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“EXCELLENT DRINKS” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Le Dupleix
Ranked #11 of 73 Hotels in Pondicherry
Certificate of Excellence
Salem, India
2 reviews
“EXCELLENT DRINKS”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2014

hai,
very well maintained property with all facilities we had drink with grilled chicken sandwich all were awesome enjoyed my evening with drinks&snacks
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salem castle hotel

Room Tip: well maintained rooms & bar
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank yuva1769
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Danielle S, Manager at Le Dupleix, responded to this review, 18 April 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for spending your evening with us during your recent visit to Pondicherry and thank you for taking out the time to review us on Tripadvisor.

I am glad you had an enjoyable evening with us and that our services provided exceeded your expectations.

I do hope that upon your next visit to Pondicherry you will choose to stay with us, it would be a pleasure having you as our guest again.

Warm regards,
Danielle W.
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Value
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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50 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2014

A long unwinding weekend at Pondicherry brought us to Le Dupleix - one reason restored Mayors residence- a heritage structure. On the quiet rue on the corner is this beautiful white structure with a large courtyard with rooms on three levels. The hotel exudes charm and peace- the rooms are colonial and large.
Although I was hoping for a first floor room, the hotel was booked so I got a ground floor room (#2). Huge room, very high ceilings, four poster elevated bed and a window which lets the morning sun in while reading your news paper.
The bathroom was a grouse- tiny tub so you can’t bathe- and the walls seemed wet with leaks plus they did not have floor rugs for the wet floors.
When you leave the room door open by any chance, guests will mistake it for a restaurant entry or a washroom since the ground floor room entries are through the restaurant.
The staff is excellent and very courteous and takes to your needs promptly. We needed a bike rented for the day and since they could not find us one - one of the staff let his bike and we got to know only in the evening about it - now that’s service- Thank You Vasan! Same goes for ordering food for my sick friend which was off the menu and their service hours.
The food - although I did not do justice by eating from the restaurant is excellent- They have a lovely breakfast spread.
Le Dupleix leaves you happy

Room Tip: the first floor ones with the balcony overlooking the courtyard
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank nishsj
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Danielle S, Manager at Le Dupleix, responded to this review, 5 April 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing to stay with us during your recent trip to Pondicherry and thank you for taking the time to review us on Tripadvisor. It was a pleasure meeting you and having you as our guests.

I am happy that our services exceeded your expectations, your special mention of Vasan has been conveyed to him as well as the entire team and is appreciated by all of us. It is our constant effort to assure that every guest leaves us happy and I am glad your stay with us was comfortable and memorable.

I have taken note of your concern regarding the bathroom and have taken the necessary steps to rectify this.

I do hope you will stay with us again, should you visit Pondicherry in the future.

Once again, thank you for being our guest.

Warm regards,
Danielle W.
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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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299 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

Looking for authentic french food we chanced upon Le Dupleix. It is one of the oldest buildings in the heart of old French town of Pondicherry and is believed to be 200 years old. It has been restored and converted in one of the two design oriented hotels by the Kapurs of Hidesign family. It is run by Sarovar Hotels. Originally it was built as the residence to French Mayor of Pondicherry, Dupleix. It has 14 luxurious rooms and 2 restaurants, Gourmet' Restaurant and The Governor's Lounge Bar.

Unfortunately there was a tandoori festival on and the only two authentic french dishes available in the bar were Poulet Saute Chasseur and Classic tenderloin steak. Both the dishes were well done and really tasty. The old regal building and the atmosphere in the bar made our evening very special.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rajeshwar Dayal M
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Danielle S, Manager at Le Dupleix, responded to this review, 1 April 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for dining with us during your recent visit to Pondicherry, it was a pleasure having you as our guest and thank you for taking out your valuable time to review us on Tripadvisor.
I'm happy that you appreciate the meticulous renovation and the harmony between the traditional and modern that exists at Le Dupleix.

I am pleased that your enjoyed the poulet sauté chasseur and the tenderloin steak, this has been conveyed to our Chef and his team and I do apologize for any inconvenience that may have been caused due to the fact that not the entire menu was available during our Barbeque Festival.

I do hope you will visit us again, should you come to Pondicherry in the future. I would be looking forward to welcoming you as our guest.

Warm regards,
Danielle W.
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alicante, spain
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141 reviews
67 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2014

This place is excellent. As another reviewer has said, the rooms have just the right mix of Tamil and colonial charm, and are great places just to be- the sign of a really good hotel.

The courtyard escapes the madness that can be intrusive in India, and the food is wonderful- French cuisine with Indian touches which add interest and spice (you will probably most appreciate breakfast if you have been travelling for a while: the croissants and patisserie are worthy of a Parisian hotel).

A special mention to the staff, who are, without exception, superb. Courteous and attentive, without for a moment being intrusive.

Great place. Would be happy to spend a long time here. And you really can't say that about many hotels...

Room Tip: Away from the road may be a good idea.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank grooverjlazerus
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Danielle S, Manager at Le Dupleix, responded to this review, 29 March 2014
Dear Guest,

I would like to thank your for reviewing us on Tripadvisor, it was a pleasure having you with us during recent stay in Pondicherry. Your appreciation of the cuisine offered by us and your special mention of the staff has been conveyed to the entire team and motivates us in our constant efforts to exceed the expectations of all of our guests.

Should you visit Pondicherry in the future, I would be looking forward to welcoming you as our guest again.

Warm regards,
Danielle W.
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Encinitas, California
Level Contributor
3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2014

Adequate, clean room and bath. Beautifully crafted wooden furniture, and architectural details on pillars and ceilings. The breakfast was tasty, South Indian fare. The beach was in walking distance and an evening walk along the beach was great. The building is 3 stories, but does not have an elevator. A talented violinist played in the courtyard during the evening--Fantastic.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank MB1940
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Danielle S, Manager at Le Dupleix, responded to this review, 29 March 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for being our guest during your recent visit to Pondicherry and thank you for taking out your valuable time to review us on Tripadvisor. I am pleased that the we have been able to make your stay with us a comfortable and memorable one.

I do hope to be able to welcome you as our guest again, should you visit Pondicherry in the future.

Warm regards,
Danielle W.
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Bangalore
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19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2014

Stayed there for 2 days, faultless place with state of the art french architecture.
Best part was food, and hospitality of the staff. You should take the first floor rooms for better experience
The location is just perfect. Would love to go back there.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Vimal G
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Danielle S, Manager at Le Dupleix, responded to this review, 6 March 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for staying with us during your recent visit to Pondicherry and thank you for taking the time to review us on Tripadvisor.

I am pleased that the entire team has been able to exceed your expectations and that we have been able to make your stay with us a comfortable and memorable one.
Your appreciation of our cuisine and the hospitality of the team has been shared with them and I am sure it will encourage all of us in our endeavours to do our best further.

Once again, thank you for being our guest and I do hope to be able to welcome you again to Le Dupleix upon your next visit to Pondicherry.

Warm regards,
Danielle W.
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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14 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014

We visited this place on Valentine's evening. When we walked in after having a look at the set menu displayed outside (which was of course nothing to write home about - just 2 main course options and a glass of wine - not affordable by any standards), we spoke with one lady at the reception. She spoke with us in detail and at length about the options for dine in that day. After high handedly talking in the air for about 5 minutes, it dawned on the lady that the place was full - and told us that she "BELIEVED" that the restaurant is full. What's more pathetic is that we could see at least 2 couple tables empty, and there were violins being played for "FOREIGN" guests. Predicatably this place smells of colonial racism, pretty bad. Would never go there again or even recommend the same.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank KDavidtraveller
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Danielle S, Manager at Le Dupleix, responded to this review, 24 February 2014
Dear Traveller,

Thank you for choosing us to write your first ever review on Tripadvisor. On Valentine's day Le Dupleix, traditionally, offers its guests a special 4 course menu accompanied by a complimentary glass of wine. Since the restaurant was fully booked for the evening, we do believe the menu to be appreciated by all our guests.
The violinist has been coming to Le Dupleix, every Saturday and on special occasions such as Valentine"s day, for a number of years now and his music is a delight to all our guests, making the term "colonial racism" out of place and in rather bad taste.

I do hope you will visit Pondicherry again in the future, I would be looking forward to meeting you and welcoming you as our guest.
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Property: Le Dupleix
Address: 5 Rue Dela Caserne Street, Pondicherry 605001, India
Region: India > Union Territory of Pondicherry > Pondicherry
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Pondicherry
#4 Family Hotel in Pondicherry
#5 Romantic Hotel in Pondicherry
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Le Dupleix 3.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Le Dupleix offers a fusion between the rich, colonial heritage and a contemporary flavor. The hotel beautifully complements Pondicherry. It is a 14-room luxury heritage hotel, nestling in an 18th century French colonial villa, originally built for the Maire Mayor of Pondicherry. Now restored and modernized the hotel is an architectural masterpiece showcasing the life of the 18th century French Governor Marquis Joseph-Francois Dupleix. The 14 suites are all distinct in style and furnishings and each provides a unique experience. ... more   less 
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