Pondicherry Executive Inn Pondicherry
Posted: Aug 25, 2011
30 People reviewed this Hotel View all reviews
We booked into what they call their Annex, 50 metres or so down from their main hotel building.... ..
We booked into what they call their Annex, 50 metres or so down from their main hotel building.
The price was right through cleartrip.com and the rear room fine.
When a front room became vacant, mine host graciously transferred us to a front room. The front room opened on to a balcony,The rear rooms do not open on to a balcony.
There is no refrigerator in rooms in the Annex rooms, but the room has aircon.
The bathroom is clean,the hot water is available 24 hours,and it has an english toilet.
The manageress at the main hotel gladly offered us ice cubes to take to our room at the Annex for our own drinks.
The shower as in most indian hotels is in the bathroom next to the toilet, so the toilet floor will be always inconveniantly wet.
The Annex reception had a very helpfull young guy 'Rick" who understood English very well.There is also a chilled drink frig in reception.
Although we pre booked and paid through cleartrip,we were hit with the new "government" service tax on checkout, very unusual for a cleartrip booking.
Also the car and driver we booked at reception to take us to Chennai after we had agreed on a set price, reception tried to add the extra so called Govt Service tax to the quoted price.
We cancelled and sought other quotes.
So in Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu,watch out for these hidden Govt taxes.
The "main" hotel building is very pleasant and well kept, and the rooms slightly more superior to the Annex, and there is also a fine restaurant there as well, also offering a breakfast buffet and A La carte menu.
The street front rooms in The Annex only drawback is the temple a few doors down the road, and although picturesque, do start with the drums fairly early in the morning.
Overall, this hotel and Annex are an excellent property,very clean and well managed.
An Internet cafe is a minute walk away and several good restaurants a walk away.
If you like Tandoori, the Salt & Pepper Restaurant around the corner,fires up the Tandoori oven outside, cooks a superb Tandoor chicken,and you can eat in or take away.
Bottled Booze can be bought a block away at the dark dingy & Grubby government run wine shops,
You can walk to the very fine paved esplanade area,and will find ATM's in that area, also the classic Colonial Town Hall [Hotel De Ville] and a splendid 4/5 star hotel "the esplanade" offering cocktails and buffet dinner.
The tourist information office is also on the esplanade a bit past the the Gandi Statue, and just before the tourism office is an attractively located coffee shop "Le Cafe" on the water front with excellent expresso coffee, but bad food as we found out after ordering.