A hotel that once screamed luxury
Situated on Santhome High road, Hotel Oceanic was famous during the 1950s. It was a six-acre property owned by KR Shenai. Later, he sold the land to MS Ramaswamy Chettiar of Mahalakshmi Films.
Chettiar built two hotels on the premises — Oceanic and Ratnagar. Completed in 1954, the Oceanic was known to be one of the best hotels in India, “equipped with linen, crockery, cutlery, refrigerators, air-conditioners, cooking ranges, electric fans, ice-cream machines, ice-making machinery, light fittings and other moveable and also with tools, implements, lawn mowers, equipment, kitchen and other utensils” to quote from a record in the 1960s. In addition, it had a shopping gallery where some of Madras’ best-known retailers set up outlets.