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“Not a hotel....its a Home!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Vatika Guest Home

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Vatika Guest Home
Ranked #34 of 144 Pondicherry B&B and Inns
chennai
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Not a hotel....its a Home!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2012

Almost at the seaside,towards the end of Francois martin street, resides this beautiful house owned by Mrs Dutta. We had gone through a lot of options on tripadvisor and finally decided on this house. And we were just overjoyed to find out that our choice really was that good.
Its a triple storey building, and our host lives in the ground floor with her family, and opened up the top 2 floors for guests like us. The rooms are huge enough and all the rooms are furnished with a cupboard, chairs, tea poy, desk and a cozy bed. There are rooms with double cots and rooms with 2 single cots adjoined. You have your preference there. As we reached, our host warmly welcomed us in(not the regular way you expect in a hotel lobby), and helped us to settle in our room. The room was very clean and so were the restrooms. The walls of the rooms were all clean white and draped in beautiful curtains, with a beautiful balcony exclusive for our room.
There is no room service to disturb you, but at the same time you are always welcome to ask for anything you require. Mrs Dutta has been so kind to attend to all our needs to the maximum of her capabilities, and put in efforts to not have anything bother us. She has also opened her kitchen to all her visitors, and they can use them anytime. Me being a 'wake-up-late' person used to have my complimentary breakfast almost at noon, but it would still be ready and fresh on the dining table.
The location of the house is also perfect. On the seaside, and very close to some of the tourist attractions. It also has some good eateries around.
The rooms do not have TV sets or Wifi, and so in case you need to have more entertainment in your room, you need to arrange that. Also as it is a home, visitors have to be back at the hotel by 10:30 pm, which is ok as puducherry shuts down early at night. We paid 1500 per day for the room, that included all taxes and a complimentary breakfast. A luxury for budget vacationers.
We had a great time in Vatika. The most peaceful and relaxed holiday. Thanks to our host, Mrs.Dutta indeed! Will surely come back again.

Room Tip: Rooms on the right have a good view of the sea. Top floor rooms are bigger.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2012

I just came back from Pondicherry today morning and felt I should write this review before anything else. I stayed at Vatika guest house for 1 day.

The hostess - Miss Datta - is the warmest host. She opened up her kitchen and dining area to guests like me and made them feel like home. The room was spacious and clean. I completely fell in love with the house. It is a very different homely place where every little detail is taken care of by Miss Datta. The furniture and the aesthetics take you to a different time altogether. You would feel it from very little things throughout the house. The location is also perfect. You can see the sea from the balcony and the roof. Also the neighborhood is pretty posh, well connected, and safe. You can always walk for a minute and reach the beach. The next day we had to check out at noon and had our bus in the evening. Miss Datta gladly let us store our luggage at her premises from until night so that we could travel to Auroville without having to worry about our luggage.

If you are looking to experience more than just a regular trip, do give this a shot. However do not stay here if you want to stay out in the night, make noise, consume alcohol etc. Come here to experience serenity and retreat. The rules here are to come back home by 10:30PM and to remove your shoes at the stairway. I would personally love to go there back again sometime.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2012

I had heard about Vatika Guest House from friends, hence my confidence in booking myself and three friends there for our recent stay in Pondicherry. Not requiring TV nor pool, we were very happy to enjoy the warm atmosphere, the charming and comfortable rooms, and the underlying attitude of sincere care for us from the owner, Datta. Her many talents coupled with her language skills make her a great hostess who can help guests with their questions about ashram activities in Pondy or Auroville. Breakfast is pure and simple: fruit, brown bread, yogurt and a delicious blended tea. Other meals were wonderfully prepared home-cooked Indian dishes. I even got a few Indian recipes and cooking tips while there. This place is located just a five minute walk from the ocean in one direction and the ashram in another. Many restaurants are close by. This guest house is ideal if you want a peaceful holiday with close friends or family or even alone.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2012

The stay was very homely. the host - warm and friendly. i felt so much at home. the room was cozy and neat and adequate..i stayed alone and it was so safe i felt like home.i would love to go back the next time i visit pondy :)

Room Tip: choose the rooms facing the beach..the view i am sure would be lovely
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2012

Don't judge a book by its cover. This was the first thought that came to my mind when I entered the guest house! Contrary to what I had expected from its look outside, the room was very aesthetically furnished. With only 2 girls travelling, safety was our primary and most vital requirement. Located on the main road, a stone throw away from Ashram and a hip-hop distance from the beach, it is situated in a good location. Walking back at 10 pm has never looked this safe!

A lot has been said about the breakfast provided here. To make it very clear, this place has a lot of foreign tourists and breakfast might be fine tuned to cater to them. Fruits, brown bread and flavored tea is the simple breakfast provided. With restaurants located within a few meters of this guest house, food should not be a problem!

This review would not be complete without a note of thanks to the owner of this place, Datta. Normal checkin-checout timings in Pondi are 12:00 - 12:00. But Datta was kind enough to let us in by 7:00 in the morning, a gesture that we really appreciated. She is a lady of various talents, special human connection with every one of her guest, being the most valued one!

This place is ideal if you wanna retreat. No TV, no disturbance, it provides you with a serene environment to find yourself.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Vatika Guest Home
Address: 67 Francois Martin Street, Pondicherry 605012, India
Region: India > Union Territory of Pondicherry > Pondicherry
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Ranked #34 of 144 B&Bs / Inns in Pondicherry
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €
Number of rooms: 5
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