Need to know
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $86.53 (INR5,566), excluding tax at 28 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of 12.5% per room per night prior to arrival and an additional service charge of 10% per room per night on check-out.
Rates include Continental breakfast.
Each morning, the staff prepare a kolam, or brightly coloured rice-flour illustration on the floor of the common area. Guests can join in the mesmerising artistry.
At the hotel
Library, parking, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: free bottled water, desk, safe, individually controlled air-conditioning.
Our favourite rooms
Each room is spacious, with art deco furniture, original Italian tiles and framed vintage photos of the region on the walls. Light sleepers should request a room overlooking the gardens, but those who like to watch the local goings-on should request 204, the largest room, which has a balcony overlooking the town.
Tucked into a private courtyard with a grassy perimeter, the unheated outdoor pool is family-friendly and ideal for cooling off. A shaded veranda at one end doubles as a casual café.
Save plenty of room to bring back the local spices – including anise, peppercorns and kalpasi – that helped make Chettinad famous.
The public spaces are wheelchair-accessible.
All ages are welcome. Though there are no dedicated services, the large rooms have space for additional beds, and staff adore little ones.
The hotel goes to extra lengths to ensure it’s as green as can be, relying on solar-powered water heaters, harvesting rainwater, recycling wastewater in its gardens and using an oxygenated treatment process to filter the pool in lieu of chlorine.