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“A peaceful stay and a great location!”
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Villa Christophe
Ranked #51 of 151 Pondicherry B&B and Inns
Bengaluru, India
Level 6 Contributor
63 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“A peaceful stay and a great location!”
Reviewed 22 December 2013

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.

Room Tip: Go for Hibiscus!
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Bengaluru, India
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2013

When we checked into this hotel, we checked into a 3 room home where each room had a different style and character. We choose the room with the split level. Since only 6 guests stay at a time the villa is very private and quiet.

Its in the main french quarter with access to lots of dining options

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bengaluru, India
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2013

Once again at Pondicherry, I am sitting in a run down hotel, thinking of shifting my stay to a better accommodation. I call up a few Villas in White Town but they all say they are running full for the weekend. Finally I get a a ring back from one of the Villa's, I am happy and thank my stars.

The Villa:
Villa Christophe is located in the white town and its hardly half a km to the promenade. The locations is peaceful and the building has a marked impression of the french architecture. Parking is not reserved and you can park in front of the villa. Its not a crowded street.
The interior of the villa has a huge common room with books and chairs. There is a courtyard at the back which is open and you have the kitchenette there.

The Room:
3 rooms are their which are tastefully done. The 'Jasmine' to my observation would be the most demanded room by guests. The rooms are spacious and the structure intimidating. Don't feel frightened closing doors 3 times taller than you with bolts to be latched using two hands :)
The bathrooms are generously spacious and the rain shower was excellent. However the only downside that I can recall of the rooms is that it needs a bit of cleaning. There were cobwebs in some places but considering the fact that the ceilings are 3 times than a normal home, cleaning is a tough affair!

The Food n Service:
Life is simple so was the breakfast. Yet the same old bread, jam and omlette breakfast is quite enchanting when you stare at an open shady courtyard leaving all the hustle n bustle of your city life behind. We sat for an hour at the breakfast table and Martin topped it up with a good brew!

Overall:
Good place to stay, right in Whitetown. Enjoyed every moment and would definitely come back for the Jasmine room :)

Room Tip: If you are a couple choose the Jasmine room. With a kid along the Jasmine can be bit cramped.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 14 June 2013

The rooms were good and were very well managed by Babu and Martin. Those people never made us feel that we were far off from home. The french style place and the amazing breakfast that Babulal served was great. And when we were unable to get a bike on rent Martin borrowed us his bike to travel around.. The backyard is also good and place is must visit for all those looking to enjoy in the heart of Puducherry.

Room Tip: Enjoy the place and evening walk !!
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Chennai (Madras), India
Level 5 Contributor
29 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2013

This recently restored villa, located in a quiet neighbourhood of French Quarter has just 3 rooms - Frangipani, Hibiscus and Jasmine. Once inside, you get tranported back in time. Each room is unique and decorated tastefully with art and period furniture. There is a small courtyard which adds to the overall ambience. Beach is just a short walk away and so are some of the nice eating places. We stayed here for 2 days on two different occasions - in Aug 2011 and Jan 2013. Second time we were traveling in a group and took all rooms. This gives you the entire common space also for your use. On both the occasions our experience was extremely good. Villa is well maintained and rooms were quite clean. Rooms, except for Jasmine are spacious. But Jasmine has an unconventional charm to it, in the form of a winding wooden staircase that takes you to the bed above. They served complimentary breakfast, which was good - toast, croissant, omlette, fresh fruits, fruit juice and tea. Caretakers of this place are quite non intrusive, so you start beleiving this to be your own home. Rooms are priced just right and they are flexible with check-in and check-out timings. We had a peaceful and memorable stay. Thank you Martin, Babulal and Annapurna for your wonderful hospitality.

Room Tip: Select Jasmine for a unique experience
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2013

Really worth staying at Villa Christophe. Our room had a spiral staircase that went up to the bed. That made my day, because its a little different from what we are used to in the standard hotels. The staircase is made of wood, and after a couple of times of getting used to going up and down, it just felt natural. The bathrooms were clean and so was the whole property. The courtyard with French windows really added to ambience. The staff (3 people) were just wonderful. Location-wise, its really good because it just 2 roads away from the Promenade and within walking distance of Bussy street.

So, why isn't my review a 5 star? That's because of 2 reasons.

1. The TV was on the blink for the first day. That's not really a concern for us but my 5 year old did complain about it. The staff did try their best to fix it, but it took a technician from Dishtv to come down and fix the antenna.
2. The parking was on street. The first night was a bit of a toss and turn because I kept trying to listen for any "problems" with the car being parked outside. Overall, there was no problem with that, but its not something I'm used to.

Room Tip: Pick the room with the staircase and get an extra bed to be put down below. Its extra for the bed bu...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Hyderabad
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Reviewed 26 January 2013

I was here for a weekend and it was just amazing. It is a very well done french house with a sit out in the back yard with high walls - all you need for a relaxing weekend. The place is situated on a calm by lane just a block away from the sea.The rooms are spacious with all modern amenities. They are clean and well maintained. The furniture and other details are very indo-french and take you back in time. The staff is very cooperative and ask them for handy tips to explore Pondy !

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Villa Christophe
Address: 5, Surcouf Street, Pondicherry 605001, India
Region: India > Union Territory of Pondicherry > Pondicherry
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #51 of 151 B&Bs / Inns in Pondicherry
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
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 

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