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There are a number of hotels near Chennai airport that cater to transit passengers, but many of them are avoidable. This Chennai airport hotel guide will help you decide where best to stay depending on your budget. The hotels are listed in order of price category.
Luxury: Trident Hotel Chennai
The Trident is the closest luxury hotel to Chennai airport. It's located less than 10 minutes away on National Highway 45 (Grand Southern Trunk Road), which runs past the airport. The hotel is serenely set on five acres of tropical gardens. It has 167 rooms, three restaurants, and outdoor swimming pool, and a spa and wellness center. Airport transfers are complimentary. A double room will cost around 7,500 rupees per night upwards, plus tax.
Luxury: Radisson Blu Hotel GRT Chennai
Another popular luxury hotel near Chennai airport, the Radisson Blu Hotel GRT Chennai is on the same road as the Trident but a little bit further out. The hotel is like an oasis amid the unappealing surroundings. Staff are friendly and service is above average. Complimentary airport transfers are a welcome bonus. The hotel also has a great spa and health club for those who really feel like pampering themselves between flights. There are 101 guest rooms, including seven suites, and three restaurants. Rates start from around 5,500 rupees per night for a double room, plus tax.
Mid Range: Quality Inn Airport Chennai
Formerly Hotel Southern Comfort, Quality Inn Airport Chennai is a standout option for anyone who wants to stay near Chennai airport but doesn't want to pay too much. It's a newly constructed, modern hotel that is very close to the airport on Grand Southern Trunk Road (closer than the Trident). Free airport transfers are provided, and wireless Internet is also complimentary. Other facilities include a gym and a restaurant that serves decent Chettinad cuisine. Most importantly, the 70 rooms are contemporary and clean, and staff are helpful.
Mid Range: Hotel NK Grand Park
The Hotel NK Grand Park is another new mid-range hotel that opened in 2016. It's conveniently located less than 10 minutes from Chennai airport, but in the opposite direction from the Quality Inn Airport. The hotel has 42 guest rooms, a multi-cuisine restaurant that's open 24 hours, and a complimentary airport shuttle.
Homestay: Pleasant Stay Guest House
If you'd prefer a welcoming homestay, Pleasant Stay Guest House has five rooms in a beautiful home at Saint Thomas Mount, about 20 minutes from the airport. No doubt part of its appeal is its owner, who's an outstanding host and does everything possible for his guests. Although the guesthouse doesn't have a restaurant, it has arrangements with five hotels -- both vegetarian and non vegetarian -- that supply food. Room rates range from 1,500 rupees per night for a single to 3,800 rupees per night for an extra large double suite, which includes free wireless Internet.
Budget: The Nest Inn
This new guesthouse has quickly impressed travelers with its clean and colorful large rooms (each has a different colored feature wall), central location, reliable wireless Internet, and very caring owner who provides personalized attention. The Inn is tucked away in a quiet street about 10 minutes from the airport. It doesn't have a restaurant, but there are plenty to choose from in the neighborhood. Expect to pay 2,000 rupees per night for a double air-conditioned room. Family rooms are also available from 3,000 rupees per night.
Budget: Royal Chennai Residency
Royal Chennai Residency is a small budget hotel with 15 rooms. It's located about 10 minutes from the airport, in the same direction as the Hotel NK Grand Park, although it's situated down a side street off the main road. The rooms are a bit cramped but generally clean and attractive. Unfortunately, the hotel doesn't have a restaurant, but there are some in the vicinity, and a complimentary breakfast is served in the rooms. Rates start from about 2,000 rupees per night for a double, plus tax.
Cheap: Royal Green Accommodation
This pocket-friendly guesthouse is situated behind the airport, about 15 minutes away. If you're looking for a cheap stay, it's possibly the best in its category. The 10 rooms are all neat, clean and safe. The staff are very polite and helpful as well, including providing assistance with ticket bookings and travel arrangements. Food can be ordered in from local restaurants from menus conveniently located in the lobby. Rates start from about 1,200 rupees per night, plus tax, with breakfast included. Airport shuttle and wireless Internet are free.
Cheap: Just Guest House Chennai
Just Guest House Chennai is one of those places that looks much more appealing inside than out. It offers good hospitality and clean, bright and spacious rooms. The property is situated less than 10 minutes from the airport, in the same area as The Next Inn, and there are some tasty vegetarian restaurants nearby. Complimentary wireless Internet is provided. Expect to pay around 1,200 rupees per night upwards for a room. A family room is available.