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“An absolute gem of a hotel”
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Villa Shanti
Ranked #4 of 82 Hotels in Pondicherry
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Reviewed April 18, 2012

My family and I stayed for five nights at Villa Shanti in April 2012. It was a wild card booking for us as we had long been planning to visit Pondicherry and were aiming to stay at Hotel de l'Orient or Hotel Dupleix. But then, on Trip Advisor, we saw more favourable reviews for the newly opened Villa Shanti and decided to take a gamble. From the moment I contacted Villa Shanti by email, the service was excellent. The very friendly Thamimul quickly arranged our reservation and booked a taxi to collect us from Chennai airport at the ungodly hour of 3:30 am, when our flight got in from London. The taxi was easy and took two and a half hours at a cost of 3500 rupees. We had not booked the night before and arrived at 7:15 am. The hotel staff were incredibly kind in letting us check straight into our room at no extra charge: an amazing gesture and a welcome one, since we could barely stand up by that point. The room was spotlessly clean and was kept spotlessly clean by housekeeping the whole time we were there. The hotel is petite, fresh, modern, light, relaxing and reminded us at times variously of hotels in Los Angeles/ Miami and also of riads we have stayed in when visiting Morocco (Villa Shanti's rooms all open Moroccan style onto a lavishly green courtyard where breakfast and dinner are served). Our room was simple, with gorgeous tiling and beautifully furnished. The bed was very comfortable, with immaculately clean bedding. The hotel set up what I can only describe as the most elegant and stylish child bed we had ever seen: a small wooden bed painted a gorgeous colour. The shower was excellent: powerful and refreshing. The hotel, apparently came about when two previous properties: Villa Helena and Shanti guesthouse were bought and combined and beautifully designed and converted by a pair of French architects. The conversion is stunning: every detail was thought through and the finish on the building is outstanding. The hotel staff are all very friendly and respect both your space and privacy: they achieve the amazing effect of making you feel as though Villa Shanti is temporarily your home. Along with Thamimul, two very friendly female managers were always on reception and effortlessly arranged trips to Auroville and a nearby temple dedicated to the god Hanuman. Breakfast was delicious and flexible: baskets of French baguette and pastries, served with fresh fruit and excellent coffee. The two men who served breakfast were exceptionally easy going and kind and always generous. When I mentioned that when we travel, my wife and I love to eat what locals eat, they bent over backwards to have the chef prepare a different South Indian breakfast each morning: introducing us to the delights of Poori and Pongal. We had lunch and dinner at various local heritage hotels while we were there, such as Maison Perumal (very good), Hotel Dupleix (not very good), Hotel De L' Orient (okay) and none of them serve food as delicious as the food the chef prepares at Villa Shanti. Even La Caravelle at Maison Rouge, which serves very good food, could not touch Villa Shanti. We had three dinners at Villa Shanti and they were all very, very good: freshly prepared food, good service and a lovely atmosphere. The hotel is well placed for seeing the best of Pondicherry on Rue Suffren, a few minutes walk from Maison Rouge/ La Caravelle, Hotel Dupleix and a short walk or rickshaw ride from the Manakula Temple (where Lakshmi the elephant blesses people with a trunk kiss to their heads), Aurobindo ashram (a beautiful place to visit), Immaculate Conception cathedral on Mission Street (enchanting: almost Mexican in its colours), the frenetic shopping fever of Nehru street and the seafront promenade. The hotel also has chairs and tables set up on the various floors, outside rooms and we enjoyed quite a few teas sitting up outside our room overlooking the courtyard. The bar/ cafe area has a large selection of magazines for guests to enjoy: a nice touch we've only ever experienced before while staying at Andre Balazs' Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles. At the end of our five night stay, we were sad to leave: Pondicherry is an enchanting town and Villa Shanti is an enchanting base from which to explore it.

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 9 which we loved.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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segiyane, Owner at Villa Shanti, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2012

Dear Sir

Thank you for your comments wich will help us to upgrade the product and maintain the quality.
We would like to thank you for the time you spent writing this beautifull comments and hope to see you again one of these days.

Best Regards

Ségiyane Sylvain PAQUIRY
Managing Director
VILLA SHANTI

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Reviewed April 3, 2012

We had an absolutely marvelous stay at Villa Shanti. The hotel is brand new and the facilities are top class, but what made the place really special was the friendly and attentive staff. Nothing was too much trouble. The hotel is well situated in the heart of the French quarter and the rooms are spacious, spotlessly clean and cool. The breakfast is delicious - eggs, fresh bread, different pastries and fruit each morning. The evening meals in the hotel restaurant are also excellent with a great base menu and different daily specials. The bar serves excellent mojitos! We would definitely stay here again next time we are in Pondicherry.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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segiyane, Owner at Villa Shanti, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2012

Dear Madam / Sir

Thank you for your comments on our tripadvisor page as it will helpus maintain the quality and ugrade the product.
I will share this with our wonderfull staff and especially Mr Saravanan.

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PAQUIRY Ségiyane Sylvain
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VILLA SHANTI

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Reviewed February 6, 2012

This is our second stay in Pondicherry, and Villa Shanti is easily the best place we've been to!! We were lucky enough to find this place on the end of our honeymoon, and although we have been to bigger & more "famous" hotels, this one is definitely our favourite! It's reasonnably priced for the quality offered. A great way of ending a trip in India...
Staff is qualified, very helpful, friendly but discret. Food is just amazing (breakfast beats any we've had in over 2 months in India). The rooms are nicely and tastefully done, a good mix of authentic and modern touch. The restaurant is also great. Just wish we could have stayed longer!!
Some romms were still being finished when we were there (Presidential & Terrace suites). Looking forward to come back!!

Room Tip: The junior suite is amazing for just a little extra
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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segiyane, Owner at Villa Shanti, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2012

Dear Madam / Sir

I would like to thank you for posting your comments on tripadvisor page. It will helpu us maintain the quality and upgrade the product.
I will share this comment with our wonderfull staff

Best Regards

PAQUIRY Ségiyane Sylvain
Managing director
VILLA SHANTI

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Reviewed January 30, 2012

Fabulous hotel !!! Stayed here in January with family and friends and didnt want to leave. The hotel is stunning and the rooms are very spacious and light. Good air conditioning and a fan. The hotel is very new and lots more facilities are being added. The staff are amazing, nothing is too much trouble. Its very quiet and peacefull, no outside noise until morning when theres just a little from the road but you can hardly here it. food was brilliant, best english tea !!! I would definately return and reccommend to others.

Room Tip: all rooms are fabulous
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Room Tip: La que nos alojaron, en la parte alta, muy silenciosa .
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  • Stayed: September 2017, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: July 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 5, 2017
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  • Stayed: August 2017, traveled as a couple
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Address: 14 Rue Suffren Street, Pondicherry 605001, India
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Location: India > Union Territory of Pondicherry > Pondicherry
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 82 Hotels in Pondicherry
Price Range: $111 - $209 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Villa Shanti 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The latest Heritage hotel of Pondicherry. Located in the hearth of the old French town, near the business area, in front of State bank of India, close to the seaside and the Aurobindo Ashram, this old 19th-century house has been renovated and a new contemporary wing has been added. With its clean lined interiors, craftsmanship, woodwork, Villa Shanti brings you a new experience in town. ... more   less 
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