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14, Goubert Avenue, Pondicherry 605001, India   |  
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Ranked #14 of 119 Pondicherry B&B and Inns
Chennai (Madras), India
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“Fabulous place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

We stayed overnight at Seaside. I had heard so much about the property from 2 of my friends. It was spick & span, AC took time as it was unbearingly hot plus we were on the 3rd floor, staff was super, receptionist was great. More importantly, the room was simple, with bare essentials, very neat & tidy. For people looking for a luxurious stay, this is not the option. With its central location, we walked the French territory in the evening, had dinner, strolled the beach road. Sunrise view was astonishing...the sea appears as an extension of the room itself.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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18 hotel reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

This and its sister guest house 'The Retreat' is a highly above average guest house operated by the Arobindo foundation. You need to send out a mail well in advance to book, they should mail you back on the availability in a day or two. Thereafter you have to pay in advance through bank transfer to confirm the booking. The location is fantastic. The property overlooks the sea. The mahatma gandhiji statue is diagonally opposite. The place is also close to the Promonade.

The accommodation is adequate, clean and immaculately maintained. Room facilities include a functional refrigerator (small), a good air conditioner, free bottle of water, tea/ coffee satchets etc. No TV or room service, smoking and drinking liquor is strictly prohibitted. Very basic food is available in the canteen on advance request. Tariff includes breakfast, However you need to confirm that you would like to have breakfast the previous night. These guys are probably making sure that no food is wasted, which is a good policy. Expect clean wash rooms. You need to be back in your room before 11 pm after which the gates are locked.

Within walking distance : The Arobindo ashram, the Promonade and a host of restaurants / eateries.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

booked this guest house after seeing several reviews.view is awesome,its right opp to rocky beach.try to get a sea facing room..very reasonable.i booked AC double room for 1500 per day which includes complimentary bfast(south indian or american).only drawback is there is no TV and you can drink n smoke inside the premises since this is run by Aurobindo ashram trust.we had lunch buffet(veg) also in the guest house which costed 100 per head.i will definitely go back to this guest house in my next visit..highly recommended..cost effective,neat and clean, good service, awesome sea view...

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

Great Location. Highly affordable. Near to most of the landmarks in Pondicherry. Booking can be done through email and paying an advance. If you plan to travel by road (for e.g., Chennai airport etc) you can ask them for arranging a cab. Their travel agent's rate is cheaper as compared to other travel agents. But the service has to improve. Had a pretty good experience otherwise!

Room Tip: Ask for a sea-facing room. Even if you don't get one, don't be disheartened. The location is...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

Stayed at the hotel for 4 days.The Hotel is good basically because of the location. Basic air conditioned rooms and toilets,no tv since it belongs to the ashram complementary breakfast with Bread Jam Butter, Egg omlettes as well as Indian Breakfast. Lunch and dinner is good for Southindian food lovers.My wife and daughter loved the lunch. The ashram is close by and most of the good restaurants are close by.Children cannot play sea side as there is no beach except at the extreme right where theres a patch of beach. My daughter utilized the small patch of beach to the maximum and had a great time befriending the fishermen. They did give her dead starfish and seahorse and a lots of seas shells. One gets to see the catamarans parked there. Do visit and stay at seaside guest house if you are the one to use the rooms only to sleep at night. And if you travel by car you are told to park at the back entrance. Be careful not to park car in front of gates of other house or shop.You may find car wheels deflated the next morning.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the sea
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

We had booked a suite room for 3 of us at Seaside and they were prompt in sending us the confirmation. One thing to be noted here is that they prefer the payment to be done in DD or bank transfer! 2000 INR for a suite room was just great ! we reached there post dinner on friday evening. There were few restrictions at the place which we didnt know nor were we updated. One, no resident of the guest house is allowed outside post 10pm for a mere walk also :-( secondly, there is no smoking in the building, which one of my friend found it real difficult - cant even smoke in the balcony ! There is no TV/ DVD in the room !! One needs to book the breakfast ! its a limited serve with an option for continental or south indian. Rooms are real clean and spacious and overlook the sea ! The staff are not that friendly but just do thier job. Parking is available at the rear side of the guest house. Auroville is 10 kms from the guest house and the restaurants are at walkable distance. Overall, its value for money and we would still go back to stay there !

Room Tip: Rooms facing the sea and also the suite room with triple beds are nice to stay!
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

I travelled to Pondicherry along with my parents and after doing a lot of research, decided to stay at Sea side guest house...I only have positive things to say about this property...very clean and comfortable rooms...right infronth of the sea...very nice and homely food....value for money etc etc...Strongly recommend this place to stay for families.

Room Tip: Try to get sea facing rooms...watching sunrise from the balcony of the room is really great.
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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 14, Goubert Avenue, Pondicherry 605001, India
Location: India > Union Territory of Pondicherry > Pondicherry
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Ranked #14 of 119 B&Bs / Inns in Pondicherry
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Number of rooms: 25

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