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Zostel Kochi
Reviewed January 9, 2013

5 of us stayed here over Christmas (4 nights). Three of us stayed on the first floor (right near the breakfast table) and 2 of us stayed upstairs. The rooms are spotlessly clean and well maintained; however, I think the room on the 2nd floor was nicer and a bit quieter. The whole building is nicely decorated and the large balcony is a pleasant place to read and hang out. Also, the rooms have screens to keep out mosquitoes and fans to keep it cool (if you don't want AC). And Raji will clean the room and change the sheets after two nights to keep things fresh and comfortable.

Kumar and his manager, Shaji, are awesome - very professional, friendly, and willing to help with whatever you need. As an example, in between taking professional development courses to become official guides, Shaji and Kumar took a trip across town to buy cake and wine for a small Christmas celebration with us. This was totally of their own accord - not something we asked for. It was such a thoughtful thing to do, to take time to share a bit of Indian Christmas tradition with us, we were really touched and it left me with a positive impression of their warmth and professionalism. Also, Raji makes mean toast and coffee - great way to start the day.

I can absolutely recommend this homestay for its cleanliness, comfort, and overall nice experience. Kudos to Kumar and Shaji for running a great place.

Room Tip: 2nd floor is quieter and a nicer atmosphere.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank mollyolaf
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Daffodil_Homestay, Kumar - Propriator at Zostel Kochi, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2016

Dear mollyolaf,
Greetings from Fort Kochi!
We had the chance of meeting you at the Daffodil Homestay which we’ve been running for the past 4 years.
We wish to inform you that our Daffodil's journey is about to end ... as we move to a new road…and house :) We really hope to see you again one day.
It was great for us to get to know you and share a part of our journey together!
THANKS A LOT!
Happy Life, Happy Journeys!
Take care,
Kumar & the Daffodil Team

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Reviewed December 29, 2012

Shaji and Kumar, who operate Daffodil, had been very kind to help me get my travel organised in Kochi. Both of them have great local knowledge and are attentive to details.

The rooms at Daffodil are well-maintained and clean. Its pillows and mattresses are free from scent. Every bit of care is taken to ensure that your stay is great.

Thanks Shaji and Kumar!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Thank themountainelf
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Daffodil_Homestay, Kumar - Propriator at Zostel Kochi, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2016

Dear themountainelf,
Greetings from Fort Kochi!
We had the chance of meeting you at the Daffodil Homestay which we’ve been running for the past 4 years.
We wish to inform you that our Daffodil's journey is about to end ... as we move to a new road…and house :) We really hope to see you again one day.
It was great for us to get to know you and share a part of our journey together!
THANKS A LOT!
Happy Life, Happy Journeys!
Take care,
Kumar & the Daffodil Team

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Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

I only stayed here one night because there was no room available but my mum and her friend stayed longer. All 3 people running the homestay were very kind and helpful. I would go back and hangout with them while staying at another place in fort kochi.
The rooms were very clean and were set out in such a nice way! Some rooms have aircon (though my fan worked so well i didnt need it) all rooms have toilet paper clean towels and free wifi.
Kumar, Shanji and Raji also organised outings for everyone. I would go back and stay with them anytime!
Book in advance to secure a room but this place is highly recommended by me!
Also has great restaurants close by :)
Thank you Raji, Shaji and Kumar!!!

  • Stayed: December 2012
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1  Thank Binahw
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Daffodil_Homestay, Kumar - Propriator at Zostel Kochi, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2016

Dear Binahw,
Greetings from Fort Kochi!
We had the chance of meeting you at the Daffodil Homestay which we’ve been running for the past 4 years.
We wish to inform you that our Daffodil's journey is about to end ... as we move to a new road…and house :) We really hope to see you again one day.
It was great for us to get to know you and share a part of our journey together!
THANKS A LOT!
Happy Life, Happy Journeys!
Take care,
Kumar & the Daffodil Team

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Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

This was a lovely homestay close to the Main Street and fort in kochi. In the lead up to our arrival kumar was super helpful and helped us organise drivers from the airport and after our stay in Kochin onwards to munnar. When we arrived our room was very clean and cool.

Kumar then walked us down to the Main Street and recommended places for us to have dinner (about 5 minutes). He was super helpful and really made all the difference to our first few days in India.

The other staff at daffodil were also extremely nice and there was a nice verendah to chill out on in the afternoon.

Daffodil house was a great place to stay in Kochin.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Thank lofybug
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Daffodil_Homestay, Kumar - Propriator at Zostel Kochi, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2016

Dear lofybug,
Greetings from Fort Kochi!
We had the chance of meeting you at the Daffodil Homestay which we’ve been running for the past 4 years.
We wish to inform you that our Daffodil's journey is about to end ... as we move to a new road…and house :) We really hope to see you again one day.
It was great for us to get to know you and share a part of our journey together!
THANKS A LOT!
Happy Life, Happy Journeys!
Take care,
Kumar & the Daffodil Team

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Reviewed December 14, 2012

Lovely stay at this homestay, extremely clean rooms. Kumar is a fantastic host who helps with any questions you may have, he's full of local knowledge and can arrange trips for you. The house is fully mosquito screened, a must in Cochin. Fantastic value accommodation.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Richard W
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Daffodil_Homestay, Kumar - Propriator at Zostel Kochi, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2016

Dear Richard W,
Greetings from Fort Kochi!
We had the chance of meeting you at the Daffodil Homestay which we’ve been running for the past 4 years.
We wish to inform you that our Daffodil's journey is about to end ... as we move to a new road…and house :) We really hope to see you again one day.
It was great for us to get to know you and share a part of our journey together!
THANKS A LOT!
Happy Life, Happy Journeys!
Take care,
Kumar & the Daffodil Team

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Reviewed December 9, 2012

We stayed here for two nights at the very beginning of our trip. The rooms are clean and comfortable, and have everything you need, including hot water and towels. Internet is also included which is a nice touch.

Not only was it a lovely place to stay, Kumar and Shaji, the homestay owners, went above and beyond to make our stay and the rest of our trip go smoothly. From showing us some good spots in Fort Cochi, to organising a brilliant tour guide to take us on his rickshaw around the town, to telling us where to get the bus to Alleppey, they were so helpful and went out of their way to help us. They even booked our train tickets for us to Goa when we were having trouble due to busy trains during Diwali and organised for us to be collected by taxi with our backpacks in the trunk, from Alleppey, and taken to the bus station ready to catch our train. We would never have made it to Goa without them!

Thank you Kumar and Shaji for all your help and your great hospitality :)

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Olivia A
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Daffodil_Homestay, Kumar - Propriator at Zostel Kochi, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2016

Dear Olivia A,
Greetings from Fort Kochi!
We had the chance of meeting you at the Daffodil Homestay which we’ve been running for the past 4 years.
We wish to inform you that our Daffodil's journey is about to end ... as we move to a new road…and house :) We really hope to see you again one day.
It was great for us to get to know you and share a part of our journey together!
THANKS A LOT!
Happy Life, Happy Journeys!
Take care,
Kumar & the Daffodil Team

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Reviewed December 9, 2012

We had a wonderful stay in Daffodil. Kumar and his team are very nice and knowledgeable about the area. Kumar helped me with the organization of our trip, and his opinions have always been right. His energy and kindness made us feel at home.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Sylvie C
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Daffodil_Homestay, Kumar - Propriator at Zostel Kochi, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2016

Dear Sylvie C,
Greetings from Fort Kochi!
We had the chance of meeting you at the Daffodil Homestay which we’ve been running for the past 4 years.
We wish to inform you that our Daffodil's journey is about to end ... as we move to a new road…and house :) We really hope to see you again one day.
It was great for us to get to know you and share a part of our journey together!
THANKS A LOT!
Happy Life, Happy Journeys!
Take care,
Kumar & the Daffodil Team

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Additional Information about Zostel Kochi

Address: Near Police Quarters | Njaliparambu Junction, Fort Cochin, Kochi (Cochin) 682001, India (Formerly Daffodil Homestay)
Location: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 508 Specialty Lodging in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range: $12 - $17 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Zostel Kochi 2*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For centuries, Kochi has managed to lure travelers and traders alike. So enticed were everyone those landed on its ports, be it the British, the Dutch, or the French, that they never wanted to go back. This allure is what resulted into the unbelievable blend of the village with a Portuguese, dutch, and french feel to it and the malabar coast added the required spice to the mixture. The home is where the heart is. That is why, we have built our home in Fort Kochi, the town brimming with history. Anywhere you look, you will find a Portuguese house, an ancient mosque, or some remnants of the British era. Zostel Kochi is located in Fort Kochi and reflects the spirit of the historical city. If you are looking to escape from the hustle and are in the search for a quaint hostel, you are at the right place. Equipped with a female dorm, several mixed dorms, and private rooms, Zostel Kochi has something to offer for everyone, including a small cafe inside the hostel. ... more   less 
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