We stayed at Karai from 11th January, 2014 till 14th January, 2014. First of all, it was brilliant that all the staff could converse properly in English, secondly the hotel was located ideally in the heart of the city and was easy to find as the bus stop is right in front of the hotel and it's located at the most famous crossroads of Pondicherry. The staff was really helpful and extremely polite and we had a swift check-in and were handed our room key within 5 minutes of arriving at the hotel. We had an executive room which was the 2nd category of rooms available but we had a look at the most basic room as well and that too was pretty great except, of course it was smaller in size but the tariff was substantially lower. Our executive room was great and the washrooms were also clean and all modern facilities were available in the room and to my surprise, an electronic safe was also provided which i wasn't expecting. As soon as you get out of the hotel a huge line of auto's is waiting to take you places and travelling by auto is the best option for people who are not willing to rent a 2-wheeler in Pondicherry. The hotel also provides complimentary breakfast to all it's guests, the food is pre-plated and not a buffet but i guess for the tariff they charge, complimentary breakfast is anyway a steal. The hotel has a restaurant at the ground floor as well, we didn't eat there but every time we crossed the place it was always full of people. The room service is also good and extremely fast but i would suggest that you do not order Chinese food because it's not their specialty. Rock beach at the promenade is just 10 minutes from the hotel by auto and it's located at the french colony so that really is the best place to hang out and all good restaurants like le club, rendezvous and extacy are located there only. I would suggest that you take a 2-wheeler on rent because auto's are too expensive. On the whole, my experience with Karai was brilliant and the next time i visit the place i would love to stay at Karai again. Note -: Mrs. Sheela, the front office manager at the hotel was really helpful, kind and handled everything perfectly during our stay, so a special thanks to her as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A new property started from 14th of Jan. 2013. Beautifully designed rooms with all the basic facilities of LED, WIFI, tea/coffee maker, daily newspaper and so on. It's a centralized AC property. It also has a restaurant and a coffee shop. Room service is also available. ... more less
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