Taj Connemara is one of the prominent landmark hotels in Chennai with eclectic influences of the bygone Victorian era. Sensitively restored to its primal glory with distinctive influences from Tropical Modernism, the Taj Connemara’s iconic design blends the timeless past with refreshing contemporary impressions.
The portrait of Lord Connemara seated alongside Nawab Muhammud Munawar Khan Bahadur, the Prince of Arcot who was the initial owner of the grandiose building adorns the hallway while the charm of the landmark’s colonial heritage unfurls around it to port you to the olden days. The princely piano, which gallantly occupies a corner of the lobby and dates back to 1922 when its music would swaddle the ballroom in the evenings, stands testimony to the glorious past that the landmark hotel mirrors. Victorian influences are also resonated in the 4.5 acres of verdant lawns and picturesque atrium gardens that makes Taj Connemara one of the best 5-star hotels in Chennai.
As a reminiscent of the classic English mansion, each of the 147 rooms spread across the Heritage and Tower wings of the stately edifice recreates the illustrious past in shades of neutral and dark wood while blending comfort and formality. The sunlight-bathed windows too stand tall as memoirs of the Victorian times, along with the ornate floor tiles that undauntedly embellish the ground and exudes royal charm. The influence of colonial décor is also resonated in the four-poster beds, primeval paintings, and vintage prints that adorn the luxurious rooms, which are equipped with ultra-modern, indulgent amenities and new-age services, thus effortlessly fusing the legacy of the heritage building with the comforts of the contemporary. Taj Connemara’s spacious rooms and suites tug at the pages of the history of erstwhile Madras Presidency and replicates its eminence with sheer elegance and comfort that complements the serene and scenic views of the outside. A sojourn in one of the heritage, colonial, luxury rooms or executive suites, therefore, is sure to make your stay in this heritage abode a worthwhile experience.
Discover more by immersing yourself in the cultural and historical influences of the timeless past by taking a heritage walk of the hotel that encapsulates within its walls more than 200 years of history. Traverse in time and relive the traditions in awe through a series of carefully curated anecdotes and stories that throw light on the metamorphosis of ‘The House on the Choultry Plain’ into the majestic hotel, Taj Connemara.
Relax and unwind with the meticulously curated therapeutic experiences at the Jiva Spa, which include experiences, Indian therapies, spa indulgences, body scrubs and wraps, Indian aromatherapy, and other carefully garnered beauty therapies.
Pause to rejuvenate your senses by paying ode to the colonial culture of high tea over an aromatic blend of hot beverages complemented by a curated selection of sweet and savory finger food at the Lady Connemara Bar & Lounge, named in honor of the wife of the Governor of Madras, Lady Connemara. Also, reminiscence the popularity of Madras’s first bar, The Cocktail Bar, by sipping on signature cocktails such as ‘Madras No.1’ and ‘Since 1891’ that pay tribute to the olden Connemara nights. Relish a magnificent spread of classic English breakfast at The Verandah, while appreciating pleasant views through the Victorian style large windows that offer spectacular views of the outside. Hues of the Victorian era are also echoed in the hotel’s authentic Chettinad cuisine restaurant, Raintree, the trail to which is adorned by antique stone pillars from the 16th and 17th Centuries.
Acquaint yourself with the illustrious past of the Victorian era while savouring world-class amenities in one of the best luxury hotels in Chennai, Taj Connemara.