Gone are those days when business meetings with clients were held within the four walls of your office, with the same seats and the projector fixed right in front of you. Many companies have begun adopting the creative way of holding business meetings in outdoor locations, which not only seems creative, but also gives you some air to breathe. Taking a break from the usual meeting rooms at the office will help in discussing some fresh ideas. There are various Business and Convention Centres in Chennai with various options ranging from boardrooms that can seat 12 guests to halls that can hold your huge get togethers.
In this article, we have listed in detail, the best meeting rooms, often called convention centres, which will be the ideal location for business purposes; whether you are a big corporate or a start-up, you just cannot miss these. So, the next time you have your clients flying down for a business meeting, you already know where to go and what to do. It is pretty fun for us, helping you fix venues for your meetings and events, but since we are writing from a business perspective, *clears throat* we are going to try and sound a little serious and professional. Now go ahead and read this; you can thank us later.
ITC Grand Chola
One of the dream destinations for each of us, but what’s in it for a business? Apart from banquet halls and restaurants for private events and dinner dates, ITC is also pretty known for business meetings and private conferences. They have their meeting rooms named after popular treasures of Tamil Nadu – Kaveri and Tanjore. Well, their adherence and love for Tamil culture can be well observed from their very name, ITC Grand ‘Chola’ – Chola being a very popular dynasty that was in power long long ago. Okay, now coming back to the point, let us take a detailed look at their two treasures:
Seating capacity: 12
Consisting of four rooms (1-4) of 60 sq m each, Kaveri is a mix of an ideal boardroom and a guest area. While there are tables and seats arranged in sequence for business meetings, one can also notice that there are sofas set up, right behind, where guests can wait or maybe, to chill after the tedious and exhaustive discussion. With its spacious area and vivid ambiance around, the Kaveri reflects the richness of the tradition of the Chola dynasty (Kaveri being named after the river Cauvery, which was part of the dynasty). When you can work and also chill in the same area, what more do you need?
Seating Capacity: 12-24
The Tanjore boardroom, as modern as it sounds, compared to its actual name that reads Tanjavur, so are its features, extremely ‘civilized’, one could say. Slightly larger than its counterpart Kaveri, this boardroom accommodates about a maximum of 24 people, and elegantly designed with modern AV systems, high speed internet, video conferencing facilities and hi-tech audio visual equipments. The ideal venue for the millennials of the digital era.
The Leela Palace
Seating Capacity: Meeting rooms: 50-60; boardroom: 6-16
We tell you, meetings are often a very difficult event, which involves looking for the right venue which your client or audience will like or feel comfortable, and then there is the ambience, services, cost and what not?
But hey, who would say NO to a palace? The Leela Palace in Chennai loves to associate with businesses and be a major part of your special moment where you cracked that hard deal. Now, what about The Leela Palace for businesses?
Located at Adyar, one of the heart-of-the-city areas, it is the ideal corporate hub spot with different venues to cater to different business meetings.
There are two meeting rooms, each of 1092 sq ft, with multiple seating styles as theatre, classroom, boardroom, U-shape, cluster and reception with an average seating capacity of 50. For more critical meetings, they have with them four boardrooms of different sizes. Their seating capacity ranges from 6 persons to 16, depending on the purpose and number of guests. All the rooms are equipped with hi-tech instruments required for business meetings, video conferences, presentations etc.
We are not going to bore you with other features, because at the end of the day, it is The Leela Palace, and you know that too.
Falling under the umbrella of Radha Hotels, the Feathers provides a stunning panorama of city views, located only 10 kms from the airport and close to popular attraction points such as the Chennai Trade Centre, where exhibitions happen literally on an everyday basis. A luxury by itself, one can just not resist from dining mouth-watering dishes or rejuvenating themselves with a steam bath at the spa.
Feathers is also well-known as a business venue, where many business meetings and discussions have been held, deals cracked and victorious moments celebrated. Okay, enough of this, let’s check out what’s so special about them.
For business events, they offer two types of halls, which are just too big, even if you were to accommodate your entire company crew here. No, we are not kidding!
Seating capacity: 350
Capable of accommodating 350 guests, this hall guides the way to an open terrace, which is bright and always lit. Also, terrace meetings are the trend now. Aligned in a theatre-style setting, what makes them stand out is that, the hall could further be broken down into two different venues, and yet be as spacious and gracious as ever. So, now you can plan to conduct two of your meetings at the same time, in the same venue, and yet different ones. Sounds perfect?
Seating capacity: 16
As simple and elegant as a boardroom would look like, it will well-suit the agenda of your meeting with your board members, perhaps. You can find all the audio visuals you may require, with state-of-the-art facilities. Whether a pitch, meeting or review, they are there to serve you!
M Weddings and Conventions
It is not just about weddings as you may think; there’s more to it. M Weddings and Conventions is one of the most recommended convention centres in Chennai. One could characterize them as flexible and this flexibility is pretty evident in the way they customize the venue for the clients. Today, it is a marriage hall for a big wedding fat wedding, and before you realize the next day, your business meeting room is ready! The venue is located at Adayalampattu, one of those areas that will snatch you off other distractions. There are ballrooms, party rooms, and then the room that you are looking for – your boardroom.
Seating capacity: 150-2000
Very elite, that’s what they like to call it. As the name suggests, this venue is reserved for elite events, such as weddings, pujas and yes, business meetings. The hall is very spacious with a wide seating capacity that is flexible. Whether you want a round table conference, or want to make an important business announcement or a thanksgiving dinner, they have got the right seating arrangement for your business meeting.
Confluence Banquets and Resorts
Speaking of outdoor meetings, sometimes it is actually good to take it in the very literal sense. One of the best ways to escape the stress of work, confined within the four walls, while also having important discussions or meetings with clients and colleagues, breathing some fresh air of creativity, now how does this sound altogether? Located at one of the most chilled out areas in Chennai, namely the ECR, Confluence could be your perfect venue, if you want to take some time out for yourself after work. Or how about, an important meeting here, followed by an all-night party? Either way, you would not want to miss this venue, of all others.
Whether a business meeting, press conference or an announcement to be made, this is definitely bound to be a hit. The Summit, as they call it, is your holiday and work destination. A compact room with state-of-the-art technical facilities such as audio-visual aids, computers etc, it can accommodate an average of 200 persons. Also, we have observed this, that most meetings that are held at such venues tend to have a positive impact on all the members who are present.
So, if you have an upcoming corporate or client meeting, then you may as well consider giving it a different approach by opting for outdoor meetings with a mug of beer over regular indoor office meetings, surrounded by files and walls
GRT Grand Convention Centre
Located at the heart of the city, the GRT Grand Convention Centre falls under the group of GRT hotels which are known for their preservation of age-old traditions, while also developing and aligning to modern trends. This wing of the GRT hotels mainly focuses on convention centres for various events. They offer three venues: Grand Chennai, Convention Centre and Interact.
The Grand Chennai offers nine well-equipped multi-purpose halls, with a capacity of accommodating around 800 guests in total. One of the major attractions is their lighting style, contemporary and light and a well-planned architecture. Overall, it gives a very simple, yet elegant feeling to be present there. Several business meetings, training programs, launches etc have been held, and the reviews have been good. If you are looking to hold a program for a larger audience, then this is the right venue.
Located right adjacent to the hotel, the Convention Centre is a slightly groomed version of the former; offering five seminar rooms and a boardroom. Here, they have all the technical facilities one would need for a conference or meeting, fully-furnished and with a very serene ambiance. The seating styles are flexible and can be changed according to the event.
As the name suggests, Interact is a business center which is equipped with highly modern amenities such as computers, high-speed internet connectivity for working. You can use their printers and scanners to take copies of important documents and send faxes from their fax machine. Additionally, they offer secretarial services too. Interact is the ideal venue for conducting interviews, business meetings and your favorite workspace too!
Chennai Trade Centre
Seating Capacity: 25 – 2000
Exhibitions have been held, crores of audience have passed by, large profits have been made, business have bloomed and biggies have met – this is the story of the Chennai Trade Center. One of the most popular tourist and business meetings attractions of Chennai, this venue is a memory for most of us. With exhibitions and events happening almost every alternate day, this is the busiest and of course, the best of all. As the name implies, it is the ideal center for trade and not just that, but also for business meetings. It’s also one of the most sought-after convention centres in Chennai Let’s explore what’s inside.
So, they have two venues – Exhibition hall and the Convention Center. The Convention Center has two halls, namely A and B, just as our escape plan. They offer sound-proof conference halls, equipped with modern audio and video system. There are two VIP rooms, eight green rooms and three meeting rooms, all air-conditioned. Sliding partition is also available, in case you want to host multiple events within the center. When we say MICE, it just cannot happen anywhere better than the Chennai Trade Center.
Well, if you really had the patience to read all the way through, then you are just a step away from having either of these venues in hand for your upcoming business meeting. Ping us at and we’ll take the pain of finding the hotspot for you!
Also published on Medium.