Tra­di­tion meets moder­nity

Known for its cen­tury-old legacy, Taj Con­nemara has re­opened in Chen­nai. The prop­erty is known for its ar­chi­tec­tural in­flu­ences of Clas­sic Colo­nial, Art Deco and a re­fresh­ing in­te­rior de­sign.

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Af­ter un­der­go­ing a year-long ren­o­va­tion and re­design, Taj Con­nemara re­opened in Chen­nai re­cently. Over a cen­tury old, the ho­tel is a proud relic of the colo­nial era, and is named af­ter Lord Con­nemara, the then Gov­er­nor of Madras.

Puneet Ch­hat­wal, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Com­pany Lim­ited (IHCL), said, “Taj Con­nemara is an­other jewel in the Taj port­fo­lio of iconic her­itage ho­tels. We are com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ing our cen­tury-old legacy of restor­ing his­tor­i­cal trea­sures across the globe for our guests. The newly-ren­o­vated ho­tel draws on its il­lus­tri­ous past while of­fer­ing pa­trons a dis­tinc­tive, mod­ern and in­di­vid­u­al­is­tic ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Restora­tion of a de­sign icon

Taj Con­nemara’s re­freshed de­sign has eclec­tic ar­chitec Colo­nial, Art Deco and dis­tinc­tive el­e­ments from the cel­e­brated ar­chi­tect, Ge­of­frey Bawa’s ‘Trop­i­cal Mod­ernism’ style, cou­pled with a re­fresh­ing in­te­rior de­sign. The ho­tel’s 147 rooms and suites spread across the Tower and Her­itage wings are each ap­pointed with el­e­gant four-poster beds, vin­tage prints and ob­jects d’art. Sen­si­tive preser­va­tion of the Art Deco fa­cade and in­te­ri­ors will show­case the ho­tel’s orig­i­nal fea­tures in­clud­ing wooden carv­ings sourced from the 16th and 17th cen­tury tem­ples of Ma­ha­balipu­ram. Guests will en­joy 4.5 acres of land­scaped greens and en­closed atrium gar­dens. Ah­mar Sid­diqui, Gen­eral Man­ager, Taj Con­nemara, Chen­nai, said, “The ho­tel is the re­sult of the ef­forts of a team in­clud­ing mas­ter crafts­men and ar­ti­sans who have tire­lessly and lov­ingly worked on restor­ing the city’s leg­endary land­mark. I look for­ward to ex­tend­ing the warm Taj hos­pi­tal­ity to our guests.”

Food & Bev­er­age

Restau­rants and bars at Taj Con­nemara shall prove to be at­trac­tions for Chen­naites and ho­tel guests alike. In­for­mal and for­mal din­ing choices con­vey a 19th-cen­tury club­like feel. The Lady Con­nemara li­censed bar – re­claims its po­si­tion as the place to be seen at. Novel culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ences show­case nos­tal­gic An­glo-In­dian dishes and re­gional Madras spe­cial­ties in a re­laxed am­bi­ence at the all-day-diner Veran­dah, while the quintessen­tially Chen­nai ex­pe­ri­ence Rain­tree con­tin­ues to serve authen­tic Chet­ti­nad fare in an al­fresco set­ting.

Puneet Ch­hat­wal Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Lim­ited (IHCL)

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