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“Claustrophobic & Costly” 1 of 5 stars
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Balan Guest House
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20 Vellala Street, Pondicherry, India   |  
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Ranked #71 of 125 Pondicherry B&B and Inns
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“Claustrophobic & Costly”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

The room we had, had windows opening out into the corridor. The walls had ceramic tiles, making us think we were in a large toilet. The airconditioner and the TV worked, but the geyser did not.

You get sheets and a towel if you ask for it.

The good thing about the room was that it made us spend most of the time outside exploring Pondicherry, inspite of the hot weather. The redeeming fact was the very friendly and helpful staff.

Certainly would not go back there!

Room Tip: Most rooms have Indian style toilets. However, you can get a room with Western WC if you ask for it...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2011

I looked at a few other hotels in the area that were over-priced, and then stumbled across this one.
It's just off MG Road, near Samosa Corner (Rangapillai Street).
For 250 Rs, you get a single bed in a relatively small room, with a table, cable TV, a small bathroom and a small Asian-style toilet.

The walkway is around a kind of covered atrium, so any noise from the walkways/rooms below travels up. The good thing is if you do have really inconsiderate noisy neighbours watching Bollywood movies at full volume at 3.30am, you can just turn off the main power switch outside their room :)

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2009

We stayed four nights. The Balan Guest House is a clean local business type hotel conveniently located near the big bazaar in Pondi just off MG Road and around the corner from JLNehru St. It's only a short walk to the old city area and the main promenade. Our room was reasonably large with windows in both corners allowing a fresh cross breeze and a lot of natural light and the bathroom was pretty big as well. There's a good panorama of the city skyline from the roof. The staff were friendly and responsive, and the business side of reception very correct. It's got a safe and calm atmoshphere. There are good food, coffee and supermarket options just around the corner - and the big bazaar market really buzzes early in the morning, fish, veg and flowers. Budget price and good value for money (incl a large TV).

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 20 Vellala Street, Pondicherry, India
Location: India > Union Territory of Pondicherry > Pondicherry
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Ranked #71 of 125 B&Bs / Inns in Pondicherry
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