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Palais de Mahe
Ranked #1 of 74 Hotels in Pondicherry
Certificate of Excellence
Chennai (Madras), India
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014

We stayed there with two young children and my wife's parents as well. The whole facility is beautiful and very well maintained. The staff was extremely helpful and genuine in a way you don't usually find. The pool was great and a lot of fun for the kids, but well-suited for adults too. The rooms are really unique with tall ceilings and old furnishings. Really fantastic.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

Our stay was absolutely marvelous. It is all that it promises to be and the trip advisor feedback is all perfectly true. Beautiful property, huge, comfortable rooms, free wifi, great location, terrific breakfast. I love the heritage hotel concept and this is a fine example. We are happy we picked this one and look forward to returning for a longer stay.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

Good location. Fantastic reception. Beautiful room with colonial furniture. Cute swimming pool. Great service.Excellent buffet breakfast.Even the welcome drink providex was very native.Overall worth the money we spent.!!

  • Stayed May 2014
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2 Thank RAVINDRAN M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2014 via mobile

Am sipping on a nannari and writing from our room in PDM. So far, our stay here has been nothing short of perfect. The hotel GM Dinu was kind enough to give us a pool facing room at a very good rate. The staff have been informative and unobtrusive.

The pool is about 14 by 4 metres, and in the summer, as it was today, the water is just right. The hotel even had cycles for their guests to use. We cycled down Gandhi Beach at night (found out later that this wasn't allowed).

We check out tomorrow. Already waiting for our breakfast. Special thanks to Feneb for guiding us to some of the nicest parts of the French part of Pondicherry.

The hotel is located about 50 metres from the sea front. Almost all the best rated restaurants and architectural attractions are within a one kilometre radius of this place.

Try to score a pool facing room. Don't think the rooms on the higher floors have a great view so to speak. And do try to have a meal at the restaurant on the terrace.

Highly recommended for couples and families. While the rooms are not cheap, they are certainly well worth the tag.

In a sentence - come here to sample some of Pondicherry's finest French heritage.

  • Stayed May 2014
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Pasig City
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2014 via mobile

I only ate at their rooftop restaurant with a few friends. Service was good. What made me enjoy the place was the beauty of the interiors. It really is well designed and made. The food was fine, nothing incredible, just fine.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Nairobi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

Stayed in room 303 and 304. Excellent property where everything just works. All the staff are thoroughly professional and prompt, which seems difficult to believe - but it is actually true ! I had some special requests since there was a toddler e.g. milk and an odd banana - which were very well catered for. Small touches go a long way - I always found the room nice and cool after a hot day as the staff remembered to switch on the air conditioner after cleaning.

Rooms - Huge. high ceiling. Big comfortable bed. Air conditioners. Fridge (2 complementary bottles of water). Big screen tv. Spotlessly clean.

Bathroom - excellent - shower and a bathtub. good water pressure.

Wifi - excellent.

Shower pressure - very good.

Pool - very very nice and pretty little pool. Mornings can be hot in Pondy, and the pool which is shaded for most of the day by the building is usable until 11 in the morning and then after around 2 in the afternoon.

Breakfast was very good and sumptuous - they take your requests and the order is prepared fresh. I had a lunch there - where we ordered an assortment of fish and vegetarian dishes and everything was well prepared and tasty.

Car parking - small parking area around the back of the hotel.

Walking distance from all the nice sights of Pondy - promenade, museum, the park, various other restaurants around the french quartier.

Room Tip: 2nd floor seems to have the best rooms. Ground floor opens on to the pool - may not be a good idea w...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

Very hospitable set of people managing this CGH property- kudos to Fabine, Praveena, Vikas Seetha, and Srini (restaurant). Breakfast for a fixed menu but same as buffet - very rich and filling. Great clean swimming pool of 50m. We as a family stayed in 303 - big room and they provided an extra bed. Cooling through air conditioning good and bathrooms well done. Kathir (chef) was ready to make anything. Not much veggie options there and it looks expensive to eat. We went on an off season and I hope they treat us the same way well during peak season as well. Recommended place to stay. Talk to Seetha who can be the local guide - she knows Pondy in and out. Their manager (Binu, I guess) was also great. Our elder daughter was sleeping solid when we went to Pizza Hut next door to eat and even after repeated calling and banging, she could not hear us - the staff really tried their best to wake her up and after about 10 minutes she woke up and opened the door. We are very very happy. Maintained well. Can arrange some kids activities.

Room Tip: 303 and 304 are good rooms on the top.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Palais de Mahe
Address: 4 Rue Bussy Lal Bahadur Sastry Street Palais De Mahe #, Pondicherry 605001, India
Region: India > Union Territory of Pondicherry > Pondicherry
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 74 Hotels in Pondicherry
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Palais de Mahe 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Palais de Mahe (a CGH Earth experience) is situated in the French quarter in Pondicherry, India. The architecture of this beautiful boutique hotel is in keeping with the French colonial style of the region. It has 18 luxurious suites, a lovely courtyard with a swimming pool, a restaurant and bar, and a poolside cafe. ... more   less 
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