Historic Chennai hotel returns in splendid style

First opened in 1854, the Taj Connemara has been sympathetically restored with a nod to every era of its illustrious history

The Geoffrey Bawa-designed pool at the five-star Taj Connemara hotel in Chennai
The Geoffrey Bawa-designed pool at the five-star Taj Connemara hotel in Chennai

The Taj Connemara (tajhotels.com; from about £200) in Chennai has serious bona fides, having first opened in the Tamil Nadu capital as the Imperial Hotel in 1854 when Chennai was still Madras (it was renamed in 1890 after Robert Bourke, 1st – and only – Baron Connemara, the Governor of Madras from 1886 to 1890). After a year-long closure and a renovation that takes in every era of its history – from British colonial to tropical modernism (Geoffrey Bawa added the pool in 1974) – the hotel, Chennai’s only five-star heritage property, reopens this month with surfeits of four-poster beds and dining options ranging from sandwiches in the glorious gardens to the finest Chettinad cuisine. 

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