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KNOW| HOTELS| Le Royal Meridien, Chennai

Le Royal Meridien, one of the premier hotels among the star chains, has aligned its services and facilities to match the expectations of the global business traveler. Built over 3.7 acres of prime land right on the main National Highway NH 45, the hotel is a 5 minute drive from the Chennai International and National airports and within easy access of the rest of the city.




The Meridien Group of Hotels was taken over by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 850 properties in more than 95 countries in 2005 thus becoming a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, Sheraton, Westin, Four Points by Sheraton, W, Le Méridien, AloftSM and the recently announced Element.

Le Royal Meridien-Chennai prides itself with its stone based architecture of the Pallava Dynasty giving the hotel a distinct appeal amidst the concrete jungle of the city. Creating a veritable oasis are the exquisitely landscaped gardens that combine with energy saving devices within the premises to create an eco-friendly environment.

Step in through the towering glass doors into the spacious lobby and be prepared for an awe-inspiring sight. A stupendous dome marks the multifunctional lobby with its carved fountain and fibre-optic lighting. The smoke free lobby provides a pleasing ambience enhanced by live music from the grand piano. From the hand tufted carpets to the panoramic view of the lush gardens through the glass curtain wall you will find your senses being soothed and pampered. Giant crystal chandeliers from Italy illuminate and spread a glow adding grandeur to the décor.

With 240 sound-proof rooms, the hotel has five food and beverage outlets within. The grand staircase, with its mirror-finishing marble flooring and custom designed majestic brass and bronze hand rails and grills leads to the higher levels.

Le Royal Meridien boasts of facilities like the Grand Madras Ballroom which is a large pillar-less room covering about 10,000 sq. ft, with a seating capacity of 1200. The room has its own crystal studded chandeliers and special track lights, state-of-the-art audio visual system, concealed projector and screens, sound proof partitions and a dedicated elevator to the car park for guests. With a pre-function area of 6000 sq. ft, this is the largest hotel facility in Chennai, as of today.

The Jasmine Hall adjoining the ballroom has a seating capacity of 50 persons and is decorated with beautiful wall paintings and the Lotus Hall which is accessible from the pre-function hall has a seating capacity of 50 persons and is beautifully decorated with many rare paintings.

The Business Centre located at the lobby level is well equipped for a private meeting of about 8-10 people with ISDN/ Wi- Fi Wireless Internet access, facsimile, copying, secretarial service, video conferencing and audio visual facilities to meet the needs of today’s jet setting corporates.

The Royal Club rooms have a dedicated guest elevator to the Royal Club floor, personalized butler service, exclusive Royal Club lounge, express check-in / check-out room facility, complimentary breakfast, complimentary tea/ coffee & sift drinks all day in lounge, cocktail hour with canapés, dedicated personalized business service, complimentary meeting for five guests up to half a day and supply of daily business newspapers as well as business magazines.

Le Royal Meridien offers guests with a choice of three types of accommodation to suit their needs viz., Executive, Deluxe and Royal Club. The foremost being the Presidential Suite with a spacious living room, a grand bedroom, private dining with separate pantry, powder room, private study and large foyer. Other facilities include fax machine, large washroom with jacuzzi, a separate shower, widescreen TV, cordless telephone, remote controlled curtains, silver service by white gloved
valets and a personal security cabin.

The Royal Suites, called the Washington Suite and Tamil Nadu Suite have an electronic safe(that can accommodate a laptop), 2 line telephones, internet access, facsimile(on request), mini bar, tea/coffee making facility, rooms for physically challenged, business and travel assistance, valet parking, fresh fruit on arrival, individual in-room temperature control, bedside console, satellite TV, games room, dedicated guest elevator to the Royal Club floor, butler service, exclusive Royal Club lounge, complimentary breakfast at the club lounge, complimentary tea/coffee & drinks all day in lounge, cocktail hours with canapés, complimentary airport-hotel-airport transfers, business services on Royal Club floor, in-room facsimile, complimentary meeting room for five guests up to half a day, complimentary ironing service and choice of newspapers and magazines.

An added attraction at the hotel is the Le Mirage Health & Fitness Club with Nautilus & Precor
equipment with separate facilities for steam, sauna, jacuzzi, separate massage facilities for ladies and gents, Ayurvedic massage, outdoor swimming pool with separate whirlpool for the little ones. Facilities like Golf/ Riding/ Water sports are available on request. The Men’s salon and Beauty Parlour for ladies are richly decorated and equipped with state-of-the-art fixtures to give the guests a unique experience.

Choosing the restaurant for eating out at Le Royal Meridien is a tough decision thanks to the

Navaratna with a seating capacity of 82 diners offers Royal Indian cuisine, drawn from the best of India. Dishes enjoyed by Maharajas of Princely India are served in tableware made of copper and brass. Reflecting the cuisine is the ambience made of carved teak wooden pillars, ceiling and wall panels, laced linen and bronze and wooden sculptures. Setting the mood is the live ghazal performance, by a well known local artist.

Kayal is the one and only high-end seafood restaurant in the city of Chennai. With a capacity of 32 covers, the restaurant offers a grand view of the upper and lower terrace gardens and a guest-chef
interactive facility with live cooking. The menu includes live lobsters and fresh catch of the day.

Flame Le Club, Chennai’s chill out zone, the first of its kind in Chennai is one of the best high-end entertainment places in the country. Spread across 9000 sq. ft area, in terms of infra
structure and equipment, the club is unmatched. Flame has an exclusive entrance and massive reception area providing the guests specialized treatment, quality entertainment and indoor leisure of the highest order. Flame Le Club encompasses a Long bar and Curved bar, elevated DJ console with a grand dance floor, huge screen to watch TV channels and live music, plasma screen television in the members’ area and a podium for live performances.

The Dome is Le Royal Meridien’s lobby bar attached to the atrium
lobby. With a seating capacity of 45 covers the bar offers live entertainment and piped music, plasma screen TV, relaxing atmosphere, dispenser, storing and chilling equipment and exclusive lobby service.

The hotel also boasts of a covered car park that can accommodate 242 cars as also an open parking area for 100 vehicles.

Le Royal Meridien has something for all guests and diners who elect to stay or just sample the delights of the various restaurants. Thanks to its lineage, Meridien is able to offer all patrons a truly international experience unlike any other in the city.

PGP Group is the promoter of this hotel whose Chairman, Dr. Palani G. Periasamy is a leading & well known NRI, industrialist and educationalist from the USA.

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NEWS| Citymax India brings International Coffee House 'Gloria Jean's Coffees' to India

Gloria Jean’s Coffees, the world’s leading global coffee chain has tied up with integrated hospitality major Citymax India to launch a chain of coffee houses across India.

NEWS| Club Med plans to enter Indian market post-2011

France-based luxury resort company Club Med is planning to enter the Indian market post-2011.

It is considering locations like Puduchery, Goa and the North-East for setting up the property, which is most likely to be a five-trident (star) resort.



This was divulged by Caroline Puechoultres, President and CEO - Asia Pacific, Club Med, at the unveiling of its property 'La Plantation D'Albion' in Mauritius.

It is the first property with three-level classification - superior, deluxe and suites. Club Med also launched its worldwide campaign, 'Where happiness means the world' at the event.

NEWS| Hong Kong-based JB Group enters India's hospitality sector

Hong Kong-based JB Group is entering the hospitality sector in India by setting-up properties in Goa and Bangalore

The property in Goa will be a Rs 1,200 crore project and will include a 260 room resort on the beach front and 240 premium villas.



The resort will be developed in association with Accor Hotels and will be operated under the 'Sofitel' brand while the villas will be operated under the brand, 'Accor Premiere Vacation Club'.

It is also in the process of developing a marina at the location in association with Island Global Yachting.

TRENDS| Top Dining Trends for 2008

You get one trend everyday!
Let me know what you think of this coming to India?
Leave your comments....

Trend #1

SPEED TRUMPS EVERYTHING

Say hello to The Portable Generation. No one has patience anymore; in-and-out is being replaced by not even in.



Millions of people will be ordering food to go via their cellphones. A harbinger: A flock of fast feeders are taking text-message orders that are paid for via the same web-enabled devices, promising the have orders ready when you arrive. About a third of cellphone orders already come from people in their cars.

Table service restaurants and supermarkets are getting into the act, packing up your orders and delivering them to you curbside – so you can show up looking like a slob. And if you're sitting down, restaurants want you out faster, so they'll be swiping your credit card tableside and you'll get your bill just the way you do at Hertz or Avis – while waiters watch how you calculate their tips.

Dining with colleagues at your desks? -- about 50% of office workers dothis every day! A web-based startup will take everyone's meal choices from their individual computers, consolidate them and shoot a single order to a restaurant that you collectively select, along with pre-payment. No more frantic secretaries juggling which sandwich gets the mayo and which the horseradish.

THE COACH| RESUME SKILLS| References on your resume

Every Monday is day with The Coach

Last Monday I wrote about RESUME SKILLS| Do You Have A Good Looking Resume?
you can also see it at http://myhospitalitycoach.blogspot.com/2007/12/resume-skills-do-you-have-good-looking.html

Today let talk about References.

As a principle, I would advice not to put reference on your resume.
It should always be 'Available on Request'

Incase you do decide to put them on your reference, here are my suggestions:

see RESUME SKILLS| References on your resume
or goto: http://myhospitalitycoach.blogspot.com/2007/12/resume-skills-references-on-your-resume.html