The Rain Tree Hotel

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

120 St. Mary's Rd, Alwarpet, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu, 600 018, India
The Raintree Hotel, St.Mary's
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Satisfaction Excellent
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Value Score Great Value!

Costs 48% less than similarly rated 5 star hotels

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  • Business91

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Forum Posts

spending money

by tmr720

I will be in Chennai on business for several days. My hotel and meals will be covered by the company. How much money should I plan to bring with me for personal spending money? for gifts, etc.

Re: spending money

by tayloretc

That is really a personal decision, depending on what you plan to buy. You can pick up simple souvenirs for very little, or get top-end art or silks for thousands of dollars.

If this helps, my last time back I got a bunch of simple and a few better souvenirs for about 40 people for about US$150, from one of the big government-run stores.

Re: spending money

by bungi333

You may want to have Rs. 500 to Rs. 1000 for travelling locally, especially if you are using auto rickshaws. Again, it depends on where you are staying.

And yeah, regarding souvenirs depends on how much you want to spend. If you have very little time, Spencer Plaza is a good place to pick Indian stuff, but be bargain quite a bit.

But if you do have some more time, you can check out a store called Cane and Bamboo (, Victoria Technical Institute on Mount Road (near Spencer Plaza), and Temple Towers, Mount Road, Anna Salai. These place offer good stuff, and you don't have to bargain there.

Re: spending money

by Kenmoo

For typical South Indian Food Restaurants would charge anywhere between 50 to 120 INR. There are multiple Restaurants in city who offer Multi-Cuisine food.

For personal spending and gifts - really depends on your preference.

For traveling I would recommend hiring a Cab instead of going by Auto.

Travel Tips for Chennai (Madras)

Medical Tourism

by goutammitra

What is Medical Tourism?
What's called medical tourism - patients going to a different country for either urgent or elective medical procedures - is fast becoming a worldwide, multibillion-dollar industry

Why Tamilnadu?
Good medical services are available in the state along with good tourist attractions. This has recently spurred a new wave of medical tourism. Costs and waiting periods in developed world are very high for some of the major medical and dental procedures. As consumers are becoming aware of the high quality of these procedures in India, insurance has started covering them and hence the flow of these medical tourists has increased in Tamil Nadu and elsewhere.

Beside this in India especially in Eastern India and Central India medical facilities are there but very expensive along with this medical ethics is missing sometime, wrong diagonosis, cheating the patients has led to patients going to South for treatment. The city of Chennai has one of the best medical facilities in the world and the experts. The Legendary Apollo Hospital started by Dr.P.C.Reddy is now world famous. It has several branches in India offing treatment like Heart Transplantation, Liver Transplantation and complex surgeries. Incidentally I bumped into Dr.P.C.Reddy one day while he was waiting to board in his Mercedese, he was kind enough to ask about us and Rakhi's health problems and the kind of facilities he was offering. He also asked about our satisfaction level. We were thorughly flabbergasted by such humble person, who is one of the richest person and pioneer of medical facilities of India!

Christian Medical Collage, Vellore is one more glaring example, whose diagonosis is almost failure free an accurate. Treatment is cheap there.

Not only these all South Hospitals are now famous for accurate and affordable treatment.

See the picture of govt. run Chennai General Hospital, it's treatment and cleanliness will put to shame any Calcutta hospital. Please follow the link below if you are interested to know about Cardic surgery in Chennai.


by radz about Higginbothoms

Higginbotham's, is one of the oldest&largest bookshop in the country.They started started 1904,1989 the renovated stained-glass-windowed, marble-floored interior is good.
Ground floor can see different section from ,art, childrans books,&mystry novels etc
First floor is full of technicals books.

Books,Greeting cards,Music cds

Excellent Thali and Coffee

by tayloretc about Vasanta Bhavan

This is where I learned what a good South Indian thali is. Thalis are samplers – little bowls of about 20 different tastes and consistencies on one big platter with rice and some flat breads and fried crispy things in the middle to dunk into them or mush them up with. I was brought here by someone who knows Chennai well, and I've brought most of my visitors here to get a first taste of a thali.

It’s also where I learned to like coffee, and I still think it’s about the best filter coffee I’ve had in a restaurant.

Santhome Cathedral(1893)

by radz

The impressive Basilica is build over the tomb of St.Thomas.The orignal church was build in 14 the Century,it fell into ruins,and in 1522 the Portuguese build new church ,it was given then status of Cathedral in 1606.
Again 1893,the church was demolished and the present Church was build.The architecture of the church Gothic style Cathedral.In 1956 it has given Basilica
status as tribute to the martyred St.Thomas.

Worth visit to see old Church,but it seems getting old too fast.Same campus there is one school.You wont see many tourist here,but if you visit Chennai,then must visit this Cathedral .

Chennai Revisited

by tayloretc

I have a strange relationship with Chennai. I’ve lived here longer than I’ve lived anywhere except Boston, and it’s the only place besides Boston I’ve ever moved back to.

I left Chennai in May, not thinking I’d be back so soon, so it’s with disoriented pleasure that I moved back in November, for another year. This time, I’m living in a swank residential area a few minutes walk from the beach in Thiruvanmiyur (southern end of the city), and working in one of the nearby Tech Parks, so if my comments were skewed before they’re bound to be much more so now. Between the flat and the office, if I wanted to I could forget the hassles and unpleasantness of daily life altogether.

The photo above is from the rooftop of my apartment building looking south (north looks the same, but with big water towers blocking the view). Like many other parts of the city, Thiruvanmiyur used to be a town in its own right before it was swallowed whole – there’s a large, old temple, and the streets in what used to be the center are narrow and lined with narrow houses painted bright colors and stoops worn from generations of visitors stopping in.

What I wrote in the now-travelog of my former stay is still mostly true, and I think describes my initial experience of the city pretty well. Then, I went through the expat cycle of fascination, confusion, hate, and acceptance (much stronger in India, where nothing is halfway); this time I’m simply back in a familiar place. A place with still shifting and often baffling ground rules, but familiar. It’s still changing fast, and not always for the better (the traffic is even worse than before), but it’s still as delightfully/frustratingly different from anywhere else as it ever was.

I’ve left a collection of photos taken on random auto rides posted on another site, and will add to it as I go around. Since the plans this time include buying a moped, this collection could grow quickly, as new things are noticed, or it could not grow at all, as I focus on trying to not die while driving.


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 The Rain Tree Hotel

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Address: 120 St. Mary's Rd, Alwarpet, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu, 600 018, India