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“Decent homestay!”
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Sajhome
Ranked #3 of 201 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
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“Decent homestay!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2014

I stayed at Sajhome for 5 nights in the second week of December. Saj organised a pick up for me at the airport. I was nicely welcome when I arrived. I really enjoyed the complimentary breakfast. Saj was very helpful in advising on restaurants and places to visit. I had booked a non-AC room, which is a small budget room, as all AC rooms were fully booked. The non-AC room may not be ideal especially in the hot summer. There were also some mosquitoes and ants in the room. However, Saj had informed me about the mosquitoes and I knew what to expect, so was not really disappointed. If you are someone like me who adapt to all conditions, then you could still try the non-AC room as it is really cheap. Otherwise, go for an AC room. Sajhome is in a very good location close to many good restaurants and sightseeing places in Fort Kochi.

Room Tip: Go for an AC room if you are not used to hot and humid weather.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014

Great location and lovely rooms, with a fantastic Kerala breakfast and lassi to greet you every morning. What sets this place apart from others though has to be Saj, whose honest and friendly nature makes the stay fantastic. Always on hand to offer advice. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014

Everyone we met in Fort Kochi knows Saj. He must be the best connected person in town. And this makes him a wonderful host. He has answers to every question - where to buy a sari, who to do your henna, which kathakali dance performance to go to. We are a family of 5 and we spent 4 nights at Sajhomestay. My children voted his breakfast the best of the trip, with delicious pineapple lassis, appams and marsala dosas. And later on Saj became our hero of the hour when we decided to bale out of a hotel in the hills to return early to Kochi and he found us 3 rooms at short notice in the hotel next door to his. 8 years ago, Saj returned from a high-powered job in Dubai to set up in a business that would allow him to see more of his children. It's a simple and simply run restablishment. More B&B than hotel. The rooms are small-ish but clean with en suite and effective air con and fans. And good bedside lights! (many places we stayed in had harsh overlead led lights). But the best thing about Sajhomstay is the happy family atmosphere, the laughter and the graciousness of his daughters, Natasha and Sazna. On the morning we returned to London, we were given breakfast at the family table - it was still dark outside - complete with slices of Natasha's birthday cake. And a send-off that made us feel even sorrier to be leaving. I cannot recommend highly enough.

Room Tip: we spent our last night in a spacious room on the ground floor.
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  • Stayed December 2013, 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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Kochi (Cochin), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014

We really enjoyed staying with Saj and his family - small and comfy rooms - good breakfast and Saj is very helpfull. Good location ind the central - but not touristy - part of town. Cleary to be recommended.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Hans G
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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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Shannon, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2014 via mobile

We stayed on Saj's for our first four nights in India. From the moment I booked, Saj made it all so easy from the moment we stepped off the plane we had a driver to meet us. It was like a home away from home. Saj recommended local places and restaurants and booked ayurvedic massages, house boat trip, other accommodation in various spots in Kerala and excellent drivers including Mahin and especially Naveen who was such a pleasure to have as a driver. We booked an extra night at the end of our trip and it actually felt like returning to family! His little girl sang for us one night. Only downside is I have no idea how to recreate the breakfasts that we were served. Traditional Keralan breakfasts and every morning was a new surprise. They were the best....

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2013

We had a great stay of two nights at Sajhome. The rooms are nice with working AC, TV and a closet with keys to lock your valuables in. Fort kochi is a fairly small area so there are many attractions within walking distance front the homestay. The only negative thing I have to say about the rooms is that the beds are a bit short (180 cm?) so if you are a long person your legs will be outside the bed.

Saj and his team were very good at recommending restaurants and activities in Fort Kochi and all their recommendations were good. Also for breakfast we had delicious homemade local food, which changed each day so we did not eat the same.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Tobias B
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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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2013

Saj Homestay is a great B&B. It is probably incorrectly categorised as an hotel and, therefore, ranked as the 'best hotel in Kochi' is misleading in my opinion. It is however, a very pleasant B&B, very well situated, within walking distance to all the main attractions and hotels. Saj and his family are great hosts and recommended excellent places to eat, and things to do. Saj also organized a very good driver, Stanly, for us. Would recommend.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Kathy M
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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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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 Romantic Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#2 Family Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#9 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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