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“Not fit to be called a Taj”
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Taj Chandigarh
Ranked #7 of 100 Hotels in Chandigarh
Certificate of Excellence
Delhi
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“Not fit to be called a Taj”
Reviewed 25 January 2012

I am a city resident - hence have been visiting this hotel since it opened - and have seen its decline since then. Have stayed here twice - on both occasions for weddings - most recently 3 months ago.

The rooms in the hotel have begun to seem outdated. The colour combination, which used to seem appealing, is now tacky. Maintenance in taj properties is an asset, and seems they are doing so here as well. But all in all, don't see it as a taj property per se

It has a fantastic location. Design outside cannot be altered owing to Chandigarh's master plan, and the entrance of the hotel is very good - I like it a lot. In fact, Taj Chandigarh's atrium at the JW Marriott seems like a good fit, what with the prancing horse and the volcanic effects in the pool outside.

HOWEVER, the hotel has not leveraged these very well. The lobby is often the vibrant zone of a hotel - with guests sitting around and other having coffee etc. Instead of bringing this zone to prominence, especially with glass lifts right next to it, this area is mostly empty. Cafe 17 is an appalling eatery and should be remodelled at once - its a complete mismatch. Lava bar is too small to appeal to those seeking a lounge atmosphere. Indian restaurant is good but again small, black lotus has excellent food and probably the only restaurant worth going to anymore.

Build quality of the hotel is good - high amount of marble usage etc. However, as I mentioned, the rooms themselves seem too small and tacky now - especially if you compare with the newly opened Marriott. I am not sure, but I think they have plasma TVs in their rooms with standard definition set top boxes delivering poor quality of video. Being a Taj, one would expect full subscription to channels (in India, this is not really a major cost) but that is not the case

Service is quite ordinary - staff seems to be pulled out of low quality hotels. Some didn't provide me with good service, let alone a 'Taj' level of service. Taj hotels in Delhi are symbolized for their excellent shopping areas - and although one exists in Chandigarh too, it is very ordinary to say the least.

All in all, a very ordinary hotel, that never really reached a 5 star level in my opinion and is now on its way to becoming a 'has been'

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 January 2012

Taj Chandigarh is located next to Sector 17 in Chandigarh, which is incidentally the heart of the city. The shopping centers are a short walk away. The cuisine is great but expensive. The prices are high too. While the property is good and comfortable, maybe it is not worth the price that Taj charges for the rooms. Otherwise a decent place to stay in.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 January 2012

stayed in last week of Dec 11. Great place to stay as well connected and in heart of city. The breakfast spread can be increased. Rooms are clean and staff well mannered. Stayed there for a day with friends for relaxation. Rooms spacious and some room don't have bath tub so please check the room before check in.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

Stayed at the taj Chandigarh for a night a couple of weeks back. It clearly would be amongst the 2 best hotels in Chandigarh (along with the J W Marriott). However, as a Taj regular, I found this ordinary. The rooms were very ordinary and I found the interiors of the cabinets shocking.
Had a dinner at the coffee shop buffet and it was clearly one of the worst I have had in a long time and it's not cheap. I mentioned this to the manager as well. Can you believe that there were no English news channels because of some cable problems....

Must mention that the staff is very helpful, goes out of it's way to make you feel special but I suspect that things need to be really improved here.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

Stayed only one night at the Taj Chandigarh. Taj standards all over from check-in to room service. However, I found the room a bit run down... with cheap furniture. Other than that, great room and bed, nice bathroom. The hotel was a bit empty... the restaurant was for some reason closed so the entrance looked a bit dead and sad.
Breakfast in the morning was good.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Taj Chandigarh

Property: Taj Chandigarh
Address: Block No.9 | Sector 17 A, Chandigarh 160017, India
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Region: India > Chandigarh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Chandigarh
#6 Spa Hotel in Chandigarh
Price range (per night): ₹ 6,481 - ₹ 10,717
Hotel Class:5 star — Taj Chandigarh 5*
Number of rooms: 149
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chandigarh, the capital of the states of the Punjab and Haryana set at the foothills of the majestic Himalayas, was planned by the French architect Le Corbusier after India’s independence. The young-at-heart, fast-growing and progressive city is striking for its urban planning, impressive buildings with brise-soleil facades, well-organized sectors and broad tree-lined avenuesTaj Chandigarh celebrates the dynamic spirit of Chandigarh in its sophisticated architecture and interiors. The newly built hotel, located in Sector 17, the city’s prime business and shopping area, is a comfortable 30-minutes drive from the airport and a 15-minutes drive from the railway station. Taj Chandigarh is the city’s finest hotel and is well suited to both business and leisure travellers to Chandigarh ... more   less 
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