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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Le Pondy

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Le Pondy
Ranked #8 of 74 Hotels in Pondicherry
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Bangalore
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7 reviews
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“Nice resort”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013

I was there for a company off-site in early 2013. I shared a cottage with a colleague. It was large, very comfortable and stylish. Room service was nice. The food was very good. There was a nice large lawn, banquet hall, a pool-side dining area, and a small private beach which were all very good for us. There were also some spa facilities but we didn't use those. Some cottages were larger and had private pools - which we spent a lot of time in. We also found a little snake in the shrubs, but I guess that kind of thing can happen when you go to a 'nature'-themed resort.
All in all, a very nice place - but I felt it was a bit over-priced and not quite the '5-star luxury resort' we'd heard so much about.

Room Tip: Try and get a cottage with a sea view and close to the pool and dining area. All are good, though.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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LePondypondicherry, General Manager at Le Pondy, responded to this review, November 4, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you so much for sharing your experience at Le Pondy Resort on TripAdvisor.

We are glad to hear that every aspect of the stay was to your liking including large and spacious room, lush green lawns, private beach, food served in our pool side restaurant and the services offered by us.

Thank you for staying with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in near future.

Arun Raghavan
Resort Manager
09585551301 | gm@lepondy.com
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

Being an architect by profession i was impressed by the infrastructure, the way they have managed to offer a very rustic ambience. the location is very unique with the presence of a water body on both sides...an ocean and a back water. The rooms are spacious and lovely.
The food is a bit average though.

Room Tip: Select the sea facing room .It is the best.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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LePondypondicherry, General Manager at Le Pondy, responded to this review, November 2, 2013
Dear Guest

It was a pleasure to have you staying with us and I would like to sincerely thank you for taking the time to write a review on your stay.

Receiving positive comments about the architecture of our resort from an architect is very special and our management is delighted to note that their efforts were well appreciated.

Thank you once again for the review and we look forward to welcoming you back in near future.

Arun Raghavan
Resort Manager
09585551301 | gm@lepondy.com
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

stayed there last month. Good hotel, very well maintained. close to the sea. Food is also very good. the rooms are goods but very bare furniture wise. The swimming pool is good. the staff are helpful. Overall the resort is very good is a little distance from the city.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Siraj H
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LePondypondicherry, General Manager at Le Pondy, responded to this review, November 2, 2013
Dear Guest

Let me take the opportunity to thank you for taking the time to share your appreciation towards our resort.

I am delighted to read through your review and knowing that we have managed to deliver a great experience for you. We very much appreciate your gracious comments about the food, our facilities and the services offered.

Thank you for choosing Le Pondy for your recent vacation, and we look forward to welcome you back in the near future.

Arun Raghavan
Resort Manager
09585551301 | gm@lepondy.com
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

My husband & I decided to book a weekend stay with Le Pondy, a quiet resort located a little further from Pondicherry. It's a good 4-5 kms from the main city and not very accessible by public transport. But if you have your own transport, this should be no problem at all.

We had booked a Lake View Room and checked in on a Saturday afternoon. It's a vast, open & airy property with a gorgeous lake on one side and the sea on the other. The first thing that strikes you, is that this is a very big resort!

The reception was very courteous and warm. We were tempted to check the Presidential Pool Villa during check in. He was smart enough to identify our inclination & gave us a good deal. And that was the beginning of an unbelievable & exotic dream holiday!

The private pool was surprisingly large and flanked on each side by a roofed pool deck and an adorable open kitchenette. It was extremely well planned to give you maximum privacy. For all those who are shy about getting into a public pool, this is the place to go!

The rooms were large and spacious with all the amenities that one needs. The real shocker was the open air bathroom! It took me a while to get used to it but once you do it really is something you won't forget in a while.

Now comes the slight con - the food. After all this preamble, our expectations about the food was sky high. Especially about the Sea Food. But the food was strictly average. It lacked any particular punch or taste or flavour. Mind you, it wasn't bad. It was much better than any unhealthy and oily mess. Infact all their food had minimal oil. But it truely lacked flavour. The Kerala Style Prawn Curry and Ghee Rice was disappointing. But simple food like Sandwiches and Salads were quite good. They ended our trip with a complementary cake for our anniversary. A good way to say bye :)

Overall the Presidential Pool Villa gets a big thumbs up! They have two kinds btw, Presidential & Luxury Pool Villa. If you are a couple looking for a quiet time or a big family with kids, Le Pondy is a great place to be near Chennai but be cut off at the same time!

Room Tip: Pool Villas are the best!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank AnuradhaNR
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LePondypondicherry, General Manager at Le Pondy, responded to this review, November 2, 2013
Dear Guest

It was a pleasure to have you staying with us and I would like to sincerely thank you for taking the time to write such a comprehensive review on your stay.

We are happy to note that you liked the general ambiance of the resort, Presidential pool villa and the open air bathroom.We have noted your suggestion regarding food and our chef’s have worked out a new menu with varieties of dishes palatable for all, which you can experience and appreciate on your next visit.

Thank you once again for the feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back in near future.

Arun Raghavan
Resort Manager
09585551301 | gm@lepondy.com
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Bangalore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

Stayed in Le Pondy for 3 nights (one night in Lake view and 2 nights in Pool Villa), we loved the every moment at resort.. Here are my positives
- Excellent staff (especially executive housekeeper for pool villa)
- Excellent spa (according to my wife, she had best spa experience of her life, SUMI (her therapist) was amazing, she ended up taking treatment from SUMI for 2-3 days)
- Pool Villa is like dream house, size of pool was good enough to have swim and fun together)
- Private and clean beach
- well maintained garden/greenery

Negatives
- Lake view room has no lake view :)
- Food choices are limited and food quality is average (buffet is average)
- Booking experience was very bad ( had to do multiple followups with reservation team, got different price for same villa (one through reservation office and one through online), It was very frustrating

Room Tip: Try Pool Villa-
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Praveen S
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LePondypondicherry, General Manager at Le Pondy, responded to this review, November 2, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for staying with us and for sparing your valuable time to post your review on Tripadvisor.

We are glad to know that you have enjoyed our amenities and impressed with our hospitality especially that of Ms. Sumi who shall certainly be complimented for her effort. We have also noted your points and forwarded the same to the concerned departments for taking strong and positive steps to assure greater satisfaction for our guests in the future.

Thank you for staying with us and I look forward to having you back at Le Pondy

Arun Raghavan
Resort Manager
09585551301 | gm@lepondy.com
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

I always think a swimming pool in a house as my son is very found as I m. We are luckily to get the pool villa as all are booked we checked in 5 pm and entered in a private pool and enjoyed a lot it's made a hungry and what we got is a complimentary dinner which Is ok with the red fine. Morning after completing breakfast which was again ok don't expect too much we went to play area where chess,caram,table tennis,pool table are just kept floor was not clean they started as we entered the area in short all messed up. Then we back to room in pool with my son I enjoyed a lot.
When u pay u expect too much they are not that much good in service and food but they have a very good property definitely with nearby beach.

Room Tip: Pool villa room is my choice rest rooms are same if u want to try beach view that is nearby pool and...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Rahul B
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LePondypondicherry, General Manager at Le Pondy, responded to this review, October 26, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you for staying with us and for sparing your valuable time to write a review on TripAdvisor.

We are happy to note have you liked the layout of our pool villa and you have thoroughly enjoyed the pool facility along with your son. With regards to the shortcomings you’ve experienced during your stay at our Resort, the issues have been highlighted to the respective departments and we are improving our service to assure greater satisfaction for our guests in the future.

Your review has been very helpful for us to continue improving our quality service and we look forward to have you stay with us in the future.

Arun Raghavan
Resort Manager
09585551301 | gm@lepondy.com
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

Had been to Le Pondy for a couple of days, with my wife and two kids. The ambiance was really good, We had taken the Luxury pool Villa, was really worth it, since there is nothing much to do in the city, we enjoyed every minute @ the resort. The beach was really clean, and safe, the villa and the private pool were impeccably maintained.
The food was Okay types, the spread was really good, but the food was a bit of let down, compared to their service. All the staff were very friendly and helpful at all times.
Overall it was a great experience. Worth the two nights.

Room Tip: All the villas are private, hence there is no view of either the sea nor the lake, the rooms have a...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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LePondypondicherry, General Manager at Le Pondy, responded to this review, October 20, 2013
Dear guest

First and foremost we would like to convey our thanks that you have taken the time to make a comment of your stay at Le Pondy.

We are very pleased to hear that you have enjoyed your time with us and are glad to receive your appreciative review concerning the resort ambiance, pool villa, private beach and the service. Thank you also for your kind words about our staff which is a real source of motivation for us.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon.

Arun Raghavan
Resort Manager
09585551301 | gm@lepondy.com
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Property: Le Pondy
Address: No.3,Lake View Road,Pudukuppam | Nallvadu Post, Pondicherry 605007, India
Location: India > Union Territory of Pondicherry > Pondicherry
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Pondicherry
#3 Family Hotel in Pondicherry
#3 Luxury Hotel in Pondicherry
#6 Romantic Hotel in Pondicherry
#6 Business Hotel in Pondicherry
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Pondy 5*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Le Pondy, situated at Pondicherry is a premium leisure resort beautifully lounged at an estuary between Chunnambar River and the Bay of Bengal. Le Pondy celebrates Pondicherry in all its true sense - the spirit, the architecture and the revelry. Pondicherry is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India. It is also known as The French Riviera of the East. ... more   less 
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