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Hotel Corbelli
Ranked #51 of 82 Hotels in Pondicherry
Reviewed 13 February 2013

Nice small hotel located in the heart of Pondy's shopping district. Decent clean rooms with reasonable service. The only downside is that the car parking in a small garage down a really narrow street!!

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 February 2013

I used hotel during my visit to run Auroville Marathon-2013.
- I chose the hotel as the location was very close to the ashram, the beach and pick-up for the marathon was few 100 mtrs away from the hotel.
- The room was okay. The toilet was clean but had foul smell typical of the room not ventilated well.
- The room service was okay. The choice of food options were limited but food preparation is good and serving size is big. All the options listed on menu may not be available while you are ordering, so prepare your plan b, c, d... etc before calling the room service :-)
- I booked my ticket from cleartrip.com which had promised a complimentary break-fast. But when I checked with the hotel front-desk, they did not oblige. I do not know who is at fault, the hotel or Cleartip? As it was a single day trip, I did not bother much about these short comings.

The hotel may not be a good option, if you are travelling with family and looking for a relaxed and hassle free holiday.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

I had to go on a 5 week trip to Pondicherry India, on training... and ALONE. I had to stay in a hotel by myself, and tried to look for something that was not too pricey.

I found Hotel Corbelli on Mission St, which is a rather busy street, being perpendicular to the main shopping road, much like Orchard Rd in Singapore. ( I am not comparing Orchard Road to JN Street, ok?)

Hotel Corbelli is a firstly a kind of Budget Hotel, but the staff treat you with professionalism, and knowing that I was a lady travelling alone, ensured that safety was of main priority. Everyone was very polite and friendly, and the Manager Mr Senthil, in particular, was very professional in his dealings in all matters pertaining to guests and the running of the Hotel. Free internet is available in the reception area and the 1st floor.

Laundry is available, the staff sends out clothes to a nearby dhoby, and Room Service will clean your room and make up your bed, if you tell the reception counter to do so. Keys must be left at counter whenever you leave the hotel, this is for your own safety. Loss of keys consitute Rs 1000 fine, which is steep.

There is a Non-Veg restaurant inside the hotel itself, and though the staff are very nice, the food and management of the restaurant is VERY average. The restaurant does NOT belong to the hotel, so please do not blame the hotel staff for lousy food or price in the restaurant. Just opposite the hotel is a Bombay Anandha Bhavan ( Vegetarian ) and the food there is more than satisfying and for lesser price. A few minutes walk away, there is also Surguru Spot, another Veg Restaurant, and though a bit more expensive, their Masala Dosas and Mini Meals are to die for.. YUM.

Another restaurant is the Giovanni at 5th Level of the hotel itself, and also not connected to the Hotel, but it serves pork, so if you are Muslim, avoid it.

Be very careful when approached by strangers, as I was told by one of the staff, basically everyone in Pondi is inabbreated to some level or the other. A few 100m away from the hotel, a man ( drunk of course ) almost walked into me - whom I managed to avoid hitting me - followed me another 100m or so, calling out, "madam, .. madam,.. madam..." I later found out these guys try their luck to see if they can get some money from people for more drink!

Be careful too of street vendors, especially those selling clothes, they may cheat you with money or accessories. Always check your bags to see you are leaving with your own belongings intact, as well as the things you paid for.

Auto drivers are not all bad, some of them do try to eve-tease single ladies, but the older ones are polite and will take you to wherever you want to go at a reasonable price. Starting price is Rs 50.

Room Tip: Try the *01 or *07 rooms, esp for added privacy.. they have a balcony and away from the other rooms.
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank ladyrain72
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Reviewed 8 February 2013

I had to go on a 5 week trip to Pondicherry India, on training... and ALONE. I had to stay in a hotel by myself, and tried to look for something that was not too pricey.

I found Hotel Corbelli on Mission St, which is a rather busy street, being perpendicular to the main shopping road, much like Orchard Rd in Singapore. ( I am not comparing Orchard Road to JN Street, ok?)

Hotel Corbelli is a firstly a kind of Budget Hotel, but the staff treat you with professionalism, and knowing that I was a lady travelling alone, ensured that safety was of main priority. Everyone was very polite and friendly, and the Manager Mr Senthil, in particular, was very professional in his dealings in all matters pertaining to guests and the running of the Hotel. Free internet is available in the reception area and the 1st floor.

Laundry is available, the staff sends out clothes to a nearby dhoby, and Room Service will clean your room and make up your bed, if you tell the reception counter to do so. Keys must be left at counter whenever you leave the hotel, this is for your own safety. Loss of keys consitute Rs 1000 fine, which is steep.

There is a Non-Veg restaurant inside the hotel itself, and though the staff are very nice, the food and management of the restaurant is VERY average. The restaurant does NOT belong to the hotel, so please do not blame the hotel staff for lousy food or price in the restaurant. Just opposite the hotel is a Bombay Anandha Bhavan ( Vegetarian ) and the food there is more than satisfying and for lesser price. A few minutes walk away, there is also Surguru Spot, another Veg Restaurant, and though a bit more expensive, their Masala Dosas and Mini Meals are to die for.. YUM.

Another restaurant is the Giovanni at 5th Level, but it serves pork, so if you are Muslim, avoid it.

Be very careful when approached by strangers, as I was told by one of the staff, basically everyone in Pondi is inabbreated to some level or the other. A few 100m away from the hotel, a man ( drunk of course ) almost walked into me - whom I managed to avoid hitting me - followed me another 100m or so, calling out, "madam, .. madam,.. madam..." I later found out these guys try their luck to see if they can get some money from people for more drink!

Be careful too of street vendors, especially those selling clothes, they may cheat you with money or accessories. Always check your bags to see you are leaving with your own belongings intact, as well as the things you paid for.

Auto drivers are not all bad, some of them do try to eve-tease single ladies, but the older ones are polite and will take you to wherever you want to go at a reasonable price. Starting price is Rs 50.

Room Tip: Choose Rooms *01 or *07 - they have a balcony and fresh air can come into the room if you want it. H...
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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2  Thank ladyrain72
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Reviewed 4 February 2013

Hotel Corbelli offers great value for money. It is conveniently located in the market and everything is accessible. (Food, transport, and shopping.)

I only wish they work on slightly improving the room service.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Desh M
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Reviewed 27 January 2013

I had a pleasant stay on this hotel. It's located centrally in Pondi, hardly 1 km from the beach and on the market. The room was good , neat and clean, bathroom was well maintained. I was looking to extend my schedule for 1 more day, but rooms were booked. The Italian restaurant was good, The chef Max prepare it well. Don't expect much on the swimming pool, it not a pool :) overall exp was good

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank SatyajitSarangiSilu
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Reviewed 7 January 2013

The overall experience was quite good. The hotel can improve a little on the room service and dining facilities but otherwise on all the other counts, it was a very good experience. The hotel is also centrally located to all the shopping, tourist and entertainment points.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Address: 170 R D Mission Street, Pondicherry 605001, India
Region: India > Union Territory of Pondicherry > Pondicherry
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #51 of 82 Hotels in Pondicherry
Price Range: £16 - £35 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Corbelli 3*
Number of rooms: 31
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