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    WITH low cost and location being key factors, the Old Mahabalipuram Road that is address to corporates like Cognizant is also seeing a constant influx of new players from the hospitality sector.
    Days hotel
    Part of the Wyndham chain, the Days Hotel is just a month old, further down OMR in Padur. Though budget friendly, they do have some frills like the spa and a roof top restaurant. “We cater to both business and family stays. Even for a corporate client a foot massage at the end of a day’s work is always welcome,” says Prakash Chandran, the general manager of the hotel. With a niche clientele of Japanese guests, their restaurant, Nutcracker, features dishes like sushi, Ramen noodles and bento boxes among other options. From `3,500 plus taxes (including breakfast).Details: 30001444
    Novotel-Ibis hotel
    Ibis and Novotel (of AccorHotels) are tying up to launch a conjoined property down the stretch later this year. “Having a dual-branded property is certainly a promising way to increase revenue from essentially one building while seeing savings from the potential efficiencies — example, a shared General Manager, kitchen, front desk or any other staffing or service that doesn’t require duplication,” shares Jean-Michel Cassè, the senior vice president for AccorHotels India. While Novotel will have 153 rooms, Ibis will offer 189.Details: accorhotels.com
    Hotel Formule 1
    Again an Accor brand, the Formule 1 is already set up in cities like Bengaluru and Hyderabad, and is gearing up to launch in the city later this year — though the signage is up and grabbing eyeballs already —  they have plans of putting up about 149 rooms. “We offer a young fresh self-service hotel concept coupled with ‘rest assured’ experience — the guarantee of consistent quality across all its hotels in India. It promises features like free Wi-Fi, sound proof rooms, a refreshing breakfast, 24/7 safety and security,” says Cassè.
    Details: hotelformule1.com
    — Sabrina Rajan

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