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“A slight disappointment”
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Hotel Atithi
Ranked #17 of 83 Hotels in Pondicherry
Reviewed January 30, 2013

I had heard rave reviews about this hotel, maybe my expectations were to high. I found it too loud (inside and from the outside), not clean, very impersonal and the staff at reception not too helpful. Big plus: the opulent breakfast and the infinitely kind waiters. Litttle plus: the view from the roof terrace (the pool's a joke though ;-)

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled solo
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Atithi-Pondicherry, General Manager at Hotel Atithi, responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2013

Dear Meleone

Thank you for reviewing us at Tripadvisor. This was nice to hear that you have liked the Breakfast and the service of of our Stewards.

However it was unfortunate that we did not meet your expectation. Your criticism has been taken positively and we will surely work upon it

Thank you

Amitava Roy
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Reviewed January 29, 2013 via mobile

So overall the hotel was good. Not particularly cheap by indian standards but luxurious enough to back the tag. The only issues - and i stress that these are very minor "first world" issues - were the fitness club and the WiFi. There were also little bugs in the shower but the hotel sprayed immediately when we told them and bugs never returned. Also there were 2 opened Bacardi bottles at the mini bar which is kind of strange and even after notifyong them they didnt change it, but they never charged us, which is all i care about. The WiFi never really worked despite numerous calls to the front desk. The fitness center was useless and also not open at random times. I only cite these things because of the price tag. In terms of the basics they were excellent and i would say, at times, beyond expectation.
Clean, good service, decent breakfast, safe in room. But for similar price it seemed promenade or villa Ashanti could have been better location options.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Thank NVDDS
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Atithi-Pondicherry, General Manager at Hotel Atithi, responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2013

Dear Guest,

I thank you for reviewing us at Tripadvisor. We are happy to hear that you have liked your stay with us and enjoyed our Complimentary Breakfast and Service.

We have noted your "First World " Hicups. We will surely look into it and take necessary action

Please do visit us again.
Thank you

Amitava Roy
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

I stayed in Atithi last year in January, it took me one full year to write a review but had to coz the experience was so good. We were travelling with our 2 year old, it was a child friendly hotel. We felt safe. The location was also good, we could explore the local markets and walk here and there to get the feel of the place. We stayed in Atithi for 6 nights and totally loved it. Their pool was also good. Service good, people friendly,seriously what more do you expect from a hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Thank traveladdict36
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Atithi-Pondicherry, General Manager at Hotel Atithi, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your good memories with us. We are delighted.
Please do recommend us to your friends and relatives and do visit us again.

Thank you
Amitava Roy
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

I stayed here for 3 nights 4 days in the month of July 2012 and my memory is still so fresh. The best thing about the hotel is the rooftop pool. Although I think it could be wider, but the view from the top is brilliant. Even in the evenings its amazing at the rooftop. The next best thing is the hotel services and their staff. I can't remember anything which went wrong. Since it was our first trip to Pondi, the staff helped us with the Map, and the places which are a must visit and how to easily go . The laundry service was one of the best. It did not take long for us to feel that we are at the most easily locatable, luxurious, extremely comfortable place in Pondi. Coming to the food, although we ate out most of the times, we did have the breakfast and occasional dinner. Each time we were asked if we needed anything else , and were so ready and willing to prepare what we ordered.

All in all, its 10 on 10 place. And of course, each time I will visit Pondi, I will stay at Atithi.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank shoshh
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Atithi-Pondicherry, General Manager at Hotel Atithi, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking your time and reviewing us at Tripadvisor. We are delighted to know that you have enjoyed your stay with us.
Please do recommend us to your friends and relatives

We shall look forward to welcome you again at Hotel Atithi

Thank you
Amitava Roy
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

This hotel was absolutely amazing. Firstly, we were overwhelmed as we approached the hotel. upon entering the lobby, our jaws dropped at the elegantly styled lobby which was decorated with the utmost ethnic yet contemporary design. we were approached by the most friendly hotel staff we have ever come across. we felt immediately at home as the security members transported our 7 items of luggage to our room without a single huff. As we entered our room, we were greeted by the most fragrant and heavenly scent possible the theme was again homely elegant yet ethnically sophisticated.
The color theme throughout was vibrant yet cozy. Nice big bathroom as well as a wet room which provided plenty of scope for both male and female grooming.
All staff members were so friendly we felt like family in spite being the busy Last day of the year, my special congrats to the Manager who managed the scene upright and uptight. we spent 2 nights at this hotel as we were so pleased we didn't even think to relocate. Last but not the least thanks to the manager who saw us off at the end!!

Room Tip: Sea side view
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Abhilash S
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Atithi-Pondicherry, General Manager at Hotel Atithi, responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2013

Dear Mr. Abhilash,

Thank you for your kind words. We are overwhelmed with your comments. This will surely motivate me and my Team to provide excellent customer services

Please do recommend us to your friends and relatives. We shall look forward to welcome you again at Hotel Atithi

Thank you

Amitava Roy
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

The pool was a beautiful infinity pool on the rooftop. We spent many hours there enjoying the sunshine and the lovely sunset. The breakfast was very good and plentiful. The location was fine for us as we love to walk. It was about a 10 minute walk to the beach. It might be a bit far for people with young children to walk to the French quarter, but there are always rickshaws available. Overall, a great trip.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Thank SAS6824
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Atithi-Pondicherry, General Manager at Hotel Atithi, responded to this reviewResponded January 21, 2013

Dear Guest,

It was privilege to have you with us. We are delighted to know that you have enjoyed our Swimming pool and the Breakfast. The Pool and the Food are our USP.

We shall look forward to welcome you again at Hotel Atithi Pondicherry.

Thank you
Amitava Roy
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

Had stayed at Atithi over the festival weekend with family and found this property to be an ideal property if you are looking at staying in the heart of the city. Since we had a car we just had to depend on the google navigation to reach all the key points in no time.
The hotel was busy over the weekend and there was brisk foreign group movements almost on both days. The food especially the breakfast had a decent spread and a good mix, although duplication on items was visible. I liked the fact they have a child buffet charge.
The pool on the roof top was crowded and it was hot by noon. Will recommend the management to have a few more pool umbrella's as there was just one, and it was like a musical chair session with parents who were around the pool area.
The terrace grill restaurant which is operational during the dinner was just fine. The experience for sure can be better and made more innovative with the manner in which the Kebabs are served. This place is also getting extended, which will make it a better dinner dining option.
Over all if you are not keen on seeing the sea and feeling the sea breeze, then this is the best bet in Puducherry.

Room Tip: Go for the 4th floor rooms if they are available.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Vivek V
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Atithi-Pondicherry, General Manager at Hotel Atithi, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2013

Dear Mr. Vivek,

Thank you for reviewing us at TripAdvisor. We appreciate your positive comments and the suggestion regarding Pool.
We are delighted to know that you have liked the food and the services

Please do recommend us to others . We shall look forward to welcome you again at Hotel Atithi

Thank you
Amitava Roy
Area General Manager
9003043214

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Address: 126 S V Patel Salai, Pondicherry 605001, India
Location: India > Union Territory of Pondicherry > Pondicherry
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #17 of 83 Hotels in Pondicherry
Price Range: $54 - $121 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Atithi 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Atithi is set amidst the flower lined avenues of Pondicherry, a quaint town situated on the stunning shore lines of the eastern seaboard of India. Situated in close proximity to the commercial district and tourist attractions, Atithi is the perfect choice for both the corporate client and the discerning traveler. A blend of old world charm and unmistaken southern hospitality will welcome you at this charming hotel situated in a corner of the world where Mother Nature continues to hold her own. ... more   less 
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