Chennai, 19th January 2024: ITC Hotels today announced the reopening of Welcomhotel by ITC Hotels, Cathedral Road, Chennai, a landmark property established in 1975, looking resplendent in its new avatar. This iconic hotel, with a repertoire of world-class hospitality offerings, promises to further enrich the city’s vibrant tourism and business landscape.
In line with ITC Hotels’s credo of ‘Responsible Luxury’, Welcomhotel Chennai is committed to the highest levels of environmental stewardship. The hotel is LEED® Platinum & LEED Zero Carbon certified, attesting to its commitment to sustainability, utilization of renewable energy, conservation and recycling of water, and concrete measures to preserve the ecosystem. It has self-owned and offsite wind farms using maximum renewable electrical energy to mitigate the carbon footprint. Centrally located at No. 2, Cathedral Road with easy access to international and domestic airports, Welcomhotel Chennai holds the pride of place being the first property of ITC’s hotel group, which heralded a new era in hospitality.
Speaking on the occasion of the launch, Anil Chadha, Divisional Chief Executive, ITC Hotels said “Welcomhotel Chennai holds a very special place in the ITC Hotels group and is our tribute to this great metropolis. A gateway to south India, Chennai is a cosmopolitan hub that offers the perfect blend of deep-rooted traditions and modern influences. We are delighted to bring back this iconic hotel that has witnessed decades of Chennai’s transformation. Welcomhotel Chennai is a showcase of this glorious heritage”
The hotel has 90 well-appointed rooms including Executive Suites, Club Rooms and Superior Rooms. The elegantly appointed and spacious guest rooms and suites strike a perfect balance between comfort, flawless service and warmth of Indian Hospitality.
The hotel adorns an intricate design, contemporary and reflective of the Southern Indian magnificence. The design aesthetics of the hotel’s décor are reflective of Chennai’s local flavour, including its beautiful art and architecture.
The hotel draws inspiration from its rich legacy – corporate titans, cultural icons, families, and individuals who have graced this iconic hotel. It has been a preferred choice for Consul Generals, members of the Indian Armed Forces, luminaries from various domains, cultivating a rich tapestry of experiences and relationships. Notably, it was the Chennai’s inaugural ice-skating destination.
Affirms Zubin Songadwala, Vice President, ITC Hotels (South and East) “The new avatar of this property epitomizes the esteemed standards synonymous with ITC Hotels in delivering unmatched quality and enriching guest experiences. Welcomhotel Chennai endeavors to uphold the legacy of being the chain’s first property. We are grateful to the people of Chennai for their patronage and shall continue to create experiences as a reminder of everything that this city represents”
A rich amalgamation of heritage, local aesthetics, contemporary veneers, and modern-day comforts, along with ITC Hotels’ renowned culinary offerings, seamlessly find expression at Welcomhotel Chennai.
The all-day dining venue WelcomCafe Marina offers a variety of tastefully curated buffets and a la carte spreads. The signature WelcomSthalika presents a palate of the region’s most cherished delicacies on a single platter, introducing travellers to the best regional recipes. Taste of Madras showcases street food of Chennai reimagined. Durrant’s Bar showcases a large selection of premium beverages and inventive mixology, including sustainable herbal and organic cocktails paired with delectable snacks. Sunbean Cafe serves short eats, finger food, tea, and coffee. Mahjong Room offers delectable Chinese cuisine. Adding to the sweetness is the luxurious Fabelle Chocolate Takeaway outlet in the lobby.
Welcomhotel Chennai has two banquet halls: Mandapam, with a capacity of 375 guests and theatre seating, and Saagri on the rooftop with a capacity of 70-80 guests. Welcomhotel Chennai is the new age traveler’s key to curated immersive experiences that enrich both business and leisure journeys.
The hotel features a relaxing spa journey through the chain’s indigenous K by Kaya Kalp spa, offering rejuvenating wellness treatments in its holistic and comforting treatment rooms. A fully functional fitness center with all contemporary equipment offers a holistic experience to busy travelers. An outdoor pool, nestled in the lush green gardens of the hotel, is the perfect place to unwind and relax after work.