The Trident is the perfect overnight bolthole when transiting through Chennai, India. It’s just five minutes (depending on the ridiculous Chennai traffic) from the airport and is a haven of tranquility.
As we’ve said before, the Trident chain comes with its highs and lows. Fortunately the former far outweigh the latter, which can be neatly summarised as a shortage of character. However, the hotel is flawlessly managed and the standards are exceptionally high. It is beautifully maintained and richly decorated with marble, giving a sense of class and quality.
The facilities are all encompassing, from a modern and well-equipped gym to a delightful pool area in the gardens. The spa, a treat if arriving after a flight, is run by highly-trained staff who know a thing or two about delivering soothing Indian pressure-point treatments.
The food is expertly prepared in the two restaurants, with a choice of signature South Indian or a la carte European bistro, plus an extensive round-the-world buffet. You won’t be left wanting for anything. The service throughout is impressive, with attention to detail that is so often missing in the sub-continent.
The Trident rooms subscribe to their corporate rulebook: spotless cleanliness, carefully considered rooms with bespoke, built-in furniture to maximise space and small marble lined bathrooms. The linen is excellent and mattresses are super comfortable.
Don’t let the absence of personality be a deterrent. The Trident is brilliant for the purpose it serves. A conveniently located and superb airport hotel that reliably delivers time and time again.
RATING: Big thumbs up
Thoughts on a postcard
After the 10-hour flight direct into Chennai, we wanted to get the circulation going again. We hit the treadmills and Pradeep, the gym manager, delivered cool towels from the fridge, which were a heavenly treat.