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Chennai i/tʃɨˈnaɪ/ (also known as Madras i/məˈdrɑːs/) is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is a major commercial, cultural, economic and educational center in South India. The area around Chennai had been part of successive South Indian kingdoms through centuries.

Top 10 Chennai (Madras) Hotels

The Westin Chennai Velachery
Ranked #1 of 325 hotels in Chennai (Madras)
“Welcoming and pleasant stay” 09/25/2013
“Excellent new Westin with great servic…” 09/25/2013

The Leela Palace Chennai
Ranked #2 of 325 hotels in Chennai (Madras)
“Amazing property” 09/19/2013
“Nice hotel – but some drawbacks remain” 09/18/2013

Park Hyatt Chennai
Ranked #3 of 325 hotels in Chennai (Madras)
“Great hotel” 09/12/2013
“Excellent hotel. Prompt service.” 09/10/2013

Green Park – Chennai
Ranked #4 of 325 hotels in Chennai (Madras)
“TULIPS- Home away from home” 09/25/2013
“Once again at TULIPS” 09/23/2013
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ITC Grand Chola, Chennai
Ranked #5 of 325 hotels in Chennai (Madras)
334 reviews
“Great stay” 09/25/2013
“Great long term stay” 09/23/2013

The Raintree Hotel, Annasalai
Ranked #6 of 325 hotels in Chennai (Madras)
“See you again!” 09/22/2013
“Superb service, value for money, moder…” 09/21/2013

Radisson Blu Hotel GRT Chennai
Ranked #7 of 325 hotels in Chennai (Madras)
“A beautiful, clean hotel near Airport.” 09/24/2013
“Great Business Hotel” 09/23/2013

Ranked #8 of 325 hotels in Chennai (Madras)
“Amazing Buffet Dinner” 09/25/2013
“The Best In Class” 09/05/2013

Ranked #9 of 325 hotels in Chennai (Madras)
“excellent hospitality..!!” 09/24/2013
“the hotel quality and its facilities.” 09/24/2013

Ramada Chennai Egmore
Ranked #10 of 325 hotels in Chennai (Madras)
“very good hotel” 09/25/2013
“Boardwalk” 09/15/2013

About Chennai

The recorded history of the city began in the colonial times, specifically with the arrival of British East India Company and the establishment of Fort St. George in 1644. The British defended several attacks from the French colonial forces, and from the kingdom of Mysore, on Chennai’s way to becoming a major naval port and presidency city by the late eighteenth century. Following the independence of India, Chennai became the capital of Tamil Nadu and an important centre of regional politics that tended to bank on the Dravidian identity of the populace.
According to the provisional results of 2011 census, the city had 4.68 million residents, making it the sixth most populous city in India; the urban agglomeration, which comprises the city and its suburbs, was home to approximately 8.9 million, making it the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the country and 31st largest urban area in the world. Chennai’s economy has a broad industrial base in the automobile, computer, technology, hardware manufacturing and healthcare sectors. As of 2012, the city is India’s second largest exporter of information technology (IT) and business process outsourcing (BPO) services.[4][5] A major part of India’s automobile industry is based in and around the city thus earning it the nickname “Detroit of India”.[6][7][8]
Chennai is an important centre for Carnatic music and hosts a large cultural event, the annual Madras Music Season, which includes performances by hundreds of artists. The city has a diverse theatre scene and is one of the important centres for Bharata Natyam, a classical dance form. The Tamil film industry, colloquially known as Kollywood, is based in the city.[9] The city is host to the third largest expatriate population in India after Mumbai and Delhi, with 35,000 in 2009 and steadily climbing to 82,790 in 2011.[10][11]