10 Best Hotels To Stay In Chennai, India - Updated 2024

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India is so much more than just curry, spices, and tea. Chennai, which is the capital of Tamil Nadu, boasts beautiful beaches and historical destinations. If you are visiting the area, Besant Nagar Beach is definitely worth seeing, boasting clean waters and nearby dining options. Besides the beaches, the many temples and museums can offer cultural insights for visitors who are keen to learn more about this majestic city. You can drop by Fort St. George and Government Museum Chennai to learn more about its history. Scroll down to see some of the best hotels to stay in Chennai, India.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on July 06, 2024.

1. Taj Connemara, Chennai (from USD 110)

Taj Connemara, Chennai, features a spa and a fitness centre and is located a few minutes away from Spencer Plaza Mall and Government Museum Chennai. Guests at the hotel can relax in the garden or shared lounge and enjoy delicious Indian and International dishes, with two on-site restaurants. Those who want to enjoy a quick nightcap can savour signature cocktails at The Lady Connemara Bar & Lounge. The hotel’s Jiva Spa also offers a wide variety of signature wellness treatments, perfect for guests who want to relax after a long day. With an outdoor pool, you can easily enjoy a rejuvenating swim.

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A Nataraja idol in the museum's collection The architecture

Government Museum Chennai, a few minutes away from the hotel, is a must-visit spot in this vibrant city. I was struck by the building's impressive Indo-Saracenic architecture and the expanse of greenery around it. The most well-known section here is the building dedicated to South Indian Bronze sculptures, showcasing bronze figurines of several mythological and historical personas from different historical periods. Another favorite section of mine is the one with sculptures and relics from the ruin of the Buddhist stupa at Amaravati.

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Taj Connemara, Chennai

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: No 2 Binny Road
1.8 km (1.2 mi) from Semmozhi Poonga

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Garden Non-smoking rooms

2. Courtyard by Marriott Chennai (from USD 130)

This five-star global hotel is centrally located within Chennai’s central business district and is a mere 15-minute drive away from Marina Beach. Facilities at the hotel include a spa, fitness centre, and three dining options that serve different cuisines. With a seating area and a flat-screen TV in every room, guests can stay entertained. Guests can also enjoy free parking.

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On the sidewalk

The aforementioned Marina Beach, the second-longest urban beach, is another must-visit if you want to feel the irresistibly infectious energy of Chennai. Brimming with a variety of stalls, the beach almost looks like a fairground from afar. I always make sure to gorge on fish fries at the food stalls, nothing beats the taste of fresh catches fried and served by the sea. Then, wash it down with a cold bottle of goli soda (flavored soda). 

There is a stretch of wide pavement along the beach, interspersed with small patches of greens. This is a favorite spot for morning walkers and joggers. In the evening, you will see many stalls on the pavement as well. I never leave this spot without buying a stash of colorful glass bangles.

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Courtyard by Marriott Chennai

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 564, Anna Salai, Teynampet
632 meters (0.4 ft) from Semmozhi Poonga

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Garden

3. The Leela Palace Chennai (from USD 184)

The Leela Palace Chennai oozes luxury from every corner. Overlooking the ocean, the hotel features an outdoor pool and a fitness centre, so you can burn off some holiday calories. Located near St. Thomas Cathedral Basilica and Marina Beach, this hotel’s grand and well-designed rooms can offer splendid sea views. The luxurious rooms also feature a well-stocked minibar, a flat-screen TV for entertainment, and a comfortable sofa.

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At Ratna Cafe

Make sure to visit Ratna Cafe, just a 15-minute drive away, during your stay in this hotel. An age-old favorite with Chennai residents, Ratna Cafe is known for its dosa, idli, vada, uttapam, and other snack items. My favorites here are masala dosa and ghee podi idli. And, you just can't leave this cafe without having the aromatic filter coffee that Chennai is famous for.

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The Leela Palace Chennai

Wifi Available

Address: Adyar Seaface, MRC Nagar
4.47 km (2.8 mi) from Semmozhi Poonga

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna Fitness centre

4. ITC Grand Chola, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chennai (from USD 203)

Boasting 10 on-site dining options, ITC Grand Chola is perfect for foodies. This luxurious property comes with an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre, and a spa and wellness centre. Each guest room features air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and an en suite bathroom with shower facilities. Popular tourist attractions such as Guindy Race Course and Chennai Snake Park are just a short drive away.

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ITC Grand Chola, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chennai

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: No. 63, Mount Road, Guindy
5.53 km (3.5 mi) from Semmozhi Poonga

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna

5. Taj Coromandel (from USD 172)

Taj Coromandel manages to combine rich South Indian design and European elegance, boasting fine architecture. The hotel’s facilities include a large landscaped pool, fitness facilities, and a business centre. It is conveniently located just a short walk away from Spencer Plaza Mall and a short drive away from the popular Marina Beach. Dining at the hotel can be an adventure on its own, with a wide variety of dining options available. Child services are available for a fee.

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Crunchy mixed pork-veg fried rice at North East Kitchen

Chennai also has its fair share of eateries serving dishes from other parts of the country. If you are fond of Naga cuisine, you have to visit North East Kitchen, about a 10-minute drive from the hotel. I swear by their pork ribs, smoked pork sticky fried, and crunchy mixed pork-veg fried rice. The meals here are served with complimentary small bowls of 'eromba' (mashed vegetables and fermented fish with chilies), green leaves, and kimchi. They have started serving Korean food recently - make sure to try the kimbap here. Another nice touch is the chilled watermelon served at the end.

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Taj Coromandel

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: No 37, M.G Road, Nungambakkam
940 meters (0.6 ft) from Semmozhi Poonga

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna

6. Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road (from USD 99)

Novotel Chennai is located in the heart of the city and is just a 10-minute drive away from T Nagar and Marina Beach. This pet-friendly hotel boasts a rooftop swimming pool that can offer a spectacular view of the city skyline. There is also a modern fitness centre, so you can squeeze in a quick workout session. This property has a good variety of dining options for its guests, so you will not have to leave the premises to get some good food.

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Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Braille

Address: City Centre, Near Boat Club & Anna Salai, Nandanam,
2.43 km (1.6 mi) from Semmozhi Poonga

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre

7. Grand Chennai by GRT Hotels (from USD 102)

Grand Chennai by GRT Hotels is situated right in the famous shopping district of Pondy Bazaar, which can be great news if shopping is high on your priority list. The property comes with an indoor swimming pool, a spa and wellness centre, and a fitness centre. The hotel also provides its guests with complimentary drop-offs at Teynampet Metro Station. Some popular attractions in close proximity to the hotel are Globus Shopping Mall and Marina Beach.

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Grand Chennai by GRT Hotels

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 120,Sir Thyagaraya road, T.Nagar
1.33 km (0.9 mi) from Semmozhi Poonga

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna Fitness centre

8. Taj Club House (from USD 93)

Taj Club House features an outdoor rooftop pool. This hotel also has a spa and fitness centre, where you can rejuvenate and stay fit event while on holiday. Popular attractions such as Fort St. George, Marina Beach, and Fort Museum are all within a 20-minute drive away from the property. Each air-conditioned room at this hotel has a flat-screen TV, a minibar, and a cosy seating area to help you relax. With a warm ambience, guests can surely enjoy a relaxing holiday.

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How can you come to Chennai and not buy a Kanjivaram saree? Co-optex, the Tamil Nadu Handloom Weavers' Co-operative Society Limited, is nearby. Apart from the globally known Kanjibharam, they are known for their huge collection of cotton and silk sarees from different districts of the state and the price is much cheaper than other stores. I have bought good quality sarees for my mother and myself for 1000 INR! 

Next to the store, you will find the Cooptex Exhibition Center, which houses other handloom and handicraft shops. On the other side is the Pantheon Street Cloth Market, known for an array of stalls selling trendy thrift clothes and fabric with cute and quirky prints.

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Taj Club House

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: No. 2 Club House Road
1.83 km (1.2 mi) from Semmozhi Poonga

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna

9. Radisson Blu Hotel Chennai City Centre (from USD 109)

Radisson Blu Hotel is conveniently located in the city centre and is just a short walk away from the popular Express Avenue and Spencer Plaza Mall. Guests can relax and destress in the swimming pool or spa after a long day of sightseeing. With three on-site restaurants, guests can be spoilt for choice. There is also a bar that serves refreshing cocktails. The hotel features other amazing facilities here including a gym, a business centre, and a beauty salon.

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Radisson Blu Hotel Chennai City Centre

Wifi Available

Address: No 2, Ethiraj Salai, C-In-C Road,
1.87 km (1.2 mi) from Semmozhi Poonga

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms

10. My Fortune Chennai (from USD 120)

My Fortune Chennai is a luxurious five-star hotel that is a short drive away from Marina Beach and T Nagar shopping district. Travellers looking to go on a shopping spree can be happy to know that there is also a shopping arcade on site. Dining options are aplenty, with three different restaurants within the premises, and there is an outdoor pool where you can enjoy a refreshing swim. Guests can also work out at the fitness centre or relax in the sauna rooms on site. Need a drink after a long day? You can head over to Durrant’s Bar, where you can enjoy a drink or two.

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Welcomhotel by ITC Hotels, Cathedral Road, Chennai

Wifi Available

Address: Cathedral Raod, Chennai City Center
853 meters (0.6 ft) from Semmozhi Poonga

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna Fitness centre

Explore the wonders of Chennai

Pack your bags and explore the many wonders of Chennai. From the lovely beaches to the magnificent temples, the beautiful city of Chennai has plenty to offer to its visitors. Check out some of the best hotels to stay in Chennai, India, for a comfortable vacation experience with your loved ones.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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