The Neemrana Group is my favourite chain in India, so their Hotel De L’Orient was the obvious choice for our Pondicherry sojourn. The 16-room villa was once owned by a local merchant family, the Sinnas. (There’s a delightful early 1900s family portrait opposite the reception. Demure sari-clad women, men with magnificent moustaches and huge turbans - and with incongruously French names: Edouard, Thérèse, and the like.) The Hotel opened in 2000, after extensive restoration.
We arrived at the hotel after a tiring Delhi-Chennai flight, followed by a three hour cab ride. Our room, Nellore, (named after a historic town in Southern India: Calicut, Seringapatam, and Masulipatam are some of the other room...Read More