Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road Hotel in India

by Santorini Dave • Updated: July 16, 2019

Review of Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road Hotel in Chennai, India.

Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road Hotel – More spacious, family-friendly, and affordable than many hotels in the inner city.

This Novotel offers exactly what is expected from this renowned chain of four-star hotels. Beyond the slightly unexciting concrete-and-glass exterior, the lobby is quite fashionable and the amenities are impressive – from the free use of computers at the lobby to the stunning rooftop pool with sweeping city views. The rooms and suites are comfortable, functional, and colorful, without being opulent, and can squeeze in families of four. Conveniently situated between the airport and downtown, Novotel provides more space, better value, and finer views than most rivals in the city center. Additionally, it’s close to several terrific cafés and a metro station with direct links to the city center, airport, and other transport hubs.

Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road Hotel – The Location

  • Address: On Chamiers (Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar) Road in an inner-city suburban area called Anna Salai or Nandanam.
  • Area: Faces a busy main road, but it’s 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 minutes (11km). (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.

Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road Hotel – The Basics

  • Guests: Mostly business people from across India and elsewhere, but quite a few tourists, too.
  • Views: As the only high-rise in the area, views are more sweeping than at many other city hotels. Rooms to the front face the main road, but windows are very well soundproofed.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not really expected (or provided) at this sort of suburban business-style hotel.
  • Extras: Daily newspaper delivered to most rooms.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 (0)44 2430 2333
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: accorhotels.com

Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool: Could become a little crowded at times, but the setting on the rooftop is superb. However, limited space means not enough sunbeds.
  • Spa: None.
  • Fitness Center: On the rooftop and facing the pool, it’s decent-sized and well-equipped.
  • For Families: Baby-sitting.
  • Other Facilities: Free use of computers. Laundry. Boutiques. Business services.

Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Food Exchange – Wide selection of contemporary Indian and western food. Open-plan kitchen and children’s menu. • Gourmet Bar – Casual and popular meeting spot for locals. Meals available and live music on some nights.
  • Breakfast: Not included in the rates, but available for an extra charge.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7, but a limited menu overnight.

Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior Rooms (Twin or King Beds) • Premier Rooms (Twin or King Beds) • Executive Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is allowed in some rooms.
  • Best Room: Executive Suites feature separate living areas and tend to be on higher floors, offering superior views.
  • For Families: All types of accommodations can fit families of 4 (which is quite unusual), but it could be a tight squeeze. There’s more space in the Executive Suites.

Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road Hotel – Local Transport

  • Walking: Faces a busy road, so it’s not a great area for walking, especially with the broken sidewalks, but plenty of interesting shops and cafés nearby.
  • Public Transport: The metro offers services to both airport terminals, the major train and bus stations, and the city center. The nearest metro stations – Nandanam – is about 800m away. 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.

Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    About 200m east of the hotel is a major junction with a flyover. Just up that road and within 100m of each other are:

  • Café Coffee Day – One in a countrywide chain of reliable cafés selling drinks and light meals. 3-minute walk (220m).
  • Ambrosia Café & Bakery – Delicious baked items. (Attached café was being renovated in mid-2019.) 3-minute walk (250m).
  • Hokkaido Japanese Restaurant – Award-winning cuisine and authentic décor at pleasing prices. 3-minute walk (250m).
  • Ikkakas Restaurant +01 (0)44 4860 1818 – Specializes in cuisine from the neighboring state of Kerala. Comfortable seating, friendly staff, and cheap prices. 3-minute walk (300m).
  • About 500m from the Novotel, past the junction with the flyover, is a prominent Starbucks on a corner (7-minute walk). About 50m up the side-street from the Starbucks, Tryst Gourmet is an adorable café, patisserie, and supermarket (7-minute walk).
  • Barely 50m past the Starbucks, and sharing the same building as each other, are a Subway and Fries Station, a delightful but tiny restaurant serving western and Indian food at very low prices. 7-minute walk.

Shops

  • A few shops along both sides of the main road near the Novotel, but almost entirely for locals. Opposite the Crowne Plaza hotel 800m to the east, the Amma Naana supermarket sells tasty food items rarely seen elsewhere in the city. 8-minute walk (600m).

Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road Hotel – The Hotel

The hotel is located in a suburb between downtown and the airport.

The Novotel is easy to find along a main road within the inner suburbs between the airport and downtown.

The hotel interior is more pleasant compared to its exterior.

The exterior is just concrete and glass, but the design and décor inside is more appealing.

The Food Exchange bistro offers delicious food all day.

On the ground level, the Food Exchange bistro offers a tempting menu all day.

The Food Exchange bistro offers a children's menu as well as a breakfast buffet.

The Food Exchange bistro offers an uncommon children’s menu as well as a buffet at breakfast.

Gourmet Bar next door is intimate and pleasant.

Alongside Food Exchange at the Novotel is the intimate and pleasant Gourmet Bar.

The rooftop lounge is another great place to relax.

Another place to relax is the lounge area on the hotel rooftop.

The rooftop lounge offers excellent views and intimate settings.

Some seats at the rooftop lounge area provide an intimate setting and broad city views.

The rooftop has plenty of pool-facing seating.

On the hotel rooftop, other chairs and sofas face the pool.

The fairly small pool has an excellent setting.

The pool at the Novotel may get crowded at times, but the rooftop setting is superb.

Guests can relax on the limited sunbeds or the lounge area on the rooftop.

With limited space on the rooftop, there are not enough sunbeds alongside the pool, but guests can relax in the adjoining lounge area.

The rooftop gym is well-equipped and faces the pool.

The fitness center faces the pool on the rooftop and is well-equipped.

The accommodations are very comfortable.

The rooms and suites are as comfortable as expected at this hotel within the renowned Novotel chain.

The spacious bathrooms are well-appointed.

The bathrooms are a decent size and offer all the luxuries needed.

The rooms and suites feature a contemporary decor.

The décor within the rooms and suites is contemporary.

The tall hotel offers broad and interesting views from most rooms.

As the only high-rise in the area, views from most windows are broad and interesting.

The neighborhood facilities are directed more toward locals.

The Novotel is along a busy road, with some facilities in both directions which are mostly for Indian locals rather than foreign tourists.

Fries Station is a delightful cafe close by.

Within a building also housing a Subway outlet, Fries Station is a delightfully funky café.

Café Coffee Day is also located close by.

Near a flyover about 200m from the hotel are a group of places to eat, including Café Coffee Day.

Ambrosia nearby is a pleasant cafe and bakery.

Just up from Café Coffee Day, Ambrosia is a great bakery and café.

Hokkaido Japanese Restaurant is located beside Ambrosia.

Next to Ambrosia is the Hokkaido Japanese Restaurant.

Ikkakas Restaurant serves a menu from the state of Kerala.

Almost next to Hokkaido, Ikkakas Restaurant specializes in cuisine from the neighboring state of Kerala.

There is a Starbucks outlet nearby.

On a corner about 500m east of the hotel is the familiar Starbucks.

Tryst Gourmet nearby is a pleasant patisserie, coffee shop, and supermarket.

Only 50m up a side street from Starbucks, Tryst Gourmet is an appealing patisserie, coffee shop, and supermarket.

Auto-rickshaws in Chennai don't use meters, so bargain hard.

Bargain hard when using auto-rickshaws because drivers won’t use meters.

The Nandanam metro station is within walking distance from the hotel.

Less hassle and certainly cheaper than auto-rickshaws, the metro has services to the airport and downtown. The Nandanam station is about 800m from the hotel.

The Amma Naana supermarket nearby is well-stocked.

Opposite the Crowne Plaza hotel, about 800m east of the Novotel, is the well-stocked Amma Naana supermarket.

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