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“Absolutely Breathtaking”
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The Retreat
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New Delhi, India
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Absolutely Breathtaking”
Reviewed 31 December 2013

I stayed here for 10 days with my family and never experienced such a wonderful time earlier. The sea is almost knocking at your doors and windows. The sunrise was fabulous. It's cleanliness and services are superb. Location adds value to your money. We are fully satisfied

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

The hotel is just bang opposite the sea. We got a second floor sea facing three bedroom suite and enjoyed our two days of stay here. My kids loved the view of the beach and spent most of the early mornings glued to the scenic view. The vegetarian food served by the asharam society inside the hotel is simple but the quality is excellent The rooms are maintained neatly and the entire atmosphere inside the hotel is divine. We would love to visit this place again.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea facing room. They have a three bed room suite on second floor with an excellent view...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Kolkata
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2013

Stayed at The Retreat with my family during 05th october to 08th october 2013 and really enjoyed the stay. It matched with the previous reviews. Its location is superb and in the lap of promenade. You need not have to go out anywhere, simply sitting in the balcony and watching the bay of bengal, you will not realise how time will fly. What you pay, really values for money. The rooms are very nice and comfortable, powerful airconditioners, bathrooms are well equipped with toilettries are manufactured by Aurobindo Ashram group. Only thing they will only supply you with one small bottle of shampoo irrespective of your number of days stayed which I found bit ridiculous, other wise all other room consumables & toilletries are replenished everyday. the rooms are well stocked with hot breverages items and contained tea/coffee maker , including mini refrigerator. You will get fresh linens everyday and the beds are very comfortable.Earlier we booked for first floor for better sea view but after check in, we decided to stay at ground floor front facing where you will also getting nice sea view, in fact you will find more closer to the sea and specially at night while you are in the bed with the balcony door opened , you will feel, the waves are almost touching you.It was nice experience. The food was vegetararian , well cooked and very homely, but you need to advise the reception office in advance prior to your meals.Normally while having b'fast you need to mention it. The eggs here I think is considered as vegetarian, which they serve you only during b'fast (omelleted,boiled eggs, scrambled as you wish).
Note1: Advise for smokers: They keep very strong vigil and they can sniff you out,hence be caution - avoid smoking in the rooms and hotel premises.
Note2: Advise for non-vegetarians: Just a block away, is a Hotel cum restauarant - The Promenade - you can get buffets as well ala-carte. Try the seafoods. We ate mostly here during lunch & dinner and do not miss the roof top bar cum restaurant. It is best during the evenings. The prices are on the higher side, but it again give values for money you pay with very good service.

Room Tip: You may opt for first floor sea facing rooms, otherwise ground floor sea facing rooms are equally go...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 331 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2013

Beautifully maintained hotel of Shri Aurobindo Ashram Society, this guest house is surely a place to retreat away from the hassle and bustle of city living. Every year we spend a few days in this hotel to enjoy the peace it provides. Booking well in advance is adviced as the rooms are nearly always full with both domestic and foreign tourists. The rooms facing the sea each have their private sit out with rattan cane chair and a centre table, where one can spend an entire evening watching the waves, the setting sun, the fishing boats dotting the horizon. The rooms are equipped with a writing table/chair, sitting area with two chairs and a table, a closet, tea/coffe maker with replenishment of tea bags and a packet of biscuits everyday. The beds are comfortable and bed linen spotlessly clean. Bathrooms are equipped with shower stalls and geyser to run hot water whenever required. Toiletteries are replenished and the rooms/bathrooms cleaned every day. Housekeeping staff are well behaved and always smiling, not the type hanging around for tips. Individual tips are discouraged as there is a tip box in the reception for placing the tip moneys, in fairness to all. The reception staff are extremely polite. The dining hall in the basement is clean where breakfast is served complimentary. One can have their meals here too, all vegetarian fare, simple home cooked meals in clean and hygienic surroundings. Even though there are no TVs in the rooms, we never felt the need for one in such serene surroundings. Being a non profit establishment stay here is cost effective and very safe with the gates closing by 11 pm and opening at 6 am. Wifi connectivity is available for a price but very slow, the only area of dissappointment. There is parking space for private vehicles at the back gate perfectly safe. The entire premises are kept clean which is very uplifting. I would never stay anywhere else after staying in this hotel, a perfect place for those seeking quietitude and peace.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the sea on the upper floors provide a stunning view of the shoreline. Please book in a...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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New Delhi, Delhi, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2013

the place is on the Boulevard road by the sea. Except for two rooms which are single and garden facing, all are sea facing rooms. Very comfortable, with a beautiful views of the sea....you step out on the Boulevard and enjoy a lovely walk with the sea breeze blowing through your hair. Its very centrally located, most places are within walking distance.
Breakfast is complementary, wholesome, very nutritious. Lunch and Dinner are like home cooked simple food-thali but you have to let them know in advance
I stayed in a garden facing room -they have a beautifully maintained garden so that was a visual treat. I did miss out on seeing the sea as soon as i opened my eyes, but it takes a minute to be by the sea so it made up

Room Tip: they have very limited single sea facing rooms, so i would advise that you should book as soon as po...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

I don't think I have the right words that can do enough justice to the excellent service & stay that we experienced at The Retreat. Ours was a last min plan & we wondered if we would even get a room to stay here. Initially we were told that they were all booked but then after a while the manager himself called us personally & said that a sea view facing room was available. By the time we reached there it was really late at night. Since we had informed them that we would be having dinner there, the staff had thoughtfully packed a lovely dinner (portion sizes were huge) in very nice cutlery & kept it ready for us. Breakfast buffet is complimentary. Lunch & dinner are pure vegetarian but lovely, simple, delicious & reminds you of home cooked meals... which is a welcome break after prolonged eating in restaurants during a long vacation. Ambience is very soothing & peaceful. The sea side view is unparalleled & the higher you go, the better the view gets. It is centrally located & at a walkable distance to Mission Street for shopping, auro paper factory, many other restaurants/bakeries etc. What impressed us most about this place was the service of the staff ..... from the manager to the bellboy to the caterer to the housecleaning staff.... all were courteous, friendly & very helpful. In fact due to unforeseen circumstances we had to extend our stay by another day & they took it in their stride to find us another room to shift into (as for the next few days someone else had already booked the room we were staying in). All in all this place is exactly what it claims to be..... No frills. No tall promises. Given a choice I will stay here again & again.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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61 reviews
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

Property is on a prime location with excellent sea view. It was a treat to stay there. The staff was efficient and courteous. Since I traveled with my family, I did not mind it being a no smoking - no drinking premises. Most of the good restaurants are within walking distance from the hotel, since its very centrally located even on Goubert Avenue. Rooms were clean and well maintained. With breakfast included, the breath of fresh air in the morning, the clean sea and the lovely promenade, there is really nothing more that you could ask for (only if they allowed non-vegetarian food). All in all, it was the bet holiday stay I had.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Property: The Retreat
Address: 16 Goubert Avenue, Pondicherry 605001, India
Region: India > Union Territory of Pondicherry > Pondicherry
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Ranked #2 of 111 Speciality Lodging in Pondicherry
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