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.
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- Also Known As:
- Ginger Hotel Pondicherry
- Pondicherry Ginger Hotel