The Lotus Room- MANTRA Pondicherry
Hosted by Kakoli
Kakoli is the host.
2 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
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The Bungalow is a quiet, green haven with lots of NEEM trees around & a garden around the house.
This room has a lovely deck overlooking the garden & the pool.
For more details please go to the Gratitude Heritage website and scroll down to MANTRA. Breakfast is OPTIONAL and not included in the room rate. If you wish to have breakfast then please let us know by 3pm a day before. The cost is Rs.200/- per person. Swimming Pool use is also optional @Rs.200/- per hour.

The space

The Bungalow is a quiet, green haven with lots of NEEM trees around and a garden around the house.
Details about wifi etc are available in the room.
Breakfast can be provided on request on extra payment of Rs200/- per person. We need to be informed by 3 pm the day before. Breakfast consists of Toast/Butter/Jam/Cereal/Milk/Banana/Boiled eggs/Tea/Coffee. Guests can use kitchen to cook themselves if they bring in the provisions.
Swimming Pool can be used on payment of Rs.200/- per hour of use. Other details provided in the room.
Smoking is permitted outside but not inside the room.
For more details please go to the Gratitude Heritage website and scroll down to MANTRA.

Guest access

Guests have access to the Swimming Pool (on payment), the garden and the open terrace.

Interaction with guests

I live in another house nearby and am available on call anytime. MANTRA has live-in staff and daily cleaning service.

Other things to note

The House has battery back-up in case of temporary power shut-down. We do not have a generator as yet. However, the power cuts are not long and the battery supports Fan and lights.


Amenities
Kitchen
Wireless Internet
Doorman

House Rules
Check in is anytime after 12PM (noon)
Check out by 11AM

Guests are expected NOT to smoke in the rooms and treat all objects with respect and care as if it was their own. Pets and loud parties are not allowed. Children shorter than 4.5 feet are NOT allowed in the pool.


Cancellations

Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

Availability
1 night minimum stay.
From Dec 20, 2017 - Jan 05, 2018 the minimum stay is 3 nights.

24 Reviews

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Namita User Profile
August 2017
We stayed in Blue room, which was spacious, true to its "BLUE" color theme. Rameshwarji was very helpful. Private pool looked awesome, although we couldn't enjoy it considering my husband wanted to soak in sea water . One suggestion is if a bigger name plate can be installed then it will be helpful for people to locate the place. There are too many lanes and every street has a name. We kind of got lost while searching the place. Once inside, the place is serene and green as you will expect.

Hugo User Profile
December 2016
Mantra is a beautiful place and we really enjoyed our stay. The neighbourhood is charming and authentic and a joy to discover. The rooms and nicely furnished and the pool is magical. Rameshwar and the rest of the staff are very nice and helpful. We definitely recommend staying here!

Jasmine User Profile
December 2016
Mantra was nothing less than a paradise. The bungalow has a lot of rooms, however my personal favorite was the Lotus room - it had a small patio with a stunning view. The house is perfect if you are looking for a cosy home-stay and not something too commercial. Kakoli has a keen eye for antiques and has furnished the place with an elegant touch. The housekeeping staff is extremely helpful and so was the caretaker Rameshwar. It is an absolute safe place for single female travelers. The rooms have a booklet with intricate details of the must visit places, maps and travel services that can be availed just by a phone call.

Divya User Profile
December 2016
Its a picturesque cottage tucked in between buildings, in a residential colony. You almost step into a different era the moment you walk in the gates. Its a beautiful cottage and very tastefully done up, keeping in mind all possible comforts for the guest.. The pool is the best attraction of the stay and is definitely one of the most beautiful pools I have ever seen. Kakoli is in constant communication and ensures you know the best way to reach the place, good places to eat nearby, places to visit, etc. It is really heartening to see the attention she pays to all her guests to ensure their visit is comfortable. We would surely like to come back for a dip in the pool :).

Amit User Profile
November 2016
Mantra is one of the places that one must choose when you go to cities like Pondicherry. Slightly away ( a km) from the hustle-bustle of tourists gathering spots, close to the beach, set amongst the short lanes of fisherman colony, this place has a unique homely feeling.. The room is spacious, cleanliness well maintained, greenery in the vicinity and the beautiful infinity pool. A place you can come back and feel at home and rest well. I recommend everyone who resonates my idea of travel to pondi :)

Deepak User Profile
November 2016
Pics don't do justice to the beauty of Mantra. I think I could sense Kakoli's design instinct in everything at Mantra. Extremely calm, green, and well maintained, Mantra deserves more time to experience it fully. I totally lacked time having just 26 hours in Pondicherry, but for sure next time, I would like to stay for a minimum of a week. From The Who records to books on Pondicherry's architecture, this house has something for everyone. Also, if you ever visit Mantra, do not miss the pool. Last, I think Rameshwar ji deserves a special mention for being extremely helpful and accommodating. Only thing that bothered me was the location. Not that its far off from the city center, but that its difficult to locate for Autos and Olas. Maybe if I had taken a private scooter on rent, this would have been sorted :) But, for sure, will recommend this to everyone! Pro-tip: Autos will charge bomb from the bus-stand (INR 200) for just a 4 km ride. Make sure you negotiate or call Rameshwar ji who can connect you with Raghu.
Kakoli User Profile
Response from Kakoli:
Thanks for your warm and wonderful review Deepak. We have noted your information about auto fares from the bus stand and will inform guests in future that Autos should charge Rs.75/--Rs.100/- for that distance. We look forward to having you back. Yes...most of our guests at MANTRA hire self-drive scooters or bicycles which we can help with.
November 2016

Pallav User Profile
October 2016
We had a nice two night stay in Kakoli's beautiful Mantra property. The property in itself is very beautiful and well-maintained. The rooms are cozy and nicely done up. The garden area is perfect for a lazy afternoon coffee and book session. The pool area is great and very aesthetically maintained. Nothing to fault here. The only drawback was the neighbourhood, this property is situated in. The drive/walk up to the property from the main road is very undesirable - you don't want to deal with it on a holiday. Avoid the breakfast - there are plenty of great breakfast places in Pondicherry giving you better value for money.
Kakoli User Profile
Response from Kakoli:
Hi Pallav, thank you for your valuable feedback, specially regarding breakfast. We provide toast with buttr and jam, eggs, muesli with milk and bananas and tea and coffee for breakfast at MANTRA. Based on your feedback we have rolled the price back to Rs.200/- per head. Regarding the location, Vaithikuppam is an urban village very much within Pondicherry municipality area. We hardly have any power cuts here and the municipality collects garbage and keeps the roads clean. There are no open drains. This area is just a few minutes from the Promenade and the Aurobindo ashram and many educated locals live in this area in high rise buildings along with local fishermen in small houses. This is what makes this place so interesting and vibrant. But I understand that this may not be everyone's cup of tea hence am grateful that reviews like yours highlight this issue which then helps others make an informed decision. So thank you once again. Details about this area is in our website related to MANTRA Pondicherry, for those who wish to know more.
October 2016

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I am a designer from Pondicherry. Over a period of time my friend Jyoti and I have created some beautiful spaces which we like to share with discerning guests. GRATITUDE HERITAGE and MANTRA (in Pondicherry) and SATYA JYOTI FARM(in Rajasthan) are some of the places with special ambiance and atmosphere and beauty which are also our home. In case I am not available, you will receive a reply from Sid, who helps me out when I'm not around.

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