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Venice Castle
Ranked #2 of 204 Alappuzha B&B and Inns
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Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

What a find this homestay is! We have just completed 3 weeks in India and stayed in homestays everywhere we went. Venice Castle was the best value for money homestay that we stayed in.

As mentioned by others, this homestay is in the centre of Alleppey but amazingly quiet from the bustling streets. Cannot speak highly enough about the staff, particularly Matthew and Aldos. Aldos was extremely helpful in assisting us organise a houseboat as well as planning other things for us to do. In other homestays we had assistance for such planning but they charged us extra for it - No extra charge here.

Rooms are clean, spacious and air con works well. Hot water sometimes cut in and out in shower but that was typical in all places we stayed. Only slight annoyance is the 5am chanting from the town mosque each morning. It is VERY loud! So loud that I doubt there's a single place in Alleppey that wouldn't hear it.

Breakfast was plentiful and delicious. Went to some great restaurants in Alleppey. Must try Thaff - REALLY yummy food and super cheap!

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Reviewed December 26, 2012 via mobile

I would take this opprtunity to thank Mr Matthew, the owner of Venice Castle, for taking superb personal care of our group. This was our first homestay ever... and what a wonderful experience! He went out of his way several times just to make us feel more comfortable.

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Thank A_Gupta_11
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

We stayed 3 nights at Venice Castle. We had a very nice time. The hosts are very nice and helpful. Our room was clean and comfortable. Even had TV! It was a nice place to slow down for a couple of days. If you are staying in Alleppey, stay here.

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Thank Ruth H
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

I had a brilliant time at Alleppey..
Matthew organized our day plans and our time could not have been more well managed.

The backwaters boat ride, visit to peaceful Marari beach, evening walk to Christmas market - everything was very well managed.

One of my friend from Kerala had suggested that I should have Sadhyam (veg food on banana leaf) when I am in Kerala. Mr. Mathew made special efforts to organize one for us in middle of backwaters ride in a village which was my best experience of Kerala..

Also, when we had to leave to go to bus stand, his regular auto rickshaw guy did not respond his phone call, so went all the way to main road to fetch one for us.

Extremely helpful and warm host.

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Reviewed December 18, 2012 via mobile

My first home stay and the apprehensions gone away when i reached there. Ultra clean and managed property . We were 4 adults and 2 kids (under 4) so we took 2 adjacent AC dbl rooms. Rooms were spotless with wardrobe , tv and very effective AC. Mathew and his family are very good host . I. Spoke a lot with Eldos and he always helped us . Breakfast menu was surprise , granny decides. You'll get authentic Kerala flavour . They also provided us eggs and tea on request. Location is also very good. You may be lil planned for your lunch and dinner place. After 9 p. m options are limited. Based on the feedback I also booked houseboat stay through Mathew and we are more than happy. The boat was cleaned and well maintained . The food was good but was not served hot may be because one of the worker was on leave and chef "sunny" was overloaded. They also have the license and hence you can bring and enjoy alcohol. In the evening , they covered the boat by huge mosquito net and that gave us good discussion place on the deck. You can also buy any fish or prawns from the mkt and chef will cook for you, how many other operators give you this much flexibility, I am not sure about that. They start early morning around 7:30 but on our request they started at 8:15 am. Because we new that females will take time and we will miss the morning magic. Though they say that it takes 2hrs in the morning but actually it's a 30 min drive Since we were aware of that we asked captain to drive lil slow so that we can enjoy our breakfast and tea with this beautiful scenic view still we reached to jetty in 45 mins.
Many thanks to Mathew and family, I recommend !

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Reviewed December 13, 2012 via mobile

We had a fantastic stay at Venice castle. The room was very large and immaculate. Air con was very effective, also had tv and a clean and functional bathroom.
The hosts were extremely helpful in aiding us to make the most of our time in Allepey.
I asked numerous questions and they were always met with a friendly answer. Eldos in particular booked and rebooked trips when we changed our minds. He also booked and paid for bus tickets online that would not accept our foreign cards even phoning the bus company on 3 occasions to get information and confirmation.
We took the 900Rs canoe day trip which the local agents were charging 1500Rs for. It was a fantastic day and would urge anyone to take the trip.
We also booked an air con, overnight houseboat at 8000Rs, a bit more expensive than we'd expected but it was high season and the boat was amazing (bluebird).
Absolutely loved Venice castle set in quiet grounds but close to town, with delicious breakfasts and amazing service. YOU MUST STAY HERE!!

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Reviewed December 8, 2012

We had a exellent stay, de family is very helpfull and freindly. Me being sick- was really taking care of, so we could have a nice time in the backwaters, all the revieuw are correct!! The atmosfear is good and even granny is helping out in the kitchen.

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Additional Information about Venice Castle

Address: Opp.to D.T.P.C Office | Behind CANARA Bank, Boat Jetty Road, Alappuzha 688011, India
Location: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 204 B&Bs / Inns in Alappuzha
Price Range: $20 - $32 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Venice castle is the home stay of your dreams It is ideally located in the very heart of the town. Yet, Venice castle is cut off from the din and bustle of the town by wooded surroundings that lends an ambiance of the country side. The home stay is set in large of lush green plants, landscaped premises and a well mowed lawn with garden lights.Peace and alms prevails over the place which is broken only with the chiming of soft bells from the nearby temple, the chirruping of birds or the playful whistling of the squirrels in the tree. ... more   less 
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