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The Residency 3.5

Chennai (Madras), Chennai District, Tamil Nadu

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Pros

  • Great location in T. Nagar, close to shops and restaurants
  • Simple, contemporary guest rooms with modern amenities
  • All rooms include flat-screen TVs and tea/coffee facilities
  • Three restaurants and a bar; room service has limited hours
  • Varied breakfast buffet with hot and cold options
  • Business center with banquet halls and meeting rooms
  • Fitness center with modern equipment and free weights
  • Free self-parking and Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Wi-Fi can be spotty and is limited to three devices
  • Fee for breakfast, and lack of extensive options
  • No pool or spa; fitness center is tiny
  • Lower-floor rooms pick up traffic noise

Bottom Line

This three-and-a-half-pearl, 112-room hotel has a prime location in Chennai's popular T. Nagar commercial district. There are plenty of shops and restaurants within walking distance, and Marina Beach is a short drive from the hotel. Interiors are modern, if business-like, and the hotel has a relaxed atmosphere that attracts a mix of corporate travelers and tourists. Guest rooms are simple and pleasant, featuring air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi for up to three devices. There are multiple dining options, including a Chinese restaurant, plus a breakfast buffet for a fee (though options are limited). Facilities include a business center and basic fitness center, but there is no pool. As an alternative, travelers might also like The Clarion Chennai, which adds a swimming pool and free breakfast. 

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Scene

A modern, straightforward hotel geared toward business travelers 

The Residency sits next to a busy intersection with lots of traffic, making the area around the hotel feel hectic and noisy. On the inside though, the hotel is surprisingly quiet and has a relaxed ambience (though the front desk can get busy during check-in and check-out times). Most guests are business travelers, but many tourists also stay here due to its T. Nagar location and reliably up-to-date style. Interiors are modern, if not exactly exciting, and the lobby is spacious and bright, with sleek marble floors and pillars. Soft lighting and comfortable seating areas add a cozy feel, with convenient tucked-away spots for breaks or intimate meetings. The dining areas are attractive, if not exactly bright and breezy, with contemporary Chinese-inspired decor in the Chin Chin restaurant. The hotel is usually busy with business travelers during the week, and tourists on the weekend. Children are welcome at the hotel, but facilities for them are limited. 

Location

In T. Nagar, a popular shopping district that's a 20-minute drive to Marina Beach

This hotel's big selling point is its location. Situated next to one of Chennai's busiest intersections, it's within easy walking to distance to numerous shops and restaurants. A cinema is located just down the road, and there are numerous silk shops in the area. Pothy's Boutique is right next door, which is a huge silk emporium selling exclusive saris from all over the country. Most attractions are within a 20-minute drive from the property, like Marina Beach, Santhome Cathedral, Phoenix Market City Mall, and Guindy National Park. The hotel is also close to the Central Business District, making it a popular choice for business travelers. Central Rail Station is a 20-minute drive from the hotel, while Chennai International Airport is a 30-minute drive. Traffic in Chennai can be horrible, though, so budget some flexibility into all drive times. 

Rooms

Modern and simple, with air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs plus some with city views

All 112 rooms at The Residency are pleasantly modern, if simple and business-like when it comes to style. Expect to see neutral tones, wood-effect tile floors, cozy seating areas, and amply sized work desks. Double or twin beds are dressed in crisp white linens, with warm tone pillows adding a homey touch. Superior Rooms are on the smaller side, with Executive Rooms and Suites adding extra living space. None of the rooms have balconies, but higher floors have nice city views (and also benefit from reduced traffic noise -- lower floors are likely to hear some). There are plenty of modern amenities, including flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, minibars, electric kettles, safes, and phones. Wi-Fi is free, but can be spotty and is limited to three devices. Upgraded rooms add extras like massage chairs, rainfall showers, and deep-soaking bath tubs. Otherwise, all bathrooms are clean and modern, with tiled walls, walk-in showers, hairdryers, and free toiletries. 

Features

Multiple dining options, basic fitness center, business center, free parking, and free Wi-Fi

The Residency is geared toward business travelers rather than tourists, so family-friendly and leisure facilities are somewhat lacking. The hotel has a (tiny) fitness center with basic equipment, and there is no pool or spa. On-site dining options are plentiful, with three modern restaurants and a bar that has live music some evenings. Spice Jar is a spacious multi-cuisine restaurant that's open all-day, serving a simple yet varied breakfast buffet for a fee. Chin Chin is a well-liked Chinese restaurant, and The Right Place serves contemporary Indian and international a la carte cuisine. Room service is available, but hours are limited. The hotel has a modern business center for corporate guests, with elegant banquet halls and high-tech meeting rooms. Other services include a 24-hour front desk, concierge, laundry, dry cleaning, car rentals, airport transfers for a fee, and free self-parking. There is no extra charge for Wi-Fi, though it's limited to three devices. 

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Address

No 49 GN Chetty Road, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu 600017, India

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