I wish I know Pondy and Mel Ville more before planning this trip, so I can stay longer. Two nights are just not enough. Arup and Mehak are among the best hosts I’ve ever met considering more than dozens of countries I’ve visited. The accommodation is meticulously clean and comfortable. Tucked away in a quiet corner, just 15 minutes walk to the nice beach promenade. We had a quiet night and were still able to enjoy the morning walk and sunrise over the Bengal Bay leisurely. However, the best of Mel Ville, in my opinion, is the home-cooked foods Mehak prepared. We ended up having almost every meal at home (2 breakfasts and 2 lunches, no repetition.)! My mom is a typical 65-yrs-old Taiwanese woman who has cooked and eaten Chinese food all her life. Even she can’t stop praising Mehak’s excellent preparation. Not only cooking, she has a roof-top garden (you must visit!) where fresh vegetables come from. As a good host, she generously shared stories of the family, ingredients, foods, local shops and more!!!!! Arup gave us great help in organizing local transportation, offering advices about French Quarter and Auroville, and coordinating with the very elusive Indian bus company we booked for Pondy-Thanjavure trip. He even insisted on the auto driver to make sure that we got on the right bus and checked if we arrived safely! To make the story short, I can’t ask for a host better than Mel Ville. We love the homey atmosphere and super yummy foods! In addition to the double room we stayed, Mel Ville has two three-bedroom full apt., which we definitely would like to try next time in the family trip.
We are couple with a 3 year old kid and a dog. We have been travelling through out India and staying at home stays due to our pet. We visited Pondicherry recently and were looking for a place to stay. We ended up at Melville. Due to our Good Luck.
Anup and Mehak are awesome hosts. Not for a minute we felt that we were travellers. It was like visiting a family. Both of them are exceptional which is also very evident by their home stay. Its in one of the best locations. Walkable from serene Aurobindo Ashram and right next to white town. Promenade is also within 10 mins walk.
But it's not its location which is USP of Melville but the people. They are adorable and very full of hospitality. Anup is very diligent and responsive. He ensures that you are comfortable and relaxed. Mehak is a super woman. She handles here household i.e. everyone who stays and works at Melville. Her food is too finger licking and drinks/juices for die for. Must try are her gingerelle and carrot juice.
We highly recommend that while in Pondicherry must stay at Melville. We could only stay for 2 nights but anyone can spend a full week. Must see are the terrace kitchen garden. They grow basic veggies on their roof.
Thanks Mehak and Anup for hosting us. Hope to visit you guys again.
We stayed at Melville service apartment Pondicherry from 3 RD September to 7 th September, family of 4 including 2 small kids one 4 yr old daughter, 2 yr old son. Stay was fantastic to say the least. The amenities what they have is pretty good to make anyone comfortable. The hosts are simply fantastic, Mr Anup & Mrs Mehek melvany both are accommodating, they will go out of their way to help others.
We stayed at penthouse, quartz . The space opens up to a wonderful balcony on 3 rd floor, kids enjoyed playing games. Mehek had baked us cakes at 3 different occasions, and the welcome drink that she provided was very good. My son became a fan of mehak and ended up asking for cake every time she visited us.
Location of the apartment is ideal, walkable distance to most of the places , beach,ashram , Gandhi statue etc. Car parking is available .
Highlight of the stay is the food, and will gladly recommend Sindhi breakfast. We had dinner also, Mehak had prepared us very good sea food. Her culinary skills are exemplary. House keeping was excellent .
During the duration of our stay unfortunately TV cable reception was not available for most part of the stay.Mr Anup tried his best, but it could be rectified only by the last day of our stay.
At the time of checking out, Mehak prepared a wonderful cake for us and that just shows how well they take care of their guests.
Would love to visit again and recommend the place wholeheartedly.
For many, we often look for a place that vibes well with us, a place to call home. Like every other hotel or service-apartments, the expectancy in exchange for our good money is to be endowed with a posh experience while having everything taken care off. In dire need for a homely feel, we stumbled upon Mel Ville-service apartment and based on the reviews, we seemed to have met our match.
The cleanliness, the beautiful display in the living room, array of toiletry, good ventilation, and spotless master beds were all fashioned in a creative manner and was nothing short of an impeccable presentation to welcome our stay. If I must say, we were pleasantly surprised as our living quarter proceeded far from what the pictures looked like on the website.
After getting settled in, we were cordially acquainted with Mr. Anup Melwani and his beautiful host of a wife. Our living quarter was spacious, comfortable and the right amount of homely feel. It seemed like we had won the jackpot!
What's more? Safety plugs for electrical outlets were set in place in keeping with a family setting. The location ideally favoured its occupancy as it is situated in the heart of Old Pondicherry (yet away from the bustling main road) with all major tourist spots within a kilo meter's radius of Mel Ville. In addition, a well equipped functioning kitchen made it all the more admirable as we could prepare our own meals. The WiFi connection as well was much appreciated to stream online movies for family movie nights.
The beauty of this place doesn't end there, Mrs. Mehak Melwani, had our breakfast laid out without delay. Everything from the welcoming drink to the last morsel on our plate was absolutely delightful.
The witty owner-come-host Anup seemingly born with the gift of the gab truly made for a great conversationist in regaling the tales of the old. He was quite helpful in arranging transportation, facilitating us with tourist spots and recommending the choicest places to dine (his own establishment being one of them). Over and above that, Anup is a life saver! He immediately stepped up to aid my brother to the nearest hospital (due to food allergies) in the dead of the night.
Drawing to a conclusion, Mel Ville is highly commendable in our books and has excelled in more ways than one.
At the end of the day, a good business ensures our happiness and satisfaction but adding a personal touch and building a connection goes a long way than just paying the final bill.
Besides checking out on all categories of outstanding services, this fine establishment is not just remembered for its pleasant accommodation but people ( Anup & Mehak) who opened their hearts to us as much as they opened their homes.
We really like the hospitality by our host anup and hostess Mehek , his wife. They both are amazing. Bonus was Mehek's cooking which was awesome and authentic. Would definitely recommend to try once the cooking by Mehek. Apart from cooking , she's an awesome lady and took good care of our requests and was pleasent to talk to. Anup on other side managed things from helping us book cab to giving us details on Pondicherry tours and other programmes. Would definitely recommend this place if you are to stay at Pondicherry.
Stayed from saturday night to monday morning...very relaxing. Apartment was so clean and well provided. Mehak baked us lovely banana nut cake. great holiday destination. close to shopping places and restaurant and beach. Glad we went for the weekend...
This is the best place I have stayed away from my home and felt like home, thanks to Mr Anup and his wife for being so kind and generous.Everything about Mel Ville is great. Everything in Mel Ville is as 100% as described ,tourist attractions and shopping hub are just minutes away . Easy to access. You would surely want to go back to live there if you went once.And I must say Mr Anup's wife(Mehak) cooking is just awesome , every dish she cooks is just first class.You wouldn't get a better place with all these qualities for the same price. Love it totally.