Every Chennaiite knows the trouble of hunting for an apartment in Chennai. Right from travel to cooking, the suffering is endless. So, say hello to service apartments! As the name suggests, a service apartment is a fully furnished apartment (studio, 1BHK, 2BHK, 3BHK, suits etc.) equipped with all the basic amenities provided in a hotel or a guest house. The best of the service apartments gives services similar to a four or five-star hotel; however, at a much cheaper price. The rooms in these dwellings are studded with king-sized beds, study desk, sofas and ornate bedside lamps. While the bathrooms are fitted with marble flooring, shower, bathtub and toiletries to pamper yourself.
They are convenient for both short-term as well as long-term stays and for the same reason, most of them also provide car parking facilities, 24 hours staff & security and conference rooms for conducting business meetings, seminars etc.
Listed below are the top 10 service apartments in Chennai you must be aware of. Almost all of them are equipped with the following facilities- Wi-Fi, digital safe, laundry service, doctor on call, complimentary breakfast, conference room/banquet hall, mini bar and a separate kitchenette with kitchen appliances such as tea/coffee maker, induction stove, oven, toaster etc. They also provide services such as housekeeping, travel desk (for travel assistance) and taxi-on-call. Some of them also have a dine-in restaurant and/or a bar.
1. Star City
Located in three major areas of Chennai, T.Nagar (39, Bazullah Road and 8/1, Crescent Park Street); 25, Cathedral Garden Road, Nungambakkam; and forthcoming apartments in Thiruvanmiyur and T.Nagar, it is one of the largest service apartment chains in Chennai. All of their apartments are built at prime locations and offer a bird’s eye view to the city’s hotspots. Rooms here range from a 450 sq. ft. deluxe studio to a 1170 sq. ft. deluxe 2BHK.
2. The Lotus
An associate of the GRT Group of Hotels and Resorts in Chennai, it has a total of 75 rooms spread across two locations of T.Naga r- Venkatrama Street and Burkit road. The rooms range from standard rooms suitable for single accommodation to deluxe rooms, rooms with kitchenette, junior suite rooms and suit rooms!
3. Golden Fruits
Owned by Sarvana Group, Golden Fruits is best out of the best service apartments in Chennai- find them at 10, Mooparappan Street, Burkit Road. Known for its cozy rooms adorned with a welcoming decor, it is a handsome place to stay in. It is also situated in T.Nagar- the service apartments capital of Chennai!
Located at 81/102, Chamiers Road, R.A. Puram, this apartment is simply packed with upscale amenities. Apart from those listed before, King’s has many other facilities such as non smoking rooms, choice of news papers, in-house projector, Iron box (on request) and driver wash room. Staying options include standard rooms with Kitchenette and penthouses.
It is located in one of the most important area of Chennai- Guindy (Plot No. 5, Fourth Cross Street, Kalaimagal Nagar). Apart from spacious, well-decorated rooms, Perk’s also provide facilities for business purposes, viz. meeting room; fax, copier and printer facilities, library and Wi-Fi hotspots. The premises also contain a fitness center, kiosks with drinks and an In-house dining.
The Ascott Limited, which manages Somerset Serviced Residences, is the world’s largest international serviced residence with over 2200 operating service residence units in the region of Asia Pacific, Europe and the Gulf. The apartment is located in No. 94, Sathyadev Avenue, MRC Nagar. In its a-la-carte of rooms are studio apartments, 1BHKs, 2BHKs and 3BHKs. Somerset also offers special stay rates to customers opting for long stays. It also has a rooftop Jacuzzi and arrangements for babysitting. One can subscribe to their e-newsletters for updates too!
Blossoms add another jewel to the blossoming shopping district of the city, T.Nagar (29/31, Thanikachalam Road). The rooms, though simpler in décor, are spacious and comfortable. The apartment has variety of accommodations available- studio rooms, superior rooms, efficiency rooms, 3BHKs and luxury apartments. While the studio rooms and the superior rooms are mainly categorized on the basis of area, the other classifications are primarily on the kind of amenities provided with them.
8. The Grand Marena
Its tagline, ‘Be treated like a King’ complements its name, and its rooms complement the tagline. Titled and classified as Corporate suit (single and double), Executive suit and the King’s suit, they truly are elegant and spacious; even the smallest accommodation has an area of 450 sq. ft. The apartment is situated in Defence Colony, Nandambakkam. Check them out at Plot No. 7 & 8, Visalakshi Nagar, Defence Colony, Nandambakkam Extn.
9. Taz Kamar Inn
Standing tall with 50 well-appointed rooms, this is yet another good option if you are looking for a service apartment in T.Nagar (No. 36, Rangan Street). Besides the above mentioned list of amenities, Taz Kamar also flaunts a travel desk for tour guidance, a money exchanger and a multi cuisine restaurant in its premises. In its rooms’ catalogue are standard rooms, deluxe rooms and executive rooms differing mainly in terms of area and furnishing, all of them available for single and double occupancy. There is also the option of a presidential suite!
10. Perfect Haven
Its properties in Chennai are situated at 7-A, Lakshman Road, CBI Colony, Kandanchavady, Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) and 34-Dr. P.V. Cherian Crescent Road, Egmore. At Perfect Haven, you get an option of complimentary Continental and South-Indian breakfast, along with one mineral water bottle per day. It also provides a complimentary food basket topped up with biscuits, wafers, chocolates etc. However, there are only a few options for staying as they have only one type of apartments in single and double occupancy.