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!…
It is one of the best villas I’ve ever been privileged enough to stay at. Gorgeous buildings and it only gets more breathtaking when you walk in. Clean and cozy rooms, and hospitable staff. Definitely, a must-try if in Pondicherry.
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!
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
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