staying in pondicherry: hotel mango hill.

technically speaking, mango hill is in auroville, but let’s not let semantics distract us. it’s close enough.

i recently returned from a weekend spent in pondicherry with cindy, abhijeet, mihir, and fagun, and we all stayed at mango hill. i cannot remember when or where i first heard about mango hill – although sneha claims it was from her – but from the first sight of that pool and those thai cottages overlooking it, i was hooked.

when we began planning our visit, i kept coming back to mango hill. i looked at other places in the french quarters of pondy, and abhijeet sent me links for resorts directly on the beach, but i couldn’t get mango hill out of my head. between the pool and the homemade cheese, i just kept thinking it would be the perfect oasis for our long weekend away.

and in the end, i was right.

from the moment we set foot on the property saturday morning to when we left monday afternoon, mango hill exceeded my expectations. the pool was incredibly refreshing; the staff were attentive, friendly, and helpful; the food – especially the cassoulet, hands down the best meal of the weekend – was delicious; the room was spacious and clean; the balcony was a great place to read and just generally hang out; and it was walking distance to a bus stop, so getting into pondicherry and back was a breeze. in short, it was exactly the haven i was looking for.

the entrance to mango hill. auroville, india. march 2016.
mango hill lobby leading to the dining area and pool. auroville, india. march 2016.
the pool at mango hill with the thai cottage rooms overlooking it. auroville, india. march 2016.
our amazing deck overlooking the pool. auroville, india. march 2016.
the view from our deck. auroville, india. march 2016.

what i liked:

  • the pool, as already stated
  • the deck of our room that was directly over the edge of the pool
  • the food was really good; everything was fresh, and it was obvious they used high-quality ingredients
  • we were allowed to check in early and check out late, which was a huge help with our weird bus timings
  • even after we checked out, we were able to leave our bags at the reception and have a trusted auto driver pick them up and bring them to us in pondicherry when it was time to catch our bus [this saved us a lot of back-and-forth]
  • the staff were very helpful, even calling us an auto at 5.45am on monday so we could go to serenity beach to watch the sunrise, and were generally very friendly
  • they have separate beach towels to use at the pool

what i think could be improved:

  • i think a few of the staff members were new, so they weren’t as helpful when i had a question about the beach or the bus and had a little difficulty understanding me; even when this happened, however, it was easy to find someone who was able to help us
  • the bar selection was pretty underwhelming, especially considering that the location is a little remote; they had only one option each for beer, rum, whisky, and wine, which was surprising [ed note: i think they received their liquor license only recently, so this could be something that changes in the future]

the details:

location: old auroville road, bommayarpalayam 605104, tamil nadu

contact: // 0 413 2655491 / 92 //

room rates: rs 2500 + taxes per night for a thai cottage // rs 3300 + taxes for a classic room // rs 3750 + taxes for a deluxe room // with taxes, our thai cottage came to approximately rs 3200 per night // all rates based on double occupancy

amenities: free wifi by the swimming pool [i think there are other networks, but since our room was over the pool, the pool network worked up there as well]; inclusive breakfast buffet; solar heaters for the showers; potable drinking water in the rooms; all rooms have a deck or terrace; separate beach towels for the pool

nearby attractions: the town of pondicherry is about 7.5km away, including the french quarters, the promenade, and a number of restaurants // the mantri mandir and other auroville attractions are about 7km away // serenity beach is about 3.5km away

my tripadvisor rating: 4 out of 5 // mango hill is ranked #19 of 129 b&bs / inns in pondicherry

fun facts: they make their own cheese! the camembert – part of the 3 cheese platter on the lunch menu – is particularly delicious // the hotel is run by 3 brothers from france who oversee all of the day-to-day details

to keep in mind: you can get into and back from pondicherry for rs 5 each way on the bus [about 400m from the hotel], but after dark i would suggest travelling by auto; the hotel has a number of reliable auto drivers they contact for these occasions — durai bhai was the best one we met, and he can be contacted at +91.9943344329 // the hotel is about a 20-minute ride from pondicherry, so allow time for travelling if you have any kind of time commitment // during the week they offer the option to dine and swim at the hotel, so it could get crowded with people taking advantage of the offer

would i stay there again? most definitely.


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