We stayed at Jasmin Villas for a total of 3 nights in December 2013 and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
Stanley and Jasmin were wonderful hosts. They are very welcoming and speak excellent English. Jasmin is a superb cook and makes guests feel like nothing is too much trouble. You can also watch Jasmin cook, or take lessons, although we didn't do this. Jasmin uses bottled water for cooking and she asked how spicy we would like the food so that it wasn't too spicy for us!
We spent our first two nights in India here, including an airport pick-up from Kochin. We then organised some excursions with Stanley (which we have reviewed separately) and stayed at Jasmin Villas again on night 6 before heading north.
The rooms are clean and you can pay slightly extra for an air-conditioned room (we stayed in two of them, one of which had a small balcony which is great if you're a smoker) and the house is in a residential area, just a short walk from the main areas of Fort Kochin. There is also free wi-fi.
We stayed in a few different homestays in India but Jasmin Villas was definitely the best as it was so homely and comfortable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jasmin Villa - The homestay run by Jasmin Stanley which is one and half kilometers away from the city center of Cochin. At Jasmin Villa, you will find the warmth and charm of homely atmosphere. It has three well furnished and spacious bath-attached rooms (AC/Non AC) with hotwater facility. Like some of the most distinctive homestays in the world, the Jasmin Villa offers its guests so much more than is ever expected from a homestay – all included in the nightly rate. Complimentary breakfast and dinner (Best and delicious Kerala delicacies) is served daily, Free Internet, Wi-fi and complimentary refreshments 24 hours a day. Above all,Mrs. Jasmin is an excellent cook and she used to conduct cooking classes in traditional Kerala cuisines for interested tourists. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jasmin Villa Homestay Kochi (Cochin), Kerala, India