This is an ideal place to stay in Alleppey and it is really a treat: it's all about the hosts and the location. We stayed here for 3 nights and can absolutely agree with all the other comments about Bella being a wondeful bolthole in Alleppey. The main drag is less than 10 minutes' walk away but Biju or Natasha will happily call a tuk tuk for you; the drivers they know are great, and there is no need to haggle or explain your destination. Our room was on the first floor and was very peaceful. There is both a fan and AC and the bed was fine. A minor grumble would be about the shower, which whilst producing hot water, does so with a mind of its own. But it would be very unfair of me to make anything of this when the rooms are such good value.
The other high points: just around the corner you can get excellent coffee (even better than Biju's) at El Cafe Paradiso and there are various-sized boats waiting to take you out onto the Lake. And then there are the breakfasts. We were treated to Keralan pancakes plus Biju's fabulous juices. And perhaps the nicest thing of all about Bella has been sitting around on their 'porch' listening to the birds, and Natasha and Biju telling us about how things are here: very illuminating.
So, in summary, unless you like spending lots of money to stay in shiny hotels, this is the only place to consider if staying in Alleppey.
- 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. Perfect location for backwater tours, very close to lake and boat terminals. Walking distance to center but away from city noise. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bella Homestay Kerala/Alappuzha, India