There’s a broad range of styles among the three-star hotels in Chennai – everything from colonial-style hotels to contemporary residences with modern decor. You can also choose a three-star hotel in Chennai that’s close to the airport, as there are good public transport links to the city centre.
Three-Star Hotels for Active Holidays
Paddle in the waters on Marina Beach, but avoid swimming in the riptides by joining the locals in games of cricket. Spot kite-flyers among the market stalls and fortune-tellers and spend the day exploring the food and culture surrounding you.
If you’re a tennis fan and happen to be in Chennai in January, get your three-star hotel to book you tickets for the Chennai Open, India’s only stop on the ATP Tour. If you fancy a game yourself, there are several tennis academies to choose from where you get some private coaching.
For some time at one with nature, lose yourself in the Guindy National Park, one of India’s smallest and one of the few to be in the centre of a city. Roam the forested trails and look out for deer, bats, jackals and numerous species of exotic birds as well as geckos and chameleons. If you’re travelling with kids, you can take them to the park’s zoo and children’s park.
Explore Chennai’s History from Your 3 Star Hotel
Discover the rich heritage of Chennai’s temples, including the venerable eighth-century Parthasarathy Temple. Check out the elaborate colonnaded entrance, then head inside to see the ornate carvings dating from the 16th century as well as the shrines dedicated to five incarnations of the Hindu god Vishnu.
Head to the colourful Mylapore district and explore the impressive Kapaleeshwarar Temple, one of the city’s busiest. Dedicated to the deity Shiva, the temple features pillared pavilions and a brightly coloured gateway tower.
As Chennai was Britain’s first Indian outpost, make a visit to George Town which is dominated by the 17th-century Fort St. George. This enormous fort is home to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly, but it also includes the Fort Museum. Step inside and wander round the exhibits of colonial works of art and military memorabilia, as well as displays chronicling the history of Chennai and the role of British colonisers.