We had the junior suite which was just gorgeous - a mix of old colonial charm and contemporary conveniences (like his and her sinks), and personal touches (individually wrapped soaps, organic ayurvedic toiletries).
Breakfast was great - some of the best croissants I've ever had (and I've traveled to many parts of France), fresh fruits, fresh fruit juice, and eggs to order. Though during the 3rd day of our stay they said they had changed the included breakfast policy to only continental, but they grandfathered us in, so we continued to receive breakfast with eggs.
Service was good - although language is a barrier, staff was pleasant, friendly, caring, and just super nice. We traveled with our 5-year old son, so this was a huge plus.
Only drawback of the junior suite - you need to climb on a stool to get onto the gorgeous bed, and that stool tends to slide on the floor easily, leading to falls, slips, and overall a hazard. We informed their architect who was in town during our stay. But other than that, we really liked the junior suite - it has a nice balcony and plenty of windows.
One thing we did miss - a pool! But then again, I enjoyed the quiet boutique nature of the hotel and the beautiful courtyard.
I've recommended this place to everyone I know!
- 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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