Though we had options to stay at many other good places in Pondicherry, we chose this place as we dined out at their restaurant and we really enjoyed their Mexican dishes. I wouldn't call their Mexican cuisine was authentic but it tasted Mexican! We liked the hospitality and the ambiance of the restaurant. looking at the usage of bamboo with lot of other traditional things, we ended up deciding to stay at the neem tree for a night.
It was the peak of summer when we visited Pondicherry and different varieties of mango trees with huge bunches of raw mangoes are all over the neem tree. We did pick a few really fresh mangoes out of the tree. Coarsely diced, with sea salt and black pepper was the best thing we ate at the neem tree. Raw mangoes were unbelievably sweet with a hint of sourness and trust me it was better than the Mexican dishes at the neem tree.
This place needs a makeover and definitely requires few extra people to run the show. Really simple, old style rooms with good old bulky television sets was not bad but I reckon that this place is good only for a night. Ironically, the interiors and ambiance compared to that of the restaurant is super poor. There is moisture on the walls because of leakages from the air conditioner. Well, we were exhausted with all the walking we did in the day and just dozed off and checked into a different place the next day.
The restaurant a big yes and the hotel a big fat no!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Along the beautiful East Coast Road, as you drive into Pondicherry, you will find a cozy little abode by the highway. It will welcome you into its shady little grove, and mesmerize your mind with its warm and gentle environs. You will find peace, beauty and tranquility under the inviting shade of The Neem Tree.This beautiful hotel in Pondicherry retains an old world charm, and yet provides every modern amenity for a comfortable stay. One that you will not stop talking about till you visit us again! So drive down the ECR, and stumble upon The Neem Tree. ... more less