This beautiful colonial villa is located in the heart of Pondicherry's French Quarter, just 50 metres from the Bay of Bengal and a few steps from the famous Promenade. The decor and styling of the 18 spacious rooms reflect the French influence, and benefit from modern touches like air conditioning, tea and coffee maker and minibar. Every room has an en-suite bathroom with classic porcelain basins and baths.
The hotel's central location makes it ideal for exploring Pondicherry. The historic French Quarter is on your doorstep and hotel staff can equip you with a map for a walking tour, or you can explore by bike. The Promenade and waterfront are just a short stroll away, and the shops of Mission Street are also within walking distance. Staff are happy to advise on local places of interest and will help you plan your stay.
Back at Palais de Mahe you can relax in the courtyard and enjoy a swim in the pool and a reviving cup of coffee and tasty snack at the poolside cafe. Indoors there's a cosy reading room and a bar where you can socialise with other travellers. The spa specialises in Ayurveda treatments as well as massages, to boost your health and well-being. Cuisine is an important part of any stay here. The chefs take their pick of the local produce which includes freshly-caught fish, to prepare traditional Indian meals and international dishes. The rooftop terrace is ideal for al fresco dining.
Open: Palais de Mahe is open all year.
Location: Palais de Mahe is in the French Quarter of Pondicherry, sometimes called the ‘France of India’, on the Coromandel coast. It is just a short walk from the Promenade in one direction, the main square in another, and the shops of MR Road and Mission Street. The railway station is 2kms away and the airport (domestic flights only) is 6kms from the hotel. Chennai international airport is about a 3-hour drive from the hotel.
Rooms: The hotel has 18 rooms. They are air conditioned, have a minibar, tea and coffee maker, flatscreen TV and en-suite bathroom. There is room service.
Activities: Take strolls around town, to the waterfront and around the French Quarter and in the public park. Go shopping, visit restaurants and cafes. Places of note include The Eglise des Notre Dame des Anges, Aurobindo Ashram which offers yoga and meditation classes, and the Ganesha temple. The hotel has bicycles for guest use.
Facilities: The hotel has a quiet reading area, terrace, bar, restaurant and café. Recreational facilities include a courtyard swimming pool with a deck and loungers, and a spa offering Ayurveda treatments.
Dining: The main restaurant, Mahe de Malabar serves Indian and continental dishes with a choice of wines, and has a rooftop terrace. Fish features prominently and there are good vegetarian choices. The poolside café serves a range of hot and cold drinks plus snacks. Meals are eaten at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome, though there are no specific facilities for children and the pool is adults only. Cots and extra beds can be requested at an additional charge.
Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access, though this can be patchy.
An exciting combination of rural South India, the key ancient temples, cardamom and tea plantations, and the backwaters of Kerala.
"A lovely, smaller hotel with very friendly, well trained staff and a perfect location for exploring Pondicherry."