Hotels in Puducherry

An Overview of Hotels in Pondicherry – The French-Indian Town!!

Pondicherry (or Puducherry), a French colonial settlement in India until 1954, is now a Union Territory town bounded by the South-Eastern state of Tamil Nadu. Its French legacy is preserved in its French Quarter, with tree-lined streets, mustard-coloured colonial villas and chic boutiques. A seaside promenade runs along the Bay of Bengal and passes several statues, including a 4m-high Gandhi Memorial. A known yet un-explored destination, Pondicherry has no dearth of accommodation options which attracts both domestic as well as international travellers. Over the last decade there has been a surge in the number of hotels in Pondicherry which directly resulted in a huge influx of domestic tourists.

The holistic retreats here attract a lot of people to relax and rejuvenate. Without further adieu,

Here are the best hotels in Pondicherry for all budget.

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Budget Hotels in Pondicherry:

Le Chateau

Budget hotel in Pondicherry


Set 2 blocks from the beach and boardwalk, Le Chateau is an upmarket boutique hotel in the French Quarter of Puducherry. An 8-minute walk from local history at the Pondicherry Museum and a 10-minute walk from the Immaculate Conception Cathedral makes Le Chateau one of the most popular budget accommodation.

Featuring wood furnishings, the warm rooms provide complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-screens, as well as safes, and tea and coffee making facilities. Upgraded rooms offer balconies and daily fruit baskets. Room service is available.

Breakfast is complimentary at Le Chateau. There’s also a rooftop BBQ restaurant with city views, plus a cosy bar with a vintage vibe.

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Palais de Mahe

budget hotels in puducherry


Palais de Mahe is an elegant hotel is 2 blocks from the beach, a 10-minute walk from Puducherry train station and 1.1 km from the Manakula Vinayagar Temple.

The airy, polished rooms come with contemporary furnishings, and en suite bathrooms with bathtubs. There are no TVs in the rooms to keep in line with their motto of being serene and tranquil.

Amenities at Palais de Mahe include an outdoor pool, flanked by a yellow colonnade and a poolside lounge. There’s also a rooftop restaurant, a cafe and a spa.

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Anantha Heritage Hotel

Heritage hotels in Pondicherry


Built in a restored villa from 18th-century, Anantha Heritage is a polished hotel located about 1 km from both Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Promenade Beach along the Bay of Bengal. It’s 2 km from the Puducherry New Bus Stand.

Featuring dark wood furnishings and simple decor, the relaxed rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffee making facilities, as well as balconies or terraces. Room service is available. Children age 8 and under stay at no cost with an adult.

Complimentary breakfast is served in an informal dining area at Anantha Heritage Hotel. Other amenities include ayurvedic massage services, bike rentals, etc.

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The Richmond Hotel

Budget boutique hotels in Pondicherry


A 10-minute walk from both Promenade Beach and Puducherry railway station, The Richmond is a modern hotel that is also a 12-minute walk from Manakula Vinayagar Temple.

The bright, air-conditioned rooms feature colourful touches and unique Rattan furnishings. They offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and coffee makers, as well as iPod docks and minibars. Upgraded rooms add seating areas and extra beds. Connecting rooms as and when required can be made available.

The Richmond Hotel is quite well known for its expansive breakfast buffet (complimentary) as well as the informal coffee shop, a bar and a 24-hour reception.

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Mid range Hotels in Pondicherry:

Hotel Atithi

Mid range hotels in Pondicherry


Hotel Atithi is a high-end hotel, set in a striking contemporary building. The building lies 1 km from the Hindu pilgrimage site, Manakula Vinayagar Temple, and 2.1 km from Puducherry railway station.

The chic rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, tea/coffee making facilities and mini-bars. Upgraded rooms add living space, while suites add separate sitting areas; some add bedrooms. Room service at the property is available round the clock.

Freebies at Hotel Atithi includes breakfast and parking. There are 2 bars, 2 restaurants, including a rooftop BBQ option and a 24-hour coffee shop. There’s also an outdoor pool, a fitness room and a steam room along with holistic spa services.

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Shenbaga Hotel & Convention Centre

Business hotels in Pondicherry


Set in a polished building on a commercial street, Shenbaga Hotel & Convention Centre is an upmarket business-centric property that is located about 13 minutes’ walk from Manakula Vinayagar Temple and 2 km from Promenade Beach.

The plush, laid-back rooms provide complimentary Wi-Fi along with flat-screen TVs, mini-bars and tea/coffee making facilities. Suites at the Shenbaga add living rooms, extra bedrooms and whirlpool tubs. There’s 24-hour room service.

A complimentary lavish breakfast spread is served in the big and bright restaurant. Shenbaga Hotel & Convention Centre also features a bar and a casual 24-hour cafe along with other amenities such as a spa, a fitness room and a rooftop infinity pool, as well as 6 event spaces.

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Pondicherry Promenade

Sea view hotels in Pondicherry

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Located in the French Quarter overlooking the Bay of Bengal, Pondicherry Promenade is a refined boutique hotel that sits juts across from the Promenade Beach and 1.6 km from the Puducherry railway station.

The bright rooms and suites feature wood floors and colourful furnishings, and come with flat-screen TVs with premium channels, free Wi-Fi, minibars, and tea and coffee making equipment. Some offer sea views.

Breakfast buffet at the Pondicherry Promenade is complimentary. There are also 2 eateries, including a rooftop restaurant and another featuring seafood specialties. Additional amenities include a chic bar, an outdoor pool, and a porch overlooking the bay.

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La Villa

Resorts in Pondicherry


La Villa is located about 6 minutes walk from the beach. Offering an outdoor swimming pool, garden and terrace the property is located 500 m from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 1 km from the popular Goubert Market and 1.5 km from Pondicherry Railway Station. Free WiFi access is available.

The modern and elegant air-conditioned rooms here features flat-screen cable TV, seating area and a minibar. There is also an electric kettle and DVD player.

La Villa features a 24-hour front desk and a well stacked library. Other facilities offered here include a tour desk, luggage storage and an ironing service. Car rental and currency exchange can be arranged. The property offers free parking.

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The Windflower Resort & Spa

Beach resorts in Pondicherry


The Windflower Resort & Spa is set between the banks of the Chunnambar River and the sea. A modern resort in every sense is about 5 minutes’ walk from Paradise Beach.

Plush studios and suites feature polished hardwood floors and balconies with wooden furniture. They offer free Wi-Fi, cable TV and DVD players. Airy villas add separate living rooms, patios and private pools.

There’s a restaurant with a beaten gold ceiling at The Windflower Resort & Spa that serves seafood and international dishes, and there’s also a pool, a game room, a spa and a banquet hall. Conference facilities and a laundry service are available.

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Luxury Hotels in Pondicherry:

Accord Pondycherry

Luxury Hotels in Pondicherry


Set 3.2 km from the Hindu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Accord Pondycherry is an upscale hotel with a marble lobby that is 3.7 km from both popular Promenade Beach and the Puducherry railway station.

Modern rooms with wood furnishings and city or pool views feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs with DVD players, mini-fridges and tea coffee making facilities. Suites add increased floor areas and separate living rooms. Upgraded suites have 2 living rooms, separate dining rooms and whirlpool tubs.

The elegant coffee shop at Accord Pondycherry serves international buffet fare, plus a refined bar. There’s an outdoor pool, a fitness centre with a sauna and a hot tub, and a salon.

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Ocean Spray Beach Resort

Luxury beach resort Pondicherry

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Set around a 2-hectare man-made lake and a 14-minute walk from the seashore, Ocean Spray Beach Resort is an  upscale and luxury resort-hotel with a tropical feel. The resort is 16 km from Auroville, an experimental universal city.

The elegant rooms with hardwood floors offer flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi and furnished balconies. Upgraded rooms and some villas have whirlpool baths, and the villas have private piers on the lake. Upgraded villas feature complete privacy and infinity pools. Children below the age of 6 accompanied by an adult stays for free.

Complimentary breakfast is served daily at Ocean Spray Beach Resort. Other amenities include a 24-hour tea lounge, a buffet-style cafe and a restaurant on the water. There’s also an outdoor pool, poolside bar and a discotheque.

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Le Pondy

Luxury hotels in Puducherry


In thatched-roof buildings spread amongst 6 hectares of gardens, Le Pondy is a luxe beachfront resort that is 12 km from Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Conception Cathedral, as well as 13 km from Pondicherry Museum.

Bright rooms, some with sea views, have minibars, flat-screen TVs, tea and coffee making facilities along with balconies or terraces. Villas feature private pools and room service is available round the clock.

Complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily at Le Pondy. There’s an airy restaurant, a beachfront bar, and an outdoor pool with a bar. A gym, a spa and an Ayurvedic centre are available, plus a playground, a guest lounge and a game room. A pond and a private beach are on-site.

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Villa Shanti

Luxury Heritage Hotel Puducherry


Set in a 19th-century building, Villa Shanti is a quaint hotel set about 10-minute walk from Manakula Vinayagar Temple, a 13-minute walk from Puducherry train station and 9 km from Paradise Beach.

The airy rooms are built around an inner courtyard, and come with complimentary Wi-Fi, TVs and minibars, plus tea and coffeemakers. Suites add private garden terraces. Decorative touches range from 4-poster beds to custom artwork and furniture. Kids age 6 and under stay free.

A healthy and nutritious breakfast is included with every booking at Villa Shanti. There’s a relaxed restaurant with a patio, as well as a bar/cafe with music. The courtyard has a vertical garden.

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Although the city of Pondicherry is growing by leaps and folds, it is quite inspiring to also see that the heritage and traditions are followed and held in high regards.

Have you visited any of the mentioned hotels in Pondicherry? Do share  your insights in the comments below.



  • Lois Alter Mark October 21, 2017 at 9:13 am

    It’s great that there are so many different hotel options in Pondicherry. I love how they each have their own personality. Every single one of them looks beautiful!

    • Ozzy October 21, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      Hey Lois, yes they are quite lovely and unique. However, the ones listed here are just a few of them, there are a lot more.
      White Town has a charm of its own and often feels like the French countryside.

  • mark wyld October 21, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    An amazing array of accommodation options that you feature here. All look most comfortable for any length of stay. Do you know if any of these hotels offer family rooms

    • Ozzy October 22, 2017 at 8:21 am

      Hi Mark, most of these hotels have family rooms or inter-connecting rooms available.

  • Megan Jerrard October 22, 2017 at 1:59 am

    Pondicherry looks like it has some pretty great accommodation options – I personally love seeking out heritage hotels, so Palais de Mahe and Anantha Heritage Hotel look wonderful. I love the idea of staying in a restored villa from 18th-century – too cool! Though the view from the room at Pondicherry Promenade of the lighthouse is quite incredible too.

  • knycx.journeying October 22, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Thanks a lot for the list and I didn’t know about Pondicherry, I would probably choose Villa Shanti because the room is gorgeous and I love the european style. @knycx.journeying

  • Chantell Collins October 23, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    All of these hotels look divine. I am a budget traveler and I was automatically drawn to Le Chateau – it lookss so luxurious and charming. I could spend a few days there easily :).

  • Sandy N Vyjay October 24, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Pondicherry is one of its kind and these hotels are great options to stay in this charming place. When we were in Pondicherry we stayed at one of the resorts on the outskirts of Pondicherry as were there for a staycation and thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Kim-Ling Richardson October 24, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    I have to admit, I’ve never heard of Pondicherry, but it sounds lovely and with a good range of accommodation options. Le Chateau looks pretty lovely for a budget hotel and I love that they also include breakfast! There’s quite a few listed here that I wouldn’t mind staying in, but I think Le Pondy would have to be my first pick!

  • Anneklien Meanne October 24, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Wow great list of hotels here, i love the le Pondy – that Terrace overlooking the trees looks amazing.

  • Danielle Desir October 24, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    My favorite on this list is Palais de Mahe because it stays true to the theme of peace and tranquility which means no binging on Netflix! I also love how conveniently located it is, close to the beach and train station.


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