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Villa Helena

Kottakuppam (7 kms from Auroville Beach)
8.5
(121 reviews)

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About Villa Helena

Set in a colourful 19th-century colonial-style building overlooking Rock Beach, this stylish heritage guesthouse operates with an inventory of seven exclusive rooms featuring antique treasures, high ceilings, wooden chests, upholstered benches and sofas. Walls along a staircase lined with mirrors and artwork leads you to their sylvan garden restaurant with sleek colonnade entrances, 50’s style cane chairs and a cocktail lounge. There’s also an onsite spa.

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Standard Double or Twin Room

  • Max 2 Adults
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    $ 3,300 + taxes
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    This twin/double room has a tile/marble floor, private entrance and air conditioning.

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    Single Room

  • Max 1 Adult
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    $ 2,960 + taxes
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    This single room features a private entrance, soundproofing and air conditioning.

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    Superior Double or Twin Room

  • Max 2 Adults
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    This twin/double room features a private entrance, soundproofing and seating area.

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    Deluxe Double or Twin Room

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    This twin/double room features a private entrance, tile/marble floor and soundproofing.

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    Location & Nearby Places

    Kottakuppam (9.0 Km from city center)

    13, Bussy Street (Lal Bahadur Shastri Street)

    13 Nearby Attractions

    Cinema Paradiso

    2.6 km

    Bodhi Beach

    4.9 km

    Auroville Bakery and Boulangerie

    6.8 km

    Botanical Garden, Auroville

    6.9 km

    Auroville Beach

    7.0 km

    Forests

    7.5 km

    Matrimandir

    9.1 km

    Savitri Bhavan

    9.2 km

    Peace Tables

    9.3 km

    Kala Kendra

    9.4 km

    Cultural Pavilions

    9.4 km

    Youth Centre

    9.6 km

    Naturellement

    10.2 km

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    All Facilities for Villa Helena

    Category Facilities
    Cleanliness & disinfecting Guest accommodation sealed after cleaning, Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus, Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays, Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines, Property is cleaned by professional cleaning companies, Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay.
    Miscellaneous Non-smoking rooms, Designated smoking area.
    Safety features Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities, Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed, Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas, Process in place to check health of guests.
    Accessibility Entire unit located on ground floor, Upper floors accessible by stairs only.
    Bathroom Shower, Private bathroom, Free toiletries, Toilet paper, Body soap, Toilet, Hairdryer, Shampoo.
    Room Amenities Trash cans, Soundproofing, Tile/marble floor, Non-feather pillow, Air conditioning, Wardrobe or closet, Desk, Private entrance, Seating Area, Fan.
    Food & Drink Snack bar, Restaurant, Outdoor furniture, Bottle of water, Bar, Coffee house on site.
    Safety & security Smoke alarm, Fire extinguisher.
    Services WiFi, Free WiFi, Internet services.
    Cleaning services Daily housekeeping, Laundry.
    Services & Extras Towels/sheets (extra fee), Towels, Linen.
    Media & Technology TV.
    Common areas Sun terrace, Garden.
    Reception services Invoice provided, Private check-in/check-out, Luggage storage.
    Physical distancing Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas, Cashless payment available, Contactless check-in/check-out, Physical distancing rules followed.
    Transport Airport shuttle, Airport shuttle (additional charge).
    Pool and wellness Massage.
    Outdoor & View Terrace, Garden view.

    Guest Ratings For This Property

    8.5
    Based on 121 Reviews
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    Comfort

    8.9

    Cleanliness

    8.7

    Value For Money

    8.4

    Facilities

    8.2

    Guest Reviews

    Mark
    young couple
    3.0
    Poor
    Avoid
    Good location for walking around historic area
    Loud music until gone 11:30 every night from nearby cafe ruined the ability to relax in the room. I got an electric shock from a plug on the wall when attempting to remove it to insert a phone charger. This threw my arm into a neighbouring piece of furniture bruising it. Front desk appeared mildly interested but not surprised. Other sockets and cabling were also dodgy and showing exposed cables. Dangerous. At checkout front desk charged me in GBP rather than rupees without my consent and blamed the card machine rather than the fact she had clicked gbp. Clearly dishonest. Suggest avoid unless you like the feeling of being ripped off. Could be a nice stay with attention to safety and more friendliness. Breakfast staff were better than front desk lady.

    Published on 05 Dec 2023

    Nicholas
    solo traveller
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Enjoyed returning and will return again.
    I have stayed at Villa Helena many times now and always enjoy it. It is a beautiful building and the staff are always very friendly and attentive.
    In the evening there is quite a bit of live music noise from a place across the street, but it does not go on until too late and what can you expect in the center of Pondicherry.

    Published on 03 Dec 2023

    Lisa
    solo traveller
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Lovely property will definitely return
    The food offered was excellent. Service a little odd. First day, I got coffee at very end of meal. Second day I got EVERYTHING at once. Abby made a point of me wanting to know her name, was she soliciting a good review?Bc the next day she seemed put off. I simply didnt understand her or what she eanyoof me. Afternoon and evening service w/the guys went smoothly

    Published on 01 Dec 2023

    Mithun
    family with young children
    7.0
    Good
    The stay was pleasant with a few pain points.
    Well situated with lots of nearby restaurants and shops and proximity to the promenade. Breakfast food was excellent, if a little limited. Reception staff were friendly, helpful and responsive, even when communicating before our stay. Check-in and check-out were convenient and streamlined. Rooms were nice with a rustic touch.
    The smelly bathroom on the ground floor near the steps to the first floor really soured the experience every time you needed to go to your first floor room. There was loud music till midnight from the next-door pub - an issue for the West-facing rooms if you want peace and quiet (if you like rock music then it's a free gig)

    Published on 29 Nov 2023

    Bikiran
    solo traveller
    9.0
    Superb
    Great stay in a historic place! Took me back in time and I definitely would love to come back.
    Absolutely loved staying in a historic place. Great job at maintaining the space and keeping it at high standard.
    Unfortunately the mattress was a bit too soft for me so I did not sleep exceptionally well for a couple of nights but I can understand that its difficult to arrange a mattress suitable for everybody, but otherwise it was a great bed. The fan accumulated black dust, which can be cleaned.

    Published on 31 Oct 2023

    Liam
    young couple
    8.0
    Very good
    Great colonial type house in great location
    Great breakfast good location
    Nothing

    Published on 16 Aug 2023

    Patrick
    group
    9.0
    Superb
    Superb
    Very lovely place in an old french villa. The Hotel is in walking distance to the beach and there are many good restaurants nearby. Friendly staff and good breakfast.
    Some hotels have emergency power to bypass the frequent power outages. Sadly this place doesn't, which was a bit annoying.

    Published on 04 Aug 2023

    Anastasia
    solo traveller
    10.0
    Exceptional
    One of the most magical + soul nourishing experiences of my life and I have traveled extensively.
    Villa Helena is the most exquisitely charming boutique hotel I have ever stayed at anywhere in the world. From the moment I walked through the front gate, my heart melted. After the delightful owner Geraldine showed me to my room + I took in the expansive space, with 4 foot white ceilings, I was in awe. The room (like the rest of the hotel) is filled with the most thoughtful + divine decor. Every single thing has been considered. The historic value of the property is enhanced by Geraldines unique choices. A pillow top mattress on the bed ensured the soundest nights sleep on my Indian travels thus far. The breakfast far exceeded my expectations with a delicious omelette, freshly made pineapple juice, creamy latte, toasted baguette, fruit salad served using vintage cutlery + a beaming smile from Yogiit was a magical way to start the day. Petit Chat, the adorable white cat adds to the charm as she confidently strolls through the courtyard restaurant filled with candle light + fairy lights in the trees. A calm oasis from the Pondicherry streets. The balmy breezes are enjoyed as youre served the most delicious meals from pastas to pizzas + champagne to cocktails, always with a smile + superb hospitality by Ram. Then there is Sudha. This womans heart + soul is one of the reasons you would want to book this hotel. Aside from all the other hundreds of reasons to stay here. Sudhas presence, her knowledge about all things Pondicherry, her impeccable organisational skills + prompt service enhance your stay beyond anything Ive experienced elsewhere in India . I was so sad to leave this magical hotel + planning my return soon. If you love charm, adore historic buildings, delicious food + heartfelt service, this is the place for you! I would fly all the way from Australia simply to stay at Villa Helena Pondicherry would be the cream on top! Yet my destination would be Villa Helena. Thank you to ALL the staff. So special! Anastasia xx
    I truly loved every single aspect of my stay there was nothing I didnt like

    Published on 31 Jul 2023

    Yatharth
    young couple
    8.0
    Very good
    Very good
    Amazing location and rooms. Peaceful.
    My room had few mosquitoes.

    Published on 22 Jul 2023

    Vidhisha
    solo traveller
    9.0
    Superb
    My favourite in Puducherry
    Beautiful property! Takes you back in time. The ambience created is soothing and relaxed. They have a booklet for guests which gives an overview of the area, it was so helpful. I love that extra touch! The breakfast is fresh and delicious. In my personal experience the staff is great and so helpful. Definitely a must to experience this beautiful property regardless that it lay in the heart of white town.
    There is a resto/bar opposite which plays live music everynight from 8pm to 11pm. If you are an early sleeper then it's something you would have to manage.

    Published on 16 Jul 2023

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