Park Hyatt Chennai is the 30th hotel in the global Park Hyatt chain. With 201 luxurious guestrooms, including 20 indulgent suites, the hotel embraces the serenity of the surrounding Guindy National Reserve. At the interior of this hotel has a graceful lily pond dotting the heart of the inner courtyard accompanied by modern sculptures and art. Situated on an arterial road of the city, the hotel offers a breathing gap to nature, once within.
Christian Wurm, General Manager, Park Hyatt Chennai, once got a chance to travel to India during his stint at Maldives. During his travel across south India, he was impressed by the modesty and hospitality of the region. He left the country with a desire to return. But as destiny calls, he got the chance to lead this posh hotel at Chennai since 2013. Park Hyatt is the winner of several awards.
The hotel houses Chennai’s famous restaurant, Flying Elephant, a unique restaurant that offers diners five open interactive kitchens spanned across multiple levels.
“Beyond Madras reflects authentic South Indian décor. The grand, ornate door opens a saga of authentic dining of long forgotten recipes,” said Wurm. The freshly drawn kolam and strings of fresh jasmine lend an authentic touch. With four live counters, the service team donning traditional clothes and serving foods on banana leaves takes one back to the 19th century.
With sustainability becoming a key issue today, Wurm pointed to the green measures taken by Park Hyatt, Chennai: “responsible luxury is the new watchword for hotels worldwide. Park Hyatt Chennai has taken measurable steps to reduce carbon footprint and enhance energy saving measures. Reverse osmosis plant was installed for further treatment of recycled water which reduced the water purchased and also improves water quality.
“We innovated using the air conditioning system to condense water that contributes to the boiler feed water. This reduces fuel consumption by 10 per cent and chemical consumption by 5 per cent.
“In 2014 the organic waste converter, which converts 250 kg of kitchen waste per day to manure, was installed and this has led to further enhancement of our vegetable garden,” said Wurm.
Chennai has recently seen a spurt in hotel rooms. The recent Global Investors Meet saw more than 4000 rooms across the city fully occupied. With several hotels appearing on the scene, Chennai is witnessing mature competition.
Big spurt in hotel rooms...
“From an estimated 1500 plus premium hotel rooms, a couple of years ago the industry now offers more than 5000 plus premium hotel rooms. While this may appear a rather sudden growth, industry experts aver that this is in line with the development of the state’s and the city’s economies. There is enough leeway for the hospitality industry to factor in such growth in their annual plans,” said Wurm.
With the tagline, ‘Luxury is Personal,’ Park Hyatt Chennai lives upto it.