Located in the historic White Town, Le Dupleix is a lovely wicked place to relax, with an old natural feel around. Built in the 18th century as the residence of the Mayor of Pondicherry, the building stands white and majestic on a great corner of the French town. It is located just a few blocks from the glistening waters of the Bay of Bengal and Pondicherry’s favorite leafy park. The central shopping zone is just around the corner, too, as are some restaurants and coffee shops. It is at walking distance from the beach.
It was my first experience of staying in a heritage hotel and got to know the fact the Mayor of Pondicherry used to stay here and it was his bungalow.
Note: Dupleix was the greatest of the Generals and Governors of French India. During his tenure, the French were the dominant power in South India and British were contained to Madras.
The woodwork, furniture, paintings will take you back in time to the colonial era, but with all the comforts of a contemporary hotel. The rooms and bathroom with wooden floors and ceiling, study out to the sleepy alleys around or the front yard. Boutique hotel, spotless and clean rooms, my room had antique furniture, French style bathroom, and beautiful verandah. View from room balcony is excellent. This offers the warmth of the old, but at the same time assures that the hotel is comfortable and proficient, equipped with Internet connections, minibars, room service, and imported bathtubs and fittings.
The food was good with a mix of both French and South Indian taste. The dining hall/restaurant/bar also is a fantastic high-ceiling room with large arched windows and doors. Has a delightful courtyard restaurant that was well lit for dinner. Alternately, meals also served in the cozy Governor’s Lounge. Exceptional service by the front desk, restaurant, and housekeeping staff. Overall a fabulous place to stay in Pondicherry! When I do back to Pondicherry, I will stay again at Le Dupleix. Highly Recommend.