ITC Grand Chola, Chennai.
Chennai's newest luxury hotel, the ITC Grand Chola, was formally opened last month. With a total of 600 rooms, including 78 luxury serviced apartments, it's India's third largest hotel (the other two are the Renaissance and the Grand Hyatt in Mumbai).
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. However, the standout feature is the largest convention center in the country, with a 30,000 square foot ballroom.
The hotel is environmentally conscious and has been awarded a notable platinum rating by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a green building certification system. It also uses unique iPad controlled technology.
You're probably wondering how much it costs to stay there. Room rack rates start from 9,000 rupees ($180) per night, excluding tax but including buffet breakfast, for a double. This is very much on par with other luxury hotels in the city.
The hotel's location will appeal most to those who don't want to stay too far from the airport, as it's in southwest Chennai, away from the city center.
More information is available from the ITC Grand Chola website.
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