This hotel is in a great setting slightly blemished by manager quirks. The grounds are beautiful and well kept and the view of the boats passing by the porch is worth the reasonable price of the hotel. The duplex cabins are great for people traveling in a group or for family groups. The rooms are clean and satisfactory if you are not expecting luxury at a reasonably priced resort. The staff was friendly, but the service was unpredictable. There were problems getting the separate beds requested for one room. Dinner arrangements were odd. Our deal included dinner but we were told that we had to order 2 hours in advance. The menu was not complicated, our order included nothing that any kitchen in India wouldn't have on hand, the food was merely passable and did not take 2 hours to prepare. The final blot on the ambience was that the owner arranged a car for us at the highest per kilometer rates on the trip. He was overheard making a comment on the telephone to the car service to the effect that there are foreign tourists here. (European American and Indian American) Later we made alternate arrangements at a more customary price. The boats will pick you up from the grounds but keep in mind that you are paying for the hours that the boat will be underway and the transport time to and from the hotel counts against your time. Despite the oddities of service I would consider staying here again because of the setting and reasonable price.
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- Also Known As:
- Illikkalam Lake Hotel Kumarakom
- Illikkalam Lakeside Cottages Kumarakom, Kerala