Avenue 11 Boutique Residences Hotel in Chennai, India

by Santorini Dave • Updated: July 16, 2019

Review of hotel Avenue 11 in Chennai, India.

Avenue 11 Boutique Residences – Serene, charming, and a great-value guesthouse, and much better than the outside suggests.

Deep inside a tranquil residential area of the inner city, the guesthouse’s exterior isn’t that inspiring, but the lovely rooms are as spacious as anything offered at a four or five-star resort costing so much more. Rooms are within a high-walled compound offering some greenery, and the furnishings and décor are delightfully old-fashioned – in a good way. Absolutely worth a small extra cost are the gorgeous Superior Suites because they’re so large and packed with attractive furniture. What’s more, the staff is very helpful, and with minimal traffic within earshot, the guesthouse is quiet. Located a short stroll from a handful of pleasant restaurants and cafés, Avenue 11 is a welcome respite and a worthy alternative to overpriced high-rises that invariably face chaotic roads.

Avenue 11 Boutique Residences – The Location

  • Address: 11 Raghava Veera Avenue in the inner-city suburb of Poes Garden. Along a dead-end street in an upmarket residential area. Not signposted along the way and no driver will find it, so come prepared with Google Maps.
  • Area: Very quiet residential area, with minimal traffic and noise. Shady and ideal for walking.
  • How to Get There: There are efficient pre-paid taxi counters at the domestic and international airports; the trip takes about 35-45 minutes (14km). (Uber and Ola seem to be off-limits there.) The guesthouse is linked by metro to the airport, Central and Egmore train terminals, and CMBT (Koyambedu) bus station. See Local Transport below for more information.

Avenue 11 Boutique Residences – The Basics

  • Guests: Anyone seeking less expensive home-style accommodation in a serene setting.
  • Views: Most face the internal gardens or a quiet side street.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Certainly not expected (or provided) at this sort of inner-city guesthouse.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Available for free but a small extra charge is levied for faster speeds.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 (0)44 4218 2000
  • Email: n/a
  • Website: n/a

Avenue 11 Boutique Residences – Amenities

  • Pool, Spa, & Fitness Center: Certainly not expected (or provided).

Avenue 11 Boutique Residences – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: No café on-site, as expected, but a few bench seats where guests can eat breakfast or other meals from the limited but thoughtful menu.
  • Breakfast: Simple but adequate Indian-style breakfast included in all rates.
  • Room Service: A range of Indian and western snacks and meals can be ordered from about 8 am to 8 pm and delivered to the rooms.

Avenue 11 Boutique Residences – Rooms

  • Room Types: Standard Double Rooms • Superior Double Rooms • Superior Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms, but permitted elsewhere.
  • Best Room: The ground-floor Superior Suite is very spacious and lovingly furnished. Faces a courtyard garden with a hammock between palm trees, and the bathroom has a spa bath.
  • For Families: The Superior Suites (described above) each have an extra single bed already included, and there’s certainly space for another.

Avenue 11 Boutique Residences – Local Transport

  • Walking: Within an upmarket residential area of minimal traffic, the streets are a delight to stroll along. Be prepared, however, because it’s easy to get lost and disoriented.
  • Public Transport: The metro offers services to both airport terminals, the major train and bus stations, and the city center. The nearest metro station – Teynampet – is about 2km away (10-minute drive). Take an auto-rickshaw because the roads are very confusing.
  • Taxis & Auto-rickshaws: The black-and-yellow taxis at the airport are nowhere to be seen in the city. Instead, they have been replaced by the app-based Uber and Ola. Plenty of auto-rickshaws around but the drivers won’t use meters, so they usually cost more than Uber or Ola.

Avenue 11 Boutique Residences – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    Several terrific places within a 10-minute walk. These 2 are opposite each other, about 500m away. From the guesthouse, head right, left, and right. Then, veer right at the T-junction, and then left.

  • Desi Di – Indian street food in a funky setting. Notable by the street cart outside and sign: ‘Welcum Turist We Spik Ingleesh’. 6-minute walk (450m).
  • Enté Keralam – Sophisticated décor, intimate setting, and delicious food from the neighboring Kerala state. Or come just for a beer. 6-minute walk (550m).

The following 3 places are a further 3-5 minute walk.

Shops

  • A few shops and basic eateries along Cathedral Road – on the other side from an entrance to the residential area. From the guesthouse, turn right, left, and right. At the T-junction veer right. 7-minute walk (550m).

Avenue 11 Boutique Residences – The Hotel

The guesthouse is difficult to find, and so Google Maps is certainly helpful.

This guesthouse is signposted outside, but there are no signs elsewhere along nearby streets. Be prepared with Google Maps because no driver will find it otherwise.

The guesthouse is very polished and likable inside.

Avenue 11 resembles an upmarket apartment complex from the outside, but is more polished and likable inside.

The main entrance has a small seating arrangement for guests.

At the front door is a small area for guests.

The reception and guest lounge look more like a family living room.

The reception area and guest lounge resembles a family home.

The guesthouse cafe serves a limited menu of Indian and western food.

Guests can order hearty meals of western and Indian food from the limited menu and eat at the small café where breakfast is also served.

The most popular spot is the garden courtyard.

The garden courtyard is the centerpiece of this likable guesthouse.

The guesthouse design and palm trees give a tropical vibe.

The design and palm trees give the place an almost tropical feel.

The Superior Suites are worth the small extra cost.

Worth a small extra cost are the Superior Suites.

The large Superior Suites have lovely old-style furniture.

Superior Suites are very spacious and packed with lovely old-style furniture.

The large bathrooms feature spa baths.

The bathrooms in the Superior Suites are as large as most hotel bedrooms and feature spa baths.

The ground floor Superior Suite has frosted windows for privacy.

Windows are covered and frosted in the ground-floor Superior Suite to provide more privacy.

Superior Suites come with extra single beds, with space for 1 more.

The Superior Suites also provide extra single beds and there’s certainly space for another.

The garden courtyard features a hammock.

Outside the ground-floor Superior Suite is a hammock between palm trees.

The guesthouse is located in an upmarket residential area.

The guesthouse is along a quiet dead-end street within an upmarket residential area.

The funky Desi Di cafe is close by.

A 5-minute walk from the guesthouse is the funky Desi Di café. The words read: ‘Welcum Turist We Spik Ingleesh’.

Desi Di serves clean and fun street food.

Desi Di provides street food in a clean and fun-filled environment.

The sophisticated Enté Keralam restaurant is opposite Desi Di.

Opposite Desi Di is the sophisticated Enté Keralam restaurant.

The English Tearoom Café is close to Desi Di.

A few minutes’ walk past Desi Di is the adorable English Tearoom Café.

The English Tearoom Café has a suitable decor.

The name of the English Tearoom Café is very suitable.

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Jonah‘s Meet Chef Willi is a brash American-style diner offering monster burgers and other western junk food.

The Winter Palace cafe serves Russian and western meals.

Within the Russian Cultural Centre, about 1km from the guesthouse, the Winter Palace café sells Russian and western meals, and one can even get a beer if asked discreetly.

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