The Savera Hotel, the iconic hospitality landmark of Chennai city. A fusion of modernity and tradition, which has evolved with Chennai history.
Savera Hotel by Savera Industries Ltd., is a listed Company and a classified 4-star Hotel. Savera Hotel hallmark remains the grandeur cherished for decades by its guests. Grandeur complemented by greenery and space in the heart of the Chennai.
The history of the Hotel dates to 1968 with a distinction of being, one of the first star hotels in South India. Over the years, Savera Hotel has grown with the times to evolve as the most desirable brand among the discerning travelers.
Three brothers Shyamsundar, Venkatakrishna and Ramaraghav, from an agricultural family, which had ventured into mica mining in Gudur, Nellore, started Savera Hotel on February 18, 1968 as a three-star hotel with 30 rooms and an adjacent restaurant block was inaugurated by Minister for Industries, VR Nedunchezhiyan.
The name of the hotel, was derived from the first syllable of each brother’s name – Shyamsundar, Venkatakrishna and Ramaraghav
The hotel had a lots of time lapse in the past 50 years, the building built in 1968 remains.
As Chennai was then the hub for shooting films made in southern languages, stalwarts from the Tamil and Telugu film industry, Sivaji Ganesan, MGR, NT Rama Rao and Akkineni Nageswara Rao were also regular guests. Not only Kollywood, also Bollywood actors like Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra, Feroz Khan and Rekha stayed at Savera, or dropped by one of their restaurants. The hotel was also a sought-after location for shooting songs and stunt sequences.
In 1973, the hotel was expanded With special permission from the Government, the building was transformed to a 11-storied one, with 110 rooms. “At that time, LIC building on Anna Salai was the tallest in Madras, so the authorities did not permit us to go beyond 11 stories.
With a sharp nose for tracking trends, Savera launched the rooftop Mughlai restaurant Minar in 1983. It was one of the earliest restaurants to offer Mughlai cuisine, and visually-challenged Ghazal singer, Syed Ali Khan, drew in patrons. Bakers Basket and The Brew Room are the newer entrants.
Golden Bowl, a multi-cuisine restaurant at Savera, used to be a rage, with cabaret performances organised on weekends to a packed audience. “Usha Uthup, who was singing in another club in Madras, started singing in Golden Bowl and from there her musical career took off,.
The partnership concern and the company existed concurrently till 1985, when the partnership was dissolved and Savera Enterprises Limited took over all the assets of the partnership concern.
Again The hotel expanded to 260 rooms in 1986 and became one of the earliest hotels in the city to open up its swimming pool to the public, not restricting it to checked-in guests.
In 2007, the company changed its name from Savera Hotels Ltd to Savera Industries Ltd.
And now Savera Hotel has the privilege of being managed by the most experienced hoteliers and restaurateurs – Shri. A. Vijayakumar Reddy, Smt. A. Nina Reddy and Shri. A. Ravikumar Reddy. The first family in Chennai hospitality business has diversified interest in restaurants, mining and education.
And the city’s first star hotel turned 50 ( 1968-2018) recently and started celebrating its Golden jubilee celebrations.
Source: The Hindu