Hotels in Chennai, the gateway to south India, are less costly than in cities such as Mumbai and Delhi. It's possible to stay at a luxury hotel in Chennai for under $200 per night. Mid range hotels also provide great value for money. And, if you want to try something different with a personal touch, choose a bed and breakfast! Here are 13 of the best Chennai hotels, with convenient central locations, for all budgets. This guide to Chennai airport hotels also has other options.
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Opened in 2012 with a total of 600 rooms, including 78 luxury serviced apartments, the imposing ITC Grand Chola is one of India's largest hotels. And, it's guaranteed to wow you! As its name suggests, the hotel was designed and named after the traditional Hindu architecture of the Chola Dynasty. It's been built over three wings, and the array of facilities is impressive. They include 10 places to eat and drink, a huge health spa, three swimming pools and gymnasiums, a shopping arcade, and an art gallery containing pieces that reflect the hotel's theme, and convention center with a 30,000 square foot ballroom. The hotel is situated on Mount Road, about 20 minutes from the airport. Expect to pay around 15,000 rupees per night upwards, including tax and breakfast.
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Chennai's only heritage hotel, the luxury Taj Connemara is over 150 years old, and is a well-known landmark in Chennai. The hotel has a very handy, central location right next to Spencer's Plaza shopping mall. Its setting is tranquil, with plenty of greenery and a swimming pool. You'll find it difficult to believe that you're right in the heart of the city! The hotel has a wonderful ambiance inside too, and is elegantly decorated with furniture that reflects its history. It has 148 rooms and suites. Do note that the hotel is currently closed for renovations.
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The contemporary Taj Club House (previously the Taj Mount Road) is only a couple of minutes down the road from the Taj Connemara, and is a popular alternative. It's housed in a blue glass building with steel accents, where the British built their renowned Madras Club. The hotel opened in 2008 and has 220 rooms, including 16 suites. Facilities include three restaurants, coffee shop, and rooftop yoga room, swimming pool and gym. Expect to pay 6,500 rupees per night upwards, including tax.
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This older branch of The Raintree Hotel is conveniently located in Alwarpet, not far from Mylapore (Chennai's most happening cultural neighborhood). The hotel is modern and ascetically designed, with the highlight being a huge reclining Buddha statue that graces its entrance. Staff are friendly and service is excellent. Other appealing features include the hotel's rooftop swimming pool and delicious restaurant with captivating views over the city. Oh, and it's eco-friendly as well! Rates start from around 5,600 rupees per night for a double, including tax.
If you'd prefer to stay near Chennai's famous shopping district, T Nagar, choose The Raintree Anna Salai instead.Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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Severa Hotel is perhaps the most well known hotel in Mylapore. It's been there since 1968 and still remains popular. The hotel has an old and new wing, and is gradually being refurbished. It's well-maintained and comfortable. Facilities include three restaurants, cake shop, cafe, two bars, spa, fitness center, and outdoor pool. There are 230 rooms and suites. It's often possible to get a room for around 4,000 rupees per night, including tax, from special deals on booking sites. Most guests agree that it's value for money.
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La Woods Hotel is a recommended mid-range option just around the corner from the Taj Club Hotel, off Mount Road. Rooms are modern and spacious, and service is friendly and personalized. However, what's particularly noteworthy is that the hotel has an organic vegetable garden on its rooftop! The produce is used in the meals served in its restaurant. The hotel also has a decent bar. Expect to pay 3,600 rupees per night, including tax and breakfast.
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The bright and modern boutique E Hotel has become extremely popular since it opened in 2013. If you love to shop, you'll love its location in south India's largest mall -- the Express Avenue Mall on Anna Salai (Mount Road), in Chennai's city center. It's in the same neighborhood as the Taj Club Hotel and La Woods. The hotel is pure vegetarian and is a member of VeggieHotels, the first vegetarian hotel association worldwide. It also has a bar and patisserie, but no swimming pool. There are 44 rooms and suites. Rates start from around 4,500 rupees a night, including tax.
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For those who prefer staying somewhere more intimate, Footprint Bed and Breakfast meets the criteria nicely and won't blow the budget! This modern bed and breakfast has nine rooms decorated in contemporary style, and is spotlessly clean. The hosts are also extremely gracious and helpful. The bed and breakfast occupies two floors of a residential apartment building, in a lovely neighborhood not far from Mylapore, Alwarpet and The Raintree Hotel. It's 30 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from the city center. Rooms cost from 3,200 rupees per night, with breakfast and tax included. A bonus is free wireless Internet in the rooms.Continue to 9 of 13 below.
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Situated in an upscale area in the middle of Chennai, Hanu Reddy Residences offers 12 well equipped and spacious serviced apartments in a lovely villa with leafy, tranquil surroundings. The staff are warm and welcoming, and go out of their way to take care of guests. Room service is available. There are a number of gourmet restaurants in the vicinity as well. Expect to pay around 4,500 rupees per night, including tax and breakfast.
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This inviting new hotel has an exceptionally safe and serene location, in elite Poes Garden where many VIPs live. It's difficult to find such a peaceful location in Chennai. The neighborhood is well-guarded and the hospitality is outstanding. The only drawbacks are that it's difficult to get transport, and shops and restaurants aren't within walking distance. Facilities include high speed wireless Internet and multi-cuisine restaurant that serves superb food. It feels like a home away from home. There are 14 rooms and suites. Rates start from 2,750 rupees per night, plus tax. Breakfast is included.
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Ideal for bargain shoppers, Taz Kamar Inn is located in the heart of T Nagar. Think gold and sari stores, street markets, and street food! It's a clean and comfortable hotel, with a decent restaurant, polite staff and a high standard of service. There are 50 rooms. Unfortunately, the cheapest ones are rather small though. However, overall, the hotel represents great value for money for budget travelers. Rates start from about 2,500 rupees per night, including tax. Breakfast (with an emphasis on south Indian cuisine) is complimentary and wireless Internet is free.
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India's most prolific backpacker hostel chain, Zostel, opened in Chennai in 2017. The chain is highly regarded for its superior rooms, crowd and atmosphere. This hostel is located in Teynampet, in what used to be a large family home. It's about 10 minutes to the city center and 10 minutes to Mylapore. The hostel is spread over three levels, with common areas on the bottom and top floors. It has all the facilities of a world-class hostel, including communal kitchen, air-conditioning, hot showers, lockers, wireless Internet, and TV. Plus, it's kept super clean. A bed in a dorm room is 599 rupees per night, while it's 1,500 rupees per night for a private double room. Breakfast is available an additional cost.Continue to 13 of 13 below.
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Red Lollipop hostel is another option for backpackers, conveniently located in Mandavelli close to transport. It's about 5 minutes south of Mylapore. Facilities include free wireless Internet, TV room, common room, lockers, rooftop terrace, and kitchen. The owner is very helpful too. Do note that a passport is required to stay there and mixed dorms are reserved only for foreigners. Expect to pay 590 rupees per night for a bed in a dorm room and 1,500 rupees for an air-conditioned twin room with a shared toilet. All accommodations have shared bathrooms. Breakfast isn't provided.