Hotel Annamalai, Pondicherry
Hotel Annamalai is one of the modern day hotels in Pondicherry. Conveniently placed in the heart of the city, this is a great place to stay if you are looking for a hotel with all modern facilities like swimming pool, bar, buffet breakfasts, capsule lift.
Location: Great location , although not in Heritage town, yet it is centrally located and for anyone travelling to Pondy by bus from Chennai, there is a bus stop very near to hotel. One could walk to the hotel from the bus stop. The hotel has an auto stand right next to it and also the bus terminus is at a distance of 15 mins.
Rooms and amenities: The hotel is well equipped with all modern amenities, rooms are spacious and have air conditioning, tea makers & mini fridge as well. The hotel also has a capsule elevator, something that is not so commonly found in hotels nowadays.
Others: There is a swimming pool in the terrace, and a restaurant with bar facilities. The hotel also helps in arranging for a scooty if required for at a reasonable price. The breakfast buffet is pretty decent as well.
Staff: In general the staff can speak and understand english and hindi and is pretty hospitable and helpful.
Although the it is a little under maintained. I found the water to be not so clean and also there is no strict rules about costumes in the swimming pool. While I was at the pool I had a few guests who went into the pool with t-shirts and briefs. Maybe this explains the not so clean water.
Also the fact that the hotel is not in Heritage town steals away the charm of staying in Pondicherry and waking up to the typical french architecture.