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“Puts the 'Home' in 'Homestay'”
Review of Bella Homestay

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Bella Homestay
Ranked #4 of 203 Alappuzha B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 October 2012

We originally planned to stay at Bella for 1 night however we decided to arrive 1 day early which they accommodated for in short notice....probably the best decision we made while we were in Alappuzha.
The room was beautifully decorated, refreshing and a very clean bathroom. They also provide the most amazing dark chocolate cookies in a jar in the room...nice touch.
Natasha was amazing to talk to, with many stories about her travel guide days and generally knowledge about India.
Leave Biju alone with his blender and he will produce amazing shakes and fresh juices (which become very addictive).
If you are a coffee drinker, beware of the coffee as it will be the best you would have tasted.

Lets not forget about Jackie/Jacku/Jack....the most adorable pug ever. Give him a gentle massage and he'll become your best friend.

Great hospitality!!!

Overall you cant go wrong with this home stay....Its a must!!!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Paresh S
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Reviewed 19 October 2012

We felt welcomed from the moment we arrived. Biju and Natasha are gracious hosts and their home is beautiful. The rooms are spacious and very clean. They arranged a houseboat for us and even allowed us to keep our luggage there during our houseboat adventure. My only regret is that we only spent one night!

Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
1  Thank GetMeToABeach
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Reviewed 15 October 2012 via mobile

We stayed at Bella for 4 nights in October and from the moment we arrived after an 11 hour journey from Mysore tired and hungry and recovering from sickness,Biju & Natasha welcomed us in and we immediately relaxed and felt at home. I can hand on heart say this was our favorite stop throughout our 7 week tour of India (and we stayed in some top hotels). But nothing can compete with hospitality and enthusiasm of our warm hosts and nothing was too much trouble. We stayed in the AC double room on the top floor which was thoughtfully decorated with personal touches like chocolate biscuits to nibble on! Biju's breakfast definitely deserves a mention and my husband and I agreed his Smoothies were the best we'd ever had. So much so Biju even told us his secret recipe before we departed so we can recreate at home. When it was time to leave we were a bit sad to say goodbye to our friendly hosts and their sweet little pug Jack.they really do a magnificent job and I'm already looking for an excuse to go back and see them!

  • Stayed: October 2012
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1  Thank paperswan
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Reviewed 14 October 2012

Bella homestay definitely deserves its name.
Beautiful house and garden situated in a quiet street short walk from the houseboats habor.
Very clean and nicely decorated rooms, very comfortable bathroom, tasty food, friendly and helpful hosts Natasha & Biju, adorable Jacku, perfect houseboat trip arranged by them. Big thank you for everything. We higly recommend this place!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

Located away from the hustle in a quite corner, this small boutique House is the perfect base to explore allepy. Host Biju & Natahsa went extra mile to make us comfortable.
+ Beautiful Location
+ Great House (Highlight being the porch)
+ Neat and clean rooms
+ Spic & Span Bathrooms
+ Jacky cutest pet ever
+ Yummy Food
+ Safe place
Stayed at few of the 5* properties during my holiday in kerela but this being a homestay was not far behind in overall experience. The car arranged by them for our entire kerela trip was not only reasonable but were provided with the best chauffeur in Sony.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Nishitshah
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

This place is amazing, and one of the nicest and most comfortable places I have ever been at in India, my husband and I just looked at eachother with a big smile when we found this place. The owners are an amazing couple with incredible recipes for tropical juices, which they make for you on arrival and at breakfast! You can choose either western style breakfast or South Indian, both of which were amazing. We can't say enough good things about this homestay! It is a diamond in the rough! A breath of fresh mountain air in the smog, etc, etc;)

Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Julia C
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Reviewed 16 September 2012

Where do I start, the rooms are immaculate and individually styled and the bathroom was spotlessly clean. There was a slight odour from the water, probably because it is fresh water pumped from the ground, this in no way detracts from the pleasure of the shower. The porch, the seating area and the breakfast patio were lovely. The hosts were so helpful, I cannot praise them enough, they helped us find a houseboat (a very memorable trip), stored our luggage when we were not staying another night, called our next accomodation so that we could arrange things, arranged pickup from the station. Our only regret is that we should have stayed longer. Special mention to Jackie, he is adorable ...

Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
1  Thank Richard S
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Additional Information about Bella Homestay

Address: | near Nehru Trophy Finishing Point, Alappuzha 688013, India (Formerly Bella Art & Meditation House)
Region: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 203 B&Bs / Inns in Alappuzha
Price Range: £31 - £32 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautiful boutique homestay with a personal touch, a garden, comfortable unique rooms with AC, hot water, WI-FI and free breakfast. Perfect location for backwater tours, very close to lake and boat terminals. Walking distance to center but away from city noise. ... more   less 
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