We got here a little late - around 8PM at night so things had quietened down in the French quarter by then. The housekeeper Babulal was waiting for us and upon escorting us inside, we were charmed by the place! It's not a huge place, but its so well done and of course you get the feeling of peace and space when you stare at the lovely courtyard with its 2 tall trees!
This villa is spat bang in the middle of the French quarter - so its possible to walk all over or rent a cycle for 100 bucks a day (the villa will arrange one if you ask for it at breakfast time, but you will have to give your original ID proof) to roam around. Beach Road is a street away and so is the shopping district on the other side of the canal. One has fantastic eateries all around the Villa. Local taxi drivers may not know this place and often confuse it with Villa Shanti (nearby), but ask them for Surcouf Street (after the canal towards the Beach Road) or State Bank of India on Surcouf Street.
Once the sun goes down, you can try all you like shutting the door and windows, but the mosquitoes manage to get in - so carry a repellent for sure. We stayed at the Hibiscus Room - nice room and bathroom! The Villa only provides breakfast (decent spread - toast, fruits, butter/jam, croissants), not lunch and dinner, so one is happily forced to try local restaurants!
Babulal the caretaker and Annapurna, the manager do a fine job of keeping the resident happy. Annapurna is full of local knowledge and will do her bit to help you book places you want to go to or suggest places to see!
Note: If you are driving down to Pondicherry, you will be parking your car on the road in front of the villa. Mornings are busy and one might not find parking easily, but one will always find space in the evening.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Christophe, a recently restored 19th-century villa, is a charming boutique guesthouse located in the heart of the French Quarter of Pondicherry, India. A mere 400 meters walk from the ocean, with its beautifully appointed rooms, we give you the comforts of a home while having all amenities of a 4-star hotel. We strive to make your stay with us an experience of being in a dream home. ... more less