Within an hour of checking in to my room(# 13 !!) at this centrally located old,attractive but grubby hotel my room which I had locked with MY OWN PADLOCK had been entered and 3,500 rupees(~~$53.00) stolen from my briefcase.
I reported it the next day to the Grand Bazaar police station and that evening 1,700 of those same rupees in the same ziplock and with the same elastic band from my checked luggage tag showed up under the bedside table.I was encouraged by the police to stay there another day or two in hopes of more of the stolen cash being returned.I cleaned the room for several hours during this time and prayed for good karma.They refunded an additional 1,500 rupees minus the 300 rupee/ night tariff to meat checkout.
My Canon PowerShot,Bluetooth speaker,medical hemostats and a flashlight disappeared from my bag as well and none of these items came back to me.
This would have been a fairly pleasant cheap architecturally interesting place had I not been robbed in such a brazen way.At the end even the police grew weary of my entreaties to have my other things returned.
Avoid this hotel like it was the bubonic plague.
I arrived around 11 in the evening & as I was checking in, a huge rat scurried across the man sleeping on the floor in the front hall (Maybe he was staff?).
I went to my room to find that the bathroom looked like it was from a horror movie. The windows are barred & open to the air which meant there were plenty of other criters lurking. I booked the "deluxe room" which I now understand just meant that I had the choice of 4 beds... I was kind of hoping it meant that there would be a bathroom I wouldn't contract anything from. I saw a huge beetle on the bed next to me & realized that was probably who the other 3 beds were for..
I didn't sleep the whole night & desperately searched hotels that nearby that would except me the next day!
Be that as it may, the staff was very nice & did make me feel like I was safe staying there, they were quite kind despite the state of the room..
So overall I would say this place is for the very desperate and/or very broke. ($8 CAD/ night!). The REALLY excellent location & very cheap price is why I chose it originally; I was budgeting but this felt extreme.. Proceed with caution.
We arrived in Pondicherry on Pongal Saturday and so faced with nowhere else to stay ended up in the Raj Lodge. It wasn't a pleasant experience.
The room hadn't been cleaned before so there was rubbish including cigarette butts in the toilet and used toiletries in the room.
The other guests were all male, there didn't seem to be any other women apart from my partner and another lady we travelled with.
It was noisy all night, there was a sewage smell coming into the room from outside and there was no sink.
At least the outside is painted in a nice yellow colour. Only stay if desperate
Raj hotel is a average to decent place to stay. But quite good for the money you pay. The rooms are dingy and very cheap motel-ish. However, the beds are soft, there is running water, lights, etc. But we really appreciated that them giving us brand new sheets, a trash can, and bought fresh soap when asked. And the people at the front-desk were very kind, helpful and courteous to us. And the best part is that Raj Lodge is right in the middle of the action; the beach isn't far away and all the shops are super close. The flip side is, it can get quite noisy (there is a bar right next door). Overall, we had a comfortable stay.
We went to this place as it was late at night and we were desperate.
In honesty, there are some good things going for it - it's cheap as chips and ideally located, if you're the kind of person who likes to stay in the center of the bar area.
The staff were kind and the place was safe.
However, it was beyond filthy!
We are not the poshest of people and travel a lot with a tent and a thumb out on a shoestring budget, but there are some limits.
If you need a one night accommodation on a short notice and you don't mind sleeping in your clothes, then go for it, nothing bad will happen.
But if you're thinking of staying for more than a few hours - run!
The place is bedbug infested, with filthy sheets, walls and horrendous bathrooms/toilets.