But - one cannot help asking, with trepidation, and apologies - all this for Chennai? Nor is the Grand Chola the only recent luxury offering in this sleepy gateway to the south. Last week saw the soft launch of the Park Hyatt - in the premium if not quite the luxury category - across the street from the Grand Chola.
Overlooking the Adyar seaface, the only hotel to exploit Chennai's location, a typically opulent Leela Palace will open its doors to the public before Diwali. Next to it, the shell of a J W Marriott, on which work stopped some while ago, will no doubt add to the room inventory sooner rather than later. Idli-poppadom land seems suddenly to be on overdrive.