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ITC Grand Chola is a five star luxury hotel in Chennai – Part 1

The ITC Grand Chola is a five-star luxury hotel that is located in Chennai, India.

Overview of ITC Grand Chola

• It was opened as the world’s largest LEED-certified green hotel.
• It is the third largest hotel in India after Renaissance and Grand Hyatt located both in Mumbai.
• It is located in Guindy.
• It is situated opposite SPIC building and along the same row of buildings as Ashok Leyland Towers.
• The building was designed by Singapore-based SRSS Architects.
• It is of mixed-use development with three separate wings.
• It is themed after traditional Dravidian Architecture of the Chola Dynasty.
• The hotel carries the tag of “Luxury Collection”.
• This is one of the brands franchised from international hospitality group Starwood Hotels.
• This hotel is the ninth “Luxury Collection” hotel of the group.
• This hotel is built on an area of 1,600,000 sq ft.
• It is the largest stand-alone hotel in the country.
• It costed 12,000 million rupees.
• It has the largest convention center in the country.
• It was built on 100,000 sq ft with a 30,000-sq ft pillar-less ballroom.
• The hotel has obtained a Platinum rating from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
• This is an internationally recognized green building certification system.
• The hotel is currently the world’s largest LEED certified green hotel.
• The hotel has a total workforce close to 4,000 people with over 1,000 people engaging in day-to-day operations.

Summarized facts about ITC Grand Chola

• Location – Chennai, India
• Address – 63, Anna Salai, Guindy
• Chennai – Tamil Nadu 600 032
• Hotel chain – ITC Welcomgroup Hotels, Palaces and Resorts
• Opening date – 15 September 2012
• Architect – SRSS Architects (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
• Management – ITC Welcomgroup
• Rooms – 600
• Restaurants – 10
• Total floor area – 1,600,000-square-foot (150,000 m2)
• Floors – 10
• Total height – 49 m (161 ft)
• Parking – 1,000 cars
• Website – itchotels.in/ITCGrandChola

History of ITC Grand Chola

• In 2000, ITC Hotels Group bought the 8-acre land at the Campa Cola campus on Anna Salai for 800 million.
• It was a major investment plan announced by the then Chairman, Y. C. Deveshwar.
• The hotel was planned at an initial cost of 8,000-10,000 million.
• The hotel was inaugurated on 15 September 2012 by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J. Jayalalithaa.

Architecture of ITC Grand Chola

• The hotel is built in South Indian temple architecture.
• The architectural theme is reinforced with 462 pillars.
• Most of them are of hand-carved design work.
• The hotel has over 1 million square feet of marble with 57 varieties of the stone.
• The company bought a marble quarry in whole in Italy.
• They then shipped several tonnes of the stone to Chennai for the construction.
• The hotel has 7 lounges.
• The average room size is 625 sq ft.
• The intricate stonework in the building were created by 4,000 artisans from Mamallapuram who worked on site.

Best time to visit / climate

• Climate of Chennai is Tropical.
• Chennai is situated in the Thermal Equator zone which prevents extreme changes in temperature.
• Chennai has mainly two seasons.
• Summer (35-42°C / 95-108°F) Apr-Jun
• Highest temperature ever recorded is 45°C / 113°F on 30 May 2003
• Monsoon (Oct-Dec)
• It receives scanty rainfall from the south-west monsoon (Jun-Sep) while rest of India is lashed by heavy rains.
• Its bountiful rains from the north-east monsoon are from October through December.
• Rainfalls occur usually from October to December and dried up scrub lands bloom with greenery during this period.
• December to February is the mildest months temperature – (19-28°C / 66-82°F).
• December to March is probably the best time to visit Chennai.
• The temperatures rarely exceed 30°C during midday and evenings are pleasant.
• Climate is humid pretty much throughout the year because the city is on the coast.
• Summers are very hot and humid.

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How to get there?

1. By Air
• Chennai International Airport is the third busiest in India (after Mumbai & Delhi).
• All international flights arrive at Anna Terminal.
• The domestic flights arrive at Kamraj Terminal.
• The two terminals are on the same road and are 150 m (492 ft) away from each other.
• It is the second-largest cargo hub in the country, after Mumbai.
• Chennai is well connected to London, Frankfurt, Singapore, Malaysia, Middle East, New York, Hong Kong, etc.
• It is in the process of being upgraded to a world class airport with direct Metro rail connection to the city.

Europe and North America:
• Jet Airways offers daily service to New York with one stop in Brussels.
• Lufthansa (Frankfurt) and British Airways (London-Heathrow), fly nonstop to Chennai.
• They have connecting service from their European hubs to points in the United States and Canada.

South-East Asia
• Thai Airways offers nonstop service to Bangkok.
• Silk Air, Singapore Airlines and Tiger Airways connect you to Singapore along with many Indian carriers like Indian Airlines and Air India Express.
• AirAsia connects passengers to Kuala Lumpur, Penang with affordable fares.
• Malaysia Airlines offers nonstop service to Malaysia.
• India’s very own Jet Airways flies non-stop to both Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
• Cathay Pacific flies non-stop to Hongkong.
• Air Mauritius flies non-stop to Mauritius.
• Air Seychelles flies nonstop to seychelles.

Middle East
Nonstop services are available from Chennai to:
– Abu Dhabi
– Bahrain
– Dubai
– Dammam
– Doha
– Jeddah
– Kuwait
– Muscat
– Qatar
– Riyadh
– Sharjah
These services are available by:
– Air Arabia
– Indian Airlines
– Air India Express
– Oman Air
– Emirates
– Etihad Airways
– Kuwait Airways
– Qatar Airways
– Saudi Arabian
– Gulf Air

Chennai is a hub for flights to Colombo with:
• SriLankan Airlines
• Jet Airways
• Indian Airlines
• Air India Express
• JetLite

• All the major Indian domestic carriers (Jet Airways, Spice, Go Air, and Indigo) connect Chennai with multiple flights to points all over India.
• Most use Chennai as a hub for flights to smaller cities in South India.
• Paramount Airways is a low cost all business class airline that offers flights from Chennai to points in South India.
• Chennai is also a staging point for flights to Port Blair in the Andaman Islands.

2. By Train
• Chennai has two main long-distance train stations, Chennai Central (code MAS) and Chennai Egmore (code MS).
• Both are connected to the Airport by the Suburban rail and to the Bus Terminus by City buses.
• Central has daily trains from and to:
– Bangalore
– Mumbai
– Coimbatore
– Delhi
– Hyderabad
– Kolkata
– Ahmedabad
– Other major Indian cities

3. By Bus
• Chennai has one of Asia’s largest bus stations, Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus (CMBT).
• Seven different state owned corporations drive buses to and from various destinations within South India.
• They are connected to the Airport and the passenger train stations by direct buses.
• There are hourly buses for places like Tirupati, Pondicherry, Coimbatore, Tirunelveli.
• You will get the option of A/C or Non-A/C coaches for cities like Bangalore, Trivandrum, Hyderabad.
• CMBT Enquiry : +91 44 24794705

4. By Car
• Chennai is very well connected and to other parts of India by road.
• Five major national highways radiate outward towards Kolkata, Bengaluru, Tiruchy/Madurai, Tiruvallur, and Pondicherry.

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

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Blogs/Sites about ITC Grand Chola

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