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“Excellent Property!!! Great for a family Holiday”
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Le Pondy
Ranked #9 of 82 Hotels in Pondicherry
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 8, 2014

Stayed at Le Pondy for 4 days with my family. Enjoyed our stay immensely. We stayed in a Villa with private pool. It was truly a great experience. The room and pool were clean and well maintained. The bath and toilet is open with only curtains for privacy. Good experience though you have to be careful. The food was good. Eat at the restaurants. Room service has very limited options and is highly priced. The service was good and staff take good care of you. We had the Ayurvedic massage which was excellent. Overall an excellent property!!!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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LePondypondicherry, General Manager at Le Pondy, responded to this reviewResponded January 26, 2014

Dear Guest

Thank you very much for staying with us and we are pleased to know that you had a pleasant stay with us and enjoyed the facilities and services offered by us.

The entire Le Pondy team is happy to note that you liked the pool villa, open air bathroom, ayurveda therapies, food and services offered to you.

We thank you for posting this valuable comment in TripAdvisor and we look forward to welcome you again at Le Pondy.

Arun Raghavan
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09585551301 | gm@lepondy.com

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Reviewed January 8, 2014

I had booked for our family re union at le Pondy - 42 guests - all the guests were very happy with the resort. The rooms( lake view) were very well maintained, the entire resort was spic and span,
the food ( buffet BF,lunch and dinner) was awesome, the pool was clean and well maintained and the service was very courteous and obliging. Will strongly recommend for a get a away. Will advise to book direct with the resort and bargain for a good rate with all meals included otherwise, you may end up paying a high price. Great Place ! I do not have pics to add but it looks exactly as posted in their website. In fact, in order to be very sure, I visited the resort to ensure how it is before paying.

Room Tip: a lake view room is good enough as it has a nice balcony with a cot and a bed with a cozy chair if y...
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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LePondypondicherry, General Manager at Le Pondy, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2014

Dear Guest

Thank you for choosing Le Pondy for your family reunion and for taking time to write about your positive experience.

We are glad to hear that every aspect of the stay was to your liking including general ambiance of the resort, lake view room and the Olympic size swimming pool. Thank you for appreciating the hospitality, efficiency of our staff and cuisine served in our restaurant. Your feedback will go a long way in motivating us to continue to exceed the expectations of our guests.

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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Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for our anniversary. Splendid rooms and awesome surroundings, very tastefully designed and built. Clean private beach and pool. Friendly staff. Buffet breakfast was just average and they need to do something about the flies in the restaurant area.

Location is a major compromise since its far from main town and for couples you need your own car or taxi to get to this place since its located well inside a deviation from the main road.

I chose the ayurveda massage very neatly done but facial service was a disappointment believe they have time limits on service so my lady attender took long time in the massage and cut short on facial.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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LePondypondicherry, General Manager at Le Pondy, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2014

Dear Guest

On behalf of Le Pondy team, I’d like to thank you for choosing our resort for your wedding anniversary and for taking time to write about your experience.

We are happy to read that you liked the ambiance of the resort, lay out of rooms, private beach and the friendly and attentive staff. 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
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09585551301 | gm@lepondy.com

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Reviewed January 6, 2014

Le pondy has a great location away from the main town , near the beach and a large sprawling property with a pool Rooms are decent without being grand . However, the food service is very poor and the poor quality of the food is matched only by the lack of variety . The hotel recognized it's shortcomings and apparently measures are being implemented in late January ( a bit late for us though!!)

Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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LePondypondicherry, General Manager at Le Pondy, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2014

Dear Guest

Thank you for choosing Le Pondy for your recent stay at Pondicherry. It was a pleasure hosting you and we are delighted to note that you liked the location of our resort.Le Pondy is lounged at an estuary between Chunnambar River and the Bay of Bengal, landscaped with beautiful lawns and garden. We have noted your suggestion and we assure you that we would work on it and delight you with a gourmet fare on your next visit.

Again, we thank you for opting to stay with us. We look forward to serving you and pamper you with our services.

Arun Raghavan
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09585551301 | gm@lepondy.com

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Reviewed January 4, 2014

A recent visit to Le Pondy reminded me of the age old saying that ‘First impression is the last impression’ and I must say that in this case the first impressions were simply perfect!!

The day leading to my first visit to Le Pondy was quite rough. This was new year eve and I along 3 of my friends and our families were looking for some outdoor fun at Pondicherry. All of us were pretty tired and hopeless after visiting 2 or 3 places around Pondicherry due to overcrowding everywhere. We were about to end our trip, when one of my friend suggested that we should have lunch at Le Pondy and then move on. This way we will get to know the place for our next trip and may be have some fun away from maddening crowd at other places.

We reached Le Pondy around 1.00 PM, just in time to address our growling stomachs :) As we left the Cuddalore highway towards Le Pondy, one thing was for sure, the place seemed to be built somewhere inside a village, meaning probably less of crowd :) still we were keeping our fingers crossed. We zigged thru the village road to reach a dusty parking slot just outside a small entrance, we couldn’t spot any valet parking and the entrance was nothing to talk about considering that we were standing in front of a beach resort. But then as they say ‘never judge a book by its cover’, so we marched inside and the whole scenario changed.

Inside there was lush greenery and a superb peaceful atmosphere. We could see small cottages leading up to the reception. We thought of having a go around the property before heading to the restaurant. I must say that everything on the property was thoughtfully done. For us after a long, tiring day it was like oasis in the desert.

After a short trip, we reached restaurant which was located overlooking the pool and the open garden beyond it. The food was as splendid as the view. For the next hour or so, it was just food on our mind and nothing else :) We opted for buffet, the spread was nice and elaborate (both veg and non-veg) to address our taste buds. The buffet pricing was really good, totally Value for Money (VFM). If there is one word to explain my food experience, it is YUM!!

Wait…..it’s not the end…..best part is yet to come :) After that heavy lunch I decided to take a stroll with my wife across the garden we were looking at, and there was the surprise; a gate leading up to the beach, clean, clear and crowd free :) I couldn’t have asked for a better end to our holiday. The beach is as good as private beach, the shore line extends as long as you can see, however, there was no crowd in resort front. We spent almost 2 hours soaking in wonderful experience and decided on the spot that we are coming back for a long holiday here ASAP :)

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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LePondypondicherry, General Manager at Le Pondy, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2014

Dear Guest

Thank you very much for finding time to review Le Pondy.

We are happy to note that you liked the Resort ambience, private beach and the culinary delicacies served in our ‘SMAAK ’ restaurant.

The team and I look forward to welcoming you back to Le Pondy for a longer visit and hearing from you again.

Arun Raghavan
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09585551301 | gm@lepondy.com

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Reviewed December 31, 2013

We spent 4 nights at the hotel. We were 3 couples travelling with kids.

The Property
The Hotel is very well laid out. It is directly on a beach and has private access to the same. The beach is very clean and is perfect for viewing sun rises. There are large gardens and a small play area for children in the age group of 2 to 8 years. This was an instant hit with our kids.The swimming pool is large and the located right near the beach. In the evening there is a nice breeze blowing through this area.

Room
The room is very well laid out though basic in amenities. The best feature of the room is a large sit-out which is very comfortable and ideal also for sitting around with friends in the evenings.

Location
The hotel is a stand alone hotel with nothing in the immediate vicinity. The city of Pondicherry is about 20 minutes drive from the hotel. At Pondicherry ofcourse you can get everything.

Service
The service of the hotel is the prompt and courteous. With kids, we ordered room service quite often and every time, the food was delivered promptly. The front office staff is also very friendly and always willing to help. Even late at night when there was a need for some medicines urgently, a person from their team took us to a chemist a few minutes away to get the requried medicines.

Housekeeping
This is by far the biggest downfall. The day we checked in, the room was a bit dirty and when I asked for additional towels, the towels that were sent to me very shockingly dirty. The next day I asked for change of linen and after that things were ok. However this is an area for improvement.

Food
Food too is not very great. The basic Indian food is good but beyond that there are limited options. Breakfast spread is quite large but again the quality can be improved.

Activities
Other than swimming pool and Play areas, the hotel also has a pool table, a table tennis table and an ATV for rides on the beach

Overall we very much enjoyed our stay at the hotel and would recommend this to everyone.

Room Tip: For the Lake View Rooms, try and avoid room numbers 135, 134,133 as these are very near the kitchen...
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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LePondypondicherry, General Manager at Le Pondy, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2014

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.

I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the private beach, swimming pool, kids play area and liked the ambiance of the resort. We have also noted your suggestions and very strong and positive steps will be taken to see that the property is elated to your expectations.

We express our gratitude towards your comments about the service of our staff and thank you for recommending our resort to others.

The entire team at Le Pondy is looking forward to welcoming you back very soon.

Arun Raghavan
Resort Manager
09585551301 | gm@lepondy.com

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Reviewed December 31, 2013

Stayed in a luxury pool villa for 3 nights till 20 dec(sorry for a delayed review). beautifull place with the beach being the USP(me bring from the midlands), private no hussle, no vendors, no chaos... just you and the lovedones and the vast beach. The room its self has a bit of a dutch swagger init. poolside dining table and the well thought of showers were good. May be having some way of warming up the water in the pool would have made experience even richer. service was good - salim was the employee i met at the reception and that is the only name i knew from stay there, there few niggles and he sorted it for us. The food was ok, liked way the chef came out looking to see if the guests were enjoying their food. my kid was bit sick towards the end (staying in pool too long) staff were couteous and went out of way to help us. Wify access was the other issue, but im told they plans to improve it.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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LePondypondicherry, General Manager at Le Pondy, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2014

Dear Guest

Thank you for taking time to write this review. We are happy to read that you had an excellent stay at Le Pondy.

As pointed out by you, we are indeed located right on the beach which is private and secure. We are happy to note that you liked the décor and comfort of the room, food served in our SMAAK restaurant and the courteous staff. I'll make sure to pass it on to Salim and the entire team.

Along with my team, I look forward to welcoming you back to Le Pondy in the very near future.

Arun Raghavan
Resort Manager
09585551301 | gm@lepondy.com

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Additional Information about 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 Family Hotel in Pondicherry
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Pondicherry
#4 Luxury Hotel in Pondicherry
#6 Business Hotel in Pondicherry
#6 Romantic Hotel in Pondicherry
Price Range: $92 - $386 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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