The Gateway Hotels & Resorts, part of the Taj Group, has opened The Gateway Hotel IT Expressway Chennai, making it the first hotel to be launched in a metro city after the brand was unveiled in 2008.
Catering to the upscale segment, The Gateway Hotels & Resorts has 23 hotels in its portfolio.
“The Chennai launch is a proud moment for us and essential to the brand’s growth strategy of catering to the new-age traveller,’’ says the company’s chief operating officer, Prabhat Verma.
‘‘There is immense growth and development potential in a burgeoning market such as Chennai, especially on the Old Mahabalipuram Road. We look forward to welcoming guests to the Gateway experience.”
General manager Ranjit Shankar says: ‘‘The Chennai hotel will offer contemporary and refreshing hospitality to its guests. Since the hotel is in the heart of the IT corridor and within close proximity to the East Coast Road, it is well equipped to cater to leisure and business travellers.’’
The hotel, near Sholinganallur junction on Rajiv Gandhi Salai, erstwhile Old Mahabalipuram Road, offers guests the dual advantage of being right where the IT action is and being within easy reach of the temple town of Mahabalipuram and the French-influenced Union Territory of Puducherry (Pondicherry).
The hotel will present a refreshingly new face of hospitality to the evolving metropolis, Chennai.
Gateway Hotels & Resorts is designed keeping the modern nomad in mind, offering consistent, quick and crisp service for travellers seeking hassle-free and contemporary experiences.
Hotel staff want guests to enjoy their space and will take the unwanted surprises out of travel with a welcoming, consistent and enjoyable stay experience, unobtrusive service and warm, friendly hospitality.
The hotel is a sophisticated sanctuary offering a refreshing blend of Indian hospitality and modern cosmopolitan efficiency.
Each of the 200 spacious rooms, has an uninterrupted view of the city’s skyline. Guests can exercise at Go! (fitness centre) or Wavelength (swimming pool) or relax in the spa. The hotel has a 4800 square-feet Concorde ballroom for up to 600 guests.
Food connoisseurs can indulge in a variety of local Chennai specialties to satiate their palate at Buzz, indulge in contemporary Chinese cuisine at Sian or relax over drinks at Swirl, the lounge.
The hotel, which has been designed by Sim Boon Yang, allows guests to experience a tranquil retreat in the hectic city. Given the dense urban setting of this hotel, the simple concept is to enhance the feeling of space and tranquillity by keeping to a pale and minimalist palette.
This is populated by carefully placed artwork and screens to create visual accents. Photographic art that features local architectural elements provides a visual counterpoint to the clean lines of the interiors.
About The Gateway Hotels & Resorts
It’s a full-service, upscale hospitality brand in the south Asia region and a part of the Taj Group of Hotels.
Designed for the modern nomad, Gateway provides consistent, courteous and crisp service for business and leisure travellers seeking contemporary and refreshing experiences.
Keeping in mind those looking for comfort, familiarity and flexibility, the hotels and resorts are divided into eigh zones – Enter, Stay, Hangout, Meet, Work, Workout, Unwind and Explore; 24/7 services such as 24/7 breakfast, 24/7 ‘‘active studio’’ and 24/7 laundry cater for guests around the clock.
Gateway provides welcome perfection through an unrivalled network and innovative cuisine offerings such as ‘‘active food’’ – superfoods and low glycemic index foods for the health conscious; regional home-style cuisine; ‘‘eat-in’’ – refreshed in-room dining menus and ‘‘wake up’’ – buffet breakfasts with a range of healthy and indulgent options.
Flexible, dynamic and warm service, ‘‘in-room yoga’’ amenities and ‘‘explore’’ packages make The Gateway Hotels & Resorts sanctuaries that refresh, refuel and renew.
Details, bookings: www.thegatewayhotels.com