Somerset Greenways Chennai
Who we are:
CapitaLand Investment’s wholly owned lodging business unit, The Ascott Limited expanded its presence in India with the soft opening of its first Somerset brand of serviced residence in the country in 2011 – 187-unit Somerset Greenways Chennai. Somerset Greenways Chennai, which is strategically located in MRC Nagar, a 10-minute drive from the central business district of Chennai, offers business executives who are travelling with their families the warmth of home and work-life balance through its wide range of lifestyle and recreational facilities. The guests at the property are offered a comprehensive list of in-house amenities including fully equipped gymnasium, infinity and children’s wading pool, rooftop garden & barbecue area, residents’ lounge as well as a business centre. In 2022, Ascott unveiled Somerset brand refresh under Ascott CARES, a sustainability framework that aligns Ascott’s growth strategy with environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations – in order to reinforce commitment in sustainable travel for multigenerational families, while also ensuring an inclusive, harmonious experience. The property also provides accommodations for pets of the travellers with convenient pet amenities.
Tell us about sustainability, what are you good at?
Somerset Greenways Chennai actively place sustainability at the forefront of their operation. In 2022, Somerset brand refresh was unveiled under ‘Ascott CARES’ – a sustainability framework aligned with the growth strategy on environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations – to reinforce commitment in sustainable travel for multigenerational families, while also ensuring an inclusive, harmonious experience. On the sustainability front, the properties offer a wide array of energy-efficient and eco-friendly services including using Bubble tops instead of water bottles to reduce single-use plastic, providing access to EV charging points for those who are using electric vehicles for sustainable mobility, using wind energy for electricity, application of LED in place of Light fixtures etc. Somerset has also an active tie-up with BookWater – through this collaboration, after 30 times usage of a single water can, it is recycled to produce thread, leading to making clothes and bags as end-products. Apart from these, Somerset Greenways Chennai also uses wooden key cards that are biodegradable, reusable, and reduce carbon footprint, a rooftop garden comprising of herbs and vegetables. During the festive season, Somerset Chennai also indulged in celebrating with a sustainable Christmas tree, enabling the reduction of 100 kg of carbon footprint emission.
What are the hotel’s strengths? What are the strong points?
Somerset Chennai guests are given full access to a comprehensive list of amenities which allows the travellers to be well-healed and refreshed. The serviced apartment is a perfect blend of comfort and convenience while also giving a special attention to cater to the business matters as well. Somerset Greenways Chennai is committed to its innovative sustainability initiatives, making it one of the leading energy-efficient and eco-friendly hospitality chains.
Why did you choose GSTC certification?
The certification by Global Sustainable Tourism Council validates the contribution made by The Ascott Limited towards sustainable tourism. The globally recognized body has undergone a thorough evaluation on the criteria of effective sustainability planning, maximizing social and economic benefits for the local community, enhancing cultural heritage, and reducing negative impacts to the environment and recognized Somerset greenways Chennai’s initiative to embrace sustainability – which will also enhance the essence of the natural environment, leading to great tourist attractions and holistic socio-economic development.
Please leave Vireo some feedback
We are delighted to work with Vireo for the certification on environmental management systems. The audit by Vireo has been quite thorough and the team has meticulously done their job to assess our initiatives across all required parameters.