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Gowri Residence
Ranked #129 of 195 Alappuzha B&B and Inns
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“Excellent value for money”
Reviewed 23 January 2009

Excellent value for money. Convenient location, different style of rooms such as bamboo cottage, standard and deluxe rooms. Good food (bit slow service), free internet, and well kept garden. If you book a house boat trip do it at the jetty and bargain!

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 December 2008

To stay in Gowri Residence was a very good experience in a very familiar atmosphere - the staff was extraordinary friendly and helped us in every way. The room was clean and very cheap, the food was good and it was a very good place to get in contact with other travellers and also a perfect possibility to speak with a lot of Indians. They also organized us our boat trip - maybe the best thing of our whole indian-trip!!!!

thanks a lot to Sammy, Samir and all the others !!!!! Best greetings from Germany - heiko &payam

  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 August 2008

The Gowrie Residence offers large airy rooms in a heritage home. There is a restaurant in the front yard with a few gazebos scattered around.They also offer many additional services like massage, car hire, and house boats for the overnight trips which are the main reason tourists come to Alappuzha.

Our room was basic but very clean and met all our expectations for this kind of budget hotel. The restaurant food was only fair and service was very slow.

We decided to organize a backwaters trip through the hotel and unfortunately it was a bad experience. Although the boat was well equipped and clean the staff didn't want to take us the trip we had paid for.

They tried repeatedly to just keep us docked about 2km from town saying that all the boats did this and they weren't 'allowed' to go any further. This was in spite of the fact they we had agreed when we paid that we would travel about 15 kilometers. They eventually did this after we kicked up a fuss but the experience was not pleasant. To top the trip off the boat ran out of petrol towards the end of the trip and we had to be towed back to the dock.

We had also arranged for an extra bed to be provided. However, come bed time there was none on board - not even a mattress, which meant that one of us spent the night on the floor. The food served was also below par and not what we had been lead to expect.

To be fair to them the manager did refund 500 rupees of the 4000 that we paid but this didn't really compensate for them having turned our once in a lifetime backwaters trip into a disappointing experience.

To sum up, the hotel is reasonable place for an overnight stay but organize your backwaters trip elsewhere.

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 March 2008

This is one of the best hotels for the price you pay. I visited in December during my honeymoon. The place was really nice and we paid only Rs 600 for a day stayed NON/AC. I was little worried after I heard the price of 600 since all other places in my trip I paid approx. 2500 for a room, however it turned out to be good. The staff was excellent and we actually found only foreigners staying at that place.

I would recommend going for AC room since its isolated and also quite big. You can order food to your choice and they make it for you, of course you pay extra but its quite reasonable. Nice sitting available outside as well.

They have some rabbits and beautiful birds which are just roaming around.

Also very next to the Hotel is very beautiful Krishna temple. I would strongly recommend to visit the temple since it's hardly 2 minutes walk.

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  • Disliked — Cuold have been more cleaner.
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Gowri Residence
Address: near Uduppi Sree Krishna Swami Temple | Thondankulangara, Avalookkunnu PO, Alappuzha 688006, India
Region: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #129 of 195 B&Bs / Inns in Alappuzha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gowri Residence is one of the oldest heritage properties in Alleppey - the main house was constructed in 1947. Its strategic location makes it an ideal property for holidayers; the boat jetty, the railway station and the beach are all within 15 minutes from Gowri. The tranquil and green environs of Gowri make it an oasis of peace and heritage in the heart of Alleppey town. We have wooden cottages, a/c and non a/c rooms, dormitory and a treehouse room - a wide range to choose from. Whether you are a backpacker, honeymooning couple, family or a large group, we have all kinds of accommodation to suit your needs. Our restaurant serves delicious local dishes and can be made to order to your specific taste. Our staff is well trained and is always there 24/7 for you. Come to Gowri and experience true Kerala hospitality and soak in a bit of culture and heritage too. ... more   less 
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