If you’re a fitness junkie, you will love this hotel even if, rather especially, if you forgot to pack your workout clothes while travelling for a short business trip to Chennai. Westin Chennai Velacherry allows you to hire on rent sneakers, workout tops, socks for $5. What’s more, if you prefer to get some fresh air in local surroundings while you exercise, there’s something stirring for you. There’s a ‘Run Concierge’ available at your service to share interesting facts about the area or you can simply grab a trail map and take off on your own.
Even as your fitness regimen is assured, the hotel also attempts to make sure that you ‘eat well’ and ‘sleep’ well. All this is a part of a larger program ‘The Elements of Well Being’ by Westin, under which the brand offers its trademarked Heavenly Bed and healthy food options developed in partnership with the SuperFoodRx brand. What’s more, it also offers a “Eat-Well Menu For Kids” offering delicious and nutritious food options for the kids.
Promoting the concept of ‘inspired well being’, the property is the sixth Westin hotel in India and the first out of seven new Westin hotels to be opened across Asia Pacific. Targeting mainly the business travellers, it is strategically located within a 20-minute drive from the domestic and international airport, the hotel provides convenient accessibility to Guindy business district, OMR-IT corridor, city center and Chennai Trade Centre.
A tall cascading water body at the central courtyard is welcoming in a city that reels under oppressive heat. The colours and décor of the hotel might appear dull but has seemingly been kept so to offer a relaxed, insouciant stay. The 215 guestrooms and suites are spacious; their distinguishing feature is the ‘Heavenly Bed’ made of ten layers of sheets, a patented pillow-top mattress, which contours to the body. The lighting system is impressively convenient.
Westin’s signature restaurant Prego is missing in this property. However, there are two restaurants offering distinct tastes: Seasonal Tastes, which serves local and international cuisine along with healthy food options under SuperfoodRx menu and Eest, which offers Pan Asian dishes. In addition to these, there is a lounge bar, Willows, a cricket enthusiast’s delight with décor made up of a wall of caps, bats instead of door handles and 2000 balls at the bar and lights inspired by wickets. Do try their specialty cocktail, VellaSherry here.
Promoting itself as a venue for weddings and functions, it has events space of 12, 600 square feet, ideal for small events as well as corporate meetings.
Westin’s emphasis on healthy eating and living makes it a fantastic option for frequent business travellers, fitness lovers, as well for families with kids.
Location: 154, Velachery Main Rd, Velachery, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600042
Number of rooms: 215
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