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Swades Guest House

Door Number 26, Chanda Sahib Street, Pondicherry 605001, India
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Discovering "Swades- We The People" was truly wonderful, and it's not an easy place to leave. My new travel companion and I made the journey from Cochin and were delighted to be allocated a colourful, quirky room on the rooftop with a terrace area where we could relax. There are tea/coffee making facilities, a microwave and toaster, books and magazines... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Swades guest house is something that you rarely come across. First of all, it is of extremely good quality of a guest house. I had a beautiful room, a exceptionally cool terrace, a kitchen. It just felt like home. Secondly, there are Ilyas and Arifa. These owners are generous, hospitable and humourous. They made us feel like good friends who've... More 

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Lerwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

If you are visiting or travelling in south India, which is a truly wonderful place, if you have flown in, and want to aclimatise, Pondicherry is a wonderful town to start off with. If you go to Pondicherry, the place to stay is Swades. Ilyas the host will help you with every requirement, including those you have not thought of,... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We booked a different hotel which said it was in the old town but ended up being 8km out of town. We were hot, exhausted and seriously burnt out when we showed up here, mostly because it was near to the cafe we ended up at. Ilyas was incredibly welcoming and gracious. The main house was booked but he gave... More 

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights and could definitely recommend it! Beautiful house, friendly people, small but very cosy and clean room (no 1), great rooftop terrace, nice French-style breakfast and good advise on where to go (note: the biryani and samosa-stand nearby is definitely a good option, though more so for dinner than for lunch, as it is much... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

Highly recommend staying at Swades in Pondicherry. The guesthouse is very close to most of the major points of interest in the city--surrounded by restaurants, bakeries, the beach, etc. Ilyas was an unbelievable host and the rest of his family was lovely as well. He arranged cheap taxi and rickshaw rides, helped us find movie information, checked up on us... More 

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Gurgaon, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We stayed with Iliyas few years back and our experience was excellent. Loved the way he explained about places we could visit and how to go about them. Iliyas is an excellent host who takes care of their guests and also ensures the guests staying in the guest house meet each other and share their experiences and travels...beautiful way for... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

I just spend four nights in Pondicherry, all at Swades Guest House. Ilyas and Arifa (the owners) along with their children and the rest of the staff were extremely hospitable, welcoming, gracious and helpful. It was my first time in Pondicherry (and India for that matter) and it was important for me to find a place with a good location... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

The helpful proprieter advised me by Email where to go in Pondycherry to sit safely with a coffee and breakfast until I could check in with them as I was arriving in Pondycherry from a 15 hour coach ride at 5.00am, (Le Cafe, 24 hour opening on the promenade). He then emailed me as soon as he knew what time... More 

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Kochi (Cochin), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Fantastic little hotel, nice rooftop seating area to chill out in the evenings. The way the whole place is decorated fills it with character. For this price it was outstanding. All the basic stuff was spot on, clean sheets/rooms, fast wifi internet in the room and included in the price, excellent hot showers. It is located next to the french... More 

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