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Johnson's The Nest Homestay

Lal Bagh | Alappuzha, Kochi (Cochin) 688012, India
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Worcester, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed at Johnson's for two weeks in June to help out with some manuscript editing. I wasn't a tourist strictly speaking, but I got to experience life in the house in more or less the same manner as a tourist would, and I met some tourists who stayed for a day or two during my tenure there. If you... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

6 months since my visit .... I still can't believe I subjected myself to it . At first he seemed decent enough, but as I watched and listened the reality became clearer. I work in mental health and I'm quite tuned in when assessing people. Controlling , potentially violent , devious ,manipulative ,tyranical . I was unsure if ,perhaps, I... More 

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

Horrible customer. I want to ask the gentleman if he works in the mental institute or is an inmate, because one of the previous review mentions him as a 'crazed customer'. Please refer 'Harry3g' review. Yup, this is the idiot who came to my guesthouse from a two day trip on my boat and started yelling at me in front... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I arrived in allepey just after the new year with the plan of taking a houseboat tour with my girlfriend and another traveler. The other traveler found Johnson and arranged the houseboat tour for the three of us via email. In the email she mentioned that we might be open sharing the boat with another small group. What she didn't... More 

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

Beware of what? Let me start by saying that Tripadvisor rejected my first reply after it appeared for two weeks online on the grounds that it contained 'personal insults'. I wonder if the same yardsticks apply to the reviews also. Logically it should, but if it were the case, then half the bad or terrible reviews should not appear online,... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I definitely would not recommend a room stay at Johnsons for various reasons. Starting with an overpriced rickshaw provided by Johnsons, driver whom could barely speak English. The rooms were dirty, smelling overly damp. Toilet seat was completely broken off and no water coming out of a blocked (and extremely filthy) shower head. Oh and did I mention the door... More 

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

COUPLE OF TRUTHS WITH ONE SHOCKING LIE- NO JOKE This couple did not stay in my guesthouse in town. they chose to go to the riverside guesthouse because they could not afford to do the houseboat tour. The tuk tuk fare is the same for everyone, not overly priced. Of course the rickshaw driver could not speak English, if he... More 

Ahmedabad, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Hello, I rarely wrote any comment concerning our travels, but I had to concerning Johnson's hotel and houseboat. I came to his place given the very good comments he had in french and english guide books. 1/ The guy is not as cool/friendly/helping that both guides are saying, mostly intersting in how much do you want to spend 2/ His... More 

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

Disappointing guests.+ I never met this lady, so do not know how she can classify me as unfriendly. I am in the last leg of an all India tour, and staying at places with similar rates and which are in the guide books. Our upstairs rooms I find are pretty much the same as most of the places I havee... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Stayed on johnson's house boat on the backwaters of kerala with a big group of people. The trip was great and good value for money as the fee (2000 rs) each included amazing food cooked by brilliant chefs. The views are also amazing, overall fantastic trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

I stayed a night in Johnson's house(The Nest Homestay) and a night in his houseboat. My check-in was late at midnight(25:00) but he welcomed me with pleasure. He is very kind and reliable man. His House is good if you are Backpacker.But you want more,you should stay other hotel. Houseboat is very nice.I would recommend his Houseboat. The boat go... More 

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Hazelton, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I asked my rickshaw driver to take me to the government tourist info center but was delivered to Johnson's instead. I was tired so I took a room here. It was a nice room, spacious with a balcony. Great deal. The food there was really good and the internet was good. I agreed to use his houseboat service when I... More 

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

It's Johnson's bashing season on TP. It's also reviewers bashing back season by myself, now that I am allowed to do so. This gentleman does not seem to find any tours, hotels or anything at all that is reliable in India, not just me and my boat. The only thing that I can admit to as a mistake is that... More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We arrived in Alleppey looking solely for a houseboat as we had already checked into a another place. It was unfortunatley during a Tamil Nadu festival so many of the houseboats had been booked in Advance. After being turned away by some of the higher rated places on tripadvisor we opened lonely planet and saw that this guy Johnson seemed... More 

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

FAIR ENOUGH. Now it's my turn. Thank you for answering some of your own stupid complaints, although there were as usual, a few half truths. How come you did not say that I asked you to come to us couple of hours early because you had not paid an advance? Thank you for saying that I got angry with the... More 

Miami, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 via mobile

We would like to warn people not to go here! From the start the feeling was shady. The moment we stepped into the room and saw the "it is not allowed to do list" and "if you have something to say say at the beginning because I don't want to hear complaints later", we started to feel uneasy. But we... More 

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

They called at 4.00 in the morning, making sure I would not charge them for the previous night. No problem there. I picked them up from bus stand at about 5.30 early morning, free. After they were shown the room I showed them the normal welcome sheet, that said check in check out time was 12.00 noon and my other... More 

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