Chen­nai’s Taj Connemara to be Shut for Ren­o­va­tion

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Mum­bai: The iconic Vi­vanta by Ta­jCon­nemara — a land­mark her­itage ho­tel in the heart of Chen­nai — will be shut down for ma­jor ren­o­va­tion from May 10. Op­er­ated by the Taj Group on lease from Spencer’s, the prop­erty is ex­pected to take more than a year for the facelift.

The 150-room art deco ho­tel is one of the old­est her­itage ho­tels in Chen­nai. “...the leg­endary ho­tel, when fully ren­o­vated, will en­sure that the dis­cern­ing trav­eler finds all mod­ern ameni­ties and con­ve­niences dis­creetly placed be­neath the ho­tel’s old world charm, colo­nial legacy and her­itage for which it has been ad­mired for over a cen­tury,” the ho­tel said in a state­ment.

Apart from Vi­vanta by Taj-Connemara, Taj Group op­er­ates four other prop­er­ties in the city which in­clude Taj Coro­man­del, Vi­vanta by Taj – Fish­er­man’s Cove, Taj Club House and Gate­way Ho­tel IT Ex­press­way.

A spokesper­son for the ho­tel chain did not dis­close the in­vest­ment set aside for the ren­o­va­tion.

This is the sec­ond land­mark ho­tel in In­dia to be shut down tem­po­rar­ily af­ter the Oberoi Delhi, which closed from April 1 for ma­jor ren­o­va­tions and is ex­pected to be open by April 1, 2018.

Built in 1854 as the Im­pe­rial Ho­tel, the prop­erty was re­named Al­bany in 1886, and fi­nally re-es­tab­lished as The Connemara in1890 in hon­our of Robert Bourke, the Baron of Connemara; the Gov­er­nor of Madras from1886 to1890. The Connemara Ho­tel came un­der the Taj Group on a lease from Spencer’s in1984 and was ini­tially called Taj Connemara. In Septem­ber 2010, the ho­tel was re­branded un­der Vi­vanta.

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