Pondicherry also known as the French Riviera of the East has been a French colonial stronghold. The remains of the French colony are still very visible in the streets of the city. The French like all other colonialists wanted their colony to resemble their hometown and therefore erected all their official and residential buildings in the European style with Doric pillars, gothic columns and porches. These buildings still glorify the streets in Pondicherry and thanks to the awareness among the city administration these buildings cannot be demolished except without special permission from an organization called INTACH. And even if these any of these buildings are indeed demolished, the new structure that comes up must resemble totally the old structure that it replaced. With so much of history in its streets, and such a huge number of elegant historical buildings dotting the cityscape, heritage hotels in Pondicherry are bound to be plenty in number.
Hotel De L'Orient- Located at Rue Romain Rolland, Pondicherry the Hotel De L'Orient is one of the best heritage hotels in Pondicherry. The hotel is located close to the sea and breathes of the coastal spirit of Mediterranean in its elegance. The rooms of the hotel sport hybrid colonial furniture without falling short on modern amenities. The restaurant at the hotel is called Carte Blanche and specializes in Creole cuisine. With a swimming pool and a fully functional travel desk, the Hotel is sheer delight for the guests.
Kailash Beach Resort - sprawling over 8 acres, the Kailash Beach Resort is 10 km away from the hustle of the city and is located on a clean beach with two fishing villages on both sides. The hotel is situated at an estuary and offers amazing treat both to your eyes and your body. The hotel has 37 AC rooms done up in period furniture in the manner of yesteryear. The hotel has a swimming pool for the guests to pamper themselves and a restaurant to tickle your taste buds.
The Bungalow on the Beach, Tharangambadi- this Bungalow lies on the old Danish settlement developed by Danish Admiral, Ove Gedde, of Tharangambadi or Tranquebar in the district of Nagapattinam Tamil Nadu. The erstwhile Danish Fort has been converted into a heritage hotel. The total property comprises of two 17th century AD restored buildings. The hotel has 8 rooms and suites all named after the Danish residents of the fort like Oldenberg, Elephant, Countess Moltke, Christianus Septimus, Princess Louise, Prince Christian, Crown Prince of Denmark and Queen Anna Sophia. The hotel offers a restaurant, and a plethora of other services for the comfort and recreation of the guests.
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