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Press Release25 September 2013

The Gateway Hotels & Resorts launches its first hotel in Chennai

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The Gateway Hotel

  • Establishes The Gateway Hotel & Resorts footprint in Chennai
  • Introduces the first new hotel in a metro city since the brand launch
  • Launches its third Gateway property in Tamil Nadu
  • Increases overall portfolio of the ‘The Gateway Hotel’ brand to 23 Hotels


Chennai – The Gateway Hotels & Resorts, part of the Taj Group, announced the launch of The Gateway Hotel IT Expressway Chennai. This marked the debut of The Gateway Hotel brand in Chennai. This is also 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.

Commenting on the launch, Prabhat Verma, Chief Operating Officer, The Gateway Hotels & Resorts said, “The launch of The Gateway Hotel IT Expressway Chennai is a proud moment for us and essential to the brand’s growth strategy of catering to the new age traveller. There is immense growth and development potential in a burgeoning market like Chennai, especially on the Old Mahabalipuram Road. We look forward to welcoming guests to the Gateway experience”

“The Gateway Hotel IT Expressway Chennai will offer guests contemporary and refreshing hospitality. Located in the heart of the IT corridor and within close proximity to the East Coast Road, the hotel is well equipped to cater to both leisure and business travellers,” said Ranjit Shankar, General Manager.

Located near Sholinganallur junction on Rajiv Gandhi Salai, erstwhile Old Mahabalipuram Road, The Gateway Hotel IT Expressway Chennai offers guests the dual advantage of being right where the IT action is, as well as being within easy reach of the temple town of Mahabalipuram and the French influenced Union Territory of Puducherry (Pondicherry). The Gateway Hotel IT Expressway Chennai would present a refreshingly new face of hospitality to the evolving metropolis, Chennai. Gateway Hotels & Resorts are designed keeping the modern nomad in mind, offering consistent, quick and crisp service for travellers seeking hassle-free and contemporary experiences. The hotel would let the guests enjoy their space. It would 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, have an uninterrupted view of the city’s skyline. Guests can workout at Go! – the Fitness Centre or the swimming pool, Wavelength or relax at the Spa at Gateway. The hotel has a spacious 4800 sq. ft. Ballroom - Concorde - to host 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 a few drinks at Swirl the lounge.

Buzz offers a perfect mix of international cuisine and authentic regional home-style delicacies including signature specialties like the Thanjavur Virundhu – a traditional and authentic home-cooked Tanjore feast. The hotel also offers its health conscious guests the opportunity to savour the special Active Food menu where they can indulge in the sumptuous Wake up Breakfast. Swirl, located at the lobby level, offers a relaxed and designed ambience with an eclectic lounge space and low seating couches.

The hotel has been designed by Sim Boon Yang and 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 tranquility 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.

Chennai is the commercial, cultural, economic and educational capital of Southern India - a city younger than its image - a true reflection of the country’s diversity Guests can discover Chennai with Gateway Explore. Famous for its temples and churches, silks and art, as well as South Indian cuisine, Chennai is the gateway to the south. The stunning Marina Beach, beautiful colonial buildings in Puducherry, delightful Pulicat Bird Sanctuary, boat ride at Muttukadu Boating, Vellankani Shrine are just some of the many getaways frequented from the city.

With crisp, efficient service and great location for both business and leisure guests, The Gateway Hotel IT Expressway Chennai promises unique culinary and destination experiences for the modern-day traveller.

About The Gateway Hotels

The Gateway Hotels & Resorts is 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 & resorts are divided into 8 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 are all designed to cater to guests round-the-clock. Gateway provides welcome perfection through an unrivalled network and innovative cuisine offerings like ‘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 all make The Gateway Hotels & Resorts sanctuaries that refresh, refuel and renew.

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The Gateway Hotel (upscale/mid-market full service hotels and resorts) is a pan-India network of hotels and resorts that offers business and leisure travelers a hotel designed, keeping the modern nomad in mind.
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