Saturday, October 22, 2005

Chennai Trivia - 13

This is the hotel where Douglas Jardine's team stayed when they visited Madras. So did Dyan Chand's victorious 1936 Olympics Hockey team. Where is this and what is it now?

Ans: It was the D'Angelis Hotel, started by Corsican D'Angeli and later named as Bosottos that hosted Douglas Jardine's team and Dyan Chand's team. This was the first hotel in Madras to have an electric lift and cold storage. Also probably Madras' first French Restaurant.If you have not heard about the hotel, don't worry; it doesn't exist anymore. Bosottos quit the hotel business in 1940s to concentrate on confectionery.

It is now occupied by the Bata Showroom in Mount Road. Next time you stop at the signal there, look closely at the Bata Showroom. You can still see some old architecture left over. More details about the hotel from V. Sundaram here.

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Thank you for the info. It sounds pretty user friendly. I guess I’ll pick one up for fun. thank u


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Thanks a lot for providing such an nice information about Chennai Trivia. These traditional hotels were good and has good facilities and nowadays these types of hotels provide comfort accommodations to their customers. The shiny look of the hotel attracts the customer and makes them feel good. It plans them to extend their stay from their busy life. Cheap Hotels in Chennai.

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Very Informational blog post. :) Chennai is a city, city where tradition and modernity coexist in light of a rich heritage and cultural past. Also,explore various Chennai hotels for comfortable accommodation.

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