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ITC Grand Chola is a five star luxury hotel in Chennai – Part 2

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

About The Hotel

• The hotel has:
– 600 rooms
– features 1,600,000-square-foot (150,000 square meter) of built area.
– 75,000-square-foot (7,000 square meter) of retail space
– 100,000 square feet (9,300 square meter) of conference and exhibition facilities
– includes a pillar-less main ballroom of 30,000 sq ft.
– covers 1.5 million square foot area on an eight-acre plot.
• Of the 8 acres, about 10 percent has been given to the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA).
• This is given as part of the Open Space Reservation that has been taken over by the Chennai Corporation.
• The hotel has been designed by the Singapore-based SRSS Architects.
• The hotel’s 600 rooms include 522 rooms and 78 serviced apartments.

• The rooms includes:
– 326 Executive Club rooms
– 31 Eva rooms
– 132 Towers rooms
– 48 ITC one rooms
– 14 Deluxe Suites
• Each room measures 1,164 sq ft.
• There is a presidential suite named the Karikalan Suite.
• There is also a six-bay grand presidential suite named the Rajaraja Chola Suite.
• Rajaraja Chola Suite is spread over 4,380 sq ft.
• The single rooms occupy an area of 615 sq ft with exclusive lounge and private butler.
• There is also a distinct wing which is named the Eva wing.
• This is for female guests spanning the entire wing of the second floor.
• Their rooms measure 405 sq ft.

• The hotel has three wings:
– The first or primary wing houses all Executive Club rooms
– The second wing contains ITC One rooms, Towers rooms and all the Suites.
– The third wing has been constructed exclusively for the Residences, offering the luxury accommodation.
• The Towers rooms are spread over an area of 615 sq ft.
• They have an exclusive entrance.
• They are spread across the first floor all the way up to the seventh floor.
• The Executive Club rooms are spread over an area of 405 sq ft.
• They are spread across the second floor all the way up to the tenth floor of the first wing.
• The hotel has a total of 10 food and beverage destinations. These include:
– The Peshawri, which serves cuisine from the Northwest Frontier
– The Royal Vega, a vegetarian restaurant
– Madras Pavilion
– Cafe Mercara
– Nutmeg
– Cheroot Lounge
– Pan Asian
– Modo Mio
– The Pub
– Tranquebar
– Ottimo—Cucina Italiana

• Leisure facilities will include:
– a 23,000-sq-ft Kaya Kalp Spa
– outdoor pools
– gyms for each of the three wings
– a shopping area
– three swimming pools in the hotel
• The WelcomArt Gallery at the hotel showcases curated selection of art pieces.
• They reflect the Chola-theme of the hotel.

Commercial facilities in the hotel include:
– Restaurants
– A health spa
– 30,000-sq-ft banquet space to accommodate up to 600 guests
– An exhibition space
– A 2,625-sq-ft auditorium named Kalai with a seating capacity of 45
– Discreet levels that consist of board room and four meeting rooms
– A private multiplex with a capacity of 100 guests
– Underground parking for 1,000 cars

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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