The Leela Palace Chennai
Designed to reflect the architectural heritage of Chettinad, a region famous for its historic and ornate buildings, The Leela Palace Chennai is a grand, five-star hotel that rises imperially over the Bay of Bengal. Offering spacious guestrooms and suites that are stately in décor, an array of award-winning global cuisine, an extravagant rooftop pool fit for royalty, and a spa that nimbly blends western and eastern therapies — all enriched by the very best Indian hospitality. The Leela Palace Chennai is the luxurious destination to experience the best of India’s iconic bay city.
- Stay in one of 326 spacious guestrooms and suites with city or sea views
- For a truly spectacular stay, book The Royal Club, which includes butler service, concierge benefits, mid-day refreshment at the Club Lounge and a buffet breakfast at Spectra restaurant
- Dine on exceptional Indian cuisine at Jamavar and signature dim sum at China XO
- Host a notable event in the grand ballroom and contemporary meeting spaces
- Ride horseback along the famous golden sands of nearby Marina Beach
- Consult with a fitness coach for expert advice how to maximize your workout in the gym
- Escape to the ESPA Spa and treat yourself to the hotel’s signature "Essence of Leela" head massage
Chennai’s only seafront hotel, The Leela Palace Chennai overlooks the Bay of Bengal and Adyar River. It is an escape from the everyday, where your well-being is priority — ease into your stay with bespoke treatments at ESPA Spa and unwind with guided yoga and meditation to revive body and mind.
The sense of space in The Leela Palace Chennai’s 326 luxurious guestrooms and suites is immediate — accommodations are among the most expansive in Chennai. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer endless views of city or sea, and the rich contemporary décor of browns, golds, and reds welcomes you home. There are smart spaces for working, and the bathrooms are designed for relaxation, with spa mood lighting and deep-soak tubs — some with picture windows to the bay. The one-of-a-kind Royal Club offers an elevated experience that includes butler and concierge services, complimentary airport transfer, welcome drinks, and more, including a buffet breakfast at Spectra restaurant and mid-day refreshments.
This is a hotel used to welcoming royalty, so expect the very best in service. Most suites have a dedicated butler, while in the Presidential Suite, you’ll also have a private gym, spa, and Jacuzzi. Luxury airport transfer is complimentary if you stay in many of the suites. For added convenience, room service is available 24/7.
From the very best dim sum in town to handcrafted pastries and cakes, award-winning dining is the norm at The Leela Palace Chennai, where culinary highlights can be found at every turn. For something a little different, try the indulgent Sunday brunch or arrange a private dining room.
Spectra – Thai curry, Peking duck salad, and patatas bravas are a few of the many dishes you can expect at this global theater of food, along with stunning views of the Adyar River and Bay of Bengal. The Seafood Fridays are legendary, as is the Sunday Champagne Brunch.
Jamavar – For a first-rate, Indian fine-dining experience, head to Jamavar, a restaurant with real atmosphere thanks to its dramatic show-kitchen, grand Maharaja Table, and opulent décor of columns, rich chandeliers, and elegant carpet.
China XO – Take a table on the outdoor patio and order spicy Szechuan beef, Cantonese chicken, or teriyaki tiger prawns. The dim sum Sunday brunch is also popular. If you have business meetings to host or an intimate gathering, consider private dining in a stately paneled room.
Library Blu – Royal blue and gold décor with a mirrored ceiling set the scene at this upbeat and sophisticated bar. Sip signature cocktails and share exotic small plates of prime sirloin sliders and caviar as you admire the view across the Bay of Bengal.
The Cake Shop – Choose a fairy-tale cake sculpture for a special occasion or share macarons, handcrafted pastries, and fresh bread with friends in the laid-back The Cake Shop. Coffees and teas are also served.
The Lobby Lounge – Whatever the time of day, the Lobby Lounge is an elegant place to be, with views out to the sea elevating your breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Try the High Tea experience that features petite sandwiches and scones.
Make your way to the ESPA Spa for a signature massage, steam, or facial — just the tonic after a workout in the gym or laps in the pool. At the Leela Palace Chennai, your well-being is taken seriously: try the gluten-free cuisine in the spa, relax and rebalance with a yoga class, or book a Balinese hot-stone therapy. There is a treatment suite for couples, too.
Head north for a stroll on nearby Marina Beach — the longest urban beach in the country, and famous for its animated food stalls and horseback riding. Unearth the culture of this fascinating region at the Santhome Church, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, and Parthasarathy Temple, which can all be reached by car.
The Leela Palace Chennai
Sitting in a quiet neighborhood near the central business district, and looking out to the Bay of Bengal, The Leela Palace Chennai is a peaceful escape from the bustle of city life. Popular attractions including Marina Beach, Santhome Church/St. Thomas Basilica, and the Parthasarathy Temple, are only a few miles away.
Chennai International Airport is 9 mi / 15 km away. Airport transfers are available from the hotel.