Just moments from Pondicherry’s promenade, Palais De Mahe is a stylish hotel in the heart of the city’s French quarter. The rooms are elegant and understated, with soaring ceilings and exposed beams that give them an airy feel, and each has its own pool view seating area.
There’s a cosy bar where you can sink into a 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 - perfect for unwinding after exploring the city’s art galleries, markets, historical buildings and beaches.
Leisure: courtyard pool, Ayurvedic centre, heritage walks, library
Rooms: 18 rooms
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