for a budget hotel this was good value, the room was clean as was the bathroom, A/C worked, no loose wires and a comfortable bed.
It is a bit further out from the centre but there is a railway station 15 mins walk or 40R in an autorickshaw with trains every 20 mins oe so to Egmore.
Hotrel is off a main road so was also quiet, veg restuarant below and a trendy meat one round the corner, no WIFI but internet cafe at end of the road
taxi from airport 220R about an hour - half that at night but taxi will then be double !
"Decent, clean hotel near the airport"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 22, 2011
We wanted a hotel close to the airport for one night, to catch an early morning flight. Hotel Mars fit the bill very nicely. Great service, decent room, reasonable price. The shuttle to the airport was the clincher. I would recommend this hotel if all you want is a clean bed for the night.
"Very pleasant staff"
Reviewed by T Chen of "Penang, Malaysia" on
Sep 22, 2009
Reception, room service and restaurant staff were very pleasant and helpful. They were polite, warm and ever wiling to give you a smile.
The room was clean and comfortable. However,they forgot to clean our room one day. Room service also got our orders wrong two days in a row when we ordered fa meal by phone. They repeated our orders after we've made them, but still they brought us the wrong items. However, these are small inconveniences which we didn't mind, as we found all the staff wonderful and pleasant.
Buffet breakfast was average in terms of variety and choices. Only vegetarian food was served at the buffet breakfast and it does get tiring after a few days for a meat lover like me.
There were some small eateries near the hotel but these didn't look hygienic. There were no decent restaurants nearby.
The Chennai Egmore train station is a 10 minutes walk, so the hotel is quite convenient if you wish to travel in Chennai by train. There are lots of autorickshaws waiting around the hotel, so picking one up is very easy.
You can book a car to bring you around from Mr Muthu from the hotel reception. We had a very pleasant time with his driver Lawrence, who would go all out to ensure our needs were well taken care of.
There's a movie theatre just across the street for those of you who may want to watch a Tamil movie. There are no nearby shopping areas though and you would need to get a train or auto if you wish to shop.