If you had paid a visit to Abu Palace on Poonamalee Road before they shut for renovation, you would agree that it was long overdue. And now thanks to a management tie-up with the Sarovar group (since 2012), Abu Palace has relaunched with spanking new interiors and rechristened as the Sarovar Portico. After Radha Regent, this will be the group’s second four star property in the city. “Our location is an advantage,” says Rajiv Achuthan, Sarovar’s GM sales for the South, who takes us on a quick tour. He points out that being in proximity to both railway stations (Egmore and Central) makes them an ideal spot for weary business travellers. As for the property itself, no structural changes have been made, but from offering two categories of rooms, the hotel now offers three — superior (Rs.4,500 plus tax for double occupancy), deluxe (Rs.5,000) and suites that will be launched in a second phase
The hotel is equipped with five banqueting halls for events (particularly weddings) and business meeting facilities as well. A lounge bar, Vintage, will be launching in a week, we’re told, while their still unnamed spa will be launching in the second phase (dates not decided). For now, you can indulge in the buffets that are on offer at an introductory pricing (`600 plus tax) at No 926, their all-day dining restaurant. Offering a mix of Continental, Indian and Chinese fare, the restaurant at the lobby allows you to dine a la carte, or choose from the biryani, grilled chicken, lamb curry, kebabs and more on offer at their buffet. But what about a speciality restaurant? “We have the provision for it, but that’s something we’ll be looking at much later,” is Achuthan’s reply.
Rooms from Rs.4,500 plus tax onwards. Details: 66252525
— Ryan Peppin
Pics: A Raja Chidambaram