Finding an inexpensive place to stay in Chennai can sometimes be a problem. With the 24hr check-out system it’s difficult to predict availability and some of the cheaper places don’t take advance bookings. The good news is that standards in the cheapies are better than in other cities. Most of the mid-range and inexpensive hotels are around the railway station in Egmore and further east in Triplicane. The bulk of the top hotels are in the south of the city and several offer courtesy buses to and from the airport.