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Near Nehru Trophy Finishing Point | Thathampally P.O., Alappuzha 688013, India   |  
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Ranked #1 of 135 Alappuzha B&B and Inns
England, UK
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18 hotel reviews
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“One of the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

This homestay was one our favourite places we stayed at in India. The place itself is situated in a fairly peaceful area, with lots of trees and birds in the attractive garden. This is where breakfast is served, with a choice of continental or Keralan style. Every day they would make a different breakfast - the Idli was particularly nice. The location is within walking distance to the town centre and very close to the Snake Boat races (in August). The room was really well decorated, and quite large for the price. The bedroom and shower room were without a doubt the cleanest that we stayed at in India. Natasha, Biju (and Jackie!) were fantastic hosts and genuinely friendly and helpful people. If you get the chance, ask them to organise a canoe boat trip for you. The guide was awesome and the backwaters are truly beautiful.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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Dublin, Ireland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

I have stayed in several homestays in Kerala, and nowhere have I experienced such rudeness and aggression as in Bella Homestay.

We found the service slow and the hosts abrasive.

Whenever we used water either while showering or washing our teeth the water smelled of eggy sewage. It was disgusting! Also, there were no proper showers, so the floor was always wet. This wouldn't have been so much of a problem if we weren't paying so much for Bella.

Biju, the host offered to drive myself and a friend to visit his friend's house boat, with the possibility that we might stay there for a few nights. When we told him that we weren't sure about the house boat he was immediately furious and accused us of wasting his time. He told us that he didn't need our money and that we were no friends of his. The situation was very awkward.

Overall, our experience was horrible and we couldn't get out of there fast enough.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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NatashaBiju, Owner at Bella Art and Meditation House, responded to this review, August 29, 2012
Dear Mme,
We feel sorry to say that your review is wrong and false.
First of all, how one can believe words of people who steal accessories from our homestay?
You arrived at our place without prior booking, saw the room, acknowledged the price of 1500 INR with breakfast and tax included and took the room. We guess it was not so bad if you decided to stay on the spot.
The price of 1500 INR is also not a top price for middle range accommodation.
Secondly, you looked happy during your stay and how could it be otherwise? To say that we behave rude with our guests is a joke! We have a long experience in tourism field and we have manners that would not allow us to treat our clients without respect, no matter how difficult they are.
Biju arranged for you another homestay for a cheaper price as we were full the next day. You were happy also with that one.
As for the houseboat, you obviously had no idea of the prices and expected a luxury boat for a bargain tarrif. Finally the boat that you liked was also arranged by us, only Biju sent another person to show it to you.
We helped the best way we can as we do with all our customers.
Because your review is so different from your behaviour in Bella we think it is not genuine and cannot be trusted.
Kind regards
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Diksmuide, Belgium
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

This place is typical for it's beautiful rooms and cleaness. The hosts are very friendly. They helped us with a boattrip and a location for our next stay in Kumily. The dog is adorable and Bella Homestay has a homely feeling to it. The only thing was that the bikes were tired after the high season, but thats understandable. Overall a very nice place.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

Cute little place and one of the nicest, most friendly and helpful hosts we've ever stayed with!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here for four nights. One of best places I have ever stayed! Generally I do hotels but this experience will make me think again about home stays. From the moment we walked in after long day of travel, we felt at home. It was like going to a friends home! House is also beautiful and so clean..got to experience all of the area through expert advice and organization from owners! Highly recommend!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

Way above expectations. The house is incredibly clean, and the rooms were extremely comfortable. Biju and Natasha were great hosts, and their pug was adorable. Biju was very helpful-he arranged a 3 hour boat tour on very short notice, prepared tea and juice at no extra charge, and even let us use his spare laptop for internet. They have a great patio-we ordered take out and had a very relaxing dinner outside. The keralan breakfast in the morning was great too. This place is very affordable as well-the accommodation was better than most hotels at a fraction of the cost. I wish we could have stayed another night, but our night there was relaxing and enjoyable. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hyderabad, India
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

krishna mohan, hyderabad, Actually planned for 2 days but after reaching there and saw the ambiance and hospitality.
Amazed and stayed 4 days in the same house.
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  • Stayed May 2012, 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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Additional Information about Bella Art and Meditation House

Address: Near Nehru Trophy Finishing Point | Thathampally P.O., Alappuzha 688013, India
Location: India > Kerala > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 135 B&Bs / Inns in Alappuzha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautiful boutique homestay with a personal touch, a garden, comfortable unique rooms with AC,hot water, WI-FI and free breakfast, and a meditation hall running daily morning and evening meditations for those who wish to rest their soul. ... more   less 
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Bella Art And Meditation House Kerala/Alappuzha, India

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