The ‘IT Expressway’, commonly called ‘the OMR’ in Namma Chennai has been buzzing with activity, thanks to the IT boom and the latest pearl in the ocean is the massive 5-star hotel from the Taj Group – The Gateway Hotels & Resorts. The official launch meet took place on the 24th of August which had pulled in a lot of interest from the media and general public.

 

The Launch Story

The 4500 sq. feet banquet hall was almost full and the entire proceeding was hosted by the famous VJ of SS Music Fame – Paloma. The Gateway Group is one of the many brands which comes under the Taj family and they aim to ‘refresh’ your experience or stay at their massive hotel which has around 200 rooms in total and has been pumped in with an investment of around 150 crores.

The launch began on an enthusiastic note with a traditional dance cum music performance which was followed by the official launch. The COO – Prabhat Verma pressed the ‘F5′ button with the aim of officially ‘refreshing’ Chennai with his hotel’s world class amenities and decor. Following this, there was a brief speech by Prabhat Verma , which emphasized on how the Gateway Hotel Chennai was looking to make a mark in Chennai and also about their in house specialties. The press conference and the introduction of Chef Natrajan took place next and the COO had to face a lot of questions pertaining to the financial issues and the brand as a whole. It was pretty disappointing as the guys from the media never bothered to ask or know more about the food that was at stake there.

The press conference concluded for good, post which we were entitled to a guided tour of the entire property and this was probably the best part of the entire proceeding for the day ( second only when compared to the lunch that followed ;) ) .

What’s So Special About the Gateway Hotel Chennai?

The Rooms

The brand ‘Gateway Hotels & Resorts’ has around 23 hotels around India and possess a rapid expansion plan for the next 2 years. Talking about the rooms, there are around 200 rooms here in Chennai which are segregated under 3 categories – the base class, the executive category and the family suite and the prices range from INR 6500 + taxes and go up to INR 16,000 + taxes. The base class rooms come with a city view while the executive rooms and 350 sq.ft rooms with the view of the vibrant pool and other additional amenities.

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The Facilities

The Gateway Hotel Chennai has a focused and well planned agenda to attract customers who could be international tourists, businessmen or the cool guy who just wants to relax. The best part about this place is that it has something to offer for every section of its customer base.

The Businessman – Located on the IT Expressway obviously means that The Gateway Hotel Chennai is going to attract a lot of techies and business oriented travelers. This hotel has state of the art facilities which include a huge conference room and two other small ones, which could be the best place for holding important meetings. The 45 Mbps internet connection is going to ensure that none of your conference calls get disrupted and you also get dedicated workstations from where you could ‘literally’ work.

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Tourists – The OMR is the perfect getaway location for most of the people of Chennai, thanks to the ‘Mahabs’ ( Mahabalipuram ) or Muttukadu and this place is strategically located to cater to the interests of enthusiasts who wish to explore Chennai and its suburban heritage.

The Guy Who Wishes to Chill Out – For the guy who loves to just relax and have a good time, the Gateway ensures that he is not disappointed in any way possible. The Gateway houses this lovely looking swimming pool called the ‘Wavelength’ , a well-equipped gym with trained professionals to guide you and a magnificent spa.

 

The Foodie – It has been a tradition at Gateway to give a lot of emphasis on regional cuisines and The Gateway Hotel Chennai throws light on the traditional Tanjavur cuisine . Also, they offer a pretty delicious breakfast all around the clock – Yes, they call it the 24×7 breakfast. They have two in-house restaurants – Sian and Buzz. Sian offers contemporary Chinese food with a lovely Chinese themed ambiance and Buzz offers the traditional Chennai stuff as well as other dishes with an international touch. For those who would love to have a few drinks , Swirl – the bar is waiting for you!

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Summing It Up With Lunch

The guided tour of the hotel finally ended at 2pm and left us all hungry. Luckily, we were at the right place at the right time.

PS: I will review the food at Buzz in my next post.

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To sum it all up, The Gateway Hotel Chennai is here to stay and I’m sure it is going to attract a lot of people in the years to come. Wishing their team all success ! :)

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