There are plenty of boutique hotels in Pondicherry, most of them are old renovated French homes with stately courtyards, beautiful pieces of furniture – all that tell the tale of a bygone era. I too wanted to stay in one such boutique hotel, but Jayanta had other plans. He had read very good reviews of the Sea-Side Guest House maintained by the Aurobindo Society, and reasoned that since tourists flock to Pondicherry for the Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville, it made more sense to stay in its own guest house. I gave in…
Where is the Sea-Side Guest House located in Pondicherry? Right against the Aurobindo Ashram, on the Pondicherry Promenade. You simply have to walk out of the main door to be right where the beach is. Aurobindo Ashram is two steps away, the Samadhi House is about a 5 minutes walk, and all the popular eateries, restaurants are in a radius of 500 meters. Nothing can beat the location advantage of the Sea-Side Guest House!
How is the Sea-Side Guest House in Pondicherry? We had booked the suite, that came with two rooms, one double bed and one single bed. More than enough for us. But the best part of the suite is that it has a verandah and is sea-facing!!! You can see the sea from your bed. Yes! You get to see some awesome sunrises from the verandah….
The suite is very well-maintained, has the basic facilities such a mini fridge and a tea/coffee convenience.
How is the food at the Sea-Side Guest House in Pondicherry? You have to inform the guest-house staff in advance in case you want to take your meals at the guest house. We opted for the breakfast only for the three mornings that we had in Pondicherry. Of which, we went to the popular joint, Baker’s Street, the second day.
It is a simple, vegetarian fare at the Sea-side. They do serve eggs though. For breakfast, they have the Indian and Western options. On most days, the Indian breakfast is a spread of Idli, Dosa, Upma etc; while for the Western, they serve Bread toast, Butter/Jam and Eggs.
Bookings and Rate of Sea-Side Guest House in Pondicherry: The rate of the Suitethat we had booked was just INR 2800 per day that includes the cost of breakfast. Lunch and dinner is payable separately on an as-actuals basis.
Do note that you cannot book online for the Sea-side Guest House. Send a mail to this id for reservations– email@example.com – and they revert very promptly.
The Sri Aurobindo Society has 2 others guest houses – the Retreat and the International Guest House – too. Log into this side for more details — http://www.aurosociety.org/visiting/accommodation.aspx
Final Word on Sea-Side Guest House in Pondicherry: The Sea-Side Guest House is not a fancy place, but makes available basic facilities and is very well-maintained, clean and hygienic. And as I raved already, its location and view is simply AMAZING. We recommend it strongly.