Having lived in France for several years, we came to pondi to see its French heritage. At 5000 INR + tax, this hotel was a minor splurge for us but it did deliver.
We stayed in room 1- which has a mezzanine with an extra bed. Great for kids (provided they're old enough not to fall down the stairs as there is no guard rail). The room is very tall and tastefull decorated.
The entrance, courtyard and hallway are also very attractive and the French colonial touch has been nicely preserved.
Only drawback about the room: no windows that can be opened and quite a few musquitos (ask the staff to spray at night).
The location is excellent- walking distance to many sights. The South Indian veg restaurant across the street provides excellent food.
The reason I am not awarding 5 stars is that on two nights they had a buffet with live music in the courtyard. Given that all the rooms open onto the courtyard, this leads to a lot of noise.
One of these buffets was the christmas eve dinner which was mandatory for all guests at 1500 rps (a kind of christmas tax...). I thought the buffet was a public health risk and barely touched it. Lots of cold dishes that had been prepared who knows how long ago.
Breakfast was similarly uninspired. Not awful, but we've had much better on this trip. However, the location (under the mango tree in the courtyard) made up for it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Heritage Villa Selvom - restored as Hotel du Parc with close proximity to the beach and the Auroindo ashram, was built in the early 17th Century and was a part of Villa Aurome. It has served in the past as the residence of many French Governors including Dupleix. The Villa has been remodeled as a reflection of the colonial times. Nestled ingeniously between the mango and coconut trees, the hotel offers two exquisite Multi-cuisine restaurants. ... more less
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