Taj Club House Hotel in Chennai, India

by Santorini Dave • Updated: July 16, 2019

Review of Taj Club House hotel in Chennai, India.

Taj Club House – Ticks all the boxes: modern, opulent, convenient, quiet, and spacious.

The square design of glass resembles an office block, but it’s certainly more elegant inside – from the marble-floor lobby to the swish bistros and bars. The overall design is contemporary, evidenced by the art on the walls of the corridors and rooms. The suites are even more modish, featuring a semi-separate living area with a divider that has two TVs. Especially inviting is the rooftop pool surrounded by a wooden deck and overlooked by the enormous fitness center. The Club House is also more appealing than most because it’s not on a main road, but along a dead-end lane and walkable to a world-class mall (with cinema complex and games arcade) and metro station (with direct links to the airport, bus/train stations, and downtown).

Taj Club House – The Location

  • Address: Impossible to miss down the aptly-named Club House Road in the inner southern suburbs.
  • Area: Along a tranquil dead-end lane and about 100m from the main road, Anna Salai (Mount Road). A side entrance for those on foot faces Woods Road, which is lined with shops and places to eat. Busy area with much roadworks and construction as it becomes more developed. Less than 500m from an excellent mall (see later).
  • How to Get There: There are efficient pre-paid taxi counters at the domestic and international airports; the trip takes about 35-45 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.

Taj Club House – The Basics

  • Guests: Primarily a business hotel. Those on holiday are more likely to stay at the historic sister hotel, Taj Connemara, only 300m away.
  • Views: A few recently-built high-rises and a few more on the way nearby, so street views can be obstructed. Hence, the higher the room, the better.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: The Presidential Suites feature jacuzzis.
  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout for all guests.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 (0)44 6631 3131
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: tajhotels.com

Taj Club House – Amenities

  • Pool: Fantastic pool on the rooftop. Plenty of sunbeds but not much shade. Wooden deck adds to the appeal, and café/bar alongside.
  • Spa: As swanky and spacious as imagined, the Jiva Spa offers a range of signature treatments using traditional methods. Yoga and meditation available.
  • Fitness Center: Huge, with multiple copies of all the latest equipment. Faces the pool and open 24 hours. Personal trainers available.
  • Other Facilities: Business Center (24 hours). Money-changing. Laundry. Travel desk.

Taj Club House – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Beyond Indus – Upmarket, for traditional cuisine from across India with modern influences. • Kefi – Mediterranean cuisine and classy Greek-themed décor inside or al fresco seating on the rooftop for sunsets, views, and breezes. Dinner only. • Rooftop Alfresco – The name says it all. Alongside the pool for light meals and snacks, especially lovely at sunset. • Club House – Simply named but beautifully decorated. Open 24 hours for contemporary Asian cuisine. Also, buffets at lunch and dinner and live music on most nights. • Brew – Wide range of coffee and teas in a chic and airy setting. Snacks available. • The Deli – Pastry shop at the lobby level for sandwiches and chocolate treats. • Blend – Lounge bar serving imported wines and spirits. Turns into a trendy nightclub on weekends. Signature cocktails and tapas all day/evening.
  • Breakfast: Not normally included but can be, depending on the room and how it was booked.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7.

Taj Club House – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior Rooms • Deluxe Rooms • Premium Rooms • Executive Suites • Deluxe Suites • Presidential Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: Some smoking rooms may be available. Check when booking.
  • Best Room: Incredibly, the Presidential Suites are about ten times larger than the standard rooms. Separate living/dining area, second bedroom, and jacuzzi – even a private bar, butler, and gym.
  • For Families: Deluxe and Premium rooms can easily accommodate 3 or even 4 people, and suites are ideal for families. Presidential Suites have 2 bedrooms.

Taj Club House – Local Transport

  • Walking: Roadworks throughout 2019 and beyond make walking less pleasant, but sidewalks will be built. Vibrant area, if a little chaotic, along the side street (Woods Road), and fabulous mall less than 500m away.
  • Public Transport: The metro offers services to both airport terminals, the major train and bus stations, and the city center. The nearest metro station – LIC – is about 500m from the hotel. 6-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.

Taj Club House – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Hotel Sennthur – Quick, tasty, and affordable vegetarian food at the corner of the main road and lane to the hotel. 1-minute walk (50m).
  • Taj Connemara – Worth visiting the sister hotel if only to admire the gardens and colonial-era setting. Also offers a number of fabulous choices including: Raintree (exquisite Indian cuisine and pleasant garden setting), The Lady Connemara Bar & Lounge (gorgeous colonial-style setting for cocktails and afternoon teas), and The Verandah (casual bistro, poolside, and open 24 hours). The Connemara is just over the main road, 300m away. 4-minute walk.
  • Most guests will probably head to the fantastic Express Avenue mall (see below). It offers familiar outlets, such as Subway, Burger King, Pizza Hut, and Starbucks, as well as numerous atractive cafés and restaurants, such as Chili’s American Grill and Cafe Coffee Day. And the food court is huge. 5-minute walk (350m).

Shops

  • The hotel is less than 500m from the world-class Express Avenue mall. Simply head south down Woods Road from the side entrance to the hotel. Huge range of bistros and boutiques over 5 levels, as well as one of India’s largest games arcades and a cinema complex that shows western films, too. Also, a few handicraft stores along the main road, just around the corner from the hotel. 5-minute walk.

Taj Club House – The Hotel

Despite the plain exterior, the hotel is very majestic.

It may sound like a leisure center and look like an office block, but the Taj Club House is a majestic hotel.

The lobby is lavish and elegant.

The elegance is immediately evident at the lavish lobby.

The guest lounge sports a contemporary design.

The guest lounge is an example of the contemporary design throughout the hotel.

The hotel features an excellent collection of contemporary art.

Art on the walls of the corridors (and rooms) is indicative of the modern style throughout the Taj Club House.

The Deli is a pleasant patisserie and coffee shop by the lobby.

In the guest lounge at the lobby level is The Deli, a pleasant patisserie and coffee shop.

The Club House café is a pleasant restaurant on-site.

There are numerous places to eat and drink at the hotel, including the Club House café.

Club House café offers a rare and popular salad bar.

The Club House café offers a popular salad bar, a rarity among hotels in Chennai.

Blend bar and lounge features as a nightclub on weekends.

The swish Blend bar and lounge turns into a nightclub on weekends.

Beyond Indus restaurant features a traditional décor and contemporary cuisine.

Also at the Taj Club House, the elegant Beyond Indus restaurant provides a traditional décor and contemporary cuisine.

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

On the hotel rooftop, the sophisticated Kefi restaurant offers Mediterranean food and a Greek-style décor.

Kefi restaurant offers eating at the edge of the rooftop.

Meals and drinks from the Kefi restaurant can be served at tables alongside the edge of the rooftop.

The large pool is very inviting.

The pool is particularly inviting and larger than those at most hotels.

The pool lacks natural shade but the deck has some umbrellas.

The pool does lack shade but some umbrellas are offered.

The hotel has an enormous gym.

Facing the pool, the fitness center is enormous.

The spacious rooms feature corner lounge chairs by the windows.

Even the lowest category rooms are spacious enough for a corner lounge chair alongside the window.

The rooms feature a modern design and fashionable art.

The design of the rooms is modern, as indicated by the glass desk and fashionable art.

Views are obstructed but still green.

The increasing number of high-rises nearby obstructs views in some directions, but there is still some greenery around.

A divider with a TV on either side separates the living and sleeping areas in the suites.

Suites feature semi-separate living areas, detached from the bedroom by a divider that has a TV on either side.

Suite come with 2 TV sets.

Guests in the suites can watch TV from the bed or living area.

Bathrooms are spacious and well-equipped.

The bathrooms in all the rooms and suites are spacious and well-equipped.

The hotel is located in its namesake lane.

The hotel is along a short dead-end lane which is well-named.

The hotel lane is very quiet.

The lane to the hotel has almost no traffic.

Hotel Sennthur close by offers good vegetarian food.

At the corner of the main road and lane to the Taj Club House, Hotel Sennthur offers tasty vegetarian food.

The hotel has a side entrance along Woods Road.

A useful side entrance to the Taj Club House hotel is along Woods Road.

Woods Road has plenty of interesting shops.

Woods Road is lined with interesting shops for local residents and workers.

Woods Road also has plenty of budget restaurants.

There are also plenty of cheap places to eat along Woods Road, a side street accessible from a separate hotel gate.

The Verandah at the nearby Taj Connemara serves excellent lunch buffets.

Worth a visit – if only to admire the colonial-era design – is the sister hotel, Taj Connemara, only 300m away. It offers numerous places to eat, including The Verandah, renowned for its lunchtime buffets.

The Raintree restaurant is an exquisite place to dine at.

Also at the Taj Connemara is the exquisite Raintree restaurant.

The Lady Connemara Bar & Lounge is great for drinks or afternoon tea.

A must-do is a drink (or afternoon tea) at The Lady Connemara Bar & Lounge at the Taj Connemara, the sister hotel just across the main road from the Taj Club House.

The excellent Express Avenue mall is within walking distance.

The world-class Express Avenue mall is less than 500m away. Use the hotel’s side entrance on Woods Road.

The large mall offers several places to eat, drink, and shop.

The mall near the hotel offers more than 200 places to eat, drink, and shop over five levels.

The mall even has a Starbucks outlet.

Many familiar outlets can be found at the Express Avenue mall.

The mall's food court is enormous.

The food court on the top level of the mall is enormous.

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

There is so much to choose from in the food court at the Express Avenue mall, less than 500m from the hotel.

The games arcade is one of the largest in the country.

The games arcade at the mall is one of the largest in India.

The area has several auto-rickshaws.

The streets near the hotel are lined with auto-rickshaws, but drivers seem to be particularly pushy near the mall.

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