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Gratitude, a Heritage Home
Ranked #3 of 150 Pondicherry B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Portland, Oregon
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“Heavenly stay at Gratitude”
Reviewed 28 October 2013

Gratitude is steeped in the great care and pride the owner and staff have for this historic building. The building's heritage is an aesthetic delight and each staff member makes the place all the more lovely. The courtyard is inviting and peaceful, the rooms are impeccably decorated and breakfast is truly amazing with spreads including fresh croissants, fresh fruits, omelettes and Indian dishes like idli and upma!

Deepa and Anto were an absolute delight and Vijay was very efficient in arranging things for us! I chose this hotel because the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) aided in the building's restoration. I am an INTACH member who has worked with the organization in the past and I appreciate their work. Kakoli, the owner at Gratitude, helped to put us in touch with INTACH Pondicherry and we were able to enjoy wonderful strolls through Pondicherry's French and Tamil quarters while learning about their history and modern threats to the town's heritage areas.

Lovely, quiet location on the fringes of the French Quarter, gorgeous property, amazing staff with whom we fell in love.....We will be back to Gratitude Heritage very soon!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Mumbai
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

I went to Gratitude with my best friend. We were there for two nights and 3 days and they were the best. It was so relaxing and the staff is so sweet and helpful! Especially Anto and Deepa. We loved the culture that is part of Gratitude Heritage. We will definitely be going back there and I will also take my family there!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

We chose to be in Pondicherry for my husband's birthday. After a lot of research and review reading(i am very finicky about places i stay in) we chose Gratitude Heritage. This is what i felt.

Upon entering the larger than life wooden doors, one is immediately transported to the beginning of a different era. As you enter the door you will meet either of the soft spoken, bubbly girls Anto or Deepa. There is nothing like a check in. You enter the seating area which is tastefully done with a huge photo of Mother and surrounded by timeless furniture and art deco pieces. They welcome you to have a cup of masala chai or green tea. Once you've done that, they take you to your room(each room is different, pictures available on their website). We chose Room number 6. The room had a beautiful antique poster bed and draped in blue and white rajasthani muslin cloth. The unique feature of this room was a flight of stairs to the washroom. The bathroom contained also a writing desk(you can imagine the size of the room!). beautifully done up in mango yellow with small windows. The entire house opens up into a verandah, which has swing, chairs to sit. The dinning area is large again with antique furniture. Its just not the soul of the house that captures you but also of the people who own and run this place. Kakoli and team create an atmosphere of peace, openness and trust. I have stayed in 5 star properties across the globe. I choose to lock my stuff and be safe. But, at Gratitude it did not matter where my wallet was or where i left my ipad. The didis there came cleaned while we lazed in and around the room. The breakfast is humble and home cooked. It is a place that I am sure of going back again.

Room Tip: If you love poster beds and huge bathrooms then it choose room 6.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

A wonderful serene and calm green space in a urban setting, situated in the heart of the city, it's in the lovely part of Franco Tamil part of Pondicherry, the location is brilliant with the beach very close by and lots of restaurants and shops to choose from nearby
Gratitude welcomes you literally with a feeling of entering your home space. The building itself is revived beautifully from an old bungalow but has retained all of its old world charm. The small greenery inside definitely adds to the ambience and the rooms are cosy. Great place for artistes , writers , and anyone on a creative pursuit, if your looking for anything remotely commercial than this is not your choice of spot! I would go there again for sure .....

Room Tip: The top floor room with a large window facing the courtyard
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

We, as a family traveled there and we felt in love with this place as soon as we placed our first footstep into it. A beautifully designed and restored french colonial house in the white town of peaceful Pondicherry, this place is so inviting, warm with hospitality and peaceful that you feel like staying there for as many days as you can. We have been treated like family members yet we had our personal time and space. They serve excellent breakfast. You have arrangement for tea/coffee at anytime of the day. While staying there, avail the massage service they provide. It was very nice for us.
All the staffs are very very good. They help you with a smile which is rare. We are thankful to all of them.
We will comeback here many times. We miss this place.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

a very homely experience far away from home....it had a personal touch in its hospitality....this place is gr8 to be in a group and stay dre atleast for a week and relax.....will surely love to stay again at this place whenever I go to Pondy again.....

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

This heritage home is surely a beautiful, serene home away from home. I along with my husband and brother-in-law stayed at this place for a day but the experience was truly memorable. We took two rooms. One was a double occupancy while the other one was a single occupancy. This place is absolutely quite, classy yet so peaceful. The best part about it is the special and one-on-one interaction of the owners (one of them is Kakoli) with each and all. The breakfast spread is nice and good. All the people in this heritage house have breakfast together where the owners interacted with us. It was great talking to Kakoli who told us about Pondi as well as places to visit and so on. Also, had an amazing Kerala Foot Spa. It was just so relaxing. The entire staff is warm and welcoming. A special mention about Anto who guides you from the moment you enter this home. Wish we could have stayed more..But will surely love to stay at this place again!!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Gratitude, a Heritage Home
Address: 52 Rue Romain Rolland Street, Pondicherry 605001, India
Region: India > Union Territory of Pondicherry > Pondicherry
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 150 B&Bs / Inns in Pondicherry
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
‘Gratitude’ is a home and a place of retreat in Pondicherry, India. It has been restored lovingly over a period of three years maintaining the authenticity of the architectural style and method of construction that was prevalent when this house was built. What gives ‘Gratitude’ its true essence is the quiet joy and peace that gives this home a healing atmosphere which is rare to find in the world outside without compromising on comfort. ... more   less 

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