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Taj Savoy Hotel
The Savoy is one of Ooty’s oldest hotels, with parts dating back to 1829. Big cottages are arranged around a beautiful garden of flowerbeds, lawns and clipped hedges. The quaint rooms have large bathrooms, log fires and bay windows...
The Park Chennai
We love this superstylish large boutique hotel, which flaunts design everywhere you look, from the bamboo, steel and gold cushions of the towering lobby to the posters from classic South Indian movies shot in Gemini Studios, the previous incarnation o...
The Residency Towers
Residency Towers combines five-star elegance with personality at very good prices for this level of accommodation. Rooms have sliding doors in front of windows to block out noise, walnut-veneer furniture, weighing scales and other thoughtful touches...
Stunningly restored and professionally run by a Malayali hotel chain, Visalam is a relatively young Chettiar mansion, done in the fashionable art-deco style of the 1930s...
The cream of Kodai’s hotels is a magnificent five-star colonial-era mansion that overlooks the lake. Rooms are bright and spacious and some have private balconies...
Five kilometres west of downtown, this charming resort occupies large, lush grounds that even include a small village. The luxurious rooms have antique doors, carved wood furnishings and lovely big bathrooms...
Fresh from a major round of renovations, the immaculate rooms here now offer goodies like flat-screen TVs and bright-orange bathrooms. Perfectly comfy.
This is a reasonably smart hotel with spacious rooms, though there appears to be no difference between the standard and deluxe rooms. Rates include breakfast, there's a good multicuisine restaurant and the Tropicana bar.
The Richmond, located in an attractive yellow colonial-era edifice, manages the whole heritage with a twist of modern aesthetic very well; rooms are dark-wood accented but sleek enough to stand out to the contemporary conscious.
The Royal Court manages to blend a bit of white-sheeted, hardwood-floored colonial elegance with comfort, good eating options, professional service and free in-room wi-fi. It's an excellent, central choice for someone who needs a bit of spoiling.
This is a large place on three floors around a central parking area with no garden. Rooms are simple, but clean and good value.
The Residency, Coimbatore
The Residency is top choice for, among other things, its friendly staff, attractive and well-equipped rooms, swimming pool, free wi-fi and excellent eating and drinking options: the buffet meals in the Pavilion restaurant are very good value...
Hotel Mamallaa Heritage
Popular with tour groups, the Mamalla has large, comfortable rooms with spotless bathrooms. The pool’s a decent size, and there’s a quality rooftop restaurant. Wi-fi costs ₹50/200 per hour/24 hours.
Fortune Pandiyan Hotel
New in 2005, one of this smart hotel's big draws is a clean swimming pool in a garden setting. Nonguests can use it for Rs100, and there's a women-only session between 11:00 and 13:00 daily; there's also exercise equipment in the fitness room.
The Royal Regency
The splashes of colour adorning the outside of this hotel, smack-bang between Central and Egmore train stations, cannot be missed. It’s all very business-like inside, sparsely furnished and offering the minimum needed for a solid night’s sleep.
The Madurai Residency
The service is stellar and the rooms are comfy and fresh at this winner, which has one of the the highest rooftop restaurants in town. It's very popular, so book at least two days ahead. There’s wi-fi in the lobby.
Fancy for the price; it's a 'business star' hotel.
Calve, A Welcome Heritage Hotel
This excellent heritage option, located on a quiet, tree-shaded boulevard, combines a soaring sense of high-ceilinged space with egg-white walls, flat-screen TVs, huge niche-embedded mattresses groaning under soft cushions and a warm backdrop of Burme...
Hotel Park Plaza
With dinner and wi-fi included in rates as well as breakfast, and good, spacious rooms, the Park Plaza is a decent deal.
Hotel Chandra Park
Chandra Park’s prices remain mysteriously lower than most comparable establishments. Standard rooms are small but have air-con, clean towels and tight, white sheets...
Hotel Park Plaza
The Plaza’s rooms are comfortable and simply but attractively furnished, with free wi-fi. Four have temple views. It also boasts a good multicuisine rooftop restaurant and the (inappropriately named) Sky High Bar – on the 1st floor.
The Supreme is a well-presented hotel with friendly service that is very popular with domestic tourists. Don’t miss the chance to walk into Apollo 96, a bar built to look like a spaceship, and wonder if someone laced your lassi last night...