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“A slice of French colonial.”
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Hotel du Parc
Ranked #14 of 85 Hotels in Pondicherry
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 May 2014

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.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

We ( my wife and eight year old daughter and wife,s family) stayed for a week in two deluxe rooms . The location is fantastic with the bazaar, beach , park and ashram all within 5 min walk..what blew us completely is the service..everyone from the manager to staff looked after us like family..the hotel became our home after the first two days as mr Krishna, Venkat and others made the stay memorable..we will return in December..

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank raj m
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

The hotel is located in a central location, the famous temple, aurobindo ashram, garden and seafront are very close from the hotel (walking distance).
On arrival we were greeted kindly and i was happy to see the place as shown in the professional photos. The way in which the hotel is made gives an authentic french appearance with a charm of its own.
The service, house keeping was very good. Rooms were spotlessly clean. We had stayed in a standard room which was decently good and spacious, good bathroom. What i liked about the room was it had a nice sit out for two (chair and a very small table). The total wood effect in the room gave a cozy feel to it.
The food was good, wide variety on the hotel menu and we could order our lunch/dinner at our room, service was prompt and the food was mind blowingly delicious. But i feel they can improve on breakfast which get repetitive (though good- but u cant eat the same for more days. Live omlette or dosa counter would be a welcome addition)
I'd suggest them to provide electric kettles (which mostly all hotel rooms nowadays have) in addition to the minbar (even in a standard room).
I'd specially like to thank Mr. Ravi (manager) and Mr. Gerrad for providing great hospitality.

Overall i'd recommend this place.

Room Tip: Go for the standard rooms as the deluxe rooms are not as big as you would expect them to be
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

We stayed for one night in standard room. Hotel is bang opp to manavalku temple inside french colony. 2 Min walk to the beach. Property is maintained ok. They have tried to maintain the french relics and ascetics. Room has a mini bar stocked to chill from the heat. Service was good. So the only letdown is food. Breakfast option was average with not too many options to try the french cuisine. Prices for food very pricey. Stay here and eat at villa shanti if you want to sample some authentic french cuisine.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank kalpskris
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

The Hotel du Parc is well located next to an interesting temple, where every evening, an elephant blesses worshipers for some small change. That is about all.
The rooms need a good fresh coat of paint. Breakfast is diabolical. The courtyard is plagued by a kind of metal mezzanine, which kills its colonial charm. I would not stay again, even though I was upgraded to a superior room.
Of all the hotels I visited in Pondicherry, I would have liked to stay at La Maison Tamoule, a superbly refurbished traditional south Indian house.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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Thank frenchteddywww
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

I stayed for 3N with my family in Pondichery. The location of this hotel is good. It is close to most of the places that one would like to visit. Aurobindo ashram is ~400metres, Promenade is ~600m, Ganesha temple is ~100metres, Bharati park is ~300metres. It is on JN Street.

I stayed in a suite room, on the ground floor. The hotel has 9-10 rooms. 2 of them are suites. Now suites by itself is not as much a large, it has a small hall room with 2 small beds and a large bedroom (with atleast 15 ft ceiling). I was a little disappointed, with the room to be very frank. It has only one bathroom. The AC's were not very effective at a height of 15 ft. The furniture was pretty old and needed cleaning. The room did not have any view by itself (the hall had no windows)

Food is not the strength of this hotel/restaurant. The breakfast buffet spread is very limited with very mundane stuff served. so you would be typically served milk shake/watermelon juice. One cut fruit, corn flakes (on some days) and a dosa/pongal along with bread/eggs/omlette. The dosa or uttapam served was cold since the kitchen is on ground floor and by the time one eats the food its already cold. They dont charge any thing extra for room service which is a good gesture. The food that we ordered in our room was good except a chicken dish in which there were 3 small pieces of chicken (with bones) and a price of INR 350 plus.

The staff is very courteous and helpful. They advised me of the places worth visiting. They promptly also arranged for my drop to Chennai. I would like to thank Mr. Ravi, Gerard, Vivek, Venkat and others for extending such warm hospitality. Room services is fairly quick.


Overall its a small old world charm hotel; maintained pretty well and at a good location. I think it needs more staff to man the restaurant because during breakfast it becomes pretty much difficult to please all guests with only 2 staff member. Surguru ( a pure veg restaurant) is located bang opposite this hotel and is fairly good. It opens at 6 am. There is also a Anand bhavan which again serves veg food at competitive rates, which is like ~200metres away from this hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank abhijit chaki
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

Olde-world charm and most helpful staff. Thoroughly enjoyed staying here and wouldn't hesitate to do so again. Centrally located, good food and well priced. My only issue was a lack of hot water and pressure.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Ian D
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Address: 5 Jawaharlal Nehru Street, Pondicherry 605 001, India
Region: India > Union Territory of Pondicherry > Pondicherry
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 85 Hotels in Pondicherry
Price Range: £37 - £104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel du Parc 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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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