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Graceful Homestay
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All reviewsgiles and elsygracious hostskeralan breakfastshouse is beautifulleafy suburbfellow guestshuge verandahome from homehis wifestayed longeran excellent cooka lovely place to staybreakfast was deliciousspent two nightswashing machineairport pickeach morning
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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
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank Fragrant999
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Sylvia2348, Owner at Graceful Homestay, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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 reviewResponded 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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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 reviewResponded 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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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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2  Thank Calvera7
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Sylvia2348, Owner at Graceful Homestay, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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 reviewResponded 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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