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SARATHA VILAS CHETTINAD PALACE
Hotel

A Heritage Mansion converted into a
Luxury Boutique Hotel in South India

The property offers a series of open spaces such as verandas, courtyards, gardens equipped with outdoor sitting areas in the shade or in the sun, a rear courtyard, which is used as dining area, and the garden for relaxing in a hammock or a lounger under the shade of the coconut trees.
Total ten air-conditioned rooms for travelers equipped to offer optimal comfort. These rooms have been furnished by dividing two large halls of the original heritage building. There are three room categories, the “Heritage Rooms”, the standard rooms, the “Heritage Suites”, en-suite rooms open on the main courtyard and the larger ones called “Master’s Chambers” also open on the main courtyard. All the rooms are different and furnished with collections of art and antiques as well as with the furniture the owners have designed.

Three Heritage Suites and two Master’s Chambers open on the main courtyard, one Heritage Room on the main hall. In the side courtyard, we can accommodate a family group with its two Heritage Rooms and their private veranda. At the first floor, one can find two interconnected Heritage Rooms, with their private terrace.

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Masters’ Chambers

The Victorian and the “Ethnic” Master’s chamber are the two larger “en-suite” guests’ rooms of the Saratha Vilas. They have been fitted out of the heritage building. The rooms benefit from the original space’s majestic proportions and noble finishes like, Chettinad egg plasters, the ornate friezes painted in vegetable colors. Original floors were resurfaced with decorative cement tiles produced in the neighboring village of Ahangudi.

The spacious Victorian Master’s Chamber comprises different areas  such as a double antechamber, a 45sqm master bedroom with sitting area, a bathroom and separate toilets. It is only double bedded.

It is furnished with Indo-colonial antiques such as an outstanding carved wooden 19th century king size Mahogany bed and a sofa bed, side and pedestal tables topped with Italian marble and Chippendale chairs collected from Calcutta. A series of antiques ornate the room. 

Ethnic Master’s Chamber

The Ethnic Master’s Chamber comprises different areas such 2 antechambers, a 45sq m2 master bedroom with a sitting area, a semi-open bathroom and separate toilets. It can be twin or double bedded.

It is one of the two larger rooms. The required modern conveniences, such as bathrooms, and the furniture are differentiated by their lines, colors and the contemporary materials. The teak wood furniture and large sofas, are designed by Bernard Dragon.

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Heritage Suites

Heritage Suites are en-suite rooms open on the main courtyard. The rooms have been fitted out of the heritage building and benefit from the original space’s majestic proportions with columns and arches and noble finishes. Each room is unique and furnished with collections of art and antiques as well as of furniture designed by the owners-architects.

They consist of one or two antechambers, one 30 to 40 sqm-bedroom, one semi-open bathroom and separate toilets. They can be twin or double bedded.

The Art Deco heritage room is mainly furnished with original rosewood 1930’ furniture such as the twin beds and side tables as well as the writing desk and chairs. A same-period pair of armchairs is French imported. The walls are decorated with original 1930’s colorized photographs.

Bommai Heritage Suite

Bommai means doll in Tamil.

The Bommais are terracotta offerings made by the priests and potters of the Vellar community. They are part of the rituals dedicated to the powerful village god Ayyanar, such as the Madu also displayed in the room, a full-scale terracotta cow.

Puppets Heritage Suite

A series of leather puppets from Hyderabad is embellishing the walls of the room, as well as the very beautiful wooden carved cow head collected from Kerala

The puppets, made of colored leather, are used in Shadow Theater in the capital of the state of Andra Pradesh.

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Heritage Rooms

Heritage Rooms have been fitted out of the heritage building and benefit from the original space’s proportions. 3 of them are on the ground floor and 2 in the 1st floor. Each room is unique and furnished with collections of art and antiques as well as of furniture designed by the owners-architects.

They consist of one 30 sqm-bedroom, one bathroom and separate toilets. The one in the ground floor are double bedded while the ones in the 1st floor can be twin or double bedded.

Madhubani Heritage Room

Beds, side tables, sofa-bed, arm-chairs, coffee tables and writing desks are the creations of the architects-hotel owners who combined the simple lines of their own design with their collection of art; here the Madhubani tribal paintings of Bathi Dayal, Bihar, combine with the local terracotta jars of the Vellars community specific to Chettinad.

 

Sri Murugan Heritage Room

Sri Murugan is one of the favorite subjects among the various and popular Ravi Varma prints. It is quite popular amongst the Chettiar community.

Lord Murugan is the son of Siva and Parvati, Ganesh’s brother. The prints are quite colorful as his mount is the peacock. The room is furnished with an original Mahogany King size bed and side tables.

Ramayana Heritage Room

The Ramayana is one of the favorite subjects among the various and famous Ravi Varma prints. Sri Ravi Varma was a famous Indian artist born in Kerala who has made popular and has disseminated his art by introducing German printing process to India from 1880 to 1940. The Ramayana is the famous epic of the hero Rama, avatar of Vishnu. Rama is a virtuous prince fighting a powerful demon to set free his beloved wife Sita.

Nandi Heritage Room

A statue of Nandi, made by tribes in Chhattisgarh, is welcoming you at the entrance of the 2 Nandi Heritage Rooms.

Beds, side tables, arm-chairs, coffee tables and writing desks are the creations of the architects-hotel owners who combined the simple lines of their own design with their collection of art; here the Madhubani tribal paintings of Bathi Dayal, Bihar, combine with the local terracotta jars of the Vellars community specific to Chettinad.

The Nandi heritage rooms are located at the first floor, opening on a roof terrace.

A Place to Stay in South India

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