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“Lovely beach, great property” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Le Pondy
Ranked #8 of 72 Hotels in Pondicherry
Certificate of Excellence
Gurgaon
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24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Lovely beach, great property”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2012

Stayed at Le Pondy over the Easter weekend with friends and family. Had read lots of good reviews so we were confident that the property and service would be good, and it was. The resort was full but everything went smoothly: we had kids and associated, unpredictable demands which were always met efficiently.

The buffet spread was always pretty large and everyone always found enough variety to keep them happy. We tried a-la-carte a couple of times which was also pretty good and surprisingly efficient given that the hotel was so full.

They have a nice Pool with a bar.

Gardens are huge - good but not perfectly kept (the grass is clumpy - only thing that wasn't right, no complaints though).

The best part was the beach - safe, very very clean, and pristine white sands. We spent a lot of time in the sea with the kids. They had a lifeguard on duty all the time.

Pondicherry itself is a lovely place - it being off the beaten track, you don't have hordes of tourists; food is great and there are lots of nice French-inspired cafes, restaurants and patisseries (and of course there is excellent Tamil food). Atmosphere at the promenade (the waterfront) is very nice in the evening when they close the traffic down on that strip of road and the place comes alive with people hanging about by the seaside. Its nice to stroll in the charming French quarters of the city that are very well maintained (definitely one of the cleanest part in any city I have been to in India), and its quaint to see streets names in French. And if you are a chocolate buff, visit Choco-la for amazing cakes and creative goodies crafted with chocolate. We were planning (a yet another) trip to Goa, which didn't materialise and we landed up in Pondicherry on a whim. Glad we did that! Go discover the place - you wouldn't mind the change.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Bangalore
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21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2012

The extended weekend stay (first week of April) at LePondy was an amazing one. Though it was very hot in pondicherry but we also managed to checkout places in Pondicherry.

The resort offered us flexibility of timings (as they had promised) which really helped us in making our holiday a comfortable one.

Pros :
- Clean
- Good service
- Good food (scope of improvement) (south indian food was amazing)
- Swimming pool is awesome
- Good staff, warm hospitality
- Beach (you can say its a private one)

Cons :
- Food price is on a higher side.
- The indoor games area seemed non-functional (may be because of heat in April)
- No extra activity, again may be because of heat (don't know)
- Own vehicle is a must. With bike it was difficult to return back from city after dark. (Car would be a better choice.) Bike is ok if you plan to be back when its still light.

-prasant

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank prasant_jalan
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Chennai, India
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2012

This is the 3rd time we hopped into Le Pondy, and needless to state that we had an excellent stay at Le Pondy - Courtesy the warm rapport with Mr.Remesh (The GM) and his Staff at Le Pondy.
Myself and my wife have been to almost all the resorts across the ECR route, and this time when she became pregnant and we wanted a quite 3 day trip to ourselves, it was decided without a doubt for Le Pondy.
A few great things about the place - Fantastic scenery-Beach & Swimming pool (Almost all visitors are hooked with their cameras), pleasant rooms & bathrooms (They have a unique feel esp. with the sit-out for every rooms), Children friendly (It is always filled with families with 2-3 kids all having a great time), courteous staff (There have always been a few things which were lacking but the support & willingness of the staff to take that extra-mile have always impressed me) and a decent SPA (not fully functional - only ayurvedic SPA is open as of now). The best part being that I can walk barefoot the entire place throughout the resort - Clean and well maintained.
A few Lows - Room service is quite delayed (Though i always suggest to hop into the Restaurant) and sometimes there is lack in variety in the Buffet(but food always feels very healthy - in fact my pregnant wife was very comfortable with the food).
I can give people a personal experience that would inspire people to choose Le Pondy -
One of my personal A la carte favorites at Le pondy would be the Malabar Parota & Avial (Veg.) and unfortunately Avial was not available on the Menu during the latest trip. I mentioned the same to Mr.Remesh saying that I really missed it and Voila they arranged for Avial specially for us on for the Dinner.
Another note is that post the Thane Storm they have re-built most of the parts of the resort and frankly the look & feel of the entire place have not changed a bit and still is as enchanting as ever..
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Room Tip: I personally found the Sea-view rooms to be very HOT (since of direct sun-light). Also do check out...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Deep_Bhaskaran
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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2012

We took a break for three days and two nights .....it was a dream escape. The location , the ambience the staff all of it were excellent. Our family enjoyed the stay. We.stayed in a sea side view room it was good. They offer a great spread food is sumptuous. The room service is good. The staff are attentive. The pool is a Olympic size pool and is well maintained. It is super super superlative .......

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Shriragh
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Chennai
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2012

Just back from a memorable weekend at Le Pondy.. 15-20 min away from Pondicherry town.. we stayed at the pool villas, excellent rooms, with a private pool. The bathrooms were pretty open too but the concept is fabulous... Very well maintained lawns and clean rooms. Very nice concept of having a landscaped garden in some of the lake view rooms as well. Excellent service; attentive staff; great food. Beach is clean; tho' devasted by the cyclone, these guys seem to be restoring it back!!

Would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to take a break... Loved it so much that I'm going back there again soon... :)

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Anusha G
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Additional Information about Le Pondy

Property: Le Pondy
Address: No.3,Lake View Road,Pudukuppam | Nallvadu Post, Pondicherry 605007, India
Region: India > Union Territory of Pondicherry > Pondicherry
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Pondicherry
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Pondicherry
#3 Family Hotel in Pondicherry
#6 Romantic Hotel in Pondicherry
#6 Business Hotel in Pondicherry
Price range (per night): ₹ 7,648 - ₹ 20,914
Hotel Class:4 star — Le Pondy 4*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Le Pondy, situated at Pondicherry is a premium leisure resort beautifully lounged at an estuary between Chunnambar River and the Bay of Bengal. Le Pondy celebrates Pondicherry in all its true sense - the spirit, the architecture and the revelry. Pondicherry is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India. It is also known as The French Riviera of the East. ... more   less 
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