The de l'Orient hotel is really like someone's home with a lot of guest-rooms. The staff is friendly and they regularly interact with guests, unlike in big hotel chains, something that I really liked. The setting is that of a re-conditioned old French educational institution. The location is great too, the promenade is a brisk 5-minute walk away. We stayed in room Arcot, situated in a quiet corner of the hotel. The furniture, if not all authentic antiques, lend credence to the rustic and old charm. The bed is a tad small for two people, and to put it mildly we are not skinny :), but we managed well. The food is pretty good! Beware of mosquitoes.
Best way to go around Pondi is to rent bikes or bicycles. The reception at the hotel is able to help with such requests. Couple of gotchas- the breakfast spread is modest in comparison to what some of the more established hotels provide, and our room had no cell-phone reception or wifi signal. That basically puts you in a secluded communication-free island where only the hotel desk phone becomes your only connectivity. That said, we were able to catch the free wifi in the dining area.
I would like to thank the following people for making our stay very comfortable- Murli (hotel manager), Ravi (restaurant manager), Logan (the chef) and Anbu at the front desk. If you get to meet them, you could spend some time getting to know these wonderful people. There is not much to do in Pondi, but on the other hand, the place provides great ambiance, peace and quiet. This hotel takes nothing away, in fact builds on that strength. Uday travel's Uday is a great guy who'll help you with your local travel needs plus airport pickup/drops.
Net-net, good hotel, decent location, nice people, good food and great ambiance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only a French flirtation with India’s bewildering diversity could have produced the refined and elusive magic of ‘Pondicherry’ which contains the magic of the whole Orient in one name. Now, this French 18th-century coastal lifestyle in India is brought alive again in a home which is a virtual art gallery with etchings and hand written postcards all over its walls. Recreated in high-raftered ceilings with savonnerie rugs and easy chairs to lounge away the afternoons. Four poster beds – (one accessed by three stairs ! ) – to help you recreate your past with dreams. Savour a French mansion full of Indian warmth. Enjoy fine Creole eating where Tamil spices mix with subtle French under-statement to titillate the palates of gourmets. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel De l Orient
- De l Orient Hotel