We initially booked through Expedia but upgraded the rooms as our friends were in the higher floors. We wish we hadn't as the lower floors were recently refurbished.
The southern spice restaurant was excellent. Good tasty food excellent friendly staff who took personnel care. Club house was a waste of money.
"Residency Towers, T.Nagar, Chennai: Good overall"
The Hotel is very centrally located and is close to shopping and most amenities. It has great ambience and the staff are very friendly and polite. Generally the breakfast is thrown in and is very good and has both West and Eastern items - plenty to choose from and tastes great. We stayed 6 nights this time.
THE NOT SO GOOD: The showers are not that clean and to me maintenace in this area has definitely slipped (compared to my previous visit a couple of years ago). The water in the shower does not drain and pools up very quickly. Also, the basin is cracked - does not affect it functionally though.
Further, we had a neighbour from HELL this time - talking so loudly well into the night. Turns out the occupants were very drunk and did not care about anyone else. The Hotel immediately offered to relocate me to another room and which we did after 2 nights.
The Restuarants and room service were pretty good though don't expect it to be cheap but it is worth paying for the quality of what is served. You can always go to nearby cheaper Restuarants. Take an Auto or better still use a call taxi service (such as Fast Track) which will allow you to travel in air-conditioned comfort & not haggle with the Auto driver. call Taxis are very affordable and I could even say it is cheap.
Get a local sim-card ASAP; while there are hurdles in getting this it is well worth its weight in GOLD.
Laundry service is also good but do not expect it to be cheap as chips.
I thought I was booking at the Residency Towers since I had stayed there earlier. On reaching there I found that we were booked at the Residency, and had to wait to be transported there. The room was okay, but the bathroom was not very clean, with holes in the doors, walls and has not been updated at all. I was disappointed that Expedia did not provide accurate information, about the hotel details-since the pictures did not reflect the actual hotel. The staff were helpful, and did get us an extra bed to accommodate to our need, which were mentioned when I had made the booking.
Pocket Guide: Chennai T Nagar - Nungambakkam - Mylapore Hotels
Adjacent neighborhoods in the heart of Chennai, these three areas are renowned for being some of the oldest and wealthiest residential parts of the city. T Nagar is a popular shopping district, while Nungambakkam boasts government offices and cultural centers. Mylapore is said to have been the birthplace of the famous Tamil philosopher Thiruvalluvar and is the home of the Kapaleeshwarar Temple.
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