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“Joffy's splendid Houseboat” 5 of 5 stars
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VI/156, Punnamada, | Alleppey, Alappuzha 688013, India   |  
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Ranked #43 of 135 Alappuzha B&B and Inns
Kolkata
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“Joffy's splendid Houseboat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

I (accompanied by my wife) booked Mr Joffy's one bedroom houseboat last week for one night's stay and must say had taken the right decision. The hospitality was great! The members (captain, cook and one more person) were very very polite and down to earth. The cook made some amazing fish and chicken curries for us. In the evening we bought crabs and our chef cooked that to perfection. At night it was a different feeling altogether as we stopped at a place at Pamba lake and there were hundreds of blinking lights nearby of other houseboats and millions more in the sky. Sail timings: 12 noon to 5:30-6 PM. Next day 8-9 AM. Must visit and highly recommended!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Sheffield
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Am sitting in the Akarakalam hotel after a wonderful experience aboard the Spice routes boat "cardamom". There are many cheaper versions of spice boat trips, but this is very good quality. There was only me on board and I was treated so kindly by the crew of three.It is double decker so I sat up top for the whole trip where a beautiful vegetarian lunch was prepared for me and quiet but welcome interruptions for refreshments and helpful information was available throughout.After lunch we sailed. Right until 5.30 a further 2 and a half hours until we reached the lakes. As we moored, I was advised to take a walk. I'm so glad that I did! some of the Hou are magnificent and you see everything taking place from fishing to washing clothes, to hair washing to coconut transportation. The people all are welcoming, even as it grew dark and strangers came towards me. I can highly recommend this as a treat day and night. The best night's sleep on board

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Delhi
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

No room service with only one lousy restaurant with worst management. Go for breakfast only if you have atlease 02 hrs to spare. They take eternity to even take your order and 01 hr more to serve it in installments.


  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Launceston, Australia
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6 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We chose Elite because of excellent reviews on Trip Advisor - and we weren't disappointed - the boat was very clean, spacious with roomy bedrooms and immaculate bathrooms - and the Mr Joffy was very helpful - rang twice during our trip to check everything was going ok. The 3 guys on the boat looked after us so well. The food was superb - as good as anything we've ever tasted - such variety - lots of local foods and happy to share the recipes with us.And plentiful - we all put on weight!
Truly a magical experince - wish we'd booked 3 days instead of 2 - can't wait to go again!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wellington, New Zealand
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We chose Elite Houseboats after reading multiple great reviews on Trip Advisor about them. We were impressed that they were about to take a booking for the following day and the price was competitive with other operators we had spoken to. Our transportation from Fort Kochi to the house boat was on time and when we arrived on the boat we were impressed with the facilities. The food was outstanding and we were really impressed with the flavours and variety that was put on offer for us. The room was great and the boat was in great condition. The scenery was breathtaking and I would definitely recommend a trip to the backwaters to other travelers. Our only complaint was that the captain walked in on my girlfriend when she was getting changed which could have been an honest mistake and he did apologize later that evening however later in the evening he told me to get my camera from the room to get some photos and while I was gone he inappropriately hugged my girlfriend and tried to play with her hair. All this aside it was still a great evening and I would recommend this to other travellers.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

two things that will make or break this experience9the crew if you get good crew it will make for a better experience-ours where excellent
two choosing the newest boat- i have no idea how you do this but the house boat sandra was a bit tired and needed an update- we found two nights just right do take the dug out canoe trip very good,

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lucknow, India
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84 reviews 84 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We took Elite House Boat from Alleppey Jety and here is our experience
Only one line to describe it “Excellent full day of fun and picnic on house boat floating on back waters of kerla” We were with family and kids and all enjoyed it with music and sumptuous non-veg and veg food .Mr Joffy was very supportive and staff very helping .More than 90% of what I demanded was provided ;no complaints for reaming 10%;No mosquito; no insects ,neat and clean modern A/C rooms .Front deck was place to enjoy the full day with cool breeze ;charming view and in night we had comfortable sleep after good dinner .Lunch and BF were equally good

On return I gave few suggestion to Mr Joffy on phone which he said he will try to do. The suggestion were (1) Dock for the night near a typical kerla house in village so that foreigners and also those not from Kerala visitors can interact and understand Indian kerala culture (2) Make arrangement of few removable steps which can be fitted to get down at docking village in the evening as there is no jetty

Last but not the least don’t miss taking photos of beautiful sunset in the evening while docking in village site

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: VI/156, Punnamada, | Alleppey, Alappuzha 688013, India
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Location: India > Kerala > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #43 of 135 B&Bs / Inns in Alappuzha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have introduced a fleet of new generation luxury houseboats. We proudly claim that it is not just a boat that we have got ready for you, it is a home,and pleasant as the one in which you live. The bedrooms are arranged with all the amenities and facilities you need to help you rest and relax, as you glide along. ... more   less 
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