Hyatt Regency Chennai

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Hyatt Regency Chennai
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Hyatt Regency Chennai
Hotel chain Global Hyatt Corporation
General information
Location India
Address 365, Anna Salai, Teynampet
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Coordinates 13°02′35″N 80°14′55″E / 13.042925°N 80.248569°E / 13.042925; 80.248569Coordinates: 13°02′35″N 80°14′55″E / 13.042925°N 80.248569°E / 13.042925; 80.248569
Opening 2011
Management Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Height Total: 71 m (233 ft)[1]
Top floor: 62.76 m (205.9 ft)[2]
Technical details
Floor count 18
Floor area 800,000 sq ft (74,000 m2)
Design and construction
Architect P.G. Patki Associates[2]
Other information
Number of rooms 329
Parking 300 vehicles
Website
chennai.regency.hyatt.com
[3]

Hyatt Regency Chennai is a five-star luxury hotel located on Anna Salai at Teynampet in Chennai, India. Designed in 1986, the construction of the hotel started in the 1990s. However, the completion was delayed for nearly two decades and the hotel was opened on 10 August 2011 at a cost of INR 550 crore. Built on an 83-ground land, it is the first Hyatt hotel in South India and has 327 rooms.[1]

History[edit]

From a map of the city in 1942, the property can be traced back to a house called "Teynampet Villa", a government property allotted to P. S. Viswanatha Iyer, ICS in the late 1940s. The area was then occupied by "Abbotsbury", a community hall, in the 1950s, which, soon after becoming the Tarapore property, was gifted to the Sai Baba of Puttaparthi, who later sold it to Magunta Subbarami Reddy, the founder of the Balaji Group of Hotels.[4] The structure was demolished to build a luxury hotel with a helipad with about 320 rooms and 250,000 sq ft of commercial space. With the collaboration of the Oberoi Group of Hotels, Balaji Group of Hotels started building the structure in 1989 at a cost of INR 290 crore.[5][6] However, after the murder of Magunta Subbarami Reddy,[7] the group was caught in a financial crisis and the work on the project, initially named Magunta Oberoi, ceased in 2000 when about 75 percent of the work was complete. Consequently, the Oberois withdrew from the project the same year and it could not be completed in time. In 2006, the unfinished property was to be acquired by Lalit Suri, for INR 390 crore.[8] However after the death of Lalit Suri, Robust Hotels Pvt Ltd belonging to the Saraf Group purchased the unfinished hotel development from IFCI and TFCI in mid-2007 and appointed Confluence, an international consultancy firm, to manage the completion of the project, which started remodelling the structure in 2008 and completed in February 2011.[9] The retail space was bought from ICICI by Ramee Guestline Hotels.[10] With the acquisition by the Saraf Group, the hotel was opened as Hyatt Regency Chennai on 8 August 2011.

The hotel[edit]

The hotel has a total of 327 rooms and covers about 600,000 sq ft[10] with more than 20,000 sq ft (1,900 sq m) of versatile convention and event space and a sun-filled atrium lobby with water features and green landscaping. It also has a fitness centre, the Chic Lobby Lounge, Biscotti—the hotel's gourmet deli, Spice Haat — the 240-seat all-day-dining buffet restaurant[11] and Stix serving authentic Chinese cuisine from the Sichuan region. The Spice Haat has five interactive kitchens across a space of over 9,000 sq ft (842 sq m). Each of the five live kitchens specialises in a specific culinary genre within the Indian Comfort food landscape. The Lobby Lounge, the 24-hour lounge, is set amidst the indoor green landscaping under the hotel atrium. The hotel also has an outdoor pool which overlooks the city and is set amidst custom-made art installations and lush landscaping. Additional hotel services and amenities include Regency Club, the Siddh Spa, the hotel's premium suites, specialty restaurant and a bar.[12]

The hotel also houses one of the largest collections of publicly displayed art installations in the country created by more than 40 national and international artists.[13]

The mall[edit]

The first three floors, including half the ground floor and the first floor and the whole of the second floor, of the hotel building has been developed as a boutique shopping mall named as the Ramee Mall developed by Ramani Hotels Ltd at a cost of INR 120 crore. Designed by architect P. G. Patki, the mall has a gross leasable area of 150,000 sq ft for 35 stores with a floor-to-floor height of 4.2 m and has a parking provision for 200 four-wheelers and 350 two-wheelers. The mall has 2 pairs of escalators and 4 passenger elevators, in addition to 2 separate service elevators for retail.

The total carpet area of retail space in the mall is about 219,000 sq ft—44,000 sq ft at the entrance, 50,000 sq ft on the first floor, 75,000 sq ft on the second floor and 50,000 sq ft as parking space to be spread over two floors.[14] A third of the retail space (50,000 sq ft) has been leased out to Shoppers Stop and another 15,000 sq ft has been occupied by a book store. Apart from the large-format stores, there are about 30 vanilla stores—small shops each occupying less than 1,000 sq ft, and a 15,000 sq ft food court in the mall,[10] in addition to a dining restaurant, a spa and a salon.[15]

Events[edit]

The hotel was the venue for the World Chess Championship 2013, held for the first time in India, from 9 to 28 November 2013.[16]

Awards[edit]

  • In 2012, the hotel bagged the "Best International Hotel Marketing" award, by International Hotel Awards in London.[11]
  • In 2013, the hotel was awarded for the category New Hotel Construction and Design for India at Kuala Lumpur.[17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Otley, Tom (16 August 2011). "Hotelier of the week: Sunjae Sharma". Air & Business Travel News (ABTN). Retrieved 7 Nov 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "The Oberoi". Emporis.com. Retrieved 18 Dec 2011. 
  3. ^ Hyatt Regency Chennai at Emporis
  4. ^ Muthiah, S. (23 April 2007). "From Abbotsbury to Hyatt?". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 8 Nov 2011. 
  5. ^ Madhavan, N. (3 February 2000). "EIH likely to pick up 30% in Balaji Hotels". Financial Express (Indian Express). Retrieved 8 Nov 2011. 
  6. ^ Shastri, Padmaja (10 April 2000). "Balaji to spin off Chennai hotel into separate firm". Express India (Indian Express). Retrieved 8 Nov 2011. 
  7. ^ "Tributes paid to Magunta Subbarami Redddy". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). 27 February 2006. Retrieved 8 Nov 2011. 
  8. ^ Govardan, D. (6 June 2006). "Suri to acquire Balaji's 7-star for Rs 390 crore". The Economic Times (Chennai: The Times Group). Retrieved 8 Nov 2011. 
  9. ^ "Hyatt Regency Chennai, India". Confluence. Retrieved 9 Oct 2011. 
  10. ^ a b c Ravikumar, R. (3 November 2010). "Chennai's Ramee Mall readies to open doors, finally". Business Line (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 4 Jan 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Ravikumar, R. (29 November 2012). "The marketing of Hyatt". Business Line (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 30 Nov 2012. 
  12. ^ "Hyatt opens its doors in Chennai". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). 11 August 2011. Retrieved 9 Nov 2011. 
  13. ^ "Hyatt Announces Opening of Hyatt Regency Chennai in South India". Market Watch (Business Wire). 10 August 2011. Retrieved 9 Nov 2011. 
  14. ^ "Teynampet could become retail hub". The Times of India (Chennai: The Times Group). 5 March 2010. Retrieved 5 Jan 2012. 
  15. ^ "Ramee Group set to change mall culture". The New Indian Express (Chennai: Indian Express). 1 April 2011. Retrieved 4 Jan 2012. 
  16. ^ "Hyatt will go hi-tech for world chess title match as 20,000 are set to Watch Games On Giant Screens". The Times of India (Chennai: The Times Group). 28 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "Hyatt Regency Chennai wins ‘Best Construction & Design' award". Hospitality Biz India.com (Mumbai: HospitalityBizIndia.com). 21 June 2013. Retrieved 30 Jun 2013. 

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