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It List: The Best New Hotels 2013

It List - The Best New Hotels: ITC Grand Chola

Bindu Panicker

Design: ITC Grand Chola, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chennai, India

A museum of luxuries has opened in Chennai, and it can be slept in. A grand marble staircase, the color of honey, welcomes guests at the ITC Grand Chola, leading them past a series of glazed glass doors lit by crystal chandeliers and ascending gracefully to the strains of South Indian pipe music. Elegant women in saris direct you hither and thither; there is a shallow pool of crystalline waters with real lotus flowers, yellow and pink. The first impression: a true palace. All of Chennai had been awaiting the arrival of this 600-room, state-of-the-art wonder, with an iPad in every room and understated glamour to spare. itchotels.in. $

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