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“Predictable basics - at a little premium”
Review of Ginger Pondicherry

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Ginger Pondicherry
Ranked #20 of 85 Hotels in Pondicherry
Reviewed December 14, 2009

The common problem for somebody who travels a lot in India - and cannot always afford 'starred' luxury, is that the hotel experience can be quite unpredictable - i have had bad experiences at known (time-share) chains like Sterling as well. the local hotels can vary from outright ripoffs to cheap and basic, but the quality falls drastically with even small cuts in charges.

What I need is pretty basic - no conference rooms, or spas, or choice of restaurants - the idea is to maximize the time outside, but have a clean room to return to. Just fresh sheets, hygienic toilets, clean rooms is all i want from my hotel. Ginger Pondicherry fits that description perfectly

The hotel provides a clean, basic room - akin to no-frills hotels one encounters in other parts of the world. the sheets and towel were clean so were the bathrooms. the location isn't great, but not too inconvenient as well. there was ample place to park cars.

the hotel has a lively lobby with a coffee day and a restaurant that is open during meal times - serves a great breakfast but dinner was bland and fairly standard. the meals were economically priced - Rs. 101 for breakfast and 203 for dinner (i don't know how they have managed to arrive at those specific figures). there is a small book shop, a travel desk and a t-shirt shop there too, but i did not use any of those.

overall i had a stay without incident, though i feel that they were a little on the higher side on the stay pricing (around Rs. 1700) for what they offer. but guess this is the price one plays to avoid surprises. i could have also done with a little better fare in the meals - the meals were definitely sub-standard.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 13, 2009

Clean & Comfortable rooms, Secured parking. Room service was a bit slow may because it was a long weekend .... But I was able to pick up what I wanted from the supplies room.

Food was just right for the money paid, again cant ask more. They helped me with baby food which I wanted to microwave, asked for boiled egg for my Kid and they provided it with no hesitation.

Best part is no cancelation charge if you cancell 48 Hrs ahead and lower rent if you book well ahead of the travel date. Now I can reserve a room if I have a slightest hint of a vaction without bothering about cancelation charge.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled with family
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Thank VjZen
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Reviewed December 10, 2009

Over all hotel experience was great. Rooms were very neat and spacious for two. Small fridge was there. also the Toliets were of 4 star hotel standards.

Cons : Only i found the hotel resturant was not that good. we paid 250 rs for BF and found it unworthy for the price

Overall a above average experience

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank Lokeshkm
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Reviewed December 10, 2009

Hi,

Visited Pondicherry during Pongal holidays in Jan 2009 & stayed in Ginger Hotel. This was my first experience with Ginger & it was a great experience. Ginger Pondicherry is actually a famous theater structure, which got converted to a hotel. The staff were very friendly, the amenities comparable to the best hotels, with even Gym available for the traveller. All at a very low cost. Make sure that you check the prices over their website, as the web prices are a lot cheaper than calling them directly.


The hotels location is also really good. Though some distance away from the sea, it is good location, if you would like to travel to other attractions like Auroville (world famousspiritual township), this is best suited for you. There is a coffee shop in the ground floor, which offers you a relaxed atmosphere. All in all, an excellent stay.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled with family
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Thank prasanna s
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Reviewed December 8, 2009

the place is clean and good ... budget stay is the exact word to describe ginger ... good value for money

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank arunbalaji
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Reviewed December 8, 2009

I and my partner had been to this wonderful hotel during our visit to pondichery.It was the first time we had been to pondicherry.So we had no idea as to opt for which hotel.we just gone thru few review comments in trip advisor about all hotels and we chose for ginger as it was coming under our budget.An other reason to opt this hotel is because of its Brand name"TATA". Its a part of Tata Group.When we believe n are familiar with all Tata products, then without any second thought one can opt for Ginger also.With these thoughts in our mind,we booked a room in Ginger. Andit met more than our expectations.One thing that i would like to Highlight here is the Chek -In time.We had booked thru IRCTC,so according to the Voucher we had to chek in by 12 noon.But due to some unavoidable reasons we couldnt make up the time.We thought that we lost our money as we coudnt reach pondi even by 9 PM.But we had informed prior abt our delay.N the contact person told that der is no restriction on the Check in time.He told that we can come at any time on the specified date.That means u are welcome upto 11.30 midnight of that particular day.We had a great relief after hearing this.
If it was some other hotel then i think we could have not got this kind of freedom.Thanks to Ginger.
So actually we reached by sharp 10 PM and within 10 min all formality chekings were over and we were given with a beutifully decorated room.Actually der r three Kinds of rooms based on their colors.1.yellow 2.blue 3.orange.
so we were put up into orange colored room.the speciality of ginger is that which colored room we opt for,all things in that room match with that color. I mean the bed Lamp,wall color,door color,wall painting,light color ,pillow color etc etc.I was really stun after seeing the room,becase it is a budget hotel with 1500 rs and what we found there were like a 3000 rs hotel.all well arranged,so elegant,really mind blowing....Let me tell about all the things i liked in ginger(actually there is nothing bad thing to mention)
1.Bathroom was very neat.They had provided us with new footmat,shower cap etc etc.
2.Mineral water bottles (nearly 3)were kept as complimentary in coolers
3.within 5 min after call,the room service boy will be there for ur service.
4.The highlyt of the Hotel is der is net facility and a gym exclusively for those who stay in that hotel(nearly worked out for 1 n half hr in the mrng)
5.In the room u can find a separate chair placed near the bed lamp,if u need to read books or study or watever.Even there is a notepad and a pencil(made of recycled paper) kept alongside.I still have that pencil as a remembrance of Ginger.
6.As coffee-cafe day is attched to the Hotel,u can order anything from there n they serve that to ur room.
7.Also der is a shop equilant to a mini-Landmark within ginger were u can find all kind of books,stationery items etc. Even der is another shop meant exclusively for T-shirts.
8.Near to the reception u can find all kinds of juice and biscuits n chocolates kept were u ned to inset coin n get whatever u want without the help of any concerned owner.it was real fun.
9.Another thing i would like to stress upon is that this hotel is really apt for Business deals n other corporate func as one can find the conference hall exclusively for this purpose.It had that professional look.


And all these facilities for just 1500 was incredible.though our actual chek out time was next day 12 noon,since we checked in late,we had given the 3 hrs of extra stay time.we had checked out next day by 3 PM. But since our return journey bus was at 9 in the night we thot of spending much more time in roaming aroun pondi...but problem was the luggage,but wen we told abt this to the staff ,he aided us by keeping our luggage in a safety locker just behind the reception,we were really pleased by this.Staffs were Very friendly and decent and in their uniforms they were looking very professional. the hotel has a wide place for car parking.My god if these trip advisor allows me for one more page to fill then i can just keep on writing about this wonderful hotel.If i have to mention any cons then i can say that the restuarant attached to it is not so good as wenever we approched them he told "sorry we dont have that particular thing mentined in the meny for today" .even the lunch is very costly.So we had to find a hotel outside.

Out of 100 % i can give 99.99% to this ginger. one can find this hotel before 10 -15 min u reach the bus stand.its on the way u go to pondi.hence no need of spending extra money to auto to go in search of the hotel.
And finally i wana say "I loved being in Giger,and i definitely want to go again"

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank kiran25
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Reviewed December 3, 2009

good place, neat and clean..

  • Stayed: January 2009
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Thank buddyy
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Additional Information about Ginger Pondicherry

Address: Old Venus Theatre, Karuvadikuppam, Main Road | Saram Revenue Village, Oulgaret Municipality, Pondicherry 605008, India
Location: India > Union Territory of Pondicherry > Pondicherry
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #20 of 85 Hotels in Pondicherry
Price Range: $33 - $60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ginger Pondicherry 3*
Number of rooms: 94
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