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Where to Stay in Pondicherry – 5 Fantastic Accommodations

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Travelers who have had the chance to visit Goa will find that Pondicherry’s atmosphere is in complete contrast to what is often considered the primary beachside destination of India.

In Pondy, or what is officially now known as Puducherry, you’ll feel an almost spiritual aura all around, be it because of its Franco-Tamil heritage or the way Pondicherry is, a charming sleepy town with a unique personality.

Hotels in Pondicherry are an extension of its character, places where you get to appreciate its distinct architecture, eccentric ethos, and outstanding hospitality.

Villa Helena

Villa Helena is a wonderful place to stay in Pondicherry for tourists on a budget or those who prefer a traditional abode with a tranquil environment. The residence is close to the sea and is walking distance from plenty of must-visit destinations in Pondy.

Inside, Villa Helena is a subtle yet beautifully airy space dotted with period furniture to relax. The rooms are simple in appearance, with subdued color schemes, en-suite bathrooms, and air-conditioning. Breakfast is typically a part of your room charge, and the guesthouse has a lovely little patio restaurant serving tapas and local delicacies.

Address: No. 13, Bussy St, White Town, Puducherry, 60500

Gratitude

Gratitude is a gorgeous white and yellow heritage building in White Town, Pondicherry that welcomes guests for an unwinding sojourn in a quiet corner of the city. “Not a hotel,” Gratitude promotes itself as a guesthouse with nine rooms.

Unlike other places to stay in Pondicherry, Gratitude does have a few house rules. These include wearing “indoor footwear” as soon as you enter the property and unpacking luggage for stays longer than two days to specific child policies that exclude “noisy” children. The perfect getaway for couples, the rooms are incredibly pretty, have a homely décor, and come with standard amenities except for TVs. Travelers planning on booking Gratitude should consider it as a homestay and can thus expect a more immersive vacation.

Address: 52, Romain Rolland St, White Town, Puducherry, 605001

Le Pondy Beach Resort

With both lake and sea-facing rooms, Le Pondy is one of Pondicherry’s more prominent properties that cater to couples, families, and large groups. As a luxury resort, it offers guests multiple facilities, from having a beach nearby and Ayurveda spa options to an activities lounge, large swimming pool, and banqueting halls.

Adding to the overall appeal of Le Pondy are its rooms, especially the luxury and presidential villas, which have private pools and various living and lounging areas. Completing the package is Le Pondy’s multi-cuisine restaurant that whips up delicious dishes made with fresh ingredients throughout the day. Guests in search of a celebratory dinner can also book a private gazebo for a memorable night.

Address: No.3, Lake View Road, Nallvadu, Post, Pudukuppam, Puducherry 605007

Maison Perumal

Very few hotels in India can boast of having an attractiveness like the one that exudes from every corner of Maison Perumal. Guests staying here quickly become a part of its 130-year old heritage that speaks of Pondicherry’s lively and vibrant culture. Based in the city’s Tamil Quarters, Maison Perumal is a real hidden gem and a delight for anyone staying in it.

The rooms at Maison Perumal have an unassuming aura about them, be it the old-style furniture, a sense of openness, or the terracotta flooring. That is not to say they are devoid of contemporary comforts as one will find TVs, air-conditioners, coffee makers, and laundry service in each one of them. The hotel has a lovely in-house restaurant, although, for a fun experience, try a cooking class or take their tour that includes visiting a local market with the resident chef.

Address: 44, 58, Perumal Koil St, Heritage Town, Puducherry, 605001

La Villa

Located a short hop away from the famous Pondicherry Promenade, La Villa is a boutique hotel with an intimate charm. The six-suite property has a rooftop swimming pool and a vintage appeal that juxtaposes handsomely with its chic interiors. Keeping many of its original architectural features intact, La Villa is an excellent choice for couples wanting to be near the main tourist attractions, yet have a quiet space for themselves to retire after sightseeing in Pondicherry.

Breakfast at La Villa is served in its courtyard, and the hotel has several cozy nooks to spend the day with a book or whispering sweet nothings to your loved one. Facilities at La Villa include en-suite bathrooms, desks, air-conditioning, TVs, free Wi-Fi, and free parking.

Address: 11, Surcouf St, White Town, Puducherry, 605001

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