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Pleasant Inn Pondicherry
Ranked #37 of 76 Hotels in Pondicherry
Chennai, India
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

I chose this hotel mainly because of the offer i got from booking.com, AC rooms were not available, booked a Non a/c room, which turned out to be a poor choice. Room was too warmer than outside, it was sweaty night, next day i requested them a A/C room, answer was no from the front desk, i informed them, I'm checking out, they asked me to wait for 20 mins, then they informed me "Now a AC room is available" they didnt want to lose me i guess. Generally this hotel rooms are very spacious, with good interior, fixtures.
Downside is hotel doesnt have a restaurant, and there is not a decent restaurant around either.
All major attraction in pondi is walk able from the hotel.

Room Tip: Avoid Non Ac rooms in Summer. insist on ac rooms without breakfast for best rate.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2014

I went to Pleasant Inn in February 2014 and it was a very nice surprise. This is one of the only "economic" hotel with internet access (only in the hall, no wifi in the rooms!) in Pondi. Well located, only 4-5 minutes walking to the Ocean side, in the heart of the French Quarter, close to many shops, restaurants and the Grand Bazaar Market (4 min), you will find a very good first view of the social mixing between French and Indian well known in this part of India, as well as how Indian people try to manage tourism... ^^

The hotel is very clean, the room I took (regular one) for about 900 rupies (~11€) was really big, the bathroom is big and clean as well with an Italian shower... Very confortable matress and ventilation system much appreciated. The personel is welcoming, helpful and smiling.

Good choice! (And don't forget to visit Sadhana Forest on Friday!)

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

I stayed at this place for a couple of weeks whilst in Pondicherry for work. Having booked elsewhere for my first 2 nights I moved in to the Pleasant Inn after checking out a few different options in town.

First off, the location is very convenient, right in the centre of the main town. NOTE the location as indicated on the map on here is wrong! The hotel is actually about half way between Mission Street and MG Road (i.e. east of MG Rd and not west as indicated). It is just a few seconds' walk from Nilgiri's which provides a handy source of snacks and essentials.

I stayed in an A/C room on the third floor which was impeccably clean and spacious and I didn't see a single mosquito or fly in the room the whole time. The room was pretty quiet by virtue of the fact that it did not have any external windows, although that did mean views were out of the question. Throughout my stay the front desk staff were friendly and helpful, and always well presented.

On the downside, WiFi access is only available in the reception area and this seemed to be quite temperamental, although there are a few cafes nearby with free WiFi (notably the lovely Mission Cafe just around the corner underneath Dominos Pizza).

Another negative is the room could also get very warm if the A/C was turned off, especially the bathroom which was permanently like a Turkish Bath! This I put down to the fact that all the A/C units seem to vent into a service void onto which the bathroom window is open. It wasn't a problem but the cold water was often far from cold, sometimes almost hot, which can make brushing your teeth a bit weird!

Room Tip: You might find non-A/C rooms too warm at night.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 May 2014 via mobile

....nice stay, good price for such a hotel in india! Ver clean in comparison to other hotels/restaurants. Comfortable bed. although no aircon and strange checkout rules: you check out 24h after your checkin...

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Lubbock, TX
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

My girlfriend and I stayed at the Pleasant inn during our trip to Pondicherry. Service at the front desk was very cordial. The gentleman working the desk was always pleasant and one day we had a conversation about the bitterly cold weather that people back home in the US were experiencing. The hotel was within walking distance of the beach and other attractions.

Our room was very spacious and clean. There was a large wardrobe in the room to store clothing. There was also a table in the room and a night stand, which is always a plus. TV was of the flat screen variety and there was a good selection of english language channels. We had a non AC room, but with the fan going it was ok at night. It might seem a bit too warm for those that are not used to warmer temperatures. Being from Texas, we are used to the heat. Bed was very comfortable, which is not something you always find in budget range Indian hotels.

Indian breakfast was complimentary in the morning, and it was simply delicious. I'd definitely recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Pondy!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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102 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2014

After reading reviews on TA, we decided to check this hotel out. Booked the deluxe a/c room, which was simple but spacious. Tip- it is imminent you take an a/c room if it's available, the city is just too hot, and at night you'll have to deal with the mosquitoes. Rates are brilliant, cheaper than many other 'budget' hotels but Pleasant Inn offers more. Given, the wifi being only available in the lobby can be a bit annoying, but we only needed to use it once or twice, so it wasn't a big problem (if you're on business, make sure you don't need to rely on the hotel wifi).

Another bad news- the bathroom. It's extremely clean, well-equipped with 24 hour hot water, but there's just something so wrong with it's design. Even with the a/c blasting and the bathroom door lying open all the time, the bathroom is just so, so much hotter than the room! We had to leave the bathroom door open the entire time because if we closed it, it was just too hot to enter.

Don't expect much from the breakfast either. They don't have a restaurant so they deliver indian veg food to your door at around 8am every morning. It's not very tasty either, so you can skip the breakfast if you want and head out to any of the restaurants awaiting you within walking distance. That's another plus point of this hotel- it's location. It couldn't have been better! You could walk everywhere- we hardly used the car at all.

I highly recommend everyone to try this pizza place- Cafe Xtasi. Other reviewers have mentioned it, and let me tell you, it beats many other highly lauded restaurants. We went here twice during our stay.

Overall- very comfortable stay, clean, didn't expect much from the budget hotel, but it was well worth the money, probably even more considering how much they provided for the low rates. Will probably return next time.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2014

We stayed in this inn for 4 days and 3 nights during April 2014.

Location was great: Walk-able distance to:
1. Vinayagar temple
2. Aurobindo Ashram
3. Cafe Xtasi (popular pizza place)
4. Surguru (Indian Veg restaurant)
5. Baker Street - French Bakery (come out of hotel door, take right and then take right on to the road next to Nilgiri's), go straight, you will hit dead end. Take right at this dead end and after few meters, Bakers Street will be on your left)
6. Next door you will have Nilgiri's (grocery store).
7. Hot breads.
8. Bon Breads.
9. Bombay Anand Bhavan (India veg food)
10.Adiyar Anand Bhavan (India veg food)
11. Promonade beach road is also walk-able. Place to be in the evenings after 6 PM.

We opted for room with-out breakfast. Room was great. Very neat. AC worked very nice. Kept us very cool. We went as a family and given the location, it was extremely convenient. Rooms was cleaned everyday. Staff were very helpful. In summary, highly recommend this. You will not go wrong with this hotel.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Pleasant Inn Pondicherry
Address: 33 Rangapillai Street | Next to Nilgiris Shopping Mall, Pondicherry 605001, India
Region: India > Union Territory of Pondicherry > Pondicherry
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Ranked #37 of 76 Hotels in Pondicherry
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Pleasant Inn Pondicherry 1.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in french colony with 40 well furnished rooms with basic amenities complimentary breakfast room service lcd tv 24 hrs hot water wifi in lobby complimentary 3 bedded 4 bedded twin bedded inter connected roof garden veg restarant ... more   less 
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