E Hotel in Chennai, India

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Updated: October 9, 2019

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Review of E Hotel in Chennai, India.

E Hotel – Functional, comfortable, convenient, and affordable – also attached to an excellent mall.

Perfect for shopaholics, the E Hotel is, as expected by the name, modern, compact, and a little funky. An all-glass exterior, glowing purple lights in the lobby, and abstract art on the walls – this hotel is certainly a little different from most others in traditional Chennai. Rooms are more spacious than many in the city center and feature chic (but a little uncomfortable) chairs, although the bed does look inviting. Views are expansive and the bathroom (with an unusual seat) is quite large. Suites feature kitchenettes and separate living/dining rooms, and breakfast is included for all guests. For many, however, the major attraction is that the lobby is just meters from the entrance to the world-class Express Avenue mall, with numerous places to eat, drink, and shop.

E Hotel – The Location

  • Address: Gate 1, Express Avenue mall, Patullos Road, in the inner southern suburbs. Tall and imposing glass building attached to the western part of the mall.
  • Area: Outside the carpark area, the roads are busy and noisy but packed with interesting shops and cafés. The hotel is at least 50m from the main road.
  • How to Get There: There are efficient pre-paid taxi counters at the domestic and international airports; the trip takes about 40-50 minutes (16km). (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.

E Hotel – The Basics

  • Guests: Primarily a business hotel, although it caters well for tourists, too, including families.
  • Views: Most rooms face away from the mall, providing extensive street views. Some face more towards the mall, so the views are not as good.
  • Kitchens: Emperor Suites feature kitchenettes.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at this sort of inner-city hotel.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 (0)44 2846 3333
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: emallhotel.com

E Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool & Spa: Not expected (or provided).
  • Fitness Center: One of the rooms on the 4th floor has been converted to a very small gym, providing the barest amount of equipment.

E Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: At the lobby level is the bright and cheerful café, Entree. Long menu of Indian and international vegetarian food, including Thai and Mexican. Also, buffets at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Bar attached.
  • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included for all guests.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurant hours of about 7 am to 10 pm.

E Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Elegance Rooms • Emperor Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking allowed in some rooms.
  • Best Room: Emperor Suites are exactly twice the size of the standard rooms and feature separate living/dining areas and kitchenettes.
  • For Families: Suites are large enough for 2 extra single beds. Additionally, connecting doors allow a suite to join a room for a perfect combination large enough for a family of 5. Suites also feature dining areas and kitchenettes.

E Hotel – Local Transport

  • Walking: Vibrant area, if a little chaotic. Some shady sidewalks, and always something fascinating to find on foot.
  • Public Transport: The metro offers services to both airport terminals, the major train and bus stations, and the city center. The nearest metro stations – Thousand Lights – is 800m from the hotel (10-minute walk).
  • 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.

E Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

Otherwise, try the Taj Club House hotel. Head north to the main road, turn right, and right again at Club House Road. (6-minute walk, 500m.) It offers:

  • Beyond Indus – Very swish décor, and traditional cuisine from across India with modern influences.
  • Kefi – Mediterranean cuisine. Stylish Greek-themed décor inside and al fresco seating on the rooftop for sunsets, views, and breezes. Dinner only.
  • Club House – Open 24 hours for contemporary Asian cuisine, including buffets, and live music most nights.

Shops

  • Only meters from the hotel lobby is an entrance to the world-class Express Avenue mall. More than 200 places to eat and shop over 5 levels. Also, one of India’s largest games arcades, and a cinema complex that also shows western films.

E Hotel – The Hotel

The hotel has a contemporary design and style.

With its glass exterior, this hotel is contemporary in design and style.

The lobby features funky decor with purple lights.

The décor throughout the E Hotel is colorful and a little bit funky, evidenced by the purple lights at the lobby.

Contemporary art adorns the lobby walls.

The walls near the lobby are also lined with contemporary art.

The guest lounge has colorful seating.

Chairs at the guest lounge are also fashionable and vivid (but a little uncomfortable).

Entrée cafe is located near the reception.

The only café on-site, Entrée, is located near the reception desks.

The colorful Entrée cafe offers buffets for all 3 meals.

The bright and cheerful Entrée cafe at the E Hotel offers buffets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The gym is very small and basic.

The fitness center only provides a few machines in a converted room on the 4th floor.

The colorful rooms are quite spacious.

As expected from the design of the lobby, rooms are colorful and also reasonably spacious.

The chic chairs in the rooms are not really comfortable.

Chairs in the rooms are chic but not always that comfortable.

Rooms offer decent views.

Views from the many windows throughout the hotel are better than average for the area.

The spacious rooms have plenty of space for luggage.

There is plenty of space in the rooms for luggage.

The funky bathrooms have unusual seats.

Even the bathrooms are a little funky and feature unusual seating.

The hotel is attached to the world-class Express Avenue mall.

The major attraction of staying at the E Hotel for many is that it’s attached to a world-class mall.

The Express Avenue mall nearby has several places to eat and shop.

The Express Avenue mall alongside the hotel offers five levels of shops and cafés.

A Starbucks outlet is located on the ground floor of the mall.

The letters may not be familiar, but many would still recognize the logo anyway. Starbucks is on the ground floor of the mall.

Pizza Hut also has an outlet at the mall.

One of many well-known fast-food outlets at the mall is Pizza Hut.

Café Coffee Day at the mall serves good drinks and light meals.

Another cafe at the Express Avenue mall is Café Coffee Day, one in a countrywide chain of terrific places for a drink or light meal.

Chili’s American Grill on the top floor is known for its burgers.

Also on the top floor of the mall, Chili’s American Grill is always popular for its burgers.

The mall's food court is huge.

The food court at the mall is absolutely huge.

The mall's food court features several delectable food counters.

There is so much to choose from, including Indian and western food, in the food court.

The mall's games arcade is among the country's largest.

Inside the mall is a games arcade, one of the largest in India.

The Express Avenue mall nearby has several places to eat and shop.

More places to eat can be found outside the main gate to the Express Avenue mall.

Club House café offers a rare and popular salad bar.

The Club House café at the Taj Club House hotel (about 500m from the E Hotel) offers an uncommon salad bar.

The elegant Beyond Indus restaurant is also located at the Taj.

Also at the Taj Club House hotel is the elegant Beyond Indus restaurant.

The rooftop Kefi restaurant features a Greek decor and Mediterranean menu.

On the rooftop of the Taj Club House hotel is the Mediterranean-style Kefi restaurant.

The hotel faces a busy main road with lots of auto-rickshaws.

The main road in front of Gate 1 of the mall, close to the hotel entrance, is busy, and there are always plenty of auto-rickshaws around.

The shady sidewalks in the neighborhood are pleasant for walking.

Some sidewalks around the mall and carpark are shady and comparatively pleasant for walking.

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