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Swades Guest House
Reviewed December 3, 2012

Aadhar Guest house - We went with all the expectation and werent let down at all...We stayed there for a weekend and the place was beautiful. The rooms were clean, the bathrooms huge and the balconies were amazing.The best part of this guest house was the roof top especially in the night. The cool sea breeze, the light house, the lampshades they all add loads of character to the place..Plus you get to meet different travellers from across the world, share the experience.Ilyas and Arifa were good hosts and would give you all the personal space required.
Overall we would definetly recommend this place to anyone who wants to visit Pondicherry.

Room Tip: Select the ones which faces the sea..they are beautiful.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

This guesthouse is in the Muslim quarter close to everything. It is a budget stay place but everything is clean and tidy and provides good value for money in Pondicherry.
The owner is very friendly and helpful and will do all they can to make your stay in Pondicherry a good one.
I thoroughly recommend this place to stay.

Room Tip: The road is quiet so no problems with noise, The upper level rooms looked really nice.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Good place for singles, back-packers and those who value personal space. The French national owner of Indian origin has his residence on the ground floor and is friendly, helpful yet non-interefering. Guests have independent access and own keys to the main door. Swades allows you to even entertain guests as long as they don't stay overnight. The Place has fridge and microwave so you can get your own six-packs and eatables. The hosts were nice enough to offer me coffee and tea at will. The shaded roof-top is a great place to spend lazy and sultry Pondy afternoons and and for late night chats with guests from all over. I met some really intersting people over my 5 day stay. As there was no booking for my room for the day, the owner even allowed a late check-out as my return bus was at night! As a tip I would say that do keep the owner apprised well in advance if you are arriving early morning or late night. The prices are really great and given the fact that it is in the Muslim quarter of heritage Pondy, its a walk away from everything. On the whole I had a really nice experience and was feted by some really friendly and nice people.

Room Tip: Let the owner know if you are arriving very early in the morning. AC rooms are better if you dont w...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 14, 2012

Very friendly guesthouse, in a good location to visit Pondicherry and surroundings. It is composed by 5 rooms (4 doubles and one single) and two covered terraces, that are excellent to chill out with friends or other just met travellers. I have been there for 3 weeks (2 alone and 1 in couple) and it has been a very pleasant staying, I felt as I was at home. The owners are very welcoming and they can give you a lot of useful information about where to go, what to see, how to move in Tamil Nadu. The rooms are simple, but very nice decorated and clean. They all have a window (not at all assumed in Pondicherry's guesthouses...), a fan and in some of them, paying a surcharge, there is also a/c. There are always a lot of travellers coming and going and you will never be alone, I reccomend it also for women travelling alone.

Room Tip: Both the rooms with a/c are perfect, but they are more expensive. If you want to a cheaper, airy (ma...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

I adore this guesthouse...ilyas and Arifa made me feel at so at home. They are really helpful and have great tips and addresses. I stayed two nights in a lovely room (number 1), then left to go to Auroville...but didn't like it and went back to Swades for 2 more nights. The guesthouse is really pretty and colorful and very clean. It was my favorite guesthouse along with Ganpati in Varanasi during my 2 month stay in India. Hope to go back one day. Merci Ilyas et Arifa!

Stayed: March 2012
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Reviewed April 30, 2012

We stayed at the place right across the street from Swades because Swades itself was booked. Thus the four stars, ... staying at Swades probably would have warranted 5. Ilyas and Arifa are a lovely and helpful couple. Ilyas is an amazing and fascinating fellow and conversations with him make the stay extra worthwhile. It is really the reason to stay in a guesthouse versus a "nameless" hotel. We also fell in love with that little Muslim neighborhood, which has a special charm. Ilyas was also great in organizing a few local trips for us.... Please be aware that Ilyas is flexible and always figuring out ways to get someone a room even if he has nothing at Swades. So, being loose and flexible will make your stay enjoyable. His new place out nearer to the port is beautifully done, though it is located in what will be a strange spot (behind the port) for many. If you like India in all its "Indianess" then it will be fine for you. You probably need a scooter or something to get around (and driving a scooter or motorbike in India is not for everyone).
But to reiterate, Ilyas and Arifa are great, the place(s) are totally charming, and the whole experience was something wonderful for us.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 26, 2012

The only problem I have with this place is the over friendly owner who winks at women and is a sleeze ball. Though he is harmless I wont recommend it for women who are travelling alone.

The rooms are ok - multicoloured, so are the glasses on the windows. I had an average experience.

HIghlight is free wifi.

Must stay if there is no other suitable option in the price.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled on business
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Address: Swades Guest House Thippu Sahib Street, Pondicherry 605001, India
Location: India > Union Territory of Pondicherry > Pondicherry
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 128 Specialty Lodging in Pondicherry
Price Range: $12 - $19 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Homestay Guest House located in a residential area, near to seashore and all restaurants and shops.We only have 5 rooms with attached bathroom, 2 rooftops, easychairs...We provide breakfast. Free WIFI connection. Taxi arrangements for Gingee-Tiruvanamalai, Mamallapuram, Cholas tempes road, Tanjore, Tranquebar, Chettinad, and tour around Kerala.We also arrange massage and whatever you need.Ilyas and Arifa ... more   less 

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