South India’s oldest hotel reopens

Taj Connemara back in business

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Following a year-long extensive renovation and redesign, Taj Connemara in Chennai is again welcoming guests. Dating back to 1854, the hotel’s legendary history has been brought to life with fresh and modern sensibilities.

“Taj Connemara is another jewel in the Taj portfolio of iconic heritage hotels,” Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), said.

“We are committed to continuing our century-old legacy of restoring historical treasures across the globe for our guests. The newly renovated Taj Connemara draws on the hotel’s illustrious past while offering patrons a distinctive, modern and individualistic experience. We are happy to announce that Taj Connemara will resume its place in the cultural heart of Chennai. ”

Heritage Room Taj Connemara, Chennai
Heritage Room © Taj Connemara, Chennai

Restoration of a Design Icon

Taj Connemara’s refreshed design has eclectic architectural influences of Classic Colonial, Art Deco and distinctive elements from the celebrated architect, Geoffrey Bawa’s ‘Tropical Modernism’ style, coupled with a timeless refreshing interior design.

The hotel’s 147 rooms and suites spread across the Tower and Heritage wings are each appointed with elegant four-poster beds, vintage prints and objets d’art. Sensitive preservation of the Art Deco façade and interiors will showcase the hotel’s original features including wooden carvings sourced from the 16th- and 17th-century temples of Mahabalipuram. Unique for a city hotel, guests will enjoy 4.5 acres of landscaped greens and enclosed atrium gardens.

The Colonial Corridor Taj Connemara, Chennai
The Colonial Corridor © Taj Connemara, Chennai

Food & Beverage

Restaurants and bars at the Taj Connemara include The Lady Connemara Bar & Lounge; the city’s first licensed bar reclaims its position as the place to be seen at. Novel culinary experiences showcase nostalgic Anglo-Indian dishes and regional Madras specialties in a relaxed ambience at the all-day-diner Verandah, while the quintessentially Chennai experience Raintree continues to serve authentic Chettinad fare in an alfresco setting.

Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the capital of Tamil Nadu. Recently declared as a Creative City by UNESCO, Chennai is enjoying its place in the spotlight for its many strengths including its cuisine, architecture, culture and musical heritage. The hotel’s concierge team will curate exclusive experiences, including heritage tours retracing the city’s colonial past and opportunities to engage with the thriving performing arts scene, textile industry, the Mahabalipuram temple complex (declared a UNESCO heritage site) and the fragrant and flavourful Tamil street food.

Taj’s portfolio comprises hotels across the globe including presence in India, North America, United Kingdom, Africa, Middle East, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan and Nepal.

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