Treebo Red Lotus Hotel - A Review (Puducherry aka Pondicherry)

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you know that I'm a sucker for heritage hotels or those which have a historical ambiance! The number of times I've been to Puducherry or Pondicherry is oh so many! For anyone who has lived in Chennai for sometime, would know what is Pondy to Chennai-ites!! This time I got to stay at Red Lotus Hotel - a heritage building built about 80 years ago! Recently, this was converted into a hotel and 2 yrs back it was taken over by Treebo - one of India's budget hotel chain.
It was originally built to be a dormitory and was used as one for long! It was originally built in a Vietnamese style with bright red doors & windows! A few years ago it was taken over by the French couple Chris & Daniella who made this hotel what it is now! The dorm was segregated into rooms with en-suite bathrooms & toilets to give it a more hotel feel! The 2 floored dorm became a hotel with 10 rooms ( 5 in each 1st & 2nd floor). The exterior's Vietnamese style is left untouched but the interiors is a different feel altogether! 

Each of the rooms have been decorated with a very different aesthetic! My favourite was the Royal Enfield room! The bedside lamp is the RE's sidepanel re-imagined! The decor includes its rear light, number plate, tool kit, speedometer etc as well as various photographs of the bike. 

Another room has a beach feel with decor made of shells and yet another has a retro bollywood feel with posters of old movies and old pictures of actors and actresses. Specific rooms could be requested while booking and if its available, it would be allotted for you. That said, all the rooms belong to the same category and the facilities & service is the same for all rooms. 

Another room has a spiritual vibe to it with reds and yellows while another room is pristine white with silver decor in it! Another room has a green decor inspired by bamboo and yet another has red decor inspired by maple tree in autumn! Since its a heritage property, there is no elevator here, so for senior citizens and differently-abled, it could be a trouble.  

All the rooms have multiple power slots which is awesome coz today we need so many for the multiple gadgets we carry all the time! Rooms are airconditioned, and there is a TV and  wifi with a good speed. The bathrooms are equipped with geyser and shower. The toiletries supply are shampoo, moisturizer and 2 soaps only! Sadly somehow, on day 2, suddenly the water supply in the bathroom stopped much to my dismay! It resumed after I informed the reception about it!
The location is on the main market - Jawaharlal Nehru Street! This is where are the major shops are and also just at a minute's walk from Red Lotus are both Adyar Ananda Bhavan and Saravana Bhavan, the giants of South Indian Food Restaurants! Also in the vicinity are McD, KFC, Dominos, Wangs and several restaurants that cater to varied cuisines! At a 2 minute distance is the police station as well! However being in such an area with all facilities, comes with its disadvantage as well - there is noise! The street's traffic brings in noise! Also there is no dedicated parking space for the hotel! It was such a blessing that by chance, we arrived at the hotel at midnight and found a nice parking spot on the main street! Bike parking shouldn't be an issue but finding a slot for car is not very easy!
It is a wee-bit difficult to actually find the hotel. The entrance is in the narrow passage off the main street. For the first time ever I experienced a hotel's door closing by night. It closes by 11:30PM for safety purposes and only guests are let in after that. 
Though its a heritage property, as it was originally a dorm, effectively its filled with concrete. There's no greenery or ground within the building. Since today the location is the main market area of Pondy, there is no greenery outside as well! There are some plants in the rooftop terrace restaurant, that's it! Breakfast is complimentary and is a choice of basic fast food (toast, omelet, sandwich etc) and south Indian food. Though the rooms have a kettle and supply of diary creamer, coffee, tea and sugar, there is no mini bar! Being in Pondicherry which is where whole of Chennai travels for weekend fun incl booze, a room without fridge is a minus! 
With the noise level and no fridge, if you're looking for a resort kinda, peaceful experience, this is not the place for you. But at this price point, its more a budget hotel and being located in a prime location from where all must-visit places, shopping, food and beach are at a walkable distance, its perfect for a tourist! 
Also check out my Outfit post clicked here in this hotel! 

To get there:
On Google Maps: Treebo Red Lotus
From Puducherry Railway Station: 2km
From Puducherry Bus Stand: 2.5km
From Aurobindo Ashram: 1km

Room tariff begins at Rs.2400/- for single occupancy

P.S: I was invited by Treebo Hotels to stay and experience Red Lotus, Pondicherry for review purpose, however the opinions are my own and this post does not to advertise the product/service.  

Bhushavali N

An ardent traveler by passion. I am a wanderlust.. Read more about me here.

30 comments:

  1. That's quite reasonable for such a cozy looking hotel. They have some lovely touches in the interior design elements.

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  2. I am in love with the bright red windows. However, the bed didn't seem comfy? But the hotel and the rooms look clean enough that I'd be willing to stay here for a night or two.

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  3. Even with the issues of the noise and no fridge, if being in such a central location was important, then this probably represents very good value. The property itself looks extremely attractive and well maintained inside and out. Overall it seems to be a quality place that could charge more if those two issues were able to be addressed.

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  4. This looks like a very sweet and personally decorated little hotel! I've never heard of this chain of hotels, is it budget/boutique? The Vietnamese style windows are interesting and add a little something different!

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  5. This hotel looks really nice. I like when a hotel has a different interior design for each room. I may consider it for my future travels.

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  6. The hotel looks great. very simple and so clean though. It looks like a great place to stay actually!

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  7. The Red Lotus Hotel looks like the perfect place to stay in Pondicherry (Puducherry). I learned Pondicherry, I guess it's like Calcutta Kolkata. My favorite room in the hotel is the one with the spiritual vibe, it makes it interesting that each room has a different design. The history of the building is interesting too, I'd love to stay whilst visiting Pondicherry.

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  8. Oh I would love to visit Pondicherry & this part of India. I guess my favorite room is the one with the beach decor. Not surprising, I always love all things beach & ocean related ;)

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  9. Such a lovely property. There is something so calming about the streets and even hotels of Pondicherry. I have been to Pondy 2 times. I am planning to visit again. I am saving this blog for my future visit.

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  10. Ideal for mid budget stay. The location can satsify the urge for some street photography, so much of life around it. :) Loved the bright red doors and windows, makes the hotel attractive.

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  11. Sounds like a great place to spend one night.

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  12. This heritage hotel is charming and full of character! The convenient location is a big plus for those wanting to stay close to the city center. Having multiple power slots is extremely important nowadays!

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  13. Like the location in particular. Also the red white color combo looks great. A good option for anyone looking for budget accommodation.

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  14. Your review is very enticing and the foods too! I'm much intrigue on their cuisine, and I wish to try them. The aroma of Indian food is very entoxicating and delicious.

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  15. I'm in love with all of the decor in this hotel. I love the antique look and that every room is decorated differently. Super cute!

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  16. Sounds like a very conveniently located hotel - shame about the noise, but I guess that's the trade-off for being on a main road and close to restaurants. It's great that they managed to keep the heritage of the property.

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  17. Thank you for recommending Red Lotus Hotel! I love traveling around India but it is often so hard to find a nice hotel, or guest house that I could be sure about. Most hotels look the same on pictures, but which one is good?
    Saved it!

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  18. Red Lotus hotel looks pretty good. And like you, I too love heritage hotels. Royal Enfield room! WOW that sounds so cool. I would definitely love to check it.

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  19. The Red Lotus hotel looks so custom, colorful, and interesting! I love when hotels take the time to make each of the rooms unique. Glad you got your water back quickly! :-)

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  20. What a very lovely hotel! I love the decoration, especially the retro Bollywood theme. Do you always stay at a hotel every time you travel? I don't. I prefer cheap inns, or hostels, or even find a host through Couchsurfing. :)

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  21. This looks good for a budget hotel. The red windows look colorful and cute. Glad to know you like heritage hotels and stuff too!

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  22. The hotel looks decent and perfect for a budget stay! Glad to see the lively aesthetics of each room. It sets a positive aura!

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  23. So cute! Love how they have designed their rooms, and the fact that there are actually only 10 of them. Would be nice to visit, thanks for the suggestion. ;)

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  24. Red Lotus looks like a fabulous place to stay, how often do we get such variety in the room interiors! Each room looks so interesting and details on the theme is brilliant!

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  25. feels like a nice hotel with red colour perfectly syncing with Pondy

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  26. I like the decor, but I'm not sure I like the location. It looks like a very busy street...

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  27. Cool, it looks like a nice little escape with some unique decoration and presentation!

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  28. It looks so cozy, gotta love the decoration! Each room looks so different and unique, would love to stay there if I get the chance to visit India one day!

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  29. It looks amazing and given that it's just 1 km from Aurobindo Ashram, I think it's a great place to look up to for travelers in Puducherry. The rooms are cozy and the tariff is also good.

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  30. This hotel has a good location. I do not mind the noise that much as long as I can go to different tourist destinations easily. The restaurants are all Western and I wonder if there are local food selections within the vicinity.

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