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Aurodhan Heritage Guest House
Ranked #39 of 151 Pondicherry B&B and Inns
Bengaluru, India
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Be prepared to be 'cheated'”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

I agree with one of the earlier reviewers, be careful of 'bait and switch. Two of the reviewers already complained and I am the third. They will show you one room on the internet while booking and when you turn up there they will switch you to another. Their 1st property is really good which is why the high ratings from those who got them, but those who got cheated and were given the 2nd property would have given a very low rating. The 2nd property is in the middle of a very filthy locality where you cant even open your window. The house is surrounded by garbage dumps all around and there are open sewers flowing around it. The hospitality there is very poor and service quality extremely low.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Paris, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2012

Aurodhan Gallery is a very pleasant guesthouse, in a peaceful area. The place has a very specific atmosphere, and the bedroom are particularly comfortable (good beds, air conditionning, beautiful view, etc...).
The guesthouse owner is called Lalit and plays an important role in the local cultural life, by organizing concerts and cultural events in a garden very close to the guesthouse. These events are an excellent way to discover typical Indian shows!
I ve been travelling all over South India for 15 days and Aurodhan Gallery was definitely the best adress of the trip!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 11, 2012

perfectly clean, very friendly place
big rooms and king size beds
I LOVED IT and definitely recommend it
Lalit Verma is an amazing host and he also owns also have an art gallery and a beautiful garden where great indian artists perform in a very intimate atmosphere. The guest house is located near Sri Aurobindo's ashram, a must see in Pondicherry. The guest house is a heritage hotel dating from the colonial era. Best place to stay in Pondicherry!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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2 Thank JERRAFLORE
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Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed October 6, 2012

Aurodhan guesthouse has only great features: the rooms are very clean, the staff is friendly, you just feel at home here: I spent 5 days here and was very sad to leave. Great breakfast, great location in the city. The guesthouse is linked to the Aurodhan art gallery, which is one of the finest of Pondicherry, and with anotre guesthouse belonging to the owner of Aurodhan, where cultural and musical events are organized in a very intimate and beautiful garden. I fully recommend Aurodhan for your stay!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Bengaluru, India
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed December 26, 2011

Booked a room through their web site where you can select a particular room. One day later received a message from the manager that the chosen room has been blocked for another guest. They offered me a much more expensive room (3800 instead of 2800).
When asking back why they display unavailable rooms on their web site as being available, the manager responded that the it is a management decision that the rates are 1000 more during this particular season and that the website is under repair and has an update problem!!!???

Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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London
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed October 24, 2011

Good location, friendly staff, good room off the rooftop courtyard, good breakfast. As this is also an art gallery there are interesting pictures everywhere.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed January 9, 2011

We booked this B/B by looking at their website and requested specific rooms as per thier listings. Hotel insisted on getting full advance and we obliged as it was peak travelling season in Puducherry. The hotel refused to confirm receipt of advance inspite of several requests,
When we arrived at the Hotel the owner Lalit Verma switched us from the booked site of the hotel to some really dirty horrible hole in the wall guest house, which was not part of the deal. There was no power through out the night and no back up generator either, leaving us to deal with the mosquitoes and the sultry night.

A word of caution for would be travellers to be wary of this place's sharp unethical practices.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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7 Thank kolkatacool
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Property: Aurodhan Heritage Guest House
Address: 33 Aurodhan Heritage Guest House Rue Francois Martin Street | Kuruchikuppam, Pondicherry 605001, India
Location: India > Union Territory of Pondicherry > Pondicherry
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Ranked #39 of 151 B&Bs / Inns in Pondicherry
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Number of rooms: 27
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