Review: Park Hyatt Chennai Hotel
I’m not going to lie, I went to Chennai just to stay at the Park Hyatt. I was in desparate need of a vacation so when my friend described the amenities at the Park Hyatt Chennai, I decided I wanted to visit India and it should be the first stop on my trip.
The rooms are ~$100 a night and Hyatt Diamond members are often upgraded to suites. It features a rooftop pool and an amazing spa. I was sold.
Plus, if you have a suite they’ll send a car free of charge to get you from the airport and take you back. I only wish I had opted to have them pick me up rather than waiting around for my Etihad Chauffer.
But eventually I did arrive, around 10PM after more than 36 hours in transit. The car pulled up to the front door where multiple staff were waiting to help me out, take charge of my luggage and walk me through the metal detector.
The front desk knew I was coming and I soon was being escorted up to my Park Excutive suite to finish the check in process. I could barely wait for them to leave so I could stop surpressing my excited squeals in an attempt to seem mature.
The living room has windows along the entire curved outer wall.
Plenty of seating.
A gloriously large desk which made catching up on work and blogging easy.
A delightful refreshment center with a fancy tea set and complimentary snacks including macarons.
The bedroom was a generous size and nicely furnished, but the real standout was the bathroom.
Off the closet was a separate room for the commode, a a fancy toilet that both washes and dries.
And in keeping with the marble everything theme, a large shower and a gigantic tub.
Almost like having my own plunge pool! (Don’t worry, for the photo I was wearing a strapless bathing suit just in case)
But before I could get in the tub I had a phone calls, the first was the General Manager apologizing that he was not at the hotel to welcome me (at 10PM on a Saturday night!). And it had nothing to do with the fact I’m a blogger, I’m not even sure they knew. It seemed like they just really valued Hyatt elites 🙂 And I definitely felt welcomed!
Daily breakfast is offered as part of the suite and to Hyatt Diamonds. I had the option of dining in the restaurant or ordering complimentary room service. I chose the latter so I could get work done and be lazy at the same time.
Room service was impressive. Amazing service, very ornate settings and tons of food. They even brought a toaster so my toast would be fresh.
I intended to try some of the Indian options for breakfast but since every other meal was an adventure I decided to go boring and traditional for breakfast. 🙂
I had Sunday lunch in the Flying Elephant, learning that this was the place to go in Chennai to see and be seen.
Fortunately the food was also outstanding. It was all you could eat with many international stations on multiple levels.
And waiters that kept coming by with impressive platings of food! Though I also discovered pizza and soft serve ice cream are some of the favorite dishes.
The hotel grounds are not large, the hotel building and an internal courtyard, but it was peaceful and pleasant.
I booked several spa appointments which I will review in a later post, but I’ll just mention that getting 3 hours for ~$120 was one of the best spa experiences I’ve had!
I only ventured out once, to do a food tour with the Assistant manager, which was amazing! I’ll be covering that in a follow up post as well.
The only disappointing part of my whole stay was the pool. On the first day, a Sunday, when I went up to the rooftop horizon pool all the chairs were taken and there was no where else to sit.
In the evening it was empty so I went out and spent a happy half hour looking over the edge of the pool, looking out over the Guindy Forest Reserve and listening to the sites and sounds of the city.
The next day it was empty, but all the towels that were pre-draped on the chairs felt wet like they they hadn’t been changed from the previous day.
And since that was the worst thing about my stay, I can whole heartedly recommend everyone come here. It’s a great value for the money, even if you’re in a regular room, and the service was amazing! Every staff member made me feel truly welcome and like they genuinely cared that I was having a nice stay.
And later in my trip when I made a big mistake, they were incredibly helpful over the phone and helped solve the problem from hundreds of miles away!
I can’t wait to go back again, even if I never leave the hotel!
More From This Trip
- Planning & Itinerary
- Applying for an India Tourist Visa
- Part 1: What NOT to Do Planning a Trip to India
- Airport Overnight at Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel
- Etihad First Class Check In & Wingtips Lounge JFK
- Etihad First Class on Jet Airways: JFK-AUH
- Etihad Abu Dhabi Lounge Terminal 1
- Etihad Business Class Abu Dhabi-Chennai
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