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Aadhaar Guesthouse
Ranked #8 of 155 Pondicherry B&B and Inns
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

I had not chosen this place when I planned my trip as I was hung-up on something in the heart of city and so took an older guest house, Swades from the same ownner. Towards the end of my 5-day stay, post an early supper I decided to have a look, for my reference and end up kicking myself for not going for it. Given the fact that Pondy is such a compact city, the access too heritage town did not seem an issue which seemed to have been behind my decision not to opt for it. The place is brand-new building with spacious and well-constructed and fitted apartments and rooms. What really blew me off was the spectacular veiws the place offers at such a price. Great place for large groups. Given the nature of neighbourhood the place guarantees privacy and peace. The view of lighthouse and port was a real treat. The decor- re-used vintage doors, stained-glass lighting, french windows, bollywood posters from Bombay's Chor Bazar, the roof-top solarium, etc. are quirky and reflect the owner's invidual personality. All in all a great and value-for-money place for people who treasure own space- Lots of it.

Room Tip: Unless you want to rest and soak in the view of the bay you should get a bicycle. If you area bunc...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

I had an excellent 2 night stay at aadhaar guest house, was definately an excellent decision. The place is beautify, nice big rooms & large beds, nice breezy balcony with a view of the sea & the light house. The rooms have Turkish lamps & tainted French windows. Clean room n bath.
The terrace sit out was beautiful & the smaller sit out on the roof was nice to sip on some wine n enjoy fried fish.
Also the host Ilyas was very kind & hospitable. Great place n defiantly a must stay at in pondi.

Room Tip: ask for the 2nd floor sea facing, altho the sea is far its breezy
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2012

The Aardhaar guest house is owned by Ilyas and Arifa, the same lovely people who own the well-reviewed Swades guest house, and true to form they have put enormous effort into creating a comfortable and attractive place to stay. Stylish touches and attention to detail are everywhere, and Ilyas proudly showed me his innovations when I arrived. Some of these include: lovely stained glass detailing in the light, spacious and cheerful rooms, attractive and solid furniture throughout, netting on the windows, rooms with open balconies looking out towards the sea or the neighbouring palmeraie, an open bathroom where you can perform your morning ablutions with the birds overhead and a view of the sea, (all the rooms have traditional closed bathrooms too,) a shared open roof terrace with kitchen, fans and optional AC, comfy beds with two sheets each! (usually in India only one is provided,) free wifi with multiple routers so that the whole building is covered, and modern and efficient electrics. Ilyas has even created extra windows simply so that you can use the private bathrooms whilst looking out over the view.
If there is a down side it is that the guest house is sited fifteen minutes walk from the town centre, but if you really don't want to walk, a rickshaw at tourist rate is only going to cost you 50rs, and frankly, for the views and the tranquility, (I woke to bird song every morning,) it is worth the small extra effort, and you will find the people of Pondy cheerful and happy to chat, especially if you speak French.
Rooms cost from 1200rs to 2000rs

  • Stayed: February 2012
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Reviewed February 2, 2012

I took a room in Aadhaar because most other places were full. But I ended up staying 11 days because it's comfortable, has the facilities I needed, and the owner is warm and inviting, making sure you have everything you need.

My original booking in Pondicherry fell through (I made it online via a different hotel's website form, only to arrive to be told that I shouldn't have used the web form because it never works. So why have it at all?), and I stayed a night in Coramandal Heritage Hotel. I was not impressed by the quality of the rooms or the facilities there.

Ilyas, the owner, was full at his original property, so he suggested this, his new guesthouse. It has ocean views (also views of the lighthouse, both are a little ways away, but they're still delightful to look at, especially from the roof and the shared kitchen & dining area!), a shared refrigerator, toaster and microwave, and wifi Internet access from the ground floor patio area. The location is a little bit away from the center of town, which is fantastic because at night it was quiet and peaceful. And you get ocean views!

The building is brand new, so concrete that may get stained eventually was spotless, sparklingly clean, and fresh. I had brand-new bathroom fixtures, great water pressure -- and my single fan room w/private bath was only 1000 rupees AND had its own balcony with ocean view! For India, 1000 rupees is a bit high for a budget traveler like me, but for Pondicherry, it's quite reasonable, especially with kitchen and wifi included.

If I had two complaints, it would be 1) that the shared kitchen area really needs an electric or gas burner, so I could cook more than just microwave foods. Still, though, that included soups, rice w/soy protein chunks, poached and hard-boiled eggs, mashed potatoes (with delicious Auroville cheese -- look for it at Nilgiris grocery store and buy it, it's fantastic!). Combined with the toaster and lots of fruit, I didn't have to eat at a restaurant once, which is good, because I think that's where I got my bad case of Delhi Belly.

And 2) the whole thing would have been an even better value and more comfortable if the wifi covered all the rooms and the shared roof area, so that you could use the Internet in your room or in the dining area. The ground floor patio worked, but it wasn't convenient, and in the evening the mosquitoes down there were ferocious in both quantity and quality.

Overall, though, it was wonderful to have such a nice, homey place to recover from my illness and to explore Pondicherry and the nearby beaches. I rented a bicycle and rode up to Repo and Serenity beaches north of town. It was an hour's ride, but well worth it!

The best thing about Aadhaar is the all the finishing touches. The numerous beautiful decor items -- wall hangings, paintings, sculpture, pottery -- make this seem more like home and less like a hotel.

Thank you, Ilyas. I can't wait to come back!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 1, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: May 2017, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 15, 2017
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Room Tip: La chambre avec lit à baldaquin qui donne sur la terrasse
  • Stayed: January 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 8, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: February 2017, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Aadhaar Guesthouse

Address: 11, 2nd Cross Soupamal Clovis Street | New Colas Nagar, Pondicherry 605001, India
Location: India > Union Territory of Pondicherry > Pondicherry
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 155 B&Bs / Inns in Pondicherry
Price Range: $13 - $42 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aadhaar Guesthouse is your new guesthouse, built a residential neighbourhood of Pondicherry just 800 metres south of the Old Town, two steps from the NGO Volontariat. Ideally located in a peaceful environment, without any traffic, temple, mosque or church nearby, near to the main town and far away from noise, Aadhaar guesthouse offers you the possibility to have a relaxing and pleasant stay at Pondicherry.The RoomsAll our rooms are spacious and light, beautifully decorated in a warm atmosphere. Each has a balcony where you can benefit an amazing view of a garden of bamboo, coconut and mango trees or the Bay of Bengal. For your comfort, every window, is made with mosquito nets and shutters. A particular care has been given to the lighting of the rooms: no neon in Aadhaar, but coloured hanging and wall lamps were chosen with extreme care.Every room has their own private bathroom with hot water and shelves to arrange your personal belongings.The terracesTrue place of exchange and conviviality, or relaxation and rest, the terraces of Aadhaar Guesthouse are the heart of the buildingWith a huge part covered, the main terrace is equipped with an unexpected roofless bathroom. ... more   less 
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