The Grand Serenaa is situated just before (on the right) you enter the Pondi toll. Just a few KM away from the city, this is a lovely property. Worth the money you spend on your stay. The rooms are neat and spacious, I would rate them as good as a 4 star hotel (not sure if they already are one). The pool is nice and clean, you would love a swim here.
Pondi as a city needs you to have a personal commute, that's when you enjoy the place. There are a lot of places to explore and visit here, hence a car or a bike is a need.
Stay in this resort if you are not very particular about being right in the hustle of the city and close to the sea line. It's just a 15- 20 Min drive to the city center.
A special mention to the food here : The breakfast spread is awesome and I would easy compare it with my stay in any good 5 star hotel. The food otherwise is also awesome, I had dinner in the resort and the food was real tasty.
Over all a wonderful place to stay in, highly recommended. Great staff and service.