Lotus Bay View:
  Pondicherry, India
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TripAdvisor Reviews (16 reviews, 5/5)

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  • 5/5 (Based on 16 reviews)

We stayed six nights at the Lotus Bay View Hotel and wished it could have been longer. The hotel was very comfortable, the staff delightful and the location was first class; a few steps away from the Bay of Bengal and right in the middle of White Town- the French quarter.
We hadn’t booked in advance as we left Chennai in rather a hurry but my wife had read good things about the place on the internet and so we headed over on foot and asked to see their tariff. Do NOT be put off by their walk in rates (double room INR 3 700), just see the room and then negotiate a fair price. We got a fantastic deal due to our longer stay and both parties were very happy with the arrangement.
We took room #305 which afforded us a view of the water and the pier a short distance away. The large and extremely comfortable bed (the best we’ve had in five weeks of travelling through India) coupled with good linen and two pillows offered us an extremely good night’s sleep and more importantly, it was quiet. The only thing we could occasionally hear were the waves lapping the shore.
The room is a fair size and finished in modern style. You get a small flat screen TV with 100 channels (including film, sport, news and entertainment programmes in English) and plenty of space to set up your laptop for the free wi-fi the hotel provides. Additional wardrobe space, bedside tables and even a dressing table are all present and correct and you have a small sitting area and table by the door.
The room is instantly cooled with a good air conditioning unit but sadly it is noisy and you will need to switch it off at night. All lights work fine and both bed and bath rooms are very clean.
The bathroom is sadly a “wet room” affair (no shower screen) but it is big, bright and airy and you have plenty of space for all your toiletries around the sink. Both sink and shower (excellent, by the way) have hot and cold running water around the clock.
You will only get one key card (which operates the lift too) but to keep power running in your room, simply insert a business card into the slot as this works a treat.
Please be aware that this hotel has a sister establishment elsewhere (Lotus Comfort Hotel) which is more established and also has a restaurant. This one doesn’t, but there are plenty of places to dine locally so it’s not a problem.
We were very pleased we came to Pondicherry and our experience was certainly enhanced by staying at this hotel. It was a real find and we are happy to recommend it on to fellow travellers.
Feel free to contact us directly or visit our Blog (see profile for address or Google “ktelontour”) which has pictures, additional details and more ideas of what to do around the area.

NOTE: No fridge, safe or ceiling fan. Breakfast was not included either.

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  By ktelontou... on Feb 02, 2011

The service at Lotus Bayview was fantastic. The staff were all extremely welcoming and kind, they were willing and able to get anything we wanted or needed. They were friendly and helpful to us. Our room was gorgeous, with an ocean-view balcony. It was cleaned, with fresh linens every day. The location was perfect, just a few blocks from the main shopping area of town, right next to wonderful restaurants, and the beach. I couldn't imagine a better place to stay, it was perfect.

55

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  By Shelby89 on Jan 01, 2011

The staff at Lotus Bay View was outstanding! The service they provided was the best I have ever had at any hotel. They truely made our stay in Pondicherry very enjoyable and I would recommend this hotel to anyone visitng the area.

55

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  By pplathe on Jan 01, 2011

The employees of this hotel really care about thier guests. They make sure you feel at home and have everything you need. All with a sunny disposition. The rooms are kept quite clean and are freshly stocked each day. The location is great! Just a short trip to the main shopping areas and a few steps from the beach. I had a wonderful stay and would definetly recommend this place!

55

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  By lauraniel... on Jan 01, 2011

The hotel staff really allowed me to have an amazing experience, I have never been treated to well in the states and I would recommend everyone to stay there. If you want a great place to stay, with fantastic rooms, views, and amazing service, then I would say that Lotus Bayview is where you should stay.

55

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  By CaitMcGow... on Jan 01, 2011

I stayed there for a week. A small boutique type of hotel with good atmosphere, and modern stylish look of the rooms. Spotless clean, rather new hotel. Excellent service, highly friendly staff. Also I found the location really perfect since located by the promenade, close to the sea and in french quarter. All in all, perfect choice.

55

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  By nikavienn... on Sep 09, 2010

Hotel is very good & clean. Staff also helpful & friendly. Only issue was food in the room. it was a family trip. (2 adults + 2 kids & 2 sr. citizens). found it very diffuclt to manage food from outside. I had to waste my time to go out and carry food for family as it was difficult to take kids & partially handicapped parents to outside hotels. But excellent hotel for honeymoon couple.

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  By NeilMz on Oct 10, 2011

Lotus Bay View hotel is excellent hotel located on Beach Road.
Pros:
1. Good location
2. Excellent Service by staff
3. Good air conditioning in rooms
4. Lots of restaurants nearby


Cons:
1. Small Hotel
2. No restaurant

45

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  By SanjeevK on Sep 09, 2011

Went on an weekend trip with a group of 8 people from Bangalore.
The roads leading to Pondi from Krishnagiri to Thiruvannamalai are bad and takes up most of your travel time.
This place was the only decent hotel which was not full.

Pro's:
1. Good clean room and toilet with AC and TV
2. Friendly staff
3. Ajantha hotel next door from where you can order your food through the Bay View Hotel staff (serves non-veg) and food is good.

Con's:

1. No restaurant at the hotel, food ordered from Ajantha takes forever
2. Beer and other liquor sold at Bay View are priced 3 times more (a bottle of beer outside costs Rs.40 and at Bay View its Rs.120)
3. Next to the ocean, but its just a beach drive road, cannot get into the water, lot of locals might be unsafe for people to venture out for walk, however lot of people do walk on the beach road, maybe just the question of if you are ready to ignore a nudge or constant stare from a bunch of local guys.


Overall Feedback:

If you are planning to go to Pondi, Ideal place to go to would be St.James Court since it has a private beach, however James court runs full all the time (that's what the hotel staff claim) this is a better alternative, however always try to book one of the guest house in the french quarter/beach road which is cheaper and offer great view of the ocean from your room. Lotus Bay View is not bad just that there are lot of better places around.

45

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  By SteKris on Aug 08, 2011

We stayed at the Lotus Bay View hotel near the beautiful promenade of Pondicherry. Since we were travelling on a rather tight budget, the hotel was actually a bit out of our price range. But since they were offering us a 30% discount, we decided to stretch our budget a little and took a non sea-facing room. It was a decision we did not regret.
The staff at the hotel were very friendly and always smiling. We felt very welcome, and our luggage was also taken care of after we had checked out the next day.

The room itself had just one window that opened into an indoor shaft, so there was no view on offer. Also, there was no natural light coming into the room. Apart from that, it was clean and well maintained. The air-conditioning was good, and the television had a large variety of channels to surf.

I would stay at this hotel again, and would take a sea-facing room next time if I could afford it.

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  By GoogieGoo... on Mar 03, 2011

The Lotus Bay View is located steps from the Bay of Bengal.
The room had air conditioning that you controlled. The hotel is clean and well maintained.
The hotel staff is top notch. They are well suited to handle your every travel need.
If they don't have what you need, they will search the city for it!
The hotel has reliable autotaxis for hotel guests. My taxi driver assisted me in
dealing with local vendors to assure fair prices.
I was minutes from departure and the handle on my suitcase pulled loose. Within
ten minutes my bag and been repaired and returned. You don't often find such
gracious service.
Keep up the great service Simon and staff!

45

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  By Suzzanne1... on Jan 01, 2011

This hotel certainly doesn't offer the best value for your money, but it is possibly the cleanest hotel in India. The rooms are very much like North American hotel rooms, have proper A/C (we actually got cold at night), and could not possibly be cleaner. The bathrooms are excellent, with hot water whenever you want and adequate toilet paper.

The location is also ideal - we were able to walk everywhere we wanted to go and stepped out of the hotel onto the boardwalk. There was no restaurant available during our stay, but there were plenty of good ones nearby. The staff were courteous, if a little overeager. Overall there's not a lot of character to be had here, but if you need some respite from the quirky unexpectedness of Indian hotels, this is your place.

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  By Screennam... on Jan 01, 2011

Having found no reviews on the hotel, I was a little apprehensive to stay there, but the hotel lived upto my expectations.The property is a small one, with no restraunt, but it is really nice by pondi standards.
Pros:
1- Its location is great, right on the beach road, you can see the sea,visit the famous La Cafe and it is walking distance from most of the good places to eat. It is a very good walk from the main market ( Mission and Nehru str). So all you have to do is step out and find the most that is happening.
2- Rooms are really clean and the property seems new! basic amenities work very well...AC/Hot water/room service etc.
3- Staff is polite and helpful, unlike a lot of grumpy folks you find in pondi!, this hotels customer service is definitely good. They did go out of their way to service us.
4- It is the best as compared to all the hotels nearby ( except promenade), you feel good belonging there because the look and feel of it is so neat and tidy
5- It is safe, they shut doors in the night..good feeling!

Cons:
1- we had to wait to check in despite the fact that we were anyway an hour past out time to check in, but the staff was polite and made safe arrangements for our baggage to be parked
2- There is no room upgrade! they tell you it is all full..till you see more people trickling in the evening to check it
3- For information regarding tourist places to visit and their timings the hotel staff may not be the best source, you may need to double check
4- Bay view rooms- you must check the real bay view, we didn't get one!

45

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  By soda4077 on Sep 09, 2010

A quaint little place by the beach. The location is the highlight & with a wonderful view from the balcony. Clean rooms with a friendly service. the biggest drawback was the lack of a restaurant which was accentuated due to needs of my little daughter. Overall good experience with a lot of good restaurants near by. Rendezvous was a gem of a restaurant where my wife & i had a superb lunch. priced just right with generous portions made our day.

The toilets were very clean with only complaint that "hot" water which was supposed to be available 24 hrs was not. Otherwise , for a value vacation, Lotus is the place to be. Our next visit would be to a more upscale Hidesign hotel for sure. Hopefully will travel there soon.

35

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  By vinaybasu... on Jul 07, 2011

We stayed there for 2 nights and 3 days.
Overall Look of the Hotel and Cleanliness is too good.
Location is nice very close to beach and calm serene place
U ve Pizza hut and pubs very near by .
They don ve a restaurant, they get the complimentary breakfast from Anandhbhavan,
That's a boon u don t ve to struggle with 10 30 limit usually in other hoels and it is served in room with coffee or tea
Otherwise to order food there is a big loss, food is way too costly for the quality and Quantity they provide, they get it from the nearby hotel(Ajantha) and it takes alot of time to serve

They clean room daily and change the sheets and towels, rooms are clean and tidy, well lit
Don't succumb to the pictures given in their web, rooms are a bit smaller, when asked they said they(ones shown in web) re the rooms for 4 people
And Bay view from Balcony is not direct but side view , It is nice but not the best;like u can get there hotels with better views
Unlike the review here there is a fan and a refrigerator in the room, pretty good LCD tv but not with all channels we watch, yea hell alot of Tamil channels

Lobby staffs are quite good and polite and helpful.

Things I dint like

1.The room service guys re not so..Like beggars they ask, than asking they demand for the tips,even before u takeout the wallet
2.Toilet is too awful for the standards hotel maintain, it is ill planned. It is too small. And they don provide toiletries like paste etc
3. Hot water was not hot towards the evening I think they depend the solar stuff so maybe it gets over by evening
4. Food i already mentioned , Dont eat from there
5. Laundry was not great too,like we asked for ironing they said it can be returned by night 8 pm only and no ironing alone is available(though i dint understand the logic of it).

On my first day i was charged for the coffee with breakfast and i paid for same, 2nd day i was told it was complimentary.

A/c was good , and hardly made any noise, room was cool otherwise too.
We were offered an additional discount counting to the off season, it was worth staying except for the points i mentioned.

35

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  By OurAlmos on Jul 07, 2011

This is a new property very close to the beach and the rooms are clean. But those are the only good things. Otherwise the rates are too high, service very poor and unprofessional.
The breakfast buffet was simply disgusting!

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  By Ramesh75 on Nov 11, 2010

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