There are a number of hotels near Chennai airport that cater to transit passengers. However, decent options for budget travelers are limited. This Chennai airport hotel guide will help you decide where to stay.
1. Radisson Blu
If you want a luxurious stay near Chennai airport, the Radisson is the most popular hotel. It's like an oasis amongst the unappealing surroundings, approximately 2 kilometers (10 minutes) from Chennai airport. Staff are friendly and service is above average. Complimentary airport transfers are a welcome bonus. The hotel also has a great spa for those who really feel like pampering themselves between flights. There are 101 guest rooms, including seven suites. Expect to pay around 6,000 rupees for a double room.
2. The Trident
Another attractive hotel, the Trident is the closest luxury hotel to Chennai airport (it's just a little closer than the Radisson, with both hotels being on GST Road that runs past the airport). The hotel is set on five acres of tropical gardens. It has 167 rooms. Airport transfers are complimentary. A double room will cost around 8,000 rupees per night.
Located around 20 minutes from Chennai airport on GST Road, Le Royal Meridien is quite a bit further away than the other luxury hotels in the vicinity. It's not as highly rated either, and the rooms are becoming a bit dated. The hotel is relatively a large, with 240 rooms. You should be able to get a double room for around 5,000 rupees per night.
The Hotel Grand Palace is also located on GST Road, around 3 kilometers (15 minutes) from the airport. It used to be a good choice for those on a budget who don't want to pay five star prices. However, service standards have slipped somewhat these days, and the hotel is looking less like a grand palace and more outdated. There's a rooftop restaurant that has a buffet. The hotel also has a bar. A double room will set you back around 4,000 rupees per night.
5. Hotel Mars
Hotel Mars used to be a popular transit hotel near Chennai airport for those on a budget. Sadly, it's now receiving many bad reviews and is longer recommended. There are reports of bedbugs and poorly maintained rooms. It's a real shame because it has a convenient location only 10 minutes away from the airport and offers free transfers. The hotel has two restaurants (one vegetarian and one specializing in seafood) and 50 centrally air conditioned rooms. Double rooms cost around 1,000 rupees per night.
Hotel Heera is a budget hotel that's located around 15 minutes from the airport, on NKM Road (not far off GST Road). Traveler experiences at this hotel have been on the decline lately too, with complaints of dirty and worn rooms. Apparently, the breakfast is quite good though. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, and 66 rooms all with air conditioning. However, there's no wireless Internet. Room rates are around 2,000 rupees per night for a double. Airport transfers are complimentary.