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“Great hosts with a great home”
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Bella Homestay
Ranked #5 of 199 Alappuzha B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Bengaluru, India
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great hosts with a great home”
Reviewed 2 November 2012

We arrived late at night to a welcoming Biju and Natasha who offered to us a much needed tea and biscuits after a 550km drive. They arranged a boat tour for a reasonable price and helped us to enjoy whatever Alappuzha had to offer. They arranged dinner which met our strict dietary requirements as well as a tasty breakfast. The way they behaved with us the way they would with their family. The rooms were very artistic. The homestay itself is quiet and peaceful. Biju, Natasha and Jackie made us feel welcome and we will surely visit in the nearby future.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 November 2012

Baju and Natasha have created a cozy, stylish and friendly haven up a tiny back street in Alleppey, where we just spent 4 days relaxing and resting. The place is super comfortable and clean. With only four rooms you won't be overwhelmed by noise or crowded spaces either. Breakfast options include wonderful pancakes and fresh chilled juice, or traditional Keralan and continental choices. The hosts suggestions for restaurants and activities are spot on - the canoe trip they organised was a perfect way to see the backwaters. And on top of it all, they are super friendly and always helpful!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 October 2012

I stayed at Bella Homestay for a night recently. I found it whilst wandering the backstreets of Allepey - as soon as I walked in I was greeted by the friendly couple who run this beautiful place. I decided to stay for a night before heading back to Cochin. The owners of this homestay go out of their way to ensure that you are comfortable and have everything you need. The rooms are spotlessly clean and nicely decorated with some homely touches - Bella Homestay was absolutely beautiful. Thank you Natasha & Viju! (hope I spelt your names correctly if you read this!).

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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Cincinnati, OH
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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
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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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Warsaw, Poland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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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Property: 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 #5 of 199 B&Bs / Inns in Alappuzha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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