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    Accessibility

    Chennai International Airport offers special assistance, reserved parking spaces, adapted rest areas and toilets for physically disabled travellers. In addition, there is an ambulift facility to aid boarding and disembarkation. Passengers requiring assistance should notify their airline and the airport in advance of travelling.

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    Money

    Foreign exchange counters are available in the departure and arrival areas of both terminals. ATMs are available in the domestic terminal.

    Communications

    Internet access and video phones for conference calls are available at Chennai International Airport’s communication centre. Paid-for Wi-Fi access is also available in the terminals. A post office is located on-site.

    Food

    There is a good selection of restaurants and cafés in both terminals. There are also snack bars and vending machines for snacks, drinks and newspapers.

    Shopping

    The choice of shops at Chennai International Airport is relatively good and includes duty-free outlets, gift shops offering locally-made and luxury goods, bookstores and newsagents. A pharmacy is located in the domestic terminal.

    Luggage

    Luggage trolleys are available free of charge. Queries about lost luggage can be directed either to the airport information desks or to the relevant airline.

    Other

    A medical facility is on hand to assist with minor and major emergencies. Free mineral water is available for travellers through designated water coolers in both terminals. Chennai International Airport has dormitory accommodation and rest rooms for transit passengers.

    Conference & Business

    An executive lounge is available, and the airport’s communication centre provides internet access and video phones for conference calls. Meeting and conference facilities are provided by some local hotels, notably the Trident Hotel (tel: (044) 2234 4747; www.tridenthotels.com) and the Radisson Blu (tel: (044) 2231 0101; www.radissonblu.com).

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    Airport code: MAA

    Number of Terminals: 2

    Information

    Information desks are available in both terminals. Tourist information is also available.

    Transfer between Terminals

    Access between two terminal buildings, which are quite far apart, is currently either by free battery operated vehicles or coach services. The construction of moving walkways between the terminals is yet to be completed.

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    Hotels in Chennai

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    Chennai has accommodation to suit all budgets, with cheap backpacker hotels clustered around Triplicane and Egmore and lavish 5-star chains scattered around the southern suburbs.

    Most hotels fall into the business-class bracket, but the city has a handful of sleek modern boutique hotels offering a more refined experience.

    The Leela Palace Chennai

    Adyar Seaface, MRC Nagar
    600028 Chennai
    India
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    Category: Expensive

    Live like a maharaja in this palatial seafront hotel, with spectacular restaurants, an exquisite landscaped pool, and rooms filled with sumptuous fabrics.

    Vivanta by Taj Connemara

    Binny Road
    600002 Chennai
    India
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    Category: Expensive

    The most atmospheric of the opulent Taj hotels in Chennai, Vivanta started life in 1854, but the hotel gained its art deco trim and lush tropical gardens in the 1930s.

    The Raintree Hotel, Anna Salai

    636 Anna Salai, Teynampet
    600035 Chennai
    India
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    Category: Expensive

    Subtle and inviting rooms and a commendable environmental ethos are stand-out features at this smart hotel in the business quarter.

    Accord Metropolitan

    35 GN Chetty Road, Thyagaraya Nagar
    600017 Chennai
    India
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    Category: Moderate

    A gleaming modern tower with a marble-filled atrium, the Accord provides a comfortable escape in south Chennai, within striking distance of Marina Beach.

    Bell Chennai

    Poonamallee High Road, Periamet
    600003 Chennai
    India
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    Category: Cheap

    The main attraction at the Bell Hotel is the handy location, opposite the railway station and close to Fort St George, but rooms are clean and staff are welcoming.

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