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“Great start to our Indian Adventure”
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Sajhome
Ranked #4 of 207 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
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Moscow, Russia
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“Great start to our Indian Adventure”
Reviewed 20 January 2012

Arriving at Kochin this was the first place we stayed in our month long trip, starting December 2011 – everywhere booked based on Trip Advisor reviews and all arranged by ourselves directly by email.

Our transfer from the airport was smooth which is what you need after a long flight.

Sajhome is a great place to stay and easy to explore Fort Kochi only several minutes walk away. Saj and his family welcomed us and we felt at home right away. After the first of many wonderful breakfasts he sat with us explaining the sorts of things that we could do but never being pushy.

Great location, clean, tidy, safe and excellent value – highly recommend – what more can we say.

Few tips – get walking tour map from the tourist association, also buy fresh fish from the market and have it taken and cooked by local restaurant. Prawns were magnificent.

Our full itinerary was Kerala: Kochi-Sajhome (3 nights), Munnar-Royal Mist (4 nights), Alleppey-Raheem Residency (2 nights), Kerala Backwaters-Lakes and Lagoons (2 nights),
Mumbai-Westin Garden City (5 nights)
Rajhastan: Jaisalmer-Hotel Pleasant Haveli (5 nights), Jodhpur-Ratan Vilas (2 nights), Jaipur-Anuraag Villa (3 nights), Agra for Taj Mahal-Palmstay (1 night), New Delhi-Hotel Palace Heights (2 nights)

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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sajhome, Owner at Sajhome, responded to this review, 24 January 2012
Dear Sir & Madam,

Thank you for sparing your precious time for this review and I am really happy to know that you liked our small home, breakfast and all the other arrangements.

SIncerley
Saj
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

We were 2 adults and 2 children (age 7 and 5) travelling in India for 1 month. We stayed 4 nights at Sajhome.

This place is truly wondelful. It is clean, the location is fine, the keralan breakfast is good - and the service is nothing but excellent.

Saj and his lovely family are friendly and welcoming - and they will do anything they can to help you. They arranged drivers for us at reasonable prices and on our way from the airport to the hotel they even called us (on the drivers phone) to check that everything was ok.

When our daughter celebrated her birthday Saj and his family gave her a present and a birthday cake. When I asked how much we should pay for this Saj refused to take any money. This clearly shows what kind of place the Sajhome is.

The excellent service combined with the budget rates at Sajhome makes this place one of our absolute favorites in India. If we ever come back to Kochi we will definitely stay at Sajhome.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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sajhome, Owner at Sajhome, responded to this review, 20 January 2012
Dear Sir & Madam,

It is really pleasure to know that you and familly have enjoyed your stay at Sajhome and hope that you would come back again to Sajhome in future

Cordially
Saj
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Solihull
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

From arranging the pick-up at the airport to helping us buy our train tickets to leave, including getting us to the station, Saj was the perfect host. We booked here on the recommendations of reviews on Tripadvisor and it lived up to all expectation. Saj and his staff were happy to discuss, advise and assist in all areas, even down to rescuing my husbands phone from the cab before he even realised he'd lost it!
The breakfasts were an absolute delight!
If ever we were to return to Kochi Sajhome would be our first choice.

  • Stayed January 2012
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sajhome, Owner at Sajhome, responded to this review, 18 January 2012
Dear Sir,

Thank you very much for your valuable feed back on tripadvisor.com about your stay and it is happy to know that you have enjoyed your stay and our breakfast.

Hope to meet you again in future

Kind regards
Saj
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 January 2012

Cannot thank Saj and his son enough for their friendliness and excellent breakfast.
Rooms were really clean and comfortable.
Could not ask for anything else.
Will not forget Saj’s songs that he sung for us before we left.
A really memorable stay.
Thank you so much Saj.
Kalpna Pabari

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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sajhome, Owner at Sajhome, responded to this review, 21 January 2014
Dear Sir & Madam,

Thank you for your precious time for this feedback and we are delighted to know that you have enjoyed your stay, our homely food, all the suggestions and arrangements

Hope that you would give me another oppurtunity to serve you again in future

Kind regards
Saj
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 13 January 2012

If you're thinking about staying in Kochi, think no further than Sajhome. This homestay is exquisite and the staff is incredible. They were very helpful during our four day stay, and offered to plan fun itineraries for us in Kerala. They also helped arrange an airport pickup for my 2am arrival which was totally appreciated. The rooms are spotless and spacious. We couldn't ask for a better place to stay. At Sajhome, breakfast was included and it was DELICIOUS. You get to try real local food, such as egg curries with a dosa type of bread, and fresh pineapple juice and coffee. I would seriously go back for the breakfast alone. I felt like we had the comforts of a home with the professionalism of a top-nothc hotel. Sajhome was my home.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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sajhome, Owner at Sajhome, responded to this review, 4 February 2012
Dear Sir,

Thank you for post and it is really happy to know that you had a time at our home.

Hope you would contact us when you visit Kochi again

Sincerley
Saj
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

The owner of this homestay, "Saj" runs a good, clean business and has a network of contacts that was helpful to us in providing an excellent driver during our stay and booking other homestays in Kerela. - Silver Rock in Munnar (hightly recommended) and Chithrasala in Thekkady (not bad, reviewed separately).

One of his bookings, a houseboat in the backwaters, was an utter disaster of a ripoff, supposedly booking it for us with a friend. For the $250 US we paid (albeit during height of XMas season) we expected top-notch service and accommodation. Instead, the bed was missing a top sheet, with a stained mattress as a headboard. The owner/driver of the boat who was supposed to be a friend of Saj did not greet us or introduce himself.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Leicester
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2012

The rooms were very comfortable, clean and good. Great breakfast. Ali, Siya and his team were very friendly and very helpful. We were welcomed into the family lounge and were entertained by Ali himself. The songs that Ali sang were great and made our stay very memorable. Great people.

Cannot recommend Sajhome enough.

Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Sajhome
Address: Federal Bank ATM Building | Near Kunnumpuram Junction, Kochi (Cochin) 682001, India
Region: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#2 Family Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#2 Romantic Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#10 Best Value Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#16 Business Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sajhome is located right at the heart of Fort Kochi. All the tourist attractions are 5-10 minutes walkable distance. You are staying with a Kerala family. So you can enjoy Kerala delicious food and provide genuine tour information, further travel assistance, Arrange taxis, flight tickets, Train tickets, Bus tickets, Cultural dances, Martial arts, Indian classical Music, Genuine Ayurvedic Massage, Accommodation in next destination, Kerala Package tour, 24 Hour overnite House boats in Alleppey or in Kumarakom, 3-7 hours Village backwaters cruise etc. ... more   less 
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