The lavish, palatial tribute to Southern India’s greatest empires – The Imperial Cholas – overlooks verdant foliage in the heart of Chennai.
Bringing on the art and history of the great Chola dynasty, which ruled parts of South India and South-East Asia from 300BC to 1250AD, it strives to recreate an environment of glorious, regal tradition within a luxurious, contemporary space. It embodies the highest standards of Indian hospitality balanced with elegant restraint in a prime property with a distinct personality. This Hotel built with the best marble and other finest materials in the world. Includes Incredible Gym and best Spa and pool.ITC Grand Chola has 522 rooms along with 78 luxuriously appointed service apartments- collectively its 600 spacious guest rooms, suites, and luxury service apartments are the epitome of Indian grace and style, expertly delegated with thoughtful amenities. ITC Grand Chola outshines the needs of both the business traveler as well as the bespoke requirements of the destination connoisseur.
The delights of this luxurious hotel are unmatched. As a charming throwback to a vibrant period in Indian history, ITC Grand Chola stands for timeless beauty and luxury. Built in the midst of the business hub of Guindy and located on Mount Road, ITC Grand Chola in Chennai is within proximity to many key areas of Chennai and is just 8 km away from the domestic and international airport which serves as an ideal destination for both business and leisure sojourns. The well-connected roads and transportation system enable easy accessibility to commercial points and key areas in the city.
Typical ITC Welcome!
The entrance itself is magnificent, and massive doors lead us to lobby, where we encounter a grand marble staircase and chandelier in the distance; only on stepping forward we discover the entire ceiling studded with bulbs. Stunning crystal chandeliers casting a flattering glow on everything. Fantastic view! Welcoming by Golden Silk Scarf, ITC Hotel’s trademark! They managed to get my picture as well! A family photo with a Welcome Note. Now Welcome Drink and Sweets along with Snacks! Wait, plus an in-room iPad controls everything, for those dedicated couch potatoes.
A personal iPad is like an assistant; TV, AC, and lighting can be controlled using it; room service can be ordered;
ITC Rooms! Always Wonderful!
The rooms are bright, thanks to Chennai’s ample sunshine; a retreat after Chennai’s bustle and heat. They are deprived of paintings, leaving the walls either restful or bare depending on your point of view. Beds are supremely comfortable with iPad docking station. Yes, Beds are comfy with ample choice of pillows. The fabrics for the bathrobes, beds, and curtains are a mix of sumptuous silks and fine cotton. I had also stayed in their suites (when upgraded), and those rooms are out of this world with all sorts of luxury and comfort.
Rooms are well-equipped as is to be expected in this Luxury-class Hotel, with 42-inch LED TV, Sofas, Mini-bar, Tea service, Work-table, Flat-screen, Mini-safe, and iron room. The marble bathrooms are a great size and have separate shower cubicles, and bathtubs are good too. The lights sense the presence at night and light up accordingly. The toiletries are excellent and well stocked.
There are all kinds of channels including non-stop movie channels which will keep you busy. You get two newspapers every morning and four bottles of free water.
#MacroTravellerTips: There are small motion sensor lights that lit your way to the toilet in case you have to visit in the dark!
Club rooms and suites have lots of extras including a butler who remains the point of contact and takes care of every need. The Eva floor, patrolled by female security staff, is exclusively for women travelers.
A bit about Food!
There are several restaurants and bars with excellent choices for food and drinks. The breakfast was good, however all employees extremely courteous and welcoming with a smile. Breakfast had a good variety with melt-in-the-mouth idlis. The Coffee shop is an excellent place to lounge, and the Italian restaurant provides good fine dining and Peshawari is as always great. The variety and quality of the buffet at breakfast and lunch are really good – we ate there often! Indian and American, from hot too cold to desserts and fresh fruits and juices were all really good. Be assured to order a masala dosa and filter coffee- very good.
Coffee shop service is fantastic. The service guys are very energetic and eager to serve to your fullest satisfaction. Filter Kappi <3
For all you cigar smokers out there, there is a suitable cigar lounge in this hotel. Selection of cigars is reasonably good. Is it difficult to get a nice place to smoke a cigar in Chennai? Head over to the ITC Grand Chola! The pool and gym were top-class, clean, hygienic and fully-equipped. Excellent facilities and staff members are impressive with their service attitude.