Known as the ‘Capital of the South’, Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu. After lagging behind for some years it has finally caught up with its megalopolis rivals and is now something of a cosmopolitan business hub boasting the big name hotels, restaurants and bars that soon follow. Formerly known as Madras, it was once a primary trading post of the East India Trading Company. Today it is an intoxicating blend of chai stalls, bustling traffic with cows meandering alongside, sprawling shopping malls, five star hotels and clubs that are open until the small hours. The Hotel Guru's pick of the best places to stay in Chennai combine the best in modern and traditional Chennai.
A walk along the winding streets of George Town is an exciting experience. Built in 1644 and the historic home of the city, it is home to St. George’s fort which now houses a museum detailing the city’s turbulent history.
The Kapaleeshwarar Temple, with its incredible carved and painted gods, exhibits some impressive craftsmanship and St. Mary’s church some pioneering architecture.
If you prefer something a little more low key, relax with a leisurely stroll along the Marina Beach, overlooking the Bay of Bengal.
For the best in South Indian cuisine head to Dakshin. Flute and tabla musicians accompany your food and there is an extensive wine and whisky list. The fish curries are a speciality.
With temperatures in the 30s and upwards almost all year round, the most forgiving months to visit Chennai are between December and February when you may just get away with highs in the late twenties.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Chennai all provide five star service at excellent prices.
Still not sure which to book? From classic luxury to modern browse through our list of the best places to stay in Chennai to start to plan your trip. For a wider choice, check out all our recommended properties in Tamil Nadu, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
Built in 1854 as the Imperial Hotel, it has been renamed and revamped to welcome guests with modern interiors and facilities.Rooms are luxurious and light, the pool and spa are a welcome oasis from the city and its many historical landmarks.With two restaurants and a nightclub, it really has it all.
Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
Housed amidst some impressive lawns this hotel provides classic contemporary accommodation. Rooms are decorated with fresh colours, light wood and include all mod cons. Southern Indian dining can be sampled at the Samudra restaurant whilst Cinnamon is multi cuisine. 5* relaxation at your fingertips.
Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
A palatial hotel from the Leela providing opulence with unobstructed views of the Adyar River. Rooms are divine, feature fine silks, sparkling chandeliers, and are beautifully upholstered. Several fine dining options including an indulgent patisserie. A five star stay.