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“A wonderful stay at a French Guest House in Pondicherry”

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Coloniale Heritage Guesthouse
Ranked #13 of 149 Pondicherry B&B and Inns
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Level 5 Contributor
36 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“A wonderful stay at a French Guest House in Pondicherry”
Reviewed 10 October 2011

This GH is located very close to the beach and restaurants such as hotel De l'orient, Pizza Hut, La Cafe, etc. Run by a very nice French Lady, Madam Sabine. My family enjoyed the stay here very much.This is an old French-style house, but very well maintained. .... Sumitro Saha. Kolkata, India.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2011

We booked our stay at the Coloniale Heritage Guest House online, after a lot of apprehension. Once we reached the place, we were smitten from the first minute.

We were three women travelling for a long weekend to Pondicherry and wanted it to be perfect. The three of us shared one room (le studio) at the guest house, which was flawless clean, the decor was ethnic and very warm and had a swing! Every room has a balcony or a sit out with bright coloured walls. The rooms did not have any television (we were glad). its private and quiet, even though it is situated within the popular French quarters.

All our restaurants were a walk of maximum 10minutes from the guest house. The seaside is less than 5minutes. Auto rickshaws are readily available around the area.

They do not have a strike time, though the guard would have appreciated us coming in a little earlier than 1AM. Sangeetha is extremely helpful. So is Sabine. They would be happy to share information about the place, especially if you know French.

The breakfast was not quite expected. It was limited to croissant, bread, fruit, juice and tea/coffee. We were quite looking forward to a bit more variety in the meal. We tried the nearby restaurants for our other meals.

Coloniale Heritage made our Pondy trip most special. We would love to go back and stay there.


  • Stayed August 2011
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5 Thank AmritaDas
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2011

We stayed in "Le Studio" and loved the room. It's filled with knickknacks, including figurines in the bathroom. The bathroom also had a ceiling fan, which gives you a sense of how hot it can get in Pondicherry. Some bugs found their way into the room, but the big mosquito net helped. The whole place was lovely and well-located. The host seemed to be friends with the other guests (a French couple) but was attentive when we asked for tea or breakfast. We ate breakfast out the first day, which we later realized was a mistake because the breakfast served at the guesthouse was amazing (if you like crusty french bread).

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Lissie87
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London
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2011

If you are after a place with flat screen TV in your room, the kind of bland-but-nice atmosphere of a modern hotel and a swimming pool outside, don't go near the Coloniale Heritage. There is no flat screen in your room, in fact, no TV at all (but there is Wifi), and the atmosphere is not bland, but quirky.
Step through the front door (100 yards or so from Beach Road) and you enter a stunning inner cour yard, laden with pationately looked after plants. The few rooms are beautifully decorated, facing inner court yards, so lovely and shady that you can forget the heat outside this oasis.
It's not a cheap place to stay, but its charm and tranqulity justify the price if you need a break from full-on India. The breakfast is as French as it comes with croissant, baguette, some butter and jam, a piece of fruit and freshly squeezed fruit juice and may be a bit repetative after a few days.
Coloniale Heritage is nicely located on the fringe of the French quarter. Around the corner is a bicycle hire shop where you can get a bike for R30 for 24hrs. And from there it takes you less than 10 minutes to cycle to Anandha Inn where you can use the swimming pool for - hold your breath - R650 or a few other hotels in and around Pondy for quick dip. Talking about pools...check out Don Giovanni in Mission St. You not only get some of the best Italian food there, but also free use of a roof top pool.
Sabin at the Coloniale Heritage will give you more info on that and much, much more.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled solo
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4 Thank Happygolightly1
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Kochi (Cochin), India
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2011

We went as two families and got connected rooms. We booked the 'La familiale' and 'la romantique'. La familale has a sitout and a spacious bedroom.. while the other room had a private verandah but room as such was small.. Overall with the sitout, private verandah and comfortable beds, we had an amazing time..
Its really close to the beach, also close to most popular french restaurents and prominent places in pondy..Its inside the french colonies..
May not be the most luxurious stay in pondy but for the price its completely worth..
Special mention to Sabine & sangeetha who were really helpful..

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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6 Thank Sharathnj
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2011

I stayed there for 2 nights .. and loved the ambience . the staff there was cordial and the french lady , teh owner was very sweet and cheerful. It had a homely feel and peaceful place to stay at . Although teh room we got was not that great but it was before i booked late and all teh good rooms were already booked. the breakfast they serve is good and filling . Although it might get repetitive if one stays there more than 2 - 3 nights they serve continental breakfast only with no variation .. Overall a good place to stay .

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank tuhinaaa
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
84 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2010

We hadn't booked at this hotel but were lucky that they had a free room. The price of the room was very reasonable for what it was. The hotel is a lovely old colonial building hidden behind a wall on a quiet street in the french quarter. Rooms are decorated with antiques, bright furnishings and staned glass windows, ours had a private balcony with a fan and a nice clean bathroom with good hot water.

The complimentary breakfast of croissant, baguettes, fresh juice, bananas and excellent coffee was great. We found the service to be really good and friendly - including when our A/C unit was playing up and they went to the trouble of getting service people out late on a Sunday night to fix it. They have some great recommendations for bars and restaurants, all within easy walking distance.

Overall the hotel has loads of character, is clean, well priced and has good service. Definitely would recommend to anyone wanting a 'french quarter' experience.

  • Stayed October 2010
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1 Thank sunnynz1
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Property: Coloniale Heritage Guesthouse
Address: 54 Rue Romain Rolland Street, Pondicherry 605001, India
Region: India > Union Territory of Pondicherry > Pondicherry
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Ranked #13 of 149 B&Bs / Inns in Pondicherry
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Number of rooms: 6

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