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Johnson's The Nest Homestay

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Lal Bagh | Alappuzha, Kochi (Cochin) 688012, India
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Johnson's The Nest Homestay
Ranked #141 of 291 Kochi (Cochin) B&B and Inns
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Bangalore, India
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After spending a stressful few days traveling from Bangalore to Cochin to Alleppy, we found the comfort of Johnson's houseboat to be extremely relieving. Everything from the food to the staff on the boat to the price of the adventure were all lovely. I'd highly recommend it for a group of friends looking to get a cheap rate and a... More

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8 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

- rooms are really dirty and poorly maintained. - landlord states that if the tourists are not satisfied they can just leave the hotel upon arrival (a welcome (or badcome) sheet that can be found in the room insists on this). We propose that visitors just save time and avoid to book in the hotel or to visit it if... More

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AlleppeyJohny, Owner at Johnson's The Nest Homestay, responded to this review

The lady is correct. If you do think the rooms are dirty and poorly maintained, do not take the room, please. Thank you very much. I wonder how we manage to survive, with all these bad reviews on TripAdvisor. For those who may be interested, we are not only surviving but flourishing. It is our 12th or 13th season, and... More

London, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Beware, Johnson is a rip off and only after money. He is not interested in your experience and his claims of the boat being 'Eco' are nothing more that a gimmick, book something better or not at all. Firstly, the homestead is disgusting. Dirty beyond anything I've seen as a backpacker. The room was filthy dirty, rat poo, bird poo... More

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AlleppeyJohny, Owner at Johnson's The Nest Homestay, responded to this review

Hi, It's been a long time since I had the chance to respond to a review. So here goes. This man starts by saying the Eco worthiness of the boat is misleading and that I am only after money, and that the guesthouse is bad and the room is full of bird poo, animal poo, etc. Let me start my... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Johnson as read on the lonely planet is a character! You can like him or not but his guest house is literally a pigsty. Unfortunately there is no other way to put it. Horrible place and horrible energy. And nevertheless it's very expensive for what you get. His boat instead, not cheap, but it's really nice and the staff really... More

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AlleppeyJohny, Owner at Johnson's The Nest Homestay, responded to this review

Hi, As this lady came in with the other reviewer who I already gave a detailed reply, (rip off merchant) all i will say is that the same reply will suffice for this one too. The part of the rubbish bin being emptied to the palm trees= as it says on my site, the government has not yet given houseboat... More

Shanghai, China
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I have to say, this definitely was THE highlight of my trip to India. After many long train rides, and adventuring though different cites and towns, this was the perfect and ultimate relaxing conclusion to my trip. The boat was perfect. while maybe not as fancy as some of the other boats we saw out on the river. However, very... More

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17 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Hopefully the Eco claims of the boat are correct because that's the upside if this boat. Yes the backwaters are pretty but there are better (and cheaper) ways to see it, for example local ferry ride or a dinner cruise! We thought we wanted to spend the night on the boat to experience the backwaters, but that is not necessary... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

Johnson's house boat was a beautiful way to experience the backwaters of Kerala. The boat itself is spacious, with a huge dining/lounge area, complete with comfy hanging chairs, and the bedroom was large, with a bathroom attached. The staff were incredibly friendly, and we felt comfortable sitting around with them and asking them about their lives. The food offered was... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014 via mobile

The guesthouse is poorly maintained and unclean. There were several dogs and cats roaming around inside the communal areas & a horse tied up outside. The bedroom was large and bright however. The service is slow and haphazard. I would not recommend this guesthouse.

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London, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

I found Johnson's Eco Houseboat online after quite some time researching as I wanted to avoid having to pick a houseboat there and then. We had a very pleasant stay and loved the fact that the bedroom and sun deck are located on the upper deck. The food was delicious and plentiful and Johnson's crew were very friendly. Make sure... More

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Chicago, IL
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Johnson boat - rumors were right as soon as we drove into town houseboat owners attacked trying to get us to book with them but we booked the best one head of time. The regular check In Time of ALL The house boats is noon and you get lunch when you get on board so take that into account when... More

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Additional Information about Johnson's The Nest Homestay

Address: Lal Bagh | Alappuzha, Kochi (Cochin) 688012, India
Location: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Johnson`s The Nest Homestay Hotel Kochi (Cochin)
Johnson's The Nest Homestay Kochi (Cochin), India - Kerala

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