TAJ Connemara– South India’s oldest hotel reopened on 11 September 2018 after undergoing a year-long extensive renovation and redesign. Dating back to 1854, the hotel’s legendary history has been brought to life with fresh and modern sensibilities. Over a century old, the Taj Connemara 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 Officer at The Indian Hotels Company, said “TAJ Connemara is another jewel in out 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 TAJ Connemara draws on the hotel’s illustrious past whilst offering patrons a distinctive, modern and individualistic experience and will resume its place in the cultural heart of Chennai. ”
Restoration of a Design Icon
Taj Connemara’s refreshed design has eclectic architectural influences of Classic Colonial, Art Deco and distinctive elements from the celebrated architect, Geoffrey Bawa’s ‘Tropical Modernism’ style coupled with a timeless 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 objets 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. Unique for a city hotel, guests will enjoy 4.5 acres of landscaped greens and enclosed atrium gardens.
Here, Ahmar Siddiqui, General Manager, Taj Connemara, Chennai said “TAJ Connemara, Chennai’s Grande Dame, 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 to create a world-class hotel. I look forward to extending the warm Taj hospitality to our guests.”
19th century club like feel
Restaurants and bars at the Taj Connemara shall prove to be attractions in their own right for Chennaites and hotel guests alike. Informal and formal dining choices convey a 19th century club like feel. The Lady Connemara Bar & Lounge – the city’s first 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 experienceRaintree continues to serve authentic Chettinad fare in an alfresco setting.
UNESCO Creative city Chennai – Gateway to South India
Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the capital of Tamil Nadu. Recently declared as a Creative City by UNESCO, Chennai is enjoying its place in the spotlight for its many strengths including its cuisine, architecture, culture and musical heritage. The hotel’s concierge team will curate exclusive experiences, including heritage tours retracing the city’s colonial past and opportunities to engage with the thriving performing arts scene, textile industry, the Mahabalipuram temple complex declared a UNESCO heritage site and the fragrant and flavourful Tamil street food.
News Update| 23 October 2018| Chennai goes buzz with grand re-launch of Taj Connemara
The city witnessed the glorious relaunch of the iconic Taj Connemara in Chennai, carving its niche as the prima donna deluxe destination in the city. The event was graced by N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons and Puneet Chhatwal, MD & CEO, IHCL.
The event announcing the grand re-launch of Taj Connemara, a crown jewel in IHCL’s portfolio, evolved into a soiree with Chennai’s who’s who gracing the occasion. The event commenced with a royal welcome of the guests followed by a spectacular performance by Manasi Scott and her band. The Chairman, Chandrasekaran along with Chhatwal unveiled the breath-taking 3D laser model of the hotel which left everyone in awe.
Dating back to 1854, the hotel’s legendary history has been brought to life with fresh and modern sensibilities. Over a century old, the Taj Connemara is a proud relic of the colonial era and is named after Lord Connemara, the then Governor of Madras.