Grand Chennai by GRT Hotels in India

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: October 9, 2019

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Review of hotel Grand Chennai by GRT in Chennai, India.

Grand Chennai by GRT Hotels – Simply more appealing and better value than almost every other hotel in Chennai.

Grand in name and style, this is a cut above virtually every multi-star hotel across the city. The atrium lobby is graceful – rather than unnecessarily opulent – and typical of the hotel’s character throughout. All the amenities are provided, including an indoor pool, but everything comes with a genuine panache and subtle elegance absent almost anywhere else. Rooms are very nice, too, and feature glass desks, sweeping city views, and splashes of color on the floors and walls. Little touches add to the appeal, such as potted plants and free cookies and fruits in the rooms. The hotel’s also in an interesting area and only minutes from a metro station (with direct links to the airport and downtown).

Grand Chennai by GRT Hotels – The Location

  • Address: 120 Sir Theagaraya Road in the inner southern suburb known as T. Nagar. On the corner with Giriyappa Road, along which is the main entrance.
  • Area: Residential and business district, with plenty of shade, shops, and cafés. Roadworks (due to finish by late 2020) should improve sidewalks and traffic flow.
  • How to Get There: There are efficient pre-paid taxi counters at the domestic and international airports; the trip takes about 30-40 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.

Grand Chennai by GRT Hotels – The Basics

  • Guests: Combination of business people and tourists, but also popular with families.
  • Views: All rooms and suites on or above the 2nd floor provide excellent city views.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not really expected (or provided) at this sort of inner-city hotel in Chennai.
  • Extras: Daily newspaper delivered to each room. Some guests have access to the Club Lounge, which also includes free laundry and airport transfers.
  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout, but deliberate restrictions on uploading (not downloading).
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 (0)44 2815 5500
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: grthotels.com

Grand Chennai by GRT Hotels – Amenities

  • Pool: In the basement and indoors, so not as inviting as others, but decent enough.
  • Spa: Accessed through a side entrance, the spa provides traditional treatments and well-trained staff. Substantial discounts for hotel guests.
  • Fitness Center: Small but adequate. Open 24 hours.
  • For Families: Cots. Baby-sitting.
  • Other Facilities: Business center (open 24/7). Money-changing. Laundry. Guest lounges.

Grand Chennai by GRT Hotels – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Bazaar – Open 24/7, it’s bright and funky. Upmarket versions of Indian street food, as well as salads and pizzas. Gets crowded for buffet breakfast. Patisserie and coffee shop attached. • J. Hind – Very striking traditional-style décor, yet the Indian cuisine is contemporary. Sports bar attached. • Steams & Whistles – Very attractive bar/lounge over 3 levels. A 1920’s theme and pub-style meals. Also, DJs and/or live music until late. • The Art Bistro – Trendy lounge and meeting spot. Plenty of art to admire and coffee/tea to enjoy.
  • Breakfast: Included in most rates, but this depends on how the room was booked.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7.

Grand Chennai by GRT Hotels – Rooms

  • Room Types: Business Class Rooms • Serene Rooms • Grand Club Rooms • Deluxe Suites • Theme Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: Entire level of rooms for smokers.
  • Best Room: The Theme Suites are magnificent and twice the size of all other rooms. Featuring separate living areas, massage chairs, walk-in closets, and Club benefits.
  • For Families: All rooms can easily fit in extra single beds, while the suites can accommodate families of 4 with ease. Some rooms have connecting doors.

Grand Chennai by GRT Hotels – Local Transport

  • Walking: Sidewalks are likely to be finished by 2020, so walking around the area will be far more pleasant. Shady backstreets and plenty of shops along the main road in front.
  • 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 – is 400m from the hotel. 5-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.

Grand Chennai by GRT Hotels – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

The finest selection is along the side street (North Boag Road) besides the Residency Towers hotel. As well as a Subway, supermarket, and 2 health-food stores, are:

  • Bowl’d +91 955 16 04056 – Hip vegetarian café offering make-it-yourself organic salads. 3-minute walk (200m).
  • 10 Downing Street – Almost as posh as it sounds, an English-style pub for grills, live music, and imported spirits. 5-minute walk (400m).

Shops

  • Quite a few interesting places along the main road. Some call themselves ‘malls’ but are really just a handful of shops in one building; certainly not malls in the conventional sense.

Grand Chennai by GRT Hotels – The Hotel

The hotel is superior to similarly-rated hotels in all respects.

Everything about the Grand Chennai, from the design and setting to the staff and décor, is much more appealing than similarly rated hotels in the city.

Guests are greeted by a friendly doorman.

A friendly doorman awaits all guests.

The spacious lobby is often crowded.

The lobby is spacious and often crowded, so the reception desks are easy to miss.

The hotel has a very striking design.

The hotel design is quite striking and all rooms are accessible along internal corridors.

The lobby is located in the bright and airy atrium.

The lobby is within a bright and airy atrium created by the attractive hotel design.

Bazaar is the hotel's main restaurant, located by the reception.

Behind the reception desks, Bazaar is the main hotel restaurant. Attached are a patisserie and coffee shop.

J. Hind restaurant has a colorful and appealing decor.

Particularly colorful and attractive is the J. Hind restaurant within the hotel.

J. Hind restaurant has a colorful and appealing decor.

The décor of the J. Hind restaurant is quite different and instantly likable.

The J. Hind restaurant has an attached bar.

Attached to the J. Hind restaurant is a bar.

J. Hind's bar features TV sports.

There are some intimate seats at the J. Hind bar, but TV sports dominate.

The indoor pool is functional but not too appealing.

The pool is indoors and therefore, not so appealing, but still functional.

The spa features trained staff and lots of traditional treatments.

The spa at the hotel offers well-trained staff and a range of traditional treatments.

There are pleasant guest lounges on each floor.

The hotel offers little touches rarely seen elsewhere, such as a nicely-decorated guest lounge on every floor.

The spacious rooms have a pleasant decor and furnishing.

Rooms are spacious and pleasantly decorated and furnished.

All accommodations come with large windows.

Each room and suite features an almost full-length window.

The spacious rooms have plenty of space to relax and store luggage.

There is plenty of space in the rooms and suites to relax and store luggage.

Rooms offer interesting views of the city.

The city views from most rooms and suites are interesting – certainly better than average.

The busy road in front of the hotel has several shops, cafes, and fast=food outlets.

The hotel faces a busy road packed with shops, cafés, and fast-food outlets.

The shady side street by the hotel is pleasant for walking.

The Grand Chennai is on a corner, and the shady side street offers little of interest although it’s pleasant for walking.

The Parisian-style Main Street cafe in the Residency Towers hotel nearby is lovely.

In the Residency Towers hotel, one block from the Grand Chennai, is the adorable Paris-style café, Main Street.

The Southern Aromas restaurant at the Residency Towers serves a great south Indian menu.

Offering exquisite south Indian cuisine in a refined setting is Southern Aromas, also at the Residency Towers hotel.

Merlion Kitchen serves hearty portions of Indian dishes at affordable prices.

Directly opposite the side street entrance to the Grand Chennai, Merlion Kitchen offers tasty street food in a clean environment and at great prices.

A Subway outlet is located near the Residency Towers hotel.

The finest selection of places to eat, drink, and shop is along the side street from the Residency Towers hotel, including a Subway outlet.

The funky and vegetarian Bowl’d cafe serves organic produce.

Just up from the Subway outlet, Bowl’d is a funky vegetarian café specializing in organic produce.

A couple of health food stores and a supermarket are located nearby.

Also along the side street up from the nearby Residency Towers hotel are two health food stores and a small supermarket offering fresh fruit and vegetables.

10 Downing Street is an English-style pub along the side street.

About 400m from the Grand Chennai, and up the side street from the Residency Towers hotel, is the English-style pub, 10 Downing Street.

Auto-rickshaw drivers refuse to use meters, so bargain hard.

Auto-rickshaws try to compete against Uber, but drivers still won’t use their meters.

The nearest metro station is close to the hotel.

Chennai boasts one of the best metro systems in India for tourists. The nearest station to the Grand Chennai is only 400m away.

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