Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chennai, India

by Santorini Dave • Updated: July 16, 2019

Review of hotel Hyatt Regency in Chennai, India.

Hyatt Regency Chennai – Big, brash, and glitzy, offering plenty of space and style.

With a size, standard, and layout expected of this international chain, the Hyatt soars above everything else in this inner-city suburb. All rooms and suites are reasonably spacious and feature minimalist décor, large desks, and floor-to-ceiling windows that provide some of the city’s finest views. The amenities are also top-notch, including a huge outdoor pool (with a splash area for children) and an entire level packed with sophisticated bistros and bars. Featuring an almost space-age triangular design, the Hyatt can offer space rarely found elsewhere, but it feels a little isolated, though it’s only a few minutes from a metro station providing direct services to the airport and downtown.

Hyatt Regency Chennai – The Location

  • Address: 365 Anna Salai (Mount Road), a major thoroughfare through Chennai, in the inner southern suburb of Teynampet.
  • Area: Non-descript area and next to a mall (which is almost deserted).
  • How to Get There: There are efficient pre-paid taxi counters at the domestic and international airports; the trip takes about 40-50 minutes (15km). (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.

Hyatt Regency Chennai – The Basics

  • Guests: Mostly Indian and foreign business people, but a few tourists from across the globe.
  • Views: Easily the tallest building anywhere in the area, so views are vast. Set back from the main road and with soundproofing, none of the rooms facing the road are affected by traffic noise.
  • Kitchens: The Diplomat and Presidential suites feature kitchenettes.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None provided, but not really expected at this sort of inner-city business-oriented hotel in Chennai.
  • Extras: Some guests with access to the Club Lounge also receive free airport transfers. Daily newspaper delivered to each room.
  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout for all guests.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 (0)44 6100 1234
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: hyatt.com

Hyatt Regency Chennai – Amenities

  • Pool: Huge, outdoors, and oddly only accessible from a higher floor. Lacks shade but there are some sunbeds undercover. Fairly large separate area for the younger ones to splash in.
  • Spa: The luxurious Siddh Spa offers a far better range of treatments than most hotels of this standard. Six private rooms, steam room, sauna, and whirlpool.
  • Fitness Center: As well-equipped as expected and popular among guests.
  • For Families: Baby-sitting.
  • Other Facilities: Business center (24/7). Laundry. Money-changing. Travel desk.

Hyatt Regency Chennai – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Spice Haat – Buffets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and menu offering vast range of Indian and western food. Live cooking stations, and popular for Sunday brunch. • Focaccia – Traditional Italian food but much more than just pizza and pasta. Book ahead for the Saturday brunch. • Stix – Focuses on authentic street food from China in a fascinating setting. • Yakiniku – Authentic Japanese menu in a casual and spacious position facing the garden. Communal tables, family-friendly, and teppanyaki station. Dinner only. • Biscotti – Bakery and delicatessen with award-winning pastries and chocolates.
  • Bars: 365 A.S. – Named after the address (365 Anna Salai), this chic bar/lounge is popular with local workers. Leather lounges and city views. • Lobby Lounge – Elegant décor and open 24 hours.
  • Breakfast: Not included, but available for an extra cost. Those with Club Access receive free continental breakfast.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7.

Hyatt Regency Chennai – Rooms

  • Room Types: 1 King Bed • 1 King Bed High Floor • 2 Twin Beds High Floor • 1 King Bed Club Access • 1 King Bed with Club Access Deluxe • 2 Twin Beds with Club Access Deluxe • 2 Twin Beds • Regency Suites King • Regency Executive Suites • Diplomat Suites • Presidential Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: Ask the management about dedicated smoking rooms.
  • Best Room: On the top floor for superior views, the Presidential Suites are about 8 times larger than the standard rooms. Featuring kitchenettes, dining areas, and Club extras like cocktail hours and airport transfers.
  • For Families: More of a business hotel but 1 or 2 extra single beds can be fitted into the suites and larger rooms.

Hyatt Regency Chennai – Local Transport

  • Walking: Faces a busy road. There are some basic sidewalks and a few mildly interesting shops in the area. Cross the road using the underpass at the metro station.
  • Public Transport: The metro offers services to both airport terminals, the major train and bus stations, and the city center. The nearest metro station – AG-DMS – is only 200m north up the road. 2-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.

Hyatt Regency Chennai – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

Otherwise, head south down the main road and continue straight along Cenotaph Road (about 1.5km from the Hyatt). In a cluster about 100m apart are:

Shops

  • Part of the hotel building, Ramee Mall is mostly closed these days (mid-2019) but may pick up later. A few other shops of mild interest to tourists are just past the Courtyard Chennai hotel (see above).

Hyatt Regency Chennai – The Hotel

The imposing hotel is located in an inner-city southern suburb.

The Hyatt looms over everything else in this part of the inner-city southern suburb.

The grand hotel is very opulent.

The hotel is as grand and opulent as expected.

The contemporary main entrance and lobby are on separate floors.

Oddly, the main entrance (with contemporary art) is on a separate floor from the lobby.

The lobby is massive and very impressive.

The reception desks seem almost lost in the vast lobby area, which is one level above the main entrance.

The atrium and skylight add to the already striking design.

The hotel design is quite striking. The atrium and skylight add to the appeal.

The massive lobby has a very interesting design.

The lobby with atrium is huge and features interesting decorations.

There is a large pool by the reception on the first floor.

Directly across from the reception desks and only accessible from the first floor is the large pool.

The children's pool is also pretty big.

The special area for the younger ones is big and separate.

The pool deck has a few sunbeds.

The pool does lack natural shade, but some sunbeds are dotted along a terraced area.

The lobby-level Yakiniku Japanese restaurant is open only for dinner.

An impressive range of bars and bistros are present in the hotel, all around the lobby level. This includes the Yakiniku Japanese restaurant, which is only open for dinner.

Spice Haat serves buffets for all 3 meals.

Spice Haat is a very spacious restaurant where breakfast is served. Buffets are also provided at lunch and dinner.

Some tables at Spice Haat offer garden and pool views.

Some tables at Spice Haat offer views of the gardens and pool.

The ground floor also houses the classy Stix bistro.

Stix is another classy bistro on the ground level of the Hyatt.

The bright and airy Stix offers garden views as well.

Stix provides a bright and airy setting, and views across the gardens.

Focaccia is renowned for its Italian menu.

Also at the Hyatt, Focaccia is very popular for its Italian food.

The 365 A.S. bar/lounge is popular with the locals after work.

Often busy after dark with local workers is the sophisticated 365 A.S. bar/lounge.

Rooms feature a contemporary and minimalist decor.

The décor in all types of rooms is contemporary and could be described as ‘minimalist’.

The comfortable and spacious rooms feature large desks.

The rooms and suites are certainly comfortable and reasonably spacious, and feature sizable desks.

The accommodations at the back offer pool and city views.

Rooms and suites to the back overlook the hotel pool and the city streets beyond.

The busy neighborhood offers little of interest to most guests.

The hotel is in a busy area, but there is little of interest to most guests.

Paprika restaurant at the Courtyard Chennai hotel nearby is great.

Worth a 500m walk north up the road (past the metro station) is the Paprika restaurant at the Courtyard Chennai hotel.

The swish Rhapsody bar/bistro is also in the Courtyard Chennai hotel.

Also at the Courtyard hotel is the swish Rhapsody bar/bistro.

Café Coffee Day serves good drinks and light meals south of the hotel.

About 1.5km south of the Hyatt is a cluster of places to eat, including the ever-reliable Café Coffee Day, one in a countrywide chain.

Ambrosia nearby is a pleasant cafe and bakery.

Close to 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 Japanese restaurant, Hokkaido.

The mostly-abandoned Ramee Mall houses a TGI Fridays.

Part of the same building as the Hyatt, Ramee Mall looks impressive but is mostly abandoned inside.

There are a few shops near the Courtyard Chennai hotel.

There are a few shops just north of the Courtyard Chennai hotel, 500m from the Hyatt, but little else of interest to guests.

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

Auto-rickshaws have meters but drivers refuse to use them, so bargain hard or try Uber/Ola.

The metro station is very close to the hotel.

The nearest metro station is only 200m away. The metro provides direct links to the airport and city center.

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