Taj Coromandel

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Taj Coromandel
Hotel chain Taj Hotels
General information
Location Chennai, India
Address 37, Nungambakkam High Road, Nungambakkam
Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600 034
Coordinates 13°03′30″N 80°14′51″E / 13.058292°N 80.247633°E / 13.058292; 80.247633Coordinates: 13°03′30″N 80°14′51″E / 13.058292°N 80.247633°E / 13.058292; 80.247633
Opening 14 April 1974
Owner Oriental Hotels
Management Taj Hotels
Technical details
Floor count 13
Design and construction
Developer D. S. Reddy and A. B. Kerkar
Other information
Number of rooms 205
Number of suites 11
Website
tajhotels.com

Taj Coromandel is a five-star luxury hotel[1] located in Chennai, India. Named after the Coromandel Coast, the HACCP- and ISO 14001-certified hotel was opened in 1974.[2][3] Owned by Oriental Hotels Limited, an associate of the Taj Group of Hotels, it is classified under the group's luxury hotels section.

Taj Coromandel was the first and only luxury hotel in the city for close to four decades, until Le Royal Meridien was opened in 2000.[4]

Location[edit]

The hotel is located at 37, Mahatma Gandhi Road, abutting Brakathambal Street in Nungambakkam.

History[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6]

In 1996, Southern Spice restaurant was launched.[7]

Facilities[edit]

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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]

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.[11] 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.[12] The hotel also has a 25-metre lap lane pool.

Renovation[edit]

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 INR 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.[13] The Southern Spice restaurant was renovated in 2011-2012 with interior designing by Ed Poole of Singapore-based Poole Associates.[7]

In 2013, the hotel relaunched Ballroom, a 13,000-sq-feet banqueting facility.[4]

Notable residents[edit]

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,[14] Hillary Clinton,[9] and Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Category : 5 Star Delux". List of Approved Hotels as of : 06/01/2013. Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. 2013. Retrieved 6 Jan 2013. 
  2. ^ "Taj Coromandel, Chennai" (PDF). Taj Hotels. Retrieved 10 Oct 2011. 
  3. ^ "Taj Coromandel". Condé Nast Traveller. Retrieved 10 Oct 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Taj Coromandel, Chennai relaunches Ballroom". Hospitality Biz India.com (Mumbai: HospitalityBizIndia.com). 24 June 2013. Retrieved 30 Jun 2013. 
  5. ^ "History of the Taj". Taj Hotels. Retrieved 27 Apr 2012. 
  6. ^ David Raj, C. R. "Taj Coromandel". A Study on Employee Welfare Measure (on Major Specification in Canteen Facilities) with Special Reference to Taj Coromandel. Scribd.com. Retrieved 26 Apr 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Achal, Archana (4 March 2012). "Four tasty corners of the South". Business Line (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 17 Mar 2012. 
  8. ^ "Taj Coromandel Hotel, Chennai". India Hotels Resorts. Retrieved 27 Apr 2012. 
  9. ^ a b George, Daniel P. (22 July 2011). "City bids fond adieu to Clinton". The Times of India (Chennai: The Times Group). Retrieved 8 Aug 2012. 
  10. ^ "Taj Coromandel". The Finest Hotels of the World. Retrieved 12 Nov 2011. 
  11. ^ Muthalaly, Shonali (11 November 2010). "A new approach to luxury". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 5 Aug 2012. 
  12. ^ "Recreation and Facilities in Taj Coromandel, Chennai". India Hotels Resorts. Retrieved 27 Apr 2012. 
  13. ^ Kamath, Vinay (16 November 2011). "The makeover of Taj Coromandel". Business Line (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 16 Nov 2011. 
  14. ^ "Hillary Clinton chooses to stay at Taj Coromandel, Chennai". IIFL (Indiainfoline.com). 22 July 2011. Retrieved 10 Nov 2011. 
  15. ^ "Taj Coromandel, Chennai bids farewell". ChennaiOnline (Chennai: ChennaiOnline.com). 5 December 2013. Retrieved 7 Dec 2013. 

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