The designs and dTcor of Westin Chennai Velachery by Leo International Designers, Bangkok epitomise class, elegance and luxury for every business traveller
Business travellers in Chennai can now heave a sigh of relief. Westin Chennai Velachery is here to offer you everything that you could ask for. A stylish and minimalist design, a cricket-inspired lounge bar, a gymnasium and outdoor pool, a luxurious spa and F&B outlets that serve cuisines from around the world this is Chennai's latest addition to everything that spells contemporary style.
Let there be light
Designed by the renowned architectural firm Leo International Designers, Bangkok, the hotel has been conceptualised keeping in mind the increasing need for privacy amongst individuals and the growing consciousness towards health, comfort and relaxation. The fatade, covered in glass and stone, gives one an impression of what to expect inside the hotel. And once you step foot within, the interiors ensure you are happy to have chosen Westin. You cannot fail to notice the classic space arrangement for guests entering into the lobby, checking in at the reception on the right and stopping by for a cup of filter coffee at the all-day dining restaurant on the left. According to the creative team behind the project, 'the architecture of the hotel seeks to plant a light footprint on the topography of the landscape. In the manner of a bridge, a linear arrangement of rooms, suspended on four concrete pillars, is designed to be a structural composition perched on a plan, rather than an opaque edifice growing out of it, maximising light, space, sky and perspective.' The extensive use of glass ensures that the space is covered in natural light and enveloped in warmth. If you take a quick look around the hotel, you'll find glass used in many forms: large windows, skylights and a central glassed courtyard offering stunning views of the 35 feet cascading water body that is bound to elevate your senses. In order to offer some support to the structure, the architects designed concrete beams on the second level which beautifully match the lines of the skylight structure. The central staircase connects the first floor to the second double-height ceiling floor with an elegant approach that accentuates the flow of light.
The aesthetic design of the lobby configures expansive ceiling height, pastel colour tones and asymmetric chandelier with scrap metal artefacts that seamlessly blend the breadth of the lounge area, registration desk and retail outlet.
The hotel houses 215 guestrooms inclu¡ding 11 suites. All the rooms are spacious, welcoming, modern and among the largest in business hotels in Chennai, measuring at least 42 sq m. Soft, neutral earthy tones and shades of hash brown with accentuated orange hues in the guestroom create a soothing and relaxing ambience, while large glass windows add natural daylight within the room. The delightful part, however, is the bathroom which is separated from the room with a sliding frosted glass partition. This can be slid open when one wants to relax in the oversized bathtub and watch television.
The all-day dining restaurant, Seasonal Tastes, is separated from the atrium with the metal lattice at its entrance. Willows Lounge, on the first level, flaunts a cricket inspired design where cricket bats are re-designed as door handles, cork balls as the front of the bar counter and the hi-rising rustic stone walls are decorated with cricket memorabilia. A perfect place to watch cricket matches, the lounge also boasts large screens for an enviable viewing.
Another reason for a business traveller to choose the Westin Chennai Velachery is their meeting and banquet space. Twelve meeting and banquet venues including two large pillarless ballrooms with an exclusive pre-function area and collapsible partitions, the 1,175 sq m of flexible function space suits any occasion. The warm ambience, an ever-ebullient staff and delightful authentic flavours, the sights and scents of Westin Chennai Velachery is a truly refreshing experience.
Text: Sumisha Arora
Leo International Design Group,
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