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11 La Villa Rue Surcouf Street, Pondicherry 605001 India
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#7 of 278 hotels in Pondicherry
Luxury and Sobriety in PondicherryLA VILLA is located in the heart of the old quarter of Pondicherry called ‘the white town’, at walking distance from the main attractions.Respecting the heritage of its colonial architecture, inspired by its Pondicherien past, the original walls of the ground floor converse with the immaculate white walls, teak wood, and glass and metal of the new extension. A second birth has been given to ancient materials and techniques like centuries-year-old bricks, lime plaster, colour cement flooring, and hand made tiles from the villages of Tamil Nadu as well as local granite. Old wood from levelled houses has been reused to create elegant contemporary furniture and local handicrafts are combined with the most luxurious and sophisticated western design. Avoiding the false interpretation of the city’s heritage and the mistakes of the modern developed world, the local environment has been treated as an ally, not as an enemy.
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Property amenities
Free public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Airport transportation
Foot massage
Rooftop terrace
Car park
Rooftop pool
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Car hire
Taxi service
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Neck massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun umbrellas
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Allergy-free room
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Private balcony
Room service
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Tile / marble floor
Electric kettle
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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City view
Non-smoking rooms
Smoking rooms available
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Hindi, Tamil
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Becca M wrote a review 24 Sep
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Walking into the villa feels more like walking back in time to a French estate. The staff welcome you warmly and serve you a choice of tea or coffee. They pay attention to if you come back in too hot (they then serve a local root drink to cool you down) or if you are tired (then they kindly allow you to retreat into your room). The outdoor area for meals feels like it took a page from the Secret Garden - they keep fans for cooking but with the shade you don’t even need it. The pool area is small, secluded and tranquil. We relaxed over a sumptuous breakfast every morning and never felt the need to rush or finish. The room was spacious and subtly luxurious. If I came back to Pondicherry, I would be hard pressed to stay anywhere else.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Ranjit Singh wrote a review Aug 2022
Chennai (Madras), India1 contribution
I went with my family and we were so disappointed with their attitude towards the customers, they denied giving us a table even when plenty were available. They were not even trying to be polite, nor did they give an answer when we tried to book before hand. Overall a very bad experience.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: It was the worst experience we had as tourists and trying to find new places to eat. Not...
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Response from SEgiyane PAQUIRY, Directeur général at La Villa
Responded 3 Aug 2022
Dear Madam/Sir Extremely sad to read your comment. In order to investigate this, we would be glad if you could tell us when it happened and at what time. At LA VILLA, we make sure to offer a positively memorable experience and you can be sure that the matter will be investigated Team LA VILLA
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TanushreeGarg wrote a review Jan 2022
Bengaluru, India113 contributions84 helpful votes
Location is nice, conceptually good but failure in execution . For a property at this price, rooms are crying for maintenance. Staff is polite and helpful, although the service is extremely slow, to the extent that you feel like ordering dinner at lunch hour. Apart from tasting menu, food options are very limited both in variety and in taste. If you are vegetarian, find nearby restaurants to keep yourself fed.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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poonam Sharma shah wrote a review Dec 2021
Mumbai, India32 contributions12 helpful votes
it is a lovely property bang in the middle of white town. Staff is very helpful and friendly. They go out of their way to make your stay pleasant. Special mention for Sita. she is very sweet and courteous. Rooms are spacious and clean though we found a few cockroaches and one lizard. Informed the staff, hopefully they will take care of this. We tried the french tasting menu. it was superlative. must try Breakfast can get repetitive if you staying for a few days. but it was very fresh and tasty. Overall a lovely stay.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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nicky wrote a review Nov 2021
England, United Kingdom9 contributions4 helpful votes
We stayed for one evening in the bridge to heaven suite, it was truly the best night away I have had in a long time. The staff were incredibly helpful and kind, the room was spotlessly clean, everything we need for our stay was provided. The swimming pool was clean, candles were dotted around the pool in the evening, giving the hotel a very romantic vibe. Minibar and snacks in room were complementary, I really recommend, it’s absolutely perfect.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Avoid top suite if you have difficulty walking
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drkumargopal wrote a review Oct 2021
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India15 contributions16 helpful votes
I wanted to stay in a hotel in Pondicherry which captured the easy and relaxed vibe of Pondicherry but also encompassed the French influence which is so unique.I stayed for three nights with my wife  at this beautiful property La Ville which is in the heart of the French Quarter at Pondicherry. As soon as you enter the premises you feel that you are entering an area of peace and tranquility which is so different from the hot and sultry climate of Pondicherry. The garden is filled with tall trees, climbing vines and bougainvillea flowers and so rich in greenery and in midst of this there is a lovely old French bungalow with tall ceilings beautifully renovated and having all the modern comforts. The lobby is full of comfortable sofas under inviting you to rest your tired legs. Sita at the reception is simply amazing and she is so cheerful and adept at everything from organising a table for you as well as getting the wifi to work in your mobile.In fact all the staff are really courteous and go out of the way to make you comfortable and ensure that your smallest needs are catered to. We reached the room at about 5 in the evening and we stayed at the suit titled Indian Song which is situated in the ground floor and comprises a bedroom, a TV room and an attached bathroom and these rooms are so spacious with high ceilings and still the air con is really good and makes the room so cool that you think twice about leaving. The bathroom comes with lovely toiletries and also a rain shower and it is beautifully done up in such a unique manner. The fridge is stocked with 2 cans of beer and two 60 ml bottles of vodka, whisky and smirnoff  apart from cans of coke, sprite and mineral water and this  is replenished every day and is on the house. There are 2 suits on the ground floor and they are  ideally suited for people who have difficulty in walking as it is easily accessible. The dinner is usually set in the garden but if it is raining they set it in the hall between the two suits . So if you hit the sack early and you are a light sleeper you may be disturbed by the loud dinner conversations that definitely carry to the room.There are 2 suits on the first floor which open out to the pool which is slightly small in size but considering there are only six suits, you have a reasonable chance that you have the pool for yourself in which case it is fine. But it surely may be more quiet although you have to climb a flight of stairs to reach there. I am not sure if there was a lift as I didnt see one.  Location of the hotel is amazing with handful of lovely restaurants situated at walking distance.But since I was there on a holiday weekend getting a table at the restaurants was a daunting task and if you are trying to get a table at a restaurant like the Coromandel Cafe please book a week in advance if it is a weekend.The beach is only a 5 min walk and the resort also provides you with cycles free of charge which is really a nice way to explore the french quarter and take in the unique vibe of Pondicherry.  I stayed for three nights and I was given a free tasting menu which was simply out of the world. I definitely recommend you to try this even if you pay for it as it was really a delightful experience and book it sufficiently early and also set aside 2 hrs for it. I also tried the Prawn curry and the Crab soup at the restaurant in La ville and would definitely recommend both. The breakfast comprises of fresh fruit juice, a fruit platter, an array of bread and croissants along with eggs, bacon and sausages. It is not a buffet and so make sure you ask for whatever you want like cereal or coffee. This hotel at the end of the day is an amazing place for you to come with your friends and just chill and have lovely continental food with an array of wines and let the conversations flow and just relax and lift your spirits. Its a hotel which is characteristically unique to Pondicherry and don't ever trade that for any of the hotel chains that are professionally excellent but lack the local vibe.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Room Tip: Ground floor suits for accessibility and people who have difficulty climbing stairs.But slightly...
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amimatt wrote a review Sep 2021
Mumbai, India35 contributions41 helpful votes
The hotel is essentially a gorgeous old restored French Mansion, located in White Town of Pondicherry. 1. Rooms: We stayed at the North Side Story, which is by far one of the best suites of the property. It faces the beautiful and green Surcouf Street and being on the first floor, it gives you easy access to the pool. The interiors are absolutely stunning, very minimal, super clean, comfortable and chic! Bedroom and bathroom was extremely spacious, fitted with the best modern amenities. The private courtyard, beautifully proportioned and positioned in the middle of the suite, with its creepers and giant potted plants - cements and anchors the entire space. The other suites of - Escale a Pondicherry and India Song are located on the ground floor; North Side Story, South Side Story and Timeless suites are located on the first floor; and the entire top floor consists of the Bridge to Heaven Suite. We did get a chance to see the South Side Story room and I would definitely advise to NOT stay in that particular suite. Even though the layout is similar to the North Side Story Suite, the view from the courtyard in the South Side Story is horrible! It overlooks the roofs and terraces of a few homes and with no plants/shrubs or any greenery, there is absolutely no privacy offered in the courtyard. 2. Food: Food can be served to you anywhere in the property, usually though we always ended up eating in the courtyard on the ground floor. The ambience of eating while being surrounded by trees and plants, is beautiful and particularly relaxing and peaceful. Breakfast was excellent! Usually consists of a selection of fruits, eggs made to order (masala omlette / fried eggs etc) with a bread basket and a selection of cheeses, accompanied with fresh fruit juices and a pot of tea or coffee. Lunch and Dinner is equally delicious! The moringa soup, corn coated crispy fried prawns and vegetable coconut curry served with herb flavoured rice were all delightful and appetizing! However, the food selection is fairly limited and once you add the drinks up - it ended up being quite an expensive meal. 3. Service: The staff is exceptionally polite and prompt. Sita, the receptionist, was extremely warm and friendly and paid attention to all of our requests. Because the hotel essentially consists of only 6 suites and therefore limited number of guests; the staff was particularly sharp and constantly on their toes, being most helpful throughout our stay. 4. Parking: We had our own car and unfortunately the hotel doesn't specifically offer any separate parking for guests. The only spots available are the ones in front of the hotel entrance (a grand total of 3-4 cars can fit in parallel parking). So everyday was essentially a game of luck in seeing whether we would get the coveted spot of being able to park right in front of the hotel on Surcouf Street, or would have to park much further. The good thing though is that, with the number of tourists, other hotels and neighbouring Lycée Français - the area is relatively quite safe. 5. Free Bicycles: The hotel does offer free bicycles for you to use as per your convenience! These were super convenient to use and helped moving around White Town. Overall, I would definitely recommend staying in this beautiful and luxurious property. The landscape and architecture, along with the exceptional service make it a relaxing, peaceful and worthwhile stay!
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Room Tip: North side story is one of the best suites in the property.
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tdurnnian wrote a review Apr 2021
New Delhi, India5 contributions1 helpful vote
First holiday in India after 2 years. La Villa was perfection - location, service and food. From the organized pick up at the Chennai airport to our returned trip - it was a relaxing, pleasurable place in the heart of the White Town. It was easy to spend long mornings walking the colonial streets of the town and relax in our room in the afternoon. Enjoyed the food here and at their sister location Villa Shanti! Amazing food! - good mix Indian and French. The staff were always helpful and professional making our stay. A big thanks to the staff!
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Date of stay: February 2021
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John McCanoro wrote a review Mar 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Food is not up to the mark. They offer very limited items in breakfast which are scarce in quantity. Very very expensive without any facilities. WORST HOTEL EVER VISITED. CHEATERS... Pondicherry govt requested to thoroughly check why such cheating
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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harrietcampbell2017 wrote a review Mar 2020
Dorset, United Kingdom7 contributions2 helpful votes
This was our last stop on a two week trip from the west to the east coast of India and we spent 3 nights here and wished we could have stayed more. The hotel is small just 6 rooms and beautifully appointed. The beds are fabulously comfortable. Every meal we had there was more delicious than the one before. There is a lovely rooftop pool - perfect for cooling after after a mornings shopping. Would absolutely love to go back
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about La Villa
Which popular attractions are close to La Villa?
Nearby attractions include Seaside Promenade (0.5 km), Rock Beach (0.3 km), and Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at La Villa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at La Villa?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at La Villa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and an outdoor dining area during their stay.
Is parking available at La Villa?
Yes, free public parking nearby and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to La Villa?
Conveniently located restaurants include LA VILLA, Zuka Choco-la, and Villa Shanti.
Are there opportunities to exercise at La Villa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does La Villa have airport transportation?
Yes, La Villa offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at La Villa?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at La Villa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, Hindi, and Tamil.
Are there any historical sites close to La Villa?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Vedapureeswarar Temple, Puducherry (0.6 km), Arikamedu Archaeological Site (3.5 km), and Church Of Our Lady Of Good Health (3.9 km).