Palais De Mahe

Pondicherry | Superior

Just 50m from Pondicherry’s seaside promenade and cooled by breezes blowing in from the Bay of Bengal, Palais De Mahe is a stylish colonial era hotel in the heart of the city’s French quarter.

Palais De Mahe’s exterior is painted in the striking mustard and white typical of the handsome mansions in Pondicherry’s French quarter. The colour scheme continues within, with white arches and pillars against sunny walls in the beautiful courtyard and on the deep verandahs. Potted plants line the columned corridors and the furnishings are faithful to the building’s French colonial past, from marble-topped tables to wooden sofas with woven rattan seats.

The guest rooms are elegant and understated, blessed with soaring ceilings and exposed roof beams that give them a spacious, airy feel, while weaving yet more heritage magic. Each has its own pool view sitting area, just beyond its door.

Seafood is a speciality in the hotel’s romantic rooftop restaurant, twinkling with fairy lights at night, and chefs choose from each days’ fresh catch to create their Indian-European fusion dishes. There’s a cosy bar where you can sink into an orange leather club chair and quaff one of the hotel’s famous cocktails, and a café that opens onto the pool serving coffee, juices and snacks. Ayurvedic treatments are available here, too – a good way to unwind after exploring this vibrant city’s art galleries, markets, historical buildings and beaches.

We Say

Colonial charisma radiates from this small, stylish heritage hotel in the French quarter.


# 4, Rue Bussy (Lal Bahadur Shastri Street)

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  • Your Accommodation
    • 18 rooms
    • Superior room amenities
  • Eating & Drinking
    • Earth cafe
    • Cocktail bar
    • Les Alizes’ restaurant
  • Leisure & Relaxation
    • Courtyard pool
    • Ayurveda centre
    • Rickshaw rides
    • Heritage walks
    • Library

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