Photo: Official Website of Vivanta-Taj Hotels
More than two years after it was closed for renovation, the more than a century old Taj Connemara was reopened Tuesday with refreshed design and aesthetics.
The city's iconic hotel was shut from May 10, 2016 for renovation.
Built in 1854 as the Imperial Hotel, it got its name after the Governor of Madras 'Lord Connemara'.
In 1984, the hotel came under the Taj Group on a lease from Spencer's and was called as 'Taj Connemara'. In September 2010, it was rechristened as 'Vivanta by Taj-Connemara.'
On the reopening of the hotel, The Indian Hotels Company Ltd, Managing Director and CEO, Puneet Chhatwal
said, "Taj Connemara
is another jewel in the Taj portfolio of iconic heritage hotels.
"The newly renovated Taj Connemara
draws on the hotel's illustrious past whilst offering patrons a distinctive, modern and individualistic experience. We are happy to announce that Taj Connemara
will resume its place in the cultural heart of Chennai," he said.
The new design has architectural influences of classic colonial, art and distinctive elements from noted architect Geoffrey Bawa coupled with refreshing interiors.
The hotel, equipped with 147 rooms and suites across Tower and Heritage wings, has original features including wooden carvings sourced from 16th and 17th century temples of Mahabalipuram, another heritage landmark near city.
Taj Connemara also has a 4.5 acre of landscaped greens and enclosed gardens, making it as an unique for a city hotel.
The hotel's general manager, Ahmar Siddiqui said, "Taj Connemara is the result of the efforts of a team including master craftsmen and artisans who have tirelessly worked on restoring the city's legendary landmark".