I was dubious about "the Checkers" after reading the reviews on other sites. However, I decided to try it out, and lo and behold! it was a major surprise! The hotel is just 6 months old and the upper floors are still under construction but what they have done with the decor and the ambiance is other-worldly. Its hard to believe its a 4-star and not a 5-star. The furnishing in the room as well as the lobby is very classy. The rooms are equipped with everything you can think of and when you call up room-service, they will be more than eager to help you out. They whipped a delicious dal-fry at 1 in the morning for me.The staff is very polite and warm. I almost didn't want to leave the hotel. And they produced a car to drop me off (apart from the complimentary transfers) at the very last minute. Even if there are tiny, minor glitches here and there,the staff's warmth would make up for it. I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Chennai. Close your eyes,trust me,and book it! You'll get freshly baked cookies,compliments of the hotel,and whats more! if you finish the whole jar,there's a refill!! P.S. If you're going to Chennai for the first time,and you are not from the southern part of the country, don't order anything north-Indian even in the classiest of restaurants. You will be disappointed. But at the Checkers,be rest assured,you'll feel like its made in by your mom! Three cheers to the chef!