Four friends and I spent four relaxing days at the Hôtel du Parc. The hotel staff, especially Ravi, Robert and Loganathan, were very kind and warm and made our stay most enjoyable. We felt more like we were visiting friends or family rather than staying in a hotel in a foreign land. And while friendly, the staff were always most discreet and aware of the needs of guests' privacy.
This restored 17th century colonial villa is small and has only ten rooms. It has a restaurant with tons of windows overlooking the small courtyard where you there is also an open-air balcony. The restaurant staff were kind, pleasant and accommodating, especially serving us past the normal hours on our arrival day. I appreciated the gentle and professional service of the manager of the restaurant (the fellow with the goatee).
The hotel’s central location is probably one of the best in the French Quarter. Hôtel du Parc is located one block from the Elephant Temple with a real live elephant, two blocks from the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, two blocks from an international ATM, three blocks from Bharathi Park and about four blocks from the beach. Nehru Street, where the hotel is located, has many shops, book stores, sweet shops etc. There is even a health food store about four blocks away. Although it is close to all points of interest, it remains a quiet and calm place. The manager pointed out to me that the windows have double-pane glass, which helps keeps out noise. The calm and tranquility of both the hotel and Pondicherry were a welcome relief from the hectic lifestyle of Kolkata, our previous stop. Pondicherry’s fresh sea air was incredibly refreshing!
The hotel has wired Internet access available at a dedicated terminal and has a wire available for laptops in its courtyard. I hooked up my laptop to the wire in the courtyard on several occasion and was never charged. In fact, the manager always came by to ask if I needed an extension cord for a power hook up.
One area I would recommend for improvement is the breakfast. It consists of either and Indian selection or an egg, toast and muffin offering. Fresh juice, coffee and tea are also included. On at least one day they ran out of muffins and on more than one occasion the service was a bit slow.
Overall, a highly recommended hotel.
- 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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