Marina and music
Marina Towers, Chennai's newest three-star hotel, offers luxury that's light on the pocket
THERE ARE two things special about Chennai music and the beach. Inspired by these two features is Marina Towers, the city's newest three-star hotel, which aims to attract tourists looking for luxury at a reasonable rate.
The lobby is an inviting blue, tinted with green. The raised seats, with couches in mixed patterns of green and blue, the cascade that gracefully falls on a glass slope, and art works with a sea-and-music theme adorning the walls give you a cool first impression of Marina Towers, a unit of Ansari Estate Pvt. Ltd.
N. M. Ansari, managing director, says, "Marina Towers is all set to change the face of business hotels in Chennai. Apart from tourists, we are trying to attract corporate clients who make short trips to Chennai and the two banquet halls will be ideal for holding corporate events." The two halls are, of course, named after the Chennai's beaches Elliot's and Covelong.
Though it is located in Egmore, quite a distance from the airport, Ansari says the hotel will attract business and tourist traffic as the two railway stations, Egmore and Central are barely five kilometres away.
If the lobby and rooms follow a beach theme, at the restaurant, it's music. The multi-cuisine restaurant, open from 7 a.m. to midnight, is named `Seven,' denoting the seven basic notes in Carnatic music. Portraits of the Trinity and eminent Carnatic musicians and musical instruments enhance the ambience at `Seven.' With two separate dining rooms for private parties, `Seven' has a seating capacity of 75. The hotel also plans to open Upper Deck, a lounge bar, with the sea as the theme again. Fibre optic lights on the floor, an oar and a boat on the wall, shells embedded on the tables and fishing nets making up the roof, will set the mood at Upper Deck.
Marina Towers is situated at 2A, Ponniamman Koil Street, Egmore, ph. 28585454.
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