A quaint hotel in the middle of a busy street – that’s Hotel Du Parc. It takes a moment to register that the ‘lobby’ is actually an open desk right by the entrance. There is no show here, just a plain unadorned procedure that takes less than 5 minutes. A group of five, we rented the suite for the night and the manager at the hotel let us have an extra bed free of charge. The room was just gorgeous…it was like stepping into a piece of history – which means that as lovely as it is…it does show some wear and tear.
However, the best thing about the hotel, besides its architecture, is its location. It’s a five minute walk to the beach on one side, and a five minute walk to the busy shopping district on the other side. Since we wanted to get the most out of the fading day, we left our bags in the room and proceeded to walk around the area. We did come back to Du Parc for dinner though and the Le Maree didn’t disappoint in taste even if it did in portions. We had to place a second order once we saw how economical the portions were.
Our one quibble – breakfast. Yes, it comes complimentary with the room, but that doesn't mean it should be so basic. In the buffet were two Indian dishes, bread, croissant (poorly baked), eggs, juice, and sausages. We are not picky eaters, but we did expect a better spread…and the staff were slow in replenishing the food, which meant the quantity dwindled substantially before you got it was refilled.
The check-out was equally smooth, though we did leave the place feeling that the over-all service could have been better, and the staff could have been friendlier. We would check in again in for no other reason than that the shopping area/ beach/ other restaurants are close by.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Heritage Villa Selvom - restored as Hotel du Parc with close proximity to the beach and the Auroindo ashram, was built in the early 17th century and was a part of Villa Aurome. It has served in the past as the residence of many French Governors including Dupleix. The Villa has been remodeled as a reflection of the colonial times. Nestled ingeniously between the mango and coconut trees, the hotel offers two exquisite multi-cuisine restaurants. ... more less
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