Chennai’s iconic Crowne Plaza bids farewell after nearly four decades: A look back at memories and nostalgia

The hotel is set to close its doors on December 20, as a result of the owning company's choice to embark on a comprehensive rebuilding initiative.

BySF Features Desk

Published Nov 22, 2023 | 1:35 PMUpdatedNov 22, 2023 | 1:37 PM

In a Whatsapp message addressed to its customers, the hotel expressed gratitude for the immense support received over nearly four decades. (Wikipedia)

Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park, a renowned landmark in Chennai with an almost four-decade-long legacy, is bidding farewell as it prepares to close its doors on 20 December.

An official announcement was made on November 21, conveying the news to loyal patrons, citing the decision to undergo comprehensive rebuilding by the owning company.

In a WhatsApp message addressed to its customers, the hotel expressed gratitude for the immense support received over nearly four decades.

The hotel sent out a formal communication on Tuesday to all its guests in which it said: “It is with mixed emotions that we announce the closure of our doors to guest arrivals, effective December 20, 2023.”

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Warm memories

Throughout its history, the hotel has undergone numerous management changes.

Despite these transformations, the names associated with it, such as Park Sheraton, Adyar Gate Hotel, and Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park, have endured in the memories of Chennai residents and visitors alike.

Following the recent announcement, many users on the social media platform X (formerly Twitter) expressed their affection for the hotel by sharing warm messages and nostalgic anecdotes.

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Serving silver screen magic

The hotel’s legacy extends to the silver screen, with some individuals reminiscing about its appearance in notable movies such as Nadodikaattu (1987).

The cinematic representation of the hotel adds an extra layer of nostalgia for those who have a connection to both the city and its cultural history.

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Sentiments that set it apart 

A notable sentiment among some individuals was a belief that the decision to transform the hotel into a residential complex might not be a favourable one.

This perspective is rooted in the uniqueness of the Crowne Plaza, particularly its distinctive aesthetic and character that set it apart.

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A dining experience to remember

People fondly recollected their memories of the hotel, with a particular emphasis on dining experiences at Dakshin.

Dakshin, known for specialising in the diverse cuisines of South India, holds a special place in the hearts of those who have visited the establishment.

South First tried contacting the hotel’s officials, but they refused to comment.

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