|Address||37, Nungambakkam High Road, Nungambakkam
Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600 034
|Hotel chain||Taj Hotels|
|Opening date||14 April 1974|
|Developer||D. S. Reddy and A. B. Kerkar|
Taj Coromandel is a five-star luxury hotel located in Chennai, India. Named after the Coromandel Coast, the HACCP- and ISO 14001-certified hotel was opened in 1974. Owned by Oriental Hotels Limited, an associate of the Taj Group of Hotels, and classified under the group's luxury hotels section, the hotel is a member of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World.
The hotel is located at 37, Mahatma Gandhi Road, abutting Brakathambal Street in Nungambakkam.
D. S. Reddy, the then executive director of German Telerad, a Germany-based company, decided to build a five-star luxury hotel at the premises of his bungalow "Chipstead" located on Nungambakkam High Road. He collaborated with A. B. Kerkar on the project and work started in the early months of 1971. The hotel was opened on 14 April 1974, marking the entry of Taj Group of Hotels in metropolitan hotels. The hotel was named after the Coromandel Coast on which the city of Chennai is situated. The name is also derived from the Coromandel tree (Kalpavriksha in Sanskrit), which, according to legend, has the power to grant any wish to a person who is under its shade. This, having a metaphorical reference to any guest who visits the hotel being granted anything that he or she wished for during the stay, is also cited as a reason for naming so. To signify this, the tree has been engraved into the marble façade of the hotel.
In 1996, Southern Spice restaurant was launched.
Taj Coromandel has a total of 205 rooms, including 127 single rooms, 63 double rooms and 25 suites. The Superior Rooms are 300 sq ft in size. The Taj Club Rooms are located on the top floor. The Royal Suite is located on the top floor, which includes a living room, two bathrooms and a private terrace sit-out providing the views of the city. It also has a jacuzzi, additional guest bathroom, a separate dining area, a dressing room with 3-way mirrors and a pantry spread over 1,500 sq ft, and a private valet. The suite's occupant is entitled to all of the Taj Club facilities and services.
The restaurants at the hotel include Match Point—a 24-hour coffee shop, Fort St. George—a contemporary bar, Lobby Lounge—serving a selection of a variety of teas from around the world, Golden Dragon—a specialty Szechuan restaurant, Southern Spice—serving cuisine from the four southern states of India, and The Patio—a restaurant serving Continental cuisine.
After renovations, the Match Point made way for Anise, a 24-hour brasserie for impromptu snacks, and Fort St. George was turned into Chipstead, a lounge bar. Prego, an Italian restaurant on the lower ground floor, was also added after the renovations.
The hotel has 12,000 sq ft of business and reception facilities in eight conference rooms, ball rooms and board rooms. The Clive has a capacity of 30 seats. The hotel also has a 25-metre lap lane pool.
After its first renovation in the late 1980s and early 1990s since its inception, the hotel was renovated for the second time in 2011 at a cost of about 1,000 million. Design firm Belt Collins designed a new driveway with new landscaping, and Chandu Chadda from Hong Kong redesigned the cavernous lobby. Belt Collins has designed a 9,000 sq ft spa under Taj's Jiva brand adjacent to its pool, and the hotel is also in the process of building a 6,000 sq ft gym. The Southern Spice restaurant was renovated in 2011-2012 with interior designing by Ed Poole of Singapore-based Poole Associates.
Some of the notable guests who have stayed at Taj Coromandel include Queen Elizabeth II, Jimmy Carter, the Duke of York, Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, Bill Clinton, Festus Gontebanye Mogae, Maud Olofsson, Jackie Chan, Sergei Stanishev, Jeffrey Archer, Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Hillary Clinton.
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