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La Closerie
Ranked #13 of 150 Pondicherry B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Bengaluru, India
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2 reviews
“Lucky to have stumbled upon it”
Reviewed 1 May 2013

It was our first trip to Pondicherry and we were looking for a quiet place to stay at, in the french quarters. A travel blog led us to La Closerie and we hit jackpot.
La Closerie is a charming house located right behind Alliance Francaise on Dumas street. Its got a dip pool and a green patch in the centre of the property with rooms on either side. Its also got a gracious living room, with an interesting collection of literature, to lounge around in. We were a group of 3 and the room we'd chosen had a mezzanine floor with a mattress which suited us well. The room was done up nicely with furniture that's functional and eclectic. The only thing that we didn't like about it was the bathroom whose entrance had curtains instead of a door which made it uncomfortable to use.
The service was unobtrusive and the breakfast which comprised of fresh fruits, juice, croissants, preserves and coffee was healthy and filling. Agline, who was managing the place while we were there pointed us to some good french restaurants in the vicinity and was very helpful in general.
The location of La Closerie is perfect to explore the french quarters and we got lucky that our stay coincided with the Bonjour India festival, organized by Alliance Francaise held on the promenade. We were literally a hop, skip and jump away from the main performance area.
A very comfortable and charming place, will recommend La Closerie to anyone traveling to Pondicherry

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 April 2013

When you walk in the French quarters in Pondicherry, you get glimpses of beautiful old homes surrounding gorgeous courtyards and you yearn to be able to stay in them. Well, yearn no more. La Closerie is an amazing, lovingly built home, where you feel more like a house guest than a tourist.

Having made the reservations over the phone, after seeing the property listed on Tripadvisor, we were quite excited about our stay. We have visited Pondy several times in the past and have stayed at different properties. La Closerie has been the best experience so far.

Located on shady Dumas Street, right in the heart of the French quarters, La Closerie is cloistered away behind a wooden door. We were greeted by Eglina who takes care of the house for the owner, Annie. The courtyard has a lap pool, right next to the long, shady verandah. Though the house has been recently built after bringing down the old property, it has been lovingly restored in the old Pondy style with high ceilings and lots of antique furniture.

We had visited with our adult daughter and two teenage nephews. Our room was in the main house. It had a mezzanine where an extra mattress was placed for our daughter. The boys got a separate garden room. In the scorching April weather, the swimming pool was fabulous- who would expect one in a place like this? The children, my daughter and my husband loved it. Since there are only 6 rooms in La Closerie and all the other guests had seemed to have gone out, it felt like we were in our own home, having a great time!

Breakfast was a lovely continental one with fresh fruit, fresh juice, croissant, toast and preserves. A variety of tea was provided. You can choose to eat at several locations overlooking the garden.Quite the serene experience.

So is there a problem in this paradise? The lack of bathroom doors is quite a daunting prospect. There are thin net curtains for both the shower and the toilet and this is very disturbing. We were told that when somebody is using the bathroom, the others could step out of the room which is what we did but it is very inconvenient. The room we stayed in is meant to be used by 3-4 people and whether it is shared by family or friends, privacy in the bathroom is paramount. So Annie, please install doors!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 April 2013 via mobile

After staying at a hotel on the same street, we happened to notice this beautiful guest house when walking past - and had to move immediately! And it was worth it. Anne, the owner, has given such great thought and attention to detail regarding the architecture that your breath is literally taken away on your first tour; this attention to detail is also reflected in your stay. Delicious breakfast, espresso any time of day, a wonderful pool and offerings of Anne's easy conversation and knowledge of Pondicherry. We were able to buy a beautiful piece of antique art - and for half the original asking price thanks to her advice. The manageress of this hidden gem is also lovely.

We cannot recommend highly enough. This is a special treat for a crazily brilliant fee.

Stayed April 2013
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Reviewed 22 February 2013 via mobile

Our hostess "Annie" has created a peaceful artistic retreat from the cacophony of sounds that is Pondy. Annie truly has an artisan's eye when it comes to the restoration of this beautiful building - which is still a work in progress. ( Wouldn't mind somewhere to hang towels ). Annie makes everyone feel like a personal friend with her local knowledge
and French flair for extracting the most from a memorable visit.
Can't wait to go back and see the fruition of her dream. With helpful friendly staff we have no hesitation in highly recommending "La Closerie ". Thank you Annie
Trish and Stewart Scambler
Perth Western Australia

Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hyderabad, India
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Reviewed 29 January 2013

Pros:
Couldn't find a better place in pondicherry for relaxing... "mesmerized" is the word.. beautifully furnished..very calm and serene..just a 2 min walk from the promenade beach..each room has an individual beauty of its own.. and all of them put together gives a totally different uniqueness to the villa. Sit outs- both downstairs and on the first floor are just ideal for some drinks..talks.. reading etc..But still the USP of this place is the hostess.."Annie Malé"..she made our stay so homely and took personal interest in all our needs that while checking out it didn't feel as a hotel @ all.

Cons:
Not to much on the negative side...just that internet connectivity in the room upstairs should have been better.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: La Closerie
Address: 32 Dumas Street, Pondicherry 605001, India
Region: India > Union Territory of Pondicherry > Pondicherry
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 150 B&Bs / Inns in Pondicherry
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A special place to be in Pondicherry. In the French Quarters, our house La Closerie translation from French a house surrounded by trees and bushes and this is exactly what you will find if you come and stay with us Luxury bedrooms surrounding the swimming pool with plants and trees. Small Private areas to unwind and talk among friends and other guests. Just outside La Closerie you will find the famous Pondicherry promenade and many restaurants where you can choose French / Indian cuisine. ... more   less 
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