Crowne Plaza Adyar Park Hotel in Chennai, India

by Santorini Dave • Updated: July 16, 2019

Review of hotel Crowne Plaza in Chennai, India.

Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park – Suburban oasis that’s spacious, sleek, and sophisticated.

The Crowne Plaza is in a pleasant but characteristically busy area between the airport and downtown. The bland, white, and square exterior belies the luxury within and style throughout: e.g. corridors and stairwells lined with old photos and colonial-style terraces with windows. All rooms and suites are expansive and comfortable, with many overlooking the pool, while others face the road (but all windows are perfectly soundproofed). Situated in the suburbs, the Crowne Plaza can offer more space throughout than downtown rivals, including numerous places to eat/drink, some gardens, and a tropical-style pool surrounded by natural shade and colorful sunbeds. The general area is also more interesting than most, and several pleasant eateries are within a brief stroll.

Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park – The Location

  • Address: Corner of Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar (Chamiers) Road and the side street (TTK Road). The main vehicle entrance is along the side street. Inner southern suburbs, but not near any park.
  • Area: Business district on the edge of an affluent residential area, so some classy shops and cafés are nearby.
  • How to Get There: There are efficient pre-paid taxi counters at the domestic and international airports; the trip takes about 35-45 minutes (12km). (Uber and Ola seem to be off-limits there.) The hotel is linked by metro to the airport, Central and Egmore train terminals, and CMBT (Koyambedu) bus station. See Local Transport below for more information.

Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park – The Basics

  • Guests: Mostly business people of all nationalities, and also some tourists.
  • Views: Not a tall building, but most rooms offer decent street views from soundproofed windows, while many look inwards and over the pool.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not really expected (or provided) at this sort of suburban business-style hotel.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 (0)44 2499 4101
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: ihg.com

Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park – Amenities

  • Pool: Lovely outdoor pool, with plenty of sunbeds and natural shade from frangipani trees. Offers a sort of tropical-resort vibe.
  • Spa: Amartam by the Palms Spa provides better-than-average treatments, though mostly massages and facials. Also, a sauna and steam room.
  • Fitness Center: Quite large and certainly well-equipped.
  • For Families: Baby-sitting.
  • Other Facilities: Boutique. Business Center. Money-changing. Laundry.

Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: The Residency – Renowned for its extensive buffets at lunch and dinner. Also, a la carte menu that includes yummy desserts. • Cappuccino – More than just coffee, e.g. buffets at breakfast and lunch, and extensive a la carte menu including burgers and pizza. Colorful, relaxed, and open 24 hours. • Dakshin – Very stylish setting suitable for cuisine from southern India. Traditional live music nightly. • On The Rocks – Casual and twin-level café/bar/lounge famous for its grills and wine list. Dinner only. • Connexions – Bright and airy meeting spot with a patisserie.
  • Bars: The Westminster – Charming English-style pub with leather couches and extended list of imported spirits. • Gatsby 2000 – Hip nightclub with thumping music and flashing lights.
  • Breakfast: Not included, but available for an extra charge.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7.

Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park – Rooms

  • Room Types: Club Rooms (King or Twin Beds) • Club King Suites • Deluxe Rooms (King or Twin Beds) • Superior Rooms (King, Double, or Twin Beds) • Junior Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is allowed in some rooms.
  • Best Room: The Club King Suites provide extras like airport transfers and access to the Club Lounge with happy hours, as well as a higher floor for superior views.
  • For Families: Most rooms and all suites can fit in an extra single bed each. Ask the management about other requirements because the hotel welcomes families.

Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park – Local Transport

  • Walking: Faces a busy road which isn’t that pleasant for walking, but the side street (TTK Road) is shady and worthy of exploration.
  • Public Transport: The metro offers services to both airport terminals, the major train and bus stations, and the city center. The nearest metro stations – Teynampet (10-minute drive) and Nandanam (10-minute drive) – are both about 1.5km from the hotel.
  • 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.

Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • About 300m west of the hotel (away from the junction) is a corner with a prominent Starbucks (4-minute walk).
  • On the way, and sharing the same building as each other, are a Subway and Fries Station, a delightful but tiny café serving western and Indian food at very low prices (4-minute walk).
  • About 50m up the side-street from Starbucks, Tryst Gourmet is an adorable café, patisserie, and supermarket (5-minute walk).

Another 200m past Starbucks is a major corner with a flyover. In a cluster about 100m apart are:

Shops

  • A few shops along the side street, virtually opposite the main vehicle entrance to the hotel. Opposite the hotel, and along the main road, the Amma Naana supermarket sells tasty food items rarely seen elsewhere in the city. 3-minute walk (200m).

Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park – The Hotel

The imposing hotel is located in an inner suburb.

The Crowne Plaza dominates this area within the inner southern suburbs.

The internal style and grace is far superior than the unexciting exterior suggests.

The unexciting exterior, which is similar to other hotels in this chain, is not indicative of the style and grace throughout.

Colonial-era terraces connect several of the hotel's amenities.

There are some reminders of the colonial era, such as the terraces that lead to many of the amenities.

Photos of old India adorn the hotel walls.

Unlike most similar hotels, there are photos and other mementoes of old India around the Crowne Plaza.

The hotel features a few pleasant gardens.

Being in the suburbs, there is enough space for some gardens.

A classy boutique is located in the lobby.

At the lobby level is a classy boutique.

Westminster is an English-style pub at the hotel.

The English-style pub at the hotel is given the regal name of Westminster.

The bar is very spacious and comfortable.

The Westminster bar/lounge is spacious and comfortable.

Cappuccino has a decent selection of light meals.

Also at the Crowne Plaza, Cappuccino offers much more than just coffee.

The Residency is very popular for its extensive buffets.

Another restaurant within the hotel is The Residency, renowned across the city for its extensive buffets.

Dakshin restaurant offers south Indian cuisine, decor, and music.

The very elegant Dakshin restaurant at the Crowne Plaza offers cuisine, décor, and music from across southern India.

On The Rocks is spread across 2 floors.

Yet another restaurant within the hotel is the split-level café, On The Rocks.

Connexions lounge has a patisserie.

Connexions is a bright and airy meeting spot with a patisserie.

The soundproofed rooms overlook the pool and gardens.

Many rooms face away from the main road (although all windows are soundproofed) and overlook the pool and gardens.

The large pool is sparkling blue.

The pool is fairly large and sparkling blue.

The sunbeds and trees offer a tropical vibe.

Natural shade and sunbeds provide a setting similar to a tropical island resort.

The large gym is well-equipped.

The fitness center is spacious and well-equipped.

The hotel neighborhood is very interesting to explore.

The immediate area around the hotel is more interesting than around most hotels in Chennai.

Opposite the hotel are a few shops.

A cluster of shops is opposite the main hotel entrance (which faces the side street, not the main road.)

The Amma Naana supermarket opposite the hotel is well-stocked.

Opposite the hotel along the main road is the well-stocked Amma Naana supermarket.

A Starbucks outlet is located close by.

About 300m along the road (away from the junction) is the familiar Starbucks.

Tryst Gourmet patisserie, coffee shop, and supermarket is close to Starbucks.

About 50m up the side street from Starbucks, the inviting Tryst Gourmet is a patisserie, coffee shop, and supermarket.

Café Coffee Day is located about 200m from Starbucks.

At a junction with a flyover, about 200m past Starbucks, are a cluster of great places, including Café Coffee Day, one in a vast chain across India.

Ambrosia nearby is a pleasant cafe and bakery.

Just up from Café Coffee Day is the Ambrosia Café & Bakery (being renovated in mid-2019).

Hokkaido Japanese Restaurant is located beside Ambrosia.

Next to Ambrosia is the quaint and authentic Hokkaido Japanese restaurant.

Ikkakas Restaurant serves Keralite cuisine.

Very near the Hokkaido restaurant, Ikkakas Restaurant specializes in cuisine from the state of Kerala.

Fries Station is a small and funky restaurant close to the hotel.

Barely 100m west of the hotel, and sharing a small building, are a Subway outlet and Fries Station, a funky café with barely enough room for 10 people.

Auto-rickshaws hang around outside the hotel, but drivers don't use meters.

There are always plenty of auto-rickshaws, but drivers won’t use meters, so always bargain.

The nearest metro station is about 1.5km from the hotel.

The metro, with direct services to the airport and other transport hubs, is about 1.5km from the hotel by auto-rickshaw.

The nearest metro station is very close to the hotel.

The nearest metro station is only 150m away. The metro provides direct links to the airport and city center.

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