The best feature of the hotel are the pool villa's which give you your own pool right next to the cottage that you stay in. The pool is accompanied by a portico with deck chairs, so you can lounge by the water side without getting a sunburn. The hotel also has other buildings with 'normal' hotel rooms that do not have their own pool.
But apart from this good feature, the hotel is not better than average.
Service is not remarkable, and when we checked out they tried to charge us the whole bill, while we had prepaid our room for 50%. Somehow, we felt that this was not an honest mistake (I mean, what accounting system would make this error?) but an attempt to charge us above and beyond the agreed sum.
What is most definitely an irritant is the restaurant. The food is not remarkable (neither good nor bad) but the restaurant staff thinks that they are performing very well. Opening times don't mean anything, neither in the morning for breakfast nor in the evening for diner. We are early risers and we have had to be satisfied with only a half breakfast because the restaurant staff were starting their work at the time when the restaurant was due to open. The restaurant caters for the Indian taste mainly, which is the biggest disadvantage for breakfast.
Le Pondy is located quite a distance from Pondicherry, so you need transport to the town and arranging this via the hotel comes at a steep price. Travelling to Pondicherry for a diner is something that is worthwhile considering the hotel's own restaurant, but it comes at a price...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Pondy, situated at Pondicherry is a premium leisure resort beautifully lounged at an estuary between Chunnambar River and the Bay of Bengal. Le Pondy celebrates Pondicherry in all its true sense - the spirit, the architecture and the revelry. Pondicherry is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India. It is also known as The French Riviera of the East. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Pondy Hotel Pondicherry