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“Peaceful”
Review of Graceful Homestay

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Graceful Homestay
Certificate of Excellence
Brighton, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Peaceful”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

Very convenient after long flight relaxed delicious food
Next to auryvedic spa
I enjoyed a full auryvedic massage
Local shops nearby
Good price
Enjoy the quiet and breeze
A homestay run by warm honest friendly family

Room Tip: Room on top floor a must for the breeze
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Sylvia2348, Owner at Graceful Homestay, responded to this review, September 29, 2012
Deborah, Thanks for your warm comments! Though you stayed with us only for a day, we were happy to note how much you enjoyed the experience ... as much as we enjoyed your enthusiasm and eagerness to return for another night in early October. Hope your tuk-tuk journey to Kovalam was enjoyable & economical.. Look forward to hearing all about it next week!
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

I really enjoyed my stay at Graceful Homestay in Trivandrum last week and it was very much a 'home from home' experience. The warmth and hospitality of Sylvia, Giles and Elsey make Graceful Homestay a very special place to stay. The local 'village' is just a short walk away with good places to eat and plenty of buses and auto rickshaws to get into the city centre and see the local sights. It was lovely to get back to Graceful Homestay in the evenings and relax on the veranda, looking out over the beautiful garden and soaking up the peace and quiet after a hectic day. The breakfasts were yummy, the house is spotlessly clean, and Giles is a treasure trove of information about the local area and beyond. The lift to the airport on the morning I was leaving was an unexpected touch and was greatly appreciated. I highly recommend Graceful Homestay to anyone planning to spend time in Trivandrum.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Sylvia2348, Owner at Graceful Homestay, responded to this review, September 3, 2012
Thank you, Barbara, we are happy that you enjoyed your 4 days with us and felt completely at home despite the sudden power outages that we experienced on a couple of nights. I enjoyed my interaction with you especially the early morning yoga sessions. We hope you'll be able to stay us again if you plan another trip to Kerala. We've had a short break after you left in order to catch our breath and are now gearing up for the next batch of visitors this month ... Take care and do keep in touch!
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Trento, Italy
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

The place is located about six kilometers from the airport and for those arriving or departing at night is really very convenient.
It has no nearby shops or restaurants, but the wife of the manager is a great cook and eat well on a budget!
We loved it because of its secluded location that allowed us to take off a little 'from the confusion and noise of the street.
A special thanks to Giles for allowing us, for a nominal sum, the permanence in the structure with its shower, in the five hours of night flight back to!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sylvia2348, Owner at Graceful Homestay, responded to this review, July 27, 2012
Thank you for your positive comments. We are happy to know that you enjoyed the location and our hospitality. We try our best to make our guests comfortable and feel completely at home. We like to cooperate with guests when they use our facility only for a few hours before catching their flights and extend support by not charging the full night rate. We want you to leave with pleasant memories of your stay at Graceful Home Stay! Thank you for visit ...
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United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 1, 2012

Graceful Homestay rightly deserves its ranking as number 1 homestay in Trivandrum. We had two rooms, in one wing of the house, spread over two floors which included our own kitchen, sitting area, entrance and balcony. It was as if we had our own apartment! Incredible value for money. Our hosts were welcoming, extremely kind and very helpful. The house and gardens are outstanding.
Trivandrum is what you expect from a large city in terms of noise and hustle and bustle but our balcony was an oasis of calm away from the city.
I would recommend Graceful Homestay to anyone staying in the Trivandrum area.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Sylvia2348, Owner at Graceful Homestay, responded to this review, June 11, 2012
We are so happy to read that you enjoyed your stay in the two lower rooms which you took as a group of 4. Yes, its unique features of veranda, kitchenette, small lounge, etc. offer good value for money. Those rooms are cooler as well during the summer months. We do the best we can to offer a clean and peaceful environment and feel when that is appreciated. We look forward to hosting you again in the not too distant future.
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

We couldn't have been welcomed more by Giles and co. They organised an airport pick-up for us (although it was more than we'd been told) and welcomed us with our jet lag. It's a beautiful house which you can use as if it was yours and it was a very relaxing place to say. The only two downsides is that we booked one of the lower rooms and they were a bit lacking in natural light so a little gloomy - if you can stretch to the upper rooms then do as they looked lovely. It is also a little way out of town so on the first night, when we didn't want to travel into town, we struggled to find anywhere to eat.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sylvia2348, Owner at Graceful Homestay, responded to this review, May 10, 2012
Thank you, Anya, for your comments and pointing out some of our "downsides". We are sorry to learn that you wound up paying more for the taxi than what I had communicated to you. I wish you had brought it to our attention immediately so that we could have followed it up and recovered some of the money. We use the rate list which is provided by the taxi service and communicate accordingly. In your particular situation, the regular driver was unwell and his replacement did not differentiate between the day and the night rate. Our apologies.

For the benefit of other visitors to this site I would like to clarify about the lower rooms. They are the less expensive ones and generally very popular with low budget guests. However, each of our 4 rooms, both lower and upper, come with plenty of additional free space either in the form of a large veranda or small lounge, kitchenette, etc. We do not charge anything for the extra facilities but just for the room that is used for sleeping. Plus the guests have full access to all the other general areas of the house which in itself is quite generous in terms of light, ventilation, and cleanliness not to speak of unlimited free access to snacks & beverages.

Location-wise we are not in the suburbs but just 6 kms from downtown where the big shops are located but one can easily access the local eateries (both veg and non-veg) within a 1 km radius of walking distance. And if one really doesn't want to go out to eat, we are only too happy to provide a home-cooked meal but with advance notice since each dish is especially tastefully & lovingly prepared to ensure a "lip-smacking" effect! The natural ambiance that is provided within the Graceful Home-stay compound is unmatched and cannot be found downtown.
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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

we had a wonderful stay, excellent food and hospitality with generous and helpful hosts. Thoroughly reccomended

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Sylvia2348, Owner at Graceful Homestay, responded to this review, April 9, 2012
Thank you, Robin, for your kind words. It's always a pleasure to host appreciative guests like you. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay at Graceful and found it peaceful and comfortable.
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed April 4, 2012

The house and yard are beautiful. Set is a very upscale neighborhood, a 40rupee rickshaw ride from the train station and downtown Trivandrum, Graceful Homestay was the perfect place! Giles has a worldly perspective and speaks great English. His wife is an excellent cook. Breakfasts are bountiful and dinners Yum with local Keralan dishes and seasonings, and classic Indian dishes too.

Each room is like its own suite - each in its own floor of the 4-story home which cascades down the hillside of their garden. Each floor has one room ensuite, screened in porch/sitting area and outside balcony. Wow! But i hung out in the living room on the entry level because I liked the view best from there. The entire house is "barefoot clean" - I never expected such an incredibly clean place in India. The house is very attractive with terra cotta tiles for floor and roof. Very comfortable in the hot weather. Rooms and porch areas have plenty of fans and ventilation.

We got a treat - the man who climbs the coconut trees to pick and trim them was working one day, so Giles had him show us how he does it in his bare feet!

Giles provided a wealth of local tourist and logistical info. He sought out the bus times for a special luxury bus to Varkala for me, drove me to the stop and waited close ro ONE HOUR with me till the bus came

Great place!

  • Stayed March 2012
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Sylvia2348, Owner at Graceful Homestay, responded to this review, April 9, 2012
Steve, you've really bowled us over with your all round appreciation! For us also it was a pleasure to host you especially since you liked it so much here that you were reluctant to move on. As you have already experienced Giles' special and undivided attention, you will understand how he goes out of his way to be informative and helpful. He thoroughly enjoys interacting with each of our guests and ensure that they each leave with pleasant memories of Graceful Home-stay! Happy Easter ...
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Property: Graceful Homestay
Address: Pothujanam Road | PHRA 20-21 Philip's Hill, Kumarapuram, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) 695011, India
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Location: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 105 B&Bs / Inns in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Graceful Home-stay is located within a four and half acre compound within city limits yet far from the noise & bustle of the city. One can enjoy natural beauty at its best because of the garden, trees, and birds that abound within this area. From the Upper Double room one can get a spectacular view of the valley below, a glimpse of the Arabian Sea on the horizon and glorious sunsets. Each of the rooms is located on a separate floor and has its own special features in terms of extra space (verandah/balcony) and provides not only privacy but also a clean and cozy atmosphere. Guests also have access to the other general parts of our premises and facilities (main veranda, living room, dining room, kitchen & grounds). Graceful Home-stay provides a very peaceful and serene atmosphere both internally and externally. Since the house was constructed to reflect an open personality and to take advantage of God-given natural light and fresh air, at present our rooms are not air conditioned. Other means of cooling like fans and air coolers are provided in all rooms. Since this is a "Bed & Breakfast" establishment, with the room rent a complimentary continental breakfast is served between 08:00 and 10:00 am which also includes a taste of the local cuisine. For lunch and dinner, guests are encouraged to try out the local eateries which cater to a variety of taste and pocket! Some of these restaurants also provide free home delivery. At Graceful a home-cooked meal (lunch or dinner) can be served but only on advance request by breakfast time for a non vegetarian (chicken or fish) or a vegetarian meal. Within a 2 minute walk from the Home Stay, there is an ayurveda center which provides excellent rejuvenating massages at reasonable cost. They offer a special rate for guests from Graceful Home Stay. Likewise, there is also a small but well established beauty parlor within a 5 minute walk which undertakes facials, pedicures, manicures, hair treatments, etc. At reasonable cost. Graceful Home Stay is also located within a 2 km radius of 6 multi-speciality hospitals, diagnostic centers, dental clinics, supermarkets, etc. For local sight-seeing and extensive shopping one needs to go downtown about 5-6 kms away and easily accessible by local buses and tuk-tuks. We have on call a few reliable, English speaking tuk-tuk drivers which many of our guests have used and been happy with. Central & State taxes are extra charges and tax rates are subject to change in the new financial year as per Government legislation. ... more   less 
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