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Ashtamudi Homestay
Ranked #24 of 68 Hotels in Alappuzha
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Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 29 March 2014 via mobile

A historic building centrally located in downtown Alleppey. It's easy to hop on a Tuk Tuk and be at the beach for a nice sunset walk or shopping. However, in our experience, management is a bit cryptic. Although It was not busy during our stay, somehow we felt rushed to make snap decisions with inconsistent information. We asked to have cloths washed and were charged 10x the rate of other homestays - leading us to question other prices quoted. We asked for direction and logistical help to visit near by attractions recommended by Karela Tourism and told "no, just go to the beach." Also, Ashtamudi is not a place to just hang out. It's hot, loud and the upstairs lounge is not comfortable.
We rated 3 stars because of the houseboat experience arranged by Ashtamudi management. The food, staff and all around houseboat experience arranged by Ashtamudi was positive.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

We booked 2 nights with aircon beginning of March. We did put up a mosquito net, so had no problems sleeping. Bed was comfertable. The owners were helpful, and very pleasant. The email communication was excellent. The balcony upstairs was a nice place to sit and read. There was Mosquitos in the evenings, but this is to be expected in India- so we just made sure we were covered up.
The breakfast wasnt great- basic ommlette- but adequate.
The homestay is in a good location, and met all our needs. Don't expect luxury, but a decent enouph bed for the night.The downstairs rooms stay very cool, with the benefit of aircon. The bamboo rooms may be a different experience.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Chico, California
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

We stayed one night and it was our worst night in India. The house is in a crowded ally by the canal, a severely mosquito infested area. The Bamboo room was hot, and did not have any way to let air circulate in, without opening the screen-less windows to also let the bugs in. The bugs could all get in through the many chinks and holes in the bamboo anyway. Not only were we covered with mosquito bites the next morning, but my husband and daughter had dozens of ant-bites on their hands and feet, and bed-bug bites on their faces as well. We all got hardly any sleep thanks to the stuffiness and bug-biting. Aweful! And a health hazard!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Kovalam
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

We would normally let our taxi driver recommend a place to stay but as he was unavailable I turned to Trip Advisor, our first enquiries to listed hotels could not accommodate us, not unusual as we only needed a one night stay.

On contacting Ashtamudi Homestay the communications were excellent vie e-mail and phone and guided by the excellent reviews plus the 2013 TA Certificate of excellence we felt fairly confident in the booking which was made for one night for two rooms as our driver would be accompanying us.

On arrival we were faced with a single track mud lane to negotiate to reach the property, we were met by a male member of staff in scruffy work clothes who sat us down in reception where there were comfortable seats and fish in tanks to watch.

We were then taken to the room via a narrow spiral staircase (not easy with luggage) on the first floor and advised that room 206 was cooler than the others, our driver was allocated a separate room.

Log in details for the WiFi were given and I soon logged on to the internet, we asked for the necessary forms and paper work on arrival and were told "later".

To be honest if we had not arranged a previous engagement within hours of arrival we would have checked out but decided that it was not practicable to do so as our appointment in Allepey was a matter of hours away.

During the afternoon we asked on three occasion if we could have the hotel register and necessary paperwork such a "C" forms and were told "later", we knew places other than Kovalam were fairly lax and indeed we have stayed on houseboats in Allepey where they were not at all interested with paperwork and thought that this was the case here.

The room was dark dingy and shabby old carpeting gave of dust as you moved through the room, there seemed just a smell and haze of dust within the room which caused constant sneezing, the TV was so small as to be unusable, the bedding was clean and towels smelt freshly laundered a small luxury, the room furniture was a painted wooden shelf array that had seen better days with burn marks to the top of the unit and dust gathered in corners.

The electrics in the room in my opinion are a fire hazard bearing in mind I am an ex fire fighter if there was a problem then the whole top floor would soon be involved due to the wooden bamboo construction.

The bathroom was dingy and outdated with the toilet not fixed to the floor, hot water was provided on request which was adequate and very hot.

The staff cannot be blamed for the mosquitoes or cockroaches in the room but in my 11 years of traveling in Kerala it is the first time I have used a mosquito net provide, this brought its own problems as the net was full of dust which we breathed through the night causing coughing and a restless night.

Unusually my Wife and I were awake at 5 in the morning, our driver usually rises at 5:30 to ready the car and go for a run, he had to phone somebody to let him out of the locked gates, this in itself presents a problem to guests should there be a fire at the homestay they would not be able to exit the premises. We ourselves tried to find some one to check out but there was nobody around.

On speaking to our driver he stated he could have found better cleaner rooms in a better location with TV at half the price charged for the rooms we had used.

We started to load luggage into the car just before 7 in the morning and were ready to leave when a member off staff half clothed cleaning his teeth showed himself, My wife went to pay and he asked for passports to do the paperwork which were already packed in the car, we paid a room boy and left as enough was enough, it is the hostel responsibility to ensure paperwork is complete an they had all afternoon and were asked on three occasions for the necessary paperwork which was not provided.

All in all one of the worst stays we have had in 11 years of traveling around Kerala.

Ian Knox

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

I stayed in this homestay for 1 night in Feb 2014. The place is located in a narrow lane after YMCA in Allepey town. The place is very narrow and hardly enough to fit a taxi. During check-in our taxi driver somehow managed to get into the lane as we had luggage, but later in the evening, he dropped us at the starting of the lane and asked us to walk.
As soon as we checked in, the owner Uma promptly gave us the WiFi password for my smartphone and bombarded with all the required info like restaurants, places to visit etc. We booked an AC room due to fear of mosquitoes but we later realized it was wise decision because of the weather which was very humid. so, we left the AC on and went for dinner hoping the room would be cooled when we returned. But, it was not the case.
The mattress were a bit hard, but for the price we were paying it was okay. But, the couple who stayed on top were very noisy in the night as it was a wooden flooring. we ourself found the room lacking privacy and the bathroom looked like a makeshift attachment. No problems with hot water as they mentioned that they would be providing hot water in a bucket and they promptly provided with the required number at the time we requested for.
Overall a good homestay if you are staying for a longer period, else it is better to book an hotel instead.

Room Tip: Choose corner rooms or rooms in first floor as the front rooms lacked privacy.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rajkot
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22 reviews
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

I and my wife stayed at Ashtamudi homestay in February. It is a very well maintained homestay by Uma and Subash. The couple is very hardworking and helpful. The rooms are very comfortable. Bamboo rooms are indeed novel, we liked them too. Breakfast cooked by Uma was very delicious. Her management is excellent. Also, we had gone for overnight houseboat trip which was arranged by Uma & Subash. It was Subash's brother's houseboat. It was a memorable experience with wonderful backwaters & delicious food. The houseboat was very clean. They had also arranged for a beautiful flower decoration for us. I highly recommend Ashtamudi homestay..

Room Tip: Bamboo rooms provide unique experience.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Ranchi, India
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

I came to Alappuzha after my Ernakukula, Munnar & Thekkaddy visit.The season was hot and I was cool down by A Bottle of Chilled water. I felt as if I have came to some one who is Kith and keen to us. Location is good. I liked the food quality at reasonable price. I was astonished to see that farewell tea was ready at 4:45 am and at 5:00 AM Uma was in the Gate before departure.I Don't know how to thank the couple Uma and Subash. God bless them.

Room Tip: Bamboo Room I liked.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ashtamudi Homestay
Address: West of S.D.V. Central School | Zilla Court Ward, Alappuzha 688 001, India
Region: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Alappuzha
#4 Romantic Hotel in Alappuzha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the vibrant town of Alappuzha which is the centre for adventures into the Backwaters of Kerala. Ashtamudi Home Stay is a welcoming and peaceful place with friendly English speaking staff. The rooms, although fitted with modern conveniences such as cable TV and air conditioning, are styled in the Keralan tradition, echoing the look and feel of the backwater houseboats. ... more   less 
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