Hotel de L’Orient

Heritage hotel in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

This grand restored 18th-century mansion has breezy verandas, keen staff and antique-filled old-world rooms in all shapes and sizes: some are cosy attics, others palatial, many have four-poster beds. A place to get that old Pondy feel while enjoying polished service and French, creole (French Indian) or South Indian food in the courtyard restaurant, Chez Francis.