Life in the “pols” of the old walled city of Ahmedabad is as authentic as you can expect. When we were visiting these closed communities last Summer, we were guided through their narrow streets, well-kept secrets (and not all of them were revealed) and impressive architecture. The ancient houses we have encountered (and stopped to admire) are testimonies of Ahmedabad’s History and Heritage. We visited one of them, in particular, that was going through a laborious and skillful art of restoration. The work of renovation is completed and we can now, finally, introduce to you the French Haveli: the newest Boutique Heritage Home in Ahmedabad.
What appealed to us right from the start was that not only this concept of accommodation gives you the opportunity to experience the local community while you visit the second largest city in the state of Gujarat, but the mission behind this project is also to promote the local heritage by re-purposing a Historical building and to inspire others to work on preserving this legacy.
The French Haveli provides the visitors with a different approach to the typical Bed and Breakfast lodging. There has been a careful attention to the details, with the intention to convey both originality and comfort: each one of the five rooms has been furnished with a combination of vintage pieces and a contemporary design. These details go even beyond aesthetics since each one of them is named after some particularity of the old Ahmedabad culture and life, like the “Chabutro” (that means bird feeder, something that you will see is very common to find in every pol), or the “Ordo”, named after the traditional retiring rooms.
By booking your stay at the French Haveli, you will experience the Gujarati hospitality and you are just a few steps away from the local culture. A ten minute walk will take you to the famous and always busy Manek Chowk market (selling religious miscellaneous articles in the morning, jewelry in the afternoon and street food in the evening) and to the nearby Muslim tombs of Ahmedabad’s first King and Queen and the beautiful Jama Masjid built in 1424 and considered to be the largest Mosque to be built in India around that time.
From US $41 per night
Where to book:
Booking.com*, AirBnB or directly on the French Haveli website
Air Conditioner, free WiFi
Payment modes available:
Credit card, Debit card, PayPal, Cash
+91 79 221 70629
+91 99 789 10730 (mobile)
1824 Khijada Sheri,
Opp Jain Derasar,
Dhal Ni Pol, Ahmedabad 380001
This post was written in collaboration with Threee Foundation. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.