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1824 Khijda Sheri, Opp Jain Temple Dhal ni Pol, Opposite Astodia BRT Bus stp, Ahmedabad 380001 India
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#1 of 298 B&Bs / Inns in Ahmedabad
'French Haveli'- Experience Culture and tradition in heart of Ahmedabad old city. The 'French Haveli' is a traditional Gujarati heritage home. What makes it more exotic is the eclectic design influenced by colonial times in Ahmedabad. Staying in this beautiful restored 'Haveli' offers a unique experience in the traditional community living called 'Pol'. The history of this house goes back over 100 years, however the name is derived to commemorate the Indo-French project initiated in year 2000 to revitalize the Old City of Ahmedabad. French architects restored this Haveli and lived here. The 'French Haveli' is a Bed and Breakfast. We serve you a freshly cooked breakfast by our house help. The vegetables and ingredients are purchased from the nearby markets in the historic city centre "ManekChowk". You could go to these markets on your own by renting a bicycle parked outside French Haveli. We can help you to get local food for our approved restaurants and spread it as a exotic lunch/dinner in the lovely dining area at the 1st floor. We have a small efficient kitchen, which can be accessed with prior permission. Living in this house is to experience the Guajarati culture with comfort and luxury. The moment one enters this artistically decorated traditional Haveli, you realize how the craftsmen used space and energy effectively. The central court is open to sky, which gets in optimum air and light. This is generally the soul of all Havelis. The JHULA (traditional swing) is a place to sit and feel this building. You will get to peep down into the tanka (rain water harvesting tank, which we use as water reservoir to pump the 5 modern bathrooms). This traditional courtyard has a subtle combination of spaces flowing into the contemporary lounge, rustic kitchen and grand bathroom at the ground floor. Staying in this house you will experience privacy and yet be part of the central community space this French Haveli overlooks into. The community space has a Chabutra (bird feeder), a Jain temple and also a dilapidated Vaishnav temple (waiting to be restored). You will have the neighbourhood kids saying hello from the semi open doors (jali doors). Each room at the French Haveli has a unique feature and can ultimately be the best choice for your group depending on their needs. All rooms are air conditioned. The single rooms at the first floor of the French Haveli are the tiny jewels. The first jewel is called 'Chabutro'- means the bird feeder. Sleeping in this room is being atop a tree house or climbing the bird feeder. 'Chabutro,' located at the first floor, has a very strategic location, projecting out from the building in a way that gives it 3 sides window openings. This room has a private study at the ground floor with two doors. One door is a direct entry from the main street, which gives an advantage to come in the house directly. The other opens into the lounge and the court. This room uses the ground floor 'Blue Bathroom.' The other jewel is called 'Malo' - The Nest. This room again is unique as its one side window opens in the central court, meant to make connection to the entire house. The other wall has windows opening in the north side lane connecting the two community spaces. This room has again two doors giving access one to the lounge at 1st floor and other to the dedicated study area at 1st floor. These doors and windows help you control your experience of the space as per your need, mood or time of the day. This room has a dedicated toilet at 1st floor. Both single rooms have a comfort of large bed. Have the dedicated toilet at the same floor. The double room at the 1st floor "ORDO" is an opportunity to experience the traditional retiring rooms in the historic times of Ahmedabad. In the olden times when electricity was not available 'ORDO' was a retiring area from the families. The ORDO was typically having thick wall and small windows to beat the tropical heat. This 'ORDO' has one small window on the south wall, now air-conditioned, also has attached bath. The feature of having internal windows opening in the dining area to get fresh air from the central court can be exercised. All rooms at the 1st floor have an access to the small lounge overlooking the central court of the house on one side and the community space on the other. The suite room 'Mahajan Suite'. Mahajan - literally means 'Great Man'. This house has a history of being owned by the business community know as "Mahajan". History of Ahmedabad records that all the Mahajan community was philanthropic in nature. They along with business helped develop the community and the city. The 'Mahajan Suite' gives you luxury of a private terrace with gazebo, a private sitting and a large king size bed. The large bathroom has dress area fitted with Indian marble and traditional furniture. You have option to add an extra bed in this suite room. The 'Agaashi" - The terrace. This room with two queen beds is truly a traveller's delight, compact and airy. Its private balcony with Bougainvillea plants lets you look around the community and also examine closely the restored lime stucco on the facade. The large window when opened in central court dramatically expands the rooms and makes it bright and airy. The contemporary bathroom with the traditional 'Ghokla' makes the stay memorable for cultural travellers.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Board games / puzzles
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Chapel / shrine
24-hour check-in
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Taxi service
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Air conditioning
Bottled water
Hair dryer
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Languages Spoken
English, Hindi
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photomagpie wrote a review Nov 2021
Chennai (Madras), India53 contributions13 helpful votes
A lovingly restored haveli. Bansi the caretaker is very resourceful and makes good tea. The decor is tasteful and not over the top. Since it's in the old city the sights in that area are at a convenient distance. Since it's in an old house there is no lift and the stairs are a little steep. A few hooks in the restrooms would be useful. The hotel is located in a narrow alley in the old city so cars can't go in. If you need parking for your vehicle this may not be the best place. It's best to reach Dastur Khan's Mosque or Paththarwali Masjid and then give Bansi a call. He'll come and take you to the hotel from there.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Room Tip: The balcony room has a nice view but twin beds
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Dhanush H wrote a review Mar 2020
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This is an ideal accommodation for people looking to explore the history of old Ahmedabad. The staff are all very courteous and provided us a lot of information about things to do in and around the place.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Bootbat wrote a review Jan 2020
Queensland51 contributions18 helpful votes
Our stay at the French Haveli in Ahmedabad was way and beyond our expectations. Situated in a residential area, if time permits, you can just soak up the local ambiance. Our favourite spot was the sitting area beside the dining room, in view of the common thoroughfare and temple. Our room with balcony was great. The breakfast were filling and the dinners, which can be catered for, were home cooked meals. The staff were very accommodating and friendly. I would thoroughly recommend this Haveli and would definitely stay again.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from FrenchHaveli, Owner at French Haveli
Responded 4 Jan 2020
Dear guest Thanks for mentioning the local ambiance. One of very important aspect of the ‘world Heritage city ‘ tag which Ahmedbad recently claimed is preservation of this local way of life. You recommendation does support our work and our heritage. Best Rajiv Patel
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Dasarathi GV wrote a review Dec 2019
Bengaluru, India12 contributions4 helpful votes
The ambience - it's a beautifully restored old haveli. Looks stunning. The rooms are spotlessly clean, and so is the linen. It's like staying in your own home. It's very near the railway station and bus stand, and close to a lot of eating places. You can stay here whether you are a tourist, or have come on business. If you're on business, it's a great way to mix business with pleasure. The people managing the place are very efficient, polite and helpful. There's only a small group of people (less than 10) staying at any time, so breakfast is a cozy little affair. Everybody greets each other, gets to know each other, unlike in a large hotel where you eat alone. If you like history, heritage buildings and cozy localities with narrow streets, this is the place you must stay in. Only suggestion - the WiFi can be improved.
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Date of stay: December 2019
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Each room is different, they're all interesting.
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sandra b wrote a review Dec 2019
Leuvenheim, The Netherlands110 contributions44 helpful votes
We were suprised about this beautiful haveli, in real life it is more beautiful. Very friendly hosting and we enjoyed our view from the balcony. It was also very nice meeting other guests during breakfast. We had such good conversations. We love this place in the old area of Ahmedabad.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Upstairs with the balcony
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Response from FrenchHaveli, Owner at French Haveli
Responded 24 Dec 2019
Dear Guest Thanks for the description of the house , we agree meeting the other guest over breakfast is quiet nice. best Rajiv
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US$41 - US$71 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
IndiaGujaratAhmedabad DistrictAhmedabad
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Frequently Asked Questions about French Haveli
Which popular attractions are close to French Haveli?
Nearby attractions include Jami Masjid (0.7 km), Sidi Saiyyed Mosque (1.1 km), and Teen Darwaza (0.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at French Haveli?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at French Haveli?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to French Haveli?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mankechowk Night Eatery, Shambhus Coffee Bar, and Rajwadi Fire Pizza.
Does French Haveli have an airport shuttle?
Yes, French Haveli offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does French Haveli have airport transportation?
Yes, French Haveli offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at French Haveli?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at French Haveli?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Hindi.
Are there any historical sites close to French Haveli?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Swaminarayan Akshardham (2.0 km), Sabarmati Ashram / Mahatma Gandhi's Home (4.7 km), and Sidi Saiyyed Mosque (1.1 km).