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The Leela Palace, Chennai


The Leela Palace, Chennai: Seaview Courtyard

The Leela Palace, Chennai: Seaview Courtyard

The Leela Palace, Chennai: Seaview Courtyard The Leela Palace, Chennai: Outdoor Pool Evening View The Leela Palace, Chennai: China XO Restaurant The Leela Palace, Chennai: Courtyard Exterior The Leela Palace, Chennai: Junior Suite The Leela Palace, Chennai: Jamavar Restaurant
The Leela Palace, Chennai: Deluxe City View Room The Leela Palace, Chennai: Deluxe Sea View Room The Leela Palace, Chennai: Jamavar Restaurant The Leela Palace, Chennai: Library Blu Bar The Leela Palace, Chennai: Palace Exterior


Enjoying a fabulous bayfront location in the city of Chennai (formerly known as Madras), The Leela Palace, Chennai is the flamboyant ‘new kid on the block’, rapidly becoming the place to be seen in Chennai. Set amongst five acres of grounds, overlooking the Bay of Bengal, this lavish hotel offers typically superb Leela service, along with facilities including a spa by ESPA, large outdoor swimming pool, state-of-the-art gym, three restaurants, a bar and a collection of superbly proportioned, stylish guest rooms and suites with the very latest technology, marble bathrooms and luxurious amenities. Gourmands will adore the eclectic range of world-class cuisine on offer while those guests with a penchant for luxurious spas will adore the serene atmosphere and pampering ESPA treatments offered here. The Leela Palace, Chennai (included in Condé Nast Traveller’s UK Hot List for 2013) is a member of 'Preferred Hotels & Resorts'.

  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:Opulent style with an excellent location near to attractions
  • Feature:Fabulous bayfront setting offering panoramic views
  • Rooms:326 rooms and suites
  • Location:India
  • Nearest airport:Chennai International Airport
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Each spacious guest room and suite has a flat-screen television, Blu-ray player, iPod-based entertainment system with video on demand, internet phone, wi-fi internet access, an electronic safe, mini-bar, tea and coffee-making facilities and luxury marble bathrooms with spa mood lighting.

Upgrade to the Royal Club level to enjoy benefits such as express check-in/check-out, use of an iPad, access to the exclusive Club Lounge, with complimentary food and beverage presentations throughout the day, and round-the-clock butler service.

Deluxe Room:+
  • Rooms: 232
  • Size: 538ft2
  • Room View: Sea, pool and city views
  • Facilities: Located on the first to eighth floors, each classically designed Deluxe Room features a marble bathroom with deep-soaking bath, walk-in shower, WC and double vanity sinks.
Junior Suite:+
  • Rooms: 13
  • Size: 1,076-1,251ft2
  • Room View: Sea, pool and city views
  • Facilities: Located on the second to eighth floors, each sumptuous 1,076-1,251ft2 Junior Suite features a bedroom with a flat-screen television and comfortable chair, a separate living room with a flat-screen television, an oversized sofa and chair, coffee table and writing desk, kitchenette and a dining table, a powder room, walk-in wardrobe and a marble bathroom with deep-soaking bath, walk-in shower, WC and double vanity sinks.

The range of dishes available at The Leela Palace, Chennai ensures all palates are catered for. The signature Jamavar restaurant serves Indian cuisine; Chinese fare can be enjoyed at China XO, while informal all-day dining is available at Spectra, serving global cuisine – such as European, Japanese, Middle Eastern and South East Asian – in a multi-buffet style. Additionally, there’s a bar, lobby lounge and The Leela Cake Shop, which tempts guests with a range of treats, including pastries, handmade chocolates and cakes, along with tea, coffee and hot chocolate. In-room dining is available.

  • Cuisine: Northern and Southern India cuisine
  • Setting: Jamavar is the signature fine dining restaurant, located on the Lower Lobby Level of the hotel. Dinner is served in a stylish, contemporary setting, offering a congenial atmosphere and with the additional feature of a show kitchen. It’s particularly popular with the city’s movers and shakers.
  • Dress Code: Smart casual.
  • Children's Menu: No
  • Vegetarian Menu: No
China XO:+
  • Cuisine: Chinese cuisine
  • Setting: Located on the Lower Lobby Level, China XO is a stylish dining venue boasting scenic views of the Bay of Bengal. Dine al fresco, in one of the three private dining rooms, or in the main dining room on dishes such as Szechuan Beef, Beijing-style noodles, Peking Duck and dim sum.
  • Dress Code: Smart casual.
  • Children's Menu: No
  • Vegetarian Menu: No
  • Cuisine: European, Japanese, Middle Eastern, South East Asian and Indian buffet-style cuisine
  • Setting: Located on the Lobby Level overlooking the Adyar River and Bay of Bengal, Spectra is open for dining all day and boasts a striking, vibrant décor and seven entertaining interactive show kitchens. Enjoy the multi-buffet global cuisine and join your fellow guests for the delightful Sunday Brunch, paired with sparkling wine or rare, vintage Champagne (charges apply).
  • Children's Menu: No
  • Vegetarian Menu: No
City Life

Step out of the hotel to soak up the ambience of the city and explore the many attractions it has to offer, including the British-built Fort St George, a wealth of temples and nearby Marina Beach (the second-longest in the world). Shop for clothing, silk, books, jewellery, leather goods and fair trade crafts at the nearby malls, shops and markets or venture a little further to visit the ancient 7th century port city of Mahabalipuram, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Health & Fitness

The brand-new 1,300m2 ESPA Spa (opening soon) is a luxurious two-storey concoction of traditional heritage elegance and modern design, with décor featuring natural wood, hand-carved stone and sumptuous soft furnishings. The luxurious, calming space comprises nine treatment rooms and a couple’s spa suite, along with relaxation rooms, saunas and steam rooms for men and women. Signature treatments perfectly meld scientifically researched European wellness techniques with Ayurvedic therapies designed to harmonise mind, body and spirit. Who could resist the ninety-minute Stress Buster Treatment, combining skin brushing, exfoliation and a hot stone massage, followed by a head massage and gently stretching? Total bliss. Additionally, you’ll find a state-of-the-art fitness studio and gym, along with a large outdoor swimming pool.

In Addition

Beyond the hotel, there’s a wealth of culture to explore, including historic cities, temples and a basilica reputedly built over the tomb of Thomas (Doubting Thomas), one of Christ’s twelve disciples. Chennai’s recorded history began in Colonial times, with the British East India Company arriving in the 17th century. It established Fort St George in 1644, which subsequently defended the burgeoning surrounding city from French attack, enabling Chennai to become a major naval port by the 18th century. Do visit the ramparts of this fascinating monument, which includes a museum showcasing relics from the city’s Colonial past and St Mary’s Church, considered the oldest Anglican Church in all of Asia, housing the oldest British tombstones in India in its courtyard. Renowned as being the birthplace of the modern Indian army, the fort is a must-visit for lovers of Colonial British and military history.

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