The bright yellow hues with white coloured windows is a hotel in the heart of Pondicherry – The Richmond. The Residency Group hotels’ persevere their heritage of boutique hotels spread across South India with The Richmond Pondicherry as well.
Appreciate the marvellous location of The Richmond hotel with some adjacent cafes and upscale restaurants in The White Town. The hotel fulfils the quest of a solo traveller, or friend or a family travelling together with the variety of rooms at their disposal.
Pondicherry is a small town and a union territory of India in Southern India near to Chennai. The town is renowned for its French influence and heritage well preserved. The White Town of Pondicherry is located opposite to the rock beach. The white town is extremely famous with tourists coming in to soak in the French aura in India. The picturesque town with adorable pastel coloured homes is completely Insta-worthy. But where to stay in this cute little town can be a daunting question, why, you ask? Most of the hotels in this area were homes once & are now converted to hotels. Most hotels are small with limited rooms and that’s why they fill up pretty fast. After a lot of struggle, I found The Richmond Pondicherry which is a cute little hotel within walking distance to the promenade. I loved staying in The Richmond Pondicherry and so I would like to share my take about the cosy hotel.
The Richmond Pondicherry Review
For me, how a hotel performs overall – including location, rooms and culinary delights they offer – is extremely important.
The Richmond Pondicherry, a 3-star hotel is a little boutique styled hotel located in the White town next to some of the popular cafes in town. I booked a duplex room but due to unavailability of the rooms, I got upgraded to a family room… Yayy! Loved the extra space, well who doesn’t 😉
The spacious room; a definite plus for a family with toddlers or friends is what I highly applaud The Richmond Pondicherry for. The welcome fruit basket was a welcoming change, and believe me, I have never stayed in a hotel with such great gestures.
The extra space helped me keep my suitcases at bay but also maintain a clean room; I am a cleanliness freak and I prefer to keep even my hotel room maintained. The wardrobe was generous enough for me and will be good for a family as well. Although if you’re staying for more than 3-4 days with toddlers, then space might seem a bit cramped.
The coffee maker with tea/coffee is always a hit with me as it saves me money on the morning coffee. Along with that 2 complimentary water bottles daily is a great addition to the services. I would prefer to refill the bottles to minimise plastic usage, but it’s a nice add-on for those who prefer mineral water.
The bathroom in the Richmond Pondicherry was of amazing nice size with a palatial shower space. The toiletries included a brush, shaving kit and soap and shampoo from Biotique. I hardly use such soap & shampoo in the throwaway plastic bottles as my steps towards responsible tourism. So, I used my own products instead. You don’t need to pack a dryer for a short trip to Pondicherry as they provide one in the room.
One thing worth mentioning is the way The Richmond Pondicherry is taking steps towards ethical tourism by trying to save water. They have a placard in the room stating if the bedsheet doesn’t need to be changed. It will definitely help save tonnes of water.
As The Richmond Pondicherry is a small boutique hotel they have a restaurant too with decent dining space. They serve North Indian, South Indian, Chinese and some of the French culinary delights as well. I would recommend trying out their French dishes including pasta and south Indian dishes over the north Indian dishes counterpart. Although, their menu is limited and not as exquisite like other French cafes in town.
The Richmond Pondicherry is located in the heart of the White Town, and just opposite to Artika Gallery – a famous cafe. The rock beach is within 3-4 minutes of walking distance. There are very few hotels in the White town with sea views so it’s best to choose within walking distance. Also, if you’re a solo traveller, it’s always nice to stay close to the city centre.
The Room Tariff
The room rates will vary completely on the time of the booking. If you’re planning early, you might get a decent rate. The room rates start from 3999₹ (55$) to 5500₹ (75$) and the room tariff includes tea & coffee maker for a comfortable stay along with the breakfast buffet. Although the rates may vary if you opt only for family or superior
Would I Return?
I love to stay in boutique hotels and I am now a fan of The Richmond Pondicherry. When travelling through South India, I’ll pick The Residency Group’s other hotels’ for my stay.
My Rating –
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– The Wanderer
Disclaimer – This is not a sponsored post, although was offered some freebies but as always, all opinions are my own.