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Reviewed 27 July 2014

We stayed as a party of five at the same time as the earlier reviewer and completely disagree with the negative comments. Yes there was an extension being built at an adjacent house, but we never saw anyone working in the evening and the noise was minimal. The rooms are spotless, and Beena and Sudi are the nicest, most friendly people you will ever meet. Clean sheets and room cleaning are provided daily. The internet is not advertised as being available but guest are allowed to use it out of kindness of the host family. For sure this is BEST homestay we have ever stayed in in the twelve years we have been visiting this fabulous counrty. I think the earlier reviewer should have opted for a high end hotel which would have cost a lot more money. PLEASE visit this homestay will be delighted, just take time to read all the other great reviews

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Sky5Lancashire
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

Our family of 4 spent one night at Beena Homestay. First - the hosts are a lovely family. Beena is warm, humorous, generous and gentle. Sudi cared for our every need and supplied delicious snacks, dinner and breakfast while chatting with us and providing information. Beena very kindly arranged for our Kathakali experience as well. Both went out of their way to be kind to us, giving my daughter a pair of earrings and arranging for my son to find his lost hat. We prefer homestays because it gives us a chance to experience a slice of local living, and we so enjoyed the kindness and authenticity we found in Beena and Sudi.
We had a room on the top floor with a common area. The room and bathroom were very clean, with basic furniture, beds, desk, chair and clothes armoire. Wi fi, air-conditioning and hot water worked beautifully. There is construction going on next door but that didn't bother us at all. Our kids had fun checking out the rooftop view including the neighbors' roof top chickens. The building is close to neighbors, the small street leading to the home is typically Indian (in need of repair and cleaning) but once you enter the home stay, it is well taken care of. This is an urban place and a ten minute convenient walk to the Basilica, the Kathakali center and a little further to the waterfront. The food was freshly cooked, truly Keralan, plentiful and delicious. We'd come back for the food alone! Dinner was served when we came back from the Kathakali show and had many varied dishes with delicious fruit and plenty of cold water. Breakfast was equally yummy, both Keralan and continental. At dinner, there was another couple who was staying there and it was nice to meet them as well as share conversation with our hosts and watch the antics of their sweet grand daughter. We enjoyed our one night stay, and felt especially fortunate to meet our lovely hosts.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank kneemac4
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

We arrive at Beena Homestay around 5:30Pm in March
and have a very small room on the ground floor.
The “Ellen” room. There is a window which faces
an alleyway and another building about three feet

Supper is at 7 and it isn’t so bad. There is a common
living room where everyone eats. It is dull, very faux
Victorian, tight, small, stuffy. There is a sick child
watching children's tv. We return to the room. It is
stifling hot.

There is considerable noise from behind the toilet
wall and echoing from the alleyway and other buildings.
There is no fresh air.

Some male neighbors are hack coughing up gobs
of phlegm and continue doing so into the night. One
wonders what they do with it all. The immense pride
with which they hack it up.

There is chatter, loud banging, cleaning of pans late
into the night, (midnight). At 11PM the internet stops.
We learn this is a safety precaution if we have heard
Mr. Suresh correctly. There is no internet
until morning. Pity those with responsibilities outside
India time zones.

Bright and early in the morning there is loud
shouting, banging, hammering, sawing of stone and iron,
shovel mixing of gravel and the like as workers
to either side of the building and to its rear work on
or erect buildings. There is stone, debris dust everywhere.
Noise continues throughout the day.

At supper, the child is coughing violently as both
tables of adults eat and banter the endless
banter of travelers thrown together for no good
reason but to stuff themselves. No one seems to
notice the child is half dead, terrible alone, unhappy,
(considering her very long fit of screaming earlier),
and much in need of a bed. Her mother
continues a trance like silence throughout the meal
and house. One has images of Sean of the Dead.

The workers continue until after 9PM. They are
joined by persons unseen from each side of the house
coughing, phlegming, shouting, banging and cleaning
large pots and pans. This continues until
after midnight.

The next day we take a vacated room also on
the ground floor, (Christine). All the noise of the day
before again goes on. This is now added to by a water
pump which we are told must be kept on.
It is an extremely loud whirring.
The motor is directly below our window.
We call Mr. Suresh. He comes in an hour and says
the water must reach each floor for twenty minutes,
or so we understand him. We say the pump
has been on for at least an hour and a half.
It remains on, shuts off briefly,
then is turned on again. All the other racket

We notice that a shelf across one side of the
room has never been cleaned, and mention this.
The woman sent to clean it can not reach
it. I clean it while she gives me the rinsed cloth
to do so and also consider making a container
for the toilet brush which as in our
previous room, resides languorously on
the shower floor.

Later we notice that the sheets have gotten
dirty due to dust and what have you during our
cleaning of the long shelf. We take two new
sheets from a pile in the living room.
We call Mrs. Suresh to tell her. She comes down
and tells us we should leave. We had no
right to clean the shelf. This is not what guests
do. We say we did not mind, and that
we prefer our room to be clean. But she insists
we leave. This we agree to do.

We mention that she did have a responsibility
to mention about the noise, dirt and dust. Also, it should
be clearly stated in their literature that the wifi shuts at
11PM. Moreover, instead of asking us to leave,
the proper response to our cleaning her property
would be a thank you and apology for our

Since Kochi is a popular tourist destination, really
a kind of extended side show of tourist traps, and
where there are in fact very few good places for the
medium income traveler, we rush to research,
since internet will be shut off at 11PM.

To add to our discomfort, all the brouhaha of the night
before is continued. At 11PM, sure enough, the
internet is turned off, but in case we are not
sufficiently upset, the water pump beneath our
window is again turned on and remains so.

The next morning, Thursday morning, we rise at
dawn and start listing then contacting possible
places to stay. We are alarmed that our belongings
will be thrown into the street, and email Beena
to inform them that we are trying as hard as we
can to find place.

We rush out without breakfast, difficult for one person
who is frail, another who is 73, and speed to locations
to see them. Of course, at the last moment there is a
terror of choices.

We rush back and again inform Beena by email
that we are still looking. We research some more,
make a list, again rush out. This time we have luck
and rush back to inform Beena we are leaving.

Neither Mr. Nor Mrs. Suresh are at home. We request
of the maid our bill so that we may pay and have receipt.
She says we do not have to pay. We of course wish to pay
and say we must pay and have a receipt. Again the maid
informs us that the owners do not want our money.
We call Mr. Suresh and he assures us that he
and his wife being very fine people indeed they do
not want our money.

Suspicious of their motives, and certainly not
wanting anything from them, we say we must pay
and have a receipt or we must have a letter stating
they will not take our money.
Mr. Suresh hangs up.

We ring him some twenty times, but he does not
pick up his phone. We call the Tourist Police and
another Homestay were we have stayed and
ask their advice.

The maid now rushes in to tell us Mr. Suresh is
on his way. He and Mrs. Suresh arrive, both repeating we
may go, we may pay, but they will not give a receipt.
We ask that the tourist police be called.
And we again call the very kind and gracious person
from our previous Homestay.

At this point, Mr. and Mrs. Suresh speak with that
person and decide to give us a receipt for payment.
We accept receipt and sign for it outside in the
courtyard, where public disclosure requires a certain
mask of dignity.

Taking our leave, we carry our own bags to the
main road in search of a tuktuk. It is a burning hot day.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank c j
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krishnaKochi, Owner at Beena Homestay, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2014

“MR.C J AND HIS FRIEND- A rude person accompanied by a very quiet young girl”.

His entire allegations are baseless and untrue and we humbly request Trip adviser to review and remove this review from our page. Our responses to his review are mentioned below.

Mr. CJ of 75 years, visited our home stay along with a young lady in her mid 20’s from in March 2014, which was summer season in Kerala. We allotted him ground floor rooms as our entire second floor rooms were occupied during that period. And all the rooms at our homestay are of same dimension .Though 3 aircon rooms were available, he didn’t want to use them.

He stayed with us for 3 days and nights and only left on the 4th day, we didn’t accept money because he only want to pay us INR 1500/- (25USD)for 3 days and nights including breakfast and dinner for two people. And that is not what our tariff is for 3 days. And how could he twist the truth like that. (We don’t take any advance charges from our guest, while at most home stay you have to pay in advance)

Our guest usually prefers to have the dinner together and they share their travel experience, suggestions and recommendations etc. to each other during dinner. Sometimes these little talks may even extend up to 11 pm (in our family dining area, which is a separate floor and cause no disturbance to other guests).

He was rough to us and other guests during his entire stay. His aloof behavior was an unpleasant experience for us too but we tried to smile it off as a learning experience. He didn’t even reverted a good morning to us or other fellow guests (which were very unusual at our home). Other guests of ours even mentioned his rude behavior to all the people at our place.

There was a house construction work going on, in our neighborhood and as per our state rule it is permitted only up to 5pm in the evening, and usually starts at 9 am in the morning. He did not mention this issue as disturbance; he only enquired where this noise came from. We had other guests too who stayed in our home on the same period and they didn’t mention the noise as “disturbing”. No matter which place he stays no one can stop the development work happening in that neighborhood.

Wi-Fi is provided free of cost to our guest (My family too travels alot, I known the tensions/ worries one has when you don’t get to talk with them and also the relief when they call you and say “I’m fine, don’t worry”) and it’s provided up to 11pm (switching off of electronics other related instruments, a safety measure followed in most homes in Kerala), sometimes on request its extended to half an hour or more. And we have not advertised anywhere in our site that we are having Wi-Fi or providing it for 24 X7. While, Wi-Fi facility is charged (Rs 100/ hr) in most of the places including homestays and hotels. Portable internet connections or mobile internet packages were available in all the shops, if it was so important spending Rs.200- 500 for it was not much (with that value you can use for like a fortnight).

The pump makes noise but not as much as he described (may be like a vacuum cleaner/ hair dryer). It’s put on once in a day to fill overhead tank for uninterrupted water supply usually during breakfast hours and rarely during dinner time for 30 mins (only after the guests are seated for their meal), so that the noise doesn’t create problem for the guest who stays in the ground floor.

Maids clean our guest rooms on daily basis and no one has ever had complaint regarding the cleanliness at my home. It was our first time to get such a feedback from our guest.
We were shocked to read the way he described our grand daughter, Mr.CJ, she is only 3 year old (not a machine to cry around 24X7) and is being raised by us (her grandparent, since she was 5 month old). The way you describe a child made us feel that you have never been near to a kid. Or was it that your children never cried when they were young? The way you wrote about my daughter, well none of my family know what that is (Sean....death?) and let me enlighten you, she is not the mother of my granddaughter.

There were several other homestays nearby our place, being off-season most of them were or nearly fully vacant. Why did you stay with us for these many days? There were many cheaper to expensive hotels nearby, being off-season most had vacant rooms. You could have saved yourselves from all the trouble if you had found another place on the day one itself (Its not as difficult to find a place in Fortkochin as he said, but it’s difficult to get a place for Rs 500/- per day including dinner and breakfast and you have to pay the money in advance).

Homestay is a place where you mingle with the people and gets a feeling that you are safe there with them. You respect each other and treat them like your own. It’s clearly not a place for people who like to hide from others or who don’t even care to exchange pleasantries either with your host or other fellow travellers.

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Reviewed 14 May 2014 via mobile

The hospitality we received at Beena Homestay was exceptional. Our room and bathroom was immaculately clean. We felt spoilt being served 6 different dishes for dinner, all with a South Indian touch (lots of coconut). Breakfast was a mix of fresh fruit, Indian and continental style options. We were given great advice on where in Fort Kochi to head for lunch and sights to see. Excellent experience.

  • Stayed: May 2014
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1  Thank RachelCM14
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

If you want to eat authentic, freshly-made Keralan cuisine in a warm, welcoming family atmosphere, then you should book this place well in advance. The food is simply stunning but is easily matched by the warm welcome provided by Beena and Sudi.
The rooms are sparklingly clean and my air-con worked a treat - essential if you're daft enough to visit in April!
Another great joy of staying here is the opportunity to meet lovely, like-minded fellow guests and enjoy diverse conversation over dinner. You can also watch the proceedings in the kitchen while dinner is being prepared, although you may come to the conclusion that your own cooking skills are inadequate watching your hosts rattle off 6 or 7 dishes in a little under an hour!
Wifi was top speed for those that are interested...

Room Tip: Book / Pick an A/C room if you're there in April.
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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1  Thank Divinfaces
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