Since it welcomed its first guest in 1974, Taj Coromandel has been an integral part of everything that makes Chennai unique. Since its recent refurbishment, the hotel has created a rejuvenated luxury experience, presenting a perfect fusion of rich, South Indian design and classic European elegance. Along with its repertoire of renovated features, the hotel offers a perfect blend of contemporary comfort and stylish sophistication. With The Chambers - the city's exclusive power statement; the newly-updated Luxury Rooms, the Lobby, the in-house lifestyle store Taj Khazana and the soon-to-be re-launched Southern Spice, the hotel has unarguably become Chennai's most-preferred address offering the finest accommodation for discerning heads of state, corporate czars, celebrities and Royalty travelling to India. Echoing the city's quiet elegance, the hotel in the recent past has played host to various personalities and Heads of State, from across the globe. President Jimmy Carter, His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, President Bill Clinton, His Excellency Festus Gontebanye Mogae, iconic Actor Jackie Chan, His Excellency Sergei Stanishev, Prime Minister of Bulgaria and Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton among many, have all chosen to stay here. It is no wonder that Taj Coromandel is the only hotel in the city that finds a place in the 'Leading Hotels of the World'.
The Arrival Experience
Today, this magnificent hotel sports an entirely new look beginning with its striking landscaped driveway. Created by the international design firm Belt Collins, the driveway has been designed to create a feeling of arriving at an oasis amidst the hustle-bustle of the city.
This well-manicured area leads in to the grand foyer of the refurbished lobby which is a delightful fusion of local elements comprising water bodies and temple motifs evoking a sense of tranquility and creating a synergy that is truly breathtaking. The ambient sound of the flowing water and elegant Tanjore paintings on the walls of the Tea Lounge create a charming atmosphere of relaxation.
The stunning chandeliers that adorn the new lobby have been created by the hallowed Preciosa of the Czech Republic whose history dates back to 1724, and many examples of their work can be seen in Royal Palaces across Europe.
The lower lobby of the hotel has stayed close to its Indian roots with granite carved temple motif on the opposite wall and a waterfall which flows through the motif lending a lavish and warm feel. For the city's powerhouse, there's the exclusive by-invitation-only The Chambers lounge. Set to be the most sought-after meeting spot in the city, it offers lounge facilities for more casual tęte-ŕ-tętes, as well as meeting rooms for a more formal setting. Chambers displays an eclectic collection of stencil and abstract paintings by artists like Adimoolam.
Presenting a sophisticated urban oasis, the new swimming pool is a 25 meter lap lane pool that is designed to offer maximum sun angles. Clean lines define the pool edges and give it an infinity look. An elevated band of lawn provides a tranquil lounge facility and a shallow ledge is located at one end of the pool to accommodate chaise lounges in the water. The Jacuzzi is located on the center line of the pool and is surrounded by cabańas.
The experience gets better for the guests of Taj Coromandel as it offers premium accommodation keeping ultimate comfort and luxury in mind. The Superior Rooms are elegant and spacious offering a blend of modern with an ethnic touch. The Taj Club Rooms are designed to meet the specific needs of the business traveller and come with amenities like 24-hour butler service, exclusive meeting rooms and business centre facilities. Aiming to provide guests with a fresh and exciting experience of luxury, Taj Coromandel has launched newly renovated Luxury Rooms. These rooms have distinct entrances with large vestibule areas, and contemporarily decorated furniture in ethnic shades.
Host to Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to Chennai, the Royal Suite is the Hotel's premier accommodation. This luxuriously appointed suite includes a living room, two spacious bathrooms, a Jacuzzi and a private sit out. A preferred choice for Heads of State and Royalty from across the globe, the Presidential Suite is the last word in luxury. The suite, unique in its architecture, has a spacious living room, a dining room, exclusive pantry and bar, an elegant bedroom, two bathrooms, and a large dressing area.
Business with Luxury
Its lavish spaces, central location and dedicated outdoor catering have made Taj Coromandel the most-sought-after banquet venue in the city. The conference halls in the Hotel have the ability to seat from 20 up to 500 people in an auditorium-style and host 25 to 1000 people for cocktails and receptions. The Ballroom is the city's most popular destination for elite corporate events, CEO meets and large get-togethers.
The Dining Experience
The lower lobby of Taj Coromandel houses the city's first and only authentic Italian fine dining restaurant Prego which offers guests a variety of delicacies ranging from home-made pastas, to exotic vegetarian and non vegetarian fare. The wine cellar at Prego, Enoteca, features a rare selection of some of the world's most well-received wines and the largest collection of Italian labels in the city.
For food connoisseurs who love authentic tastes of exotic cuisines from across the globe, the dining experience only gets better with the re-launched Golden Dragon,, the iconic Chinese restaurant that features Sichuan with elements of Cantonese cuisine. The Tea Bar, Dim Sum Bar and the Peking Duck Oven are some of the highlights at this much-loved restaurant. The 24-hour coffee shop, Matchpoint gave way to a fresh and energetic all-day diner, Anise, which serves an eclectic selection of world cuisine in a contemporary and informal setting. And, for a flavour of the South, head to Southern Spice where the dining experience is further enhanced with live classical dance, flute and violin performances.
Chipstead, the Hotel's new bar is all about effortless sophistication, vibrance and vigor, and features a stunning range of classic malts, wine, a large selection of white spirits and rare and old whisky.
Experiences at Taj Coromandel
The bespoke luxury experiences at Taj Coromandel extend to the F&B services, where a plethora of options await. Paired with authentic Cantonese and Sichuan cuisine at Golden Dragon, the menu at Tea Bar is expertly designed to complement each course of the meal. A tea hostess guides the guest to the bar and invites him or her to experience tea service with grace intrinsic to the Chinese tradition of serving tea.
This, along with the Dim Sum Bar and the Peking Duck Oven, are the prime highlights of Golden Dragon in its new guise. Enoteca at Prego offers guests over 300 labels to choose from and a Chef's special degustation menu of authentic Italian specialties paired with wine is a one-of-a-kind experience.
A seamless blend of southern Indian charm and new-age luxuries, Taj Coromandel promises the finest and most-unique experiences. Adroitly blending the comfort and convenience the Hotel continues to be the bedrock of fine living and hospitality in Chennai and truly reflects the spirit of the city.
About Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces
Established in 1903, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia's largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 93 hotels in 53 locations across India with an additional 16 international hotels in the Maldives, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury. For over a century, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, the iconic flagship has set a benchmark for fine living with exquisite refinement, inventiveness and warmth. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India's premier business house.