Stayed at Gratitude for the second time, this time with my husband. I wanted him to experience the heritage home and the serenity of this place. The place is so homely and calm, one doesn't need to think of any other place when in Pondicherry. Stayed in Room No. 5 which is on the first floor.
The room was cosy with comfortable bed and adequate space to chill around. They provide filter water in the room (in an earthern vessel) - if the water gets over, just inform the front desk and they will get it replenished. The washroom had ayurvedic body scrub / ubtan which was really good.
Your footwear needs to be kept near the gate (in shoe rack). Rubber slippers are provided in rooms to roam around the house in the same. This is to avoid bringing the dust and dirt inside the house.
Breakfast here is just being at home - served on community table where you can talk with strangers and discuss life and your travels (love the concept of community table). Breakfast included freshly baked croissant to hot dishes (one day it was sabudana poha and other day idli with 2 types of chutneys); museli with hot/ cold milk/ freshly brewed coffee/ curd/ fresh cut fruits/ breads along with marmalade/ strawberry jam/ honey. One can also request for eggs of any kinds- I had masala omelette on both the days and enjoyed the local dishes too. Ms. Shanti (the cook) really cooks delicious food.
All eating joints/ rock beach / aurobindo ashram are in walking distance from Gratitude. The front desk is always smiling and happy to help you in case of any questions.
The courtyard is very spacious and green and one can enjoy reading a book with a cup of coffee - the bright yellow walls adds beauty to the heritage home. A swing adds fun to the courtyard. The place is filled with pretty corners and rooms to take amazing pictures (insta worthy totally!)
They have a sun terrace too. So enjoy roaming around and explore the place.
We booked the taxi to go to Auroville from Gratitude only. We paid Rs 850 for 3 hours (driver waits for you at Auroville) and for an additional hour Rs. 100. We also booked taxi from them to go to Chennai Airport.
Highly recommended to solo travellers/ couples/ girls gang to stay here and experience wonderful hospitality and feel like being at home :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ‘Gratitude’ is a home and a place of retreat in Pondicherry, India. It has been restored lovingly over a period of three years maintaining the authenticity of the architectural style and method of construction that was prevalent when this house was built. What gives ‘Gratitude’ its true essence is the quiet joy and peace that gives this home a healing atmosphere which is rare to find in the world outside without compromising on comfort. ... more less