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This Swanky Guest House In Pondicherry Is Built Out Of Recycled Shipping Containers


    Called The Black Box, this industrial design themed guest house in Auroville is a fine example of the area’s design diversity, and is also located inside a cool location — a riding school.

    All Boxed In

    Located inside the Red Earth Riding School, The Black Box is a guest house contained inside a giant black container — a shipping container no less. But if you are expecting just an odd container with a bed, you will be surprised, how stylish The Black Box actually looks. The two storied guest house comes with 2 bedrooms, and can accommodate upto six guests. . Plus, they have extra beds too {5 in total}.So, you know how many friends you are inviting. The main bedrooms have really cool industrial light fixtures made of pipes, the interiors are all done up in black with lockers to keep your luggage. 

    The first floor comes with cool sit out where you can lounge around, eat breakfast or eve read a book. And you can even bring Rover along. Because, the guest house is pet friendly. And not just doggies, you can bring your cat too. There are pets already living on the property, so your pooch can hang out with them. The guest house is also family and kid friendly, so can make for a nice weekend gateway for the fam, amidst animals and nature. To deal with Pondy’s heat, the guest house is air conditioned. The guest house comes with its own kitchen {sticked with utensils, refrigerator and silverware}, and also Wi Fi. There is a little garden cum backyard behind the guesthouse, where you can do a little picnic on the rustic tables and benches provided. Smokers, you can only smoke outside the rooms though. 

    The Great Outdoors

    Room sorted, now let’s explore the outdoors. We already told you that guest house is located inside a riding school, so of course you need to take walk and visit the stables, to say hi to the horses. The host, Jacqueline, can organise horse riding, swimming, along with yoga, surfing and even cooking lessons. Not interested in hectic activities? Get foot reflexology to even a relaxing Ayurvedic massage. You can take a guided tour of Pondicherry or Auroville for a bit of space and quiet. And a barbecue can also be organised upon request. 

    Price: INR 6,000 upwards and prices vary according to the season.

    Book the guest house here.


    You can cancel upto five days before check in and you will be fully refunded except the service fees. Plus, you can only check in post 2pm.