After visiting InterContinental many times to meet people who were staying there, for events & functions and for, of course, dining in, I decided it was high time I experienced a stay at this property. A while back, it happened and here I’m chronicling that experience.
Location, Reception and First Impressions
InterContinental Mahabalipuram stands among a handful of star properties that are located close to Mamallapuram but not exactly inside the bustling town. It’s situated on the ever-busy East Coast Road and is a cool 42kms away from Central Chennai and almost the same distance from the Chennai International Airport as well (yes, I checked). Post the ‘vanakkam’ by the security personnel who greets you right at the gate, the first thing one would notice about ICC is how simple and elegant it is. Once you get past the security checks, you’re welcomed by the sky and a long pathway and standing on the edge of it gives us a bird’s-eye view of the property. The reception is a high roofed room right next to the entrance and carries the dark coloured themed walls. Amidst the hassle-free check-in, I did indulge myself in spending a while on the comfy couches that take up very little of the expansive reception floor.
Keeping in theme with their main entrance, the room too stretches from one wall to another with fixtures demarcating the different segments. The first part, right opposite to the door is a cosy couch right next to a table that holds the refreshments which also included some delicious in-house-made chocolates. What I noticed first and intrigued by was the way artificial and natural light illuminates the space. The double-bed is extremely comfortable and sinks in enough to make one not want to get off of it. I personally loved the pillows, man they were amazing! The next ‘segment’ was the bathroom and apart from the gorgeous tub, what caught my attention was the world-famous Agraria toiletries that decked the cabinet. I was super happy with the comfy room and I had to drag myself out to check out what else InterContinental had to offer. If I had to nitpick, I wish the television was a tad larger than what’s in place.
As a fan of their Tao of Peng, which I had tried a couple of times before this visit, I actually wanted to try KoKoMMo, their beachside shack-style eatery. But unfortunately, the joint was booked completely for a private event and I couldn’t try them out. Oh well, more reasons to get back to one of the best Asian restaurants in town. What I enjoyed there is a post for another day but if you’re dropping by here, I highly recommend their Drunken Chicken. The next day, the complimentary breakfast was at their main restaurant that’s called The Melting Pot and true to its name, the buffet was a mix of all cuisines. The chef was friendly enough to chat with us during our meal and also handed out bread pieces to us to feed the carp fishes that enjoy a stay at this lovely InterContinental for free!
And Ever Thing In Between…
I was at the hotel to celebrate a close friend’s birthday and the staff of InterContinental were supportive with my idea of coming up with a surprise for my friend. They also provided a lovely cake. On the whole, it was a lovely experience that was made even better by their amazing hospitality. I really can’t wait to get back to this property and at least this time, I want to be a customer at KoKoMMo.
Address:- InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort, Post Office, No. 212 East Coast Rd Nemelli Village, Perur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 603104
Contact no.:- 044 7172 0101