for quite a few years, whom we were going to meet for the first time had taken pains to ascertain our preferences from the older staff to settle us without any hassles. The lunch was at the Verandah that day and every other day, for at least two meals a day, including the sumptuous and multi-menu breakfast only the Connemara can boast of, among the Vivanta Hotels, the hospitality, love and affection that poured in abundance from the chefs Natarajan, Gopi and Rajendran, only to be surpassed by the individual attention bestowed by Bhaskaran and Anthony who left no stone unturned to make us feel at home whenever before or after a hectic day we found time to feed our starved stomachs. I would never forget the indulgence of the Chefs Natarajan and Gopi, who concocted our daily offerings to deities, be it a rice jiggery kheer or the impossible modak, of which the chef Gopi proved to be an expert. At our request on the penultimate night, Gopi produced at short notice the nihari mutton, smooth and jellied meat melting in the mouth with khameri roti to go with. The Verandah was our usual reclaim, though due to our uncertain schedule of work, we missed our Raintree soiree, but we were privileged to taste the signature varieties of the Raintree at the Verandah like Elaneer Payasam, a kind of kheer with tender coconuts. As we returned late every day after work and busy with our Puja - As usual Gopi and Simon took care of our special flowers requirement - the Verandah was our evening bistro significant for taste, variety and tranquility. The quality and quantity of food is good. Restaurant Manager Saravanan and his team - Bhaskaran and Anthony took special care of us. Gopi the chef was my wife's favorite. He concocted so many dishes as per our choice in a jiffy every time we dined at for the Verandah as also the Pool. Fantastic, superbly clean, excellent service, terrific staff, wonderful atmosphere, splendid breakfast. A haven of tranquility which we needed during our busy trip. Shopping Tip: the Spencer's plaza mall, around the corner, is quite grotty, while the newer express avenue is a couple of blocks away. We were unable to find a supermarket in Spencer's, but EA had one. The Spencer's, however, has lots and lots of handicraft shops. Bibliophiles will like Higginbotham's book shop a short distance up Anna Salai aka Mount Road. Throughout the stay we enjoyed the signature hospitality of the Taj Associates, reception to room attendance are very courteous and caring. The hotel was ideally located so you can travel around, especially if you are engaged in a business visit you will really love the location, had dinner at the Verandah rrestaurant - amazing food, service provided by the staff was spectacular. Honestly I am flattered with the service, WiFi Internet is free but the connections are which kills your core. Restaurant Tip: Visit Raintree restaurant. Delicious food with impeccable service. My wife's comments as soon as we were booked into this hotel for the seventh time were "I think this is the best hotel we have ever stayed in". The staff could not have been more helpful in any aspect and were very friendly, never too busy to stop for a chat to help out. I would easily recommend this hotel to anyone going to Chennai for a break. Mr. Ahmar Siddiqui, General Manager was courtesy embodied, with a flattening smile and showered warmth even in his busy schedule as the hotel was preparing for the Easter Bash. Sanij Pottakad was kind enough to book us a special session at the unique spa, where we had achieved heavenly bliss at the nimble but strong fingers of Ayang and Zen for a couple spa package. Divine and soothing; blissful and relaxing. No comparison. Entering the realm of the Taj Connemara is to enter into a delightfully calm, scented world where one feels cosseted, soothed, and at peace in the midst of hectic central Chennai. Despite the somewhat jarring presence of airport-style security on the front steps (a necessary evil it seems in light of 26/11), the welcome feels sanguine and safe, and as it did each and every time I entered, we were always greeted warmly and gently guided through the security protocol. The warm professionalism of the entire staff, from the front desk to trainees, cleaners, security guards, chefs and service staff in all the restaurants, was a delight at every turn. It seemed these people were genuinely pleased that we had picked their hotel to stay at, and made it their business to make sure we knew it. The breakfast buffet is diverse, abundant and delicious, room-service fast, the pool a welcome spot to relax in Nirvana !! The hotel environment is terrific with a huge lobby and grand staircase. One thing worth to say is their retrained staff always provided whatever info we asked for. The staff at the reception, though I missed Mr. Ashirbad and Ms. Joselyn. She had gone back to Goa, with a bonny baby, a new arrival. God bless her. The bell boys speak good English and they all make you feel at home. We enjoyed our breakfast or meals every time and all the time, the staff was always there to give a helping hand and I can see that they want you to be really comfortable. All out to make your stay a memorable one. My wife felt like a queen getting the best attention every time we visited the restaurant. I would like to stay at the Taj Connemara again and again. On the day of checkout, since we had an early morning flight to catch, Chef Gopi insisted and Saravanan, made us accept that they would hand over some takeaways so we would have no problem to start a busy week. No problem, Saravanan had got it all ready for even at the early hours we had the takeaways at the reception with freshly made puris and a variety of morning delicacies. Ahmar Siddiqui, the GM was there on the second day to join us at the lobby. He is cornucopia of information with regard to many a Taj property in the Taj Group in a few of which he has worked. On the day of checkout when we were being escorted to the waiting car, Saniz asked, "when can we expect you back next? " When I replied it would be July next, he exclaimed, "So long? ". Saniz! You should talk to the Sales Manager about the prices too, dear! Connemara, you had me ensconced as usual encapsulating the for another day'! Did you hear Sidney Sheldon?
Everything is classic about this hotel. Right from outside appearance to the minute details including service. The hotel is spread in a big area giving ample space to the guests. There are enough greenery inside and outside the hotel for you to relax and spend quality time. The lobby is really breathtaking. The wooden look everywhere gives the rich and relaxing feeling. There are gardens everywhere. While walking in the lobby, you find the greenery where you would like to spend time rather than going to room. Some rooms have balcony with garden, which is amazing. The rooms are excellent. Very traditional look still modern. All amenities provided including the daily kits. Mini bar included in the rooms. There are a number of restaurants in the hotel. I liked the Indian one, which serves variety of Indian dishes. The rewards program i. e. Taj Inner Circle does not provide much opportunity to redeem the points though like other hotels. So, if you are also looking for rewards points, probably you will be disappointed, if you want to use the points for merchandise of your choice.
After checking in, when I was being escorted to the room, I was informed that this property is 160 years old! Definitely does not look that old, but one can make out that the architecture is definitely not modern. The service is typical of Taj - had the same service I had experienced at other Taj resort type properties, although this property was not a resort, but a city hotel. Overall, an excellent place to stay. As with any other Taj hotel, check in and check out was a breeze. Typical Taj hospitality all over - right from front desk to house keeping to staff everywhere. As others have pointed out, the layout is odd - so many twists and turns from the looby to the elevators! And if you take the wrong turn, you end up in the wrong wing, and you have to retrace the entire way back to the lobby and start all over again through a different route. Had the misfortune of ending up in the wrong wing a couple of times with no clue as to how to find my room! Luckily came across some staff on both occassions, and they were extremely helpful and escored me back to the room. But the layout needs some change to make it more friendly. A tip - remember if you were escorted to your room from the left side of the front desk or the right side! Bathroom fittings had some salt deposits - possibly the effect of hard water. That is a bit odd, as I would have expected them to keep in spic and span as in other Taj properties I have visited. Unlike other Taj properties I have stayed in, this property does not have a water spray near the WC - that is again a bit odd in India. I have come across a few five star hotels in India not providing a water spray near WC, but this is the first time I have observed this in a Taj hotel. We were on a second floor room, but the view had nothing to talk about - it faced the parking lot and the road. I did not ask for an upgrade, as I was on a business trip and expected to spend most of daytime outside the hotel. But considering that the location is in the heart of the city, with malls and office complexes nearby, the noise level inside the hotel was relatively low - I found it quite peaceful. The restaurant service was excellent. Breakfast was part of the package, and had dinner at odd times in the coffee shop. I have to say that food was almost as good as other Taj resort type hotels I have been to. I have to insist on "almost" - as food was a shade less tastier. But absolutely nothing to complain about - very good food. Could not try out the gym or the spa due to lack of time.
Amazing place with very good service and amazing rooms. The beach was very beautiful and offers a lots of activities for kids. It has beautiful swimming pool and we loved having food in Seagull and Bayview. The Fishermen's Cove was amazing. Had a wonderful experience at the cottages.
Vivanta by Taj - Connemara is one of the well-known hotel and popular too. I like this hotel, mainly it's easily reachable. It's located in the center of the city, you can reach any destination within 20 to 30 mins, and Express Avenue Mall, Alsa Mall, Spencers Plaza and lots of other shopping malls are there nearby Vivanta - Connemara. About food, Oh my god, it's just fantastic and mouth watering. Particularly "Mid Asia - midnight buffet" is fantabulous. The receptionists and all other representatives really kind. Coming to the room and amenities, you can get everything you want, the room will be very neat and luxuries. And one more thing, its very nearby to one of the largest and oldest library (Connemara library) in the world, and the museum, the advice from me for the travelers is, please visit those place, if you stay in Vivanta by Taj - Connemara. Its just 5 mins from the hotel. The only glitch is Vivanta by Taj - Connemara is little expensive (but it's worth).
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