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“All that is needed with an extra smile on the top”
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Nova Holidays
Ranked #4 of 67 Hotels in Alappuzha
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“All that is needed with an extra smile on the top”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

It's not Sheraton obviously but it has everything that a good homestay needs. The rooms are big and clean, there is a balcony with a swinging chair and a proper breakfast.

The location is relaxed and quiet but as it is outside the city center it takes 5min / 30rupees ride to eat sth as there is only one basic restaurant nearby.

We booked our houseboat with them too and were Nottingham dissapointed. I can't compare to others ones but we were super charmed with the way it looked.

I 've mentioned the extra smile. It belong to the manager Eldhose baby. He was very friendly helpful and added a lot to the nice stay we had.

Good job

  • Stayed July 2014
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

It's a great homestay, with very large and spacious rooms. The rooms on the first floor are better because then you have a nice balcony all to yourself. Amidst the homestay there is also a very beautiful garden, which is quiet nice. The hosts are also nice people. The Kerala breakfast, which is inclusive of the room cost, is yummy. Nova Homestay also provides Houseboats, but after having a look at their boats and some others, and doing the cost analysis, we went with someone else, which was also very good. So I guess in terms of Houseboats, it is good to explore a bit more options in order to get the best services and prices.

Room Tip: First floor rooms are better.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

We stayed here for one night in an AC room. This place is good value for money for those who don't want to splurge on resort stay or want to spend multiple nights at Allepey.The positives about this place are -

1. Clean rooms
2. Polite and helpful host - Eldos. He was really cooperative and allowed us to check in early in the morning at 8AM (the time our train reached Allepey). He also arranged an extra complimentary breakfast for us when asked :)
3. Tasty Kerala cuisine breakfast
4. The view of the in-house plantation from the balcony is soothing

The few letdowns about this place were -
1. There were frequent power cuts when we visited and when available, their was very low voltage most of the time due to which ACs couldn't work. When asked, Eldos confirmed its a seasonal power cut happening during monsoons.
2. Geyser in the bathroom wasn't working

The place is walking distance from the Punnamada Finishing Point and Punnamada Boat Jetty, making it convenient to catch the houseboat. However, it is a few kilometers away from the beaches and main town. Overall, a comfortable stay, would recommend it to people !!! :)

Room Tip: All rooms seemed identical, choose any.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

My wife and I stayed here for a couple of nights. It was a comfortable stay with friendly people around. The rooms were clean and the breakfast was yummy (Kerala food). Our host Eldhose was kind enough to arrange a boating trip for us. This place is near the backwaters and about 4-5 kms away from the main town.

My take: Value for money.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

We highly recommend staying at Nova Homestay. It's more than you could ask for, very comfortable and clean rooms with joint dining room. Very spacious with all amenities in room including ensuite with hot water shower, tv, air con, cupboard. Staff are very helpful and happy and nothing is to much trouble. Would definitely stay here again, location is good and lovely breakfast included. We also stayed on one of Novas houseboats and can also highly recommend this also beautiful boat, with everything you need. Staff are fantastic, helpful, friendly and really do make your stay enjoyable. All extremely good value for money. We also had the homestay organise a day canoe trip around the backwaters which was fantastic, nice relaxing on the water with a local canoeist, seeing and eating in local villages, plus lots more. Great services provided all round by the homestay.

Room Tip: All rooms have balconies and are of good size.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

We stayed there for four nights. Quiet place, comfortable and spacious room surrounding by nature. Excellent breakfasts. Hosts Eldhose a and Lija are kind and attentive and gave us good advices . A nice place for a rest of few days. A little paradise !

Room Tip: Second floor, behind
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

Booked for 2 nights ended up staying 5 as the whole atmosphere was so relaxed. Eldhose and his family are very gently and kind and helpful. Recommended a friend to take us about in a tuk-tuk who showed us interesting of the tourist track places. Finally he organised an inexpensive way to have a car take us to Munnar. Nothing was too much trouble for Eldhose and he spoke excellent English which was very refreshing. Very clean and spacious rooms. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Nova Holidays
Address: Punnamada Road | Near HMCA Church, Alappuzha 688013, India
Region: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Alappuzha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Kerala family managed property provide the travelers- A Home Away from Home,It's located near finishing point and 2 km away from the city . We are 2 minute away from the back water and 6 km to Alleppey beach Our Cottage and premium houseboats is well maintained with all basic amenities and tasty home made complimentary breakfast . All Cottage has a living room, bathroom and balcony with garden view . We consider our guests like family members, not just numbers. We are dedicated to ensuring every guest has the best possible stay with us and are always on hand to help with Care Remembering it's the little things that often make the biggest difference ... more   less 
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