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It List - The Best New Hotels: Leela Palace Chennai

Trujillo Paumier

City: Leela Palace Chennai, India

At the Leela Palace Chennai, set on the waterfront, guests are greeted by a doorman in a black cap with a red feather held in place by a diadem, and by rows of bronze urns filled with hundreds of marigolds. Silver tables in the front hall are also laden with flowers; the swimming pool is surrounded by frangipani and a walkway made with stones from Rajasthan. In the guest rooms, many of which overlook the Bay of Bengal, there are mahogany wood panels, mother-of-pearl-inlaid writing tables, and all-marble bathrooms with large tubs. Steal the stationery. theleela.com. $

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