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Review of Ginger Pondicherry

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Ginger Pondicherry
Ranked #26 of 82 Hotels in Pondicherry
Reviewed 9 April 2012

Stayed in Pondi during March.. The climate is almost as hot as any part of the country where i come from.. Was a leisure trip that my partner and i had. Had to change multiple rooms and this is the second time that i was visiting Ginger in Pondi. The first time also i had the same problems. Horrible service from the staff.. put you through a cumbersome check in process. The good thing though is that they do allow an early checkin. Breakfast is complimentary however very very average. The airconditioning pretty much sucks in all the rooms.. Its a measly 0.8 ton AC which is as good as a blow fan and provides no actual cooling. The room furnishings are in a very sorry state. Door knobs rusted and hinges almost about to break. The water heating in the room is below average. one of the hotel staff came to check the water heating issue... felt the water is luke warm but still says it was Hot. The toilets are also not upto the mark.. found someone elses hair sticking on the bathroom walls. The flush didnt work either. Overall experience though not terrible but very very poor. Ginger needs to rethink how they would want to stick up compared to other hotels in Pondi.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

Basic hotel meant for business travelers or overnight stay. Nothing fancy. Mostly self service. Enroute to Chidrambaram, we had stayed here for a night. There was quite a bit of construction going on but didn't bother us much. They have a coffee day at the lobby and an outsourced resturant/service at the lobby. Again nothing fancy.
They are extremely strict about photo id even for the secondary guest.

Room Tip: I would suggest rooms in the first floor.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

Ginger Pondy needs a MAKEOVER!! Their staff need some serious training and their rooms need some serious makeover.
1. First, they should throw away the small 0.8 ton air-conditioners and fit some 1.5 or 2 ton split air-conditioners in the rooms. There is literally NO COOLING in the room, even if the a/c is run for 24 hours continuously.
2. The Wi-fi (advertised as free!!) never works. Dear TATA, we are ready to pay, but don't fool us by saying, it is free and hence don't bother if it doesn't work. Both the times I stayed, Wi-fi never worked.
3. The TV set was not in working condition.
4. When we asked for ice-cubes, the reply was "please bring a plastic cover and get some from the coffee day outlet".. outrageous isn't it?

What they call as budget may be budget in Delhi or Mumbai. But, in Pondy, you get excellent rooms at 1000 - 1500 per day.. So, Pondy Ginger is not a "cheap" property as they claim. Inspite of this price, we travellers are fooled, as mentioned above!

On the whole, our vacation became a nightmare in Ginger Pondy! I am not stepping there again!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank euphoricindian
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Reviewed 25 February 2012

Good stay for you and your family..nice rooms,nice food,4km frm town..comes wit a CAFE COFFEE DAY Too...dats kool.. But to get rid of mosquitoes..never open the window..the complementary breakfast best in class..stand by auto and taxi stand...in short GINGER ROCKZZ...

  • Stayed: February 2012
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2  Thank drbilal5
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Reviewed 22 February 2012

Location:
This hotel is very much at the beginning of the city on the EC road, just a turn on the right side at the big clock tower when coming from Mahabalipuram.
Though the entry and exit from the hotel is a bit strenuous because of the heavy traffic leading to cudalore.

Parking:
An excellent well designed parking for four wheeler with round the clock security.

About the Hotel:
Nothing to comment on the hotel being a Ginger property, everything was on dot, with clean floors and happy welcoming staff.

About Room:
Having seen a couple of Ginger properties i felt these rooms very bit compact compared to other properties, the worst part was the window air conditioner, the room allotted to me initially , the air conditioning was so bad that even after half an hour after check in, the temperature inside the room was not cool at all considering the size of the room, the same was complained and the staff was good enough to accommodate me in an another room, but i feel taking the hot conditions in Pondi, they should change over to better and powerful air conditioners.

Breakfast:
Excellent south Indian breakfast, the spread was too good, no complaints at all. The North Indian food ordered was not up to the mark, but manageable.

Overall:
I would definitely suggest this property looking out for a clean room in the budget category.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Thank Kiran K
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Additional Information about Ginger Pondicherry

Address: Old Venus Theatre, Karuvadikuppam, Main Road | Saram Revenue Village, Oulgaret Municipality, Pondicherry 605008, India
Region: India > Union Territory of Pondicherry > Pondicherry
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 82 Hotels in Pondicherry
Price Range: ₹ 2,280 - ₹ 5,668 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ginger Pondicherry 3*
Number of rooms: 94
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