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Bamboo Lagoon Backwater Front Resort
Ranked #14 of 68 Hotels in Alappuzha
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“Great Time”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

We had 5 kids- 16,13,11,8,7 and 3 adults (parents and one mother in law). Bamboo Lagoon helped us find a three bedroom boat that was actually more lavish than we had planned on but was very comfortable. AC from 9p.m. -6 a.m. Weather was hot as we traveled around the canals but not unbearably so since we were moving. Food was great. We swam in the evening after we parked for the night. Their location was much better than others I have read about. The water was warm but refreshing. They said the living room AC isn't functioning so basically after dinner- 9ish, we all went to bedrooms. They had mattresses they put on the floor to sleep up to 9 people. The next morning, they dropped us off at our hotel- Bamboo lagoon and we were able to put our stuff in one bedroom until check-in and other two bedrooms were ready. Great location- nice hammock and dinner/breakfast outside. AC worked great. We took the hotel's smaller motor boat for 3 hours and loved the canals. We stopped for lunch at this great cafe located on the water and the food was incredible and very inexpensive. Fresh coconut out front. We headed back to hotel and changed into our suits. Then we took the hotel's little canoe ferry across the river to our waiting tempo bus and he drove us to Marari Beach- about 30 minutes away. It was almost deserted. palm trees all around. White sand and beautiful water. Strongest undertow i have ever experienced so watch the kids, but we all had a magnificent time and there were crabs that we were able to catch and look at. We even saw a couple of dolphins swimming further out. Our driver was amazing- his number is 91-94-95-315764. We reserved online through keralacars.com. Great service and reasonable prices. We then went back to hotel and had showers and dinner. Fantastic hotel and service. They were so helpful and brought in the two extra beds that were actual cots- not on the floor. We were able to do all of these things in only two days and left for the airport the morning of the third.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

The best aspect of this guest house was the evening meal. Excellent Keralan dishes. The website gives a false impression - in reality the complex is very small with limited facilities (yes it has 2 hammocks but the swing was rusty) and was of a lower standard then many of the other similarly priced guest houses we stayed at during our 3 weeks in India. The outlook from our river front room was fantastic but the room itself needed painting and was a bit smelly (at the time we stayed they were renovating the rooms upstairs). You have to ask for the hot water to be turned on and even then it didn't seem to get hot. No Wi Fi. Apart from the cooks there was only one staff member around who was doing his best to look after all the guests. We had booked for 3 nights but only stayed one and found somewhere else in Alleppey (the staff were very good about this even making a phone call for us and arranging a rickshaw and forwarded on some washing we had left behind - thank you).

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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bamboolagoon, Owner at Bamboo Lagoon Backwater Front Resort, responded to this review, March 12, 2013
Dear Valued guest

Thanking you for visting us

we have charged you only INR 1000 for one day stay with food, how could your experiance was not worth

dofferent people have their own vews and standards we appreciate guest saying us ,they did not like the place in such cases we do not charge them also offer free transportation to the prefered location with all assistance - iam sure no hotels are offering this

regards

Bamboolagoon team
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

Despite its misleading name this is a good B&B option in Alleppey. The resort is located right on a National Waterway ( No. 3 i guess) and you could witness scores and scores of House Boats, Shikara's and private boat pass by.
First the good points:
1) The Location as I mentioned above is good.( Not Great if you need absolute tranquility)
You can walk around the village area and see the sunrise across the rice fields.
2) The food prepared by the Inhouse cook is very Good. Very Home Cooked Food and very Indian , So if you are looking for a continental food you may be disappointed.
3) The Staff in general are helpful and hospitality is good.
4) The can arrange for a Boat tour and I guess they have an Inhouse Boat ( aka shikara)
5) They have a Parking space in case you are travelling in your own car.
6) Free Access to Internet on the Hotel's PC. No WiFi.
The Not so good points are
1) This is no resort nor is it your star hotel. So except the TV, 2 Hammocks and A Swing don't expect any other form of Entertainment - No Swimming pool or any other form of recreational facility
2) The Rooms itself are a bit on the smaller side. Plus there is no Refrigerator, Coffee/Tea Maker,Dressing Table etc etc - In short no frills apart from the AC and The TV
3) The Complimentary breakfast has no variety at all. Its just one dish. Tea/Coffee/Juices are separately charged.
4) Housekeeping not that great! We asked them to clean our room before we ventured out only to find it was not cleaned when we came back in the evening

Although the place had its shortcomings, I would say overall the stay was good. Maybe the overall package of the Service , Price etc made up for the cons.
So the bottom line is Its not a Resort nor a Hotel but a decent Homestay.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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bamboolagoon, Owner at Bamboo Lagoon Backwater Front Resort, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thanking you for visting us and appreciation of best experiance you had

we request you to kindly check out the difference between home stay and resort, we onec you clearly understand definition hopefully you may change your mind set this will defnitly help future revews too

we wish to put following facts in front of traveller community-total of 5 guests choouse to stay in budget room of INR-2500 and expecting 5 star treatment ,continetal food resaturent etc.. 5 peoples makes room messed up and complaing the house keeping is not up to standard

allways we welcome constuctive comments from our guests and we make continues im provements for enabling our future guests to be more comfortable

Thanking you for visiting us

bamboolagoon team
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

We have just arrived back from a 2 night stay at the bamboo lagoon resort alleppey this was our very first trip to Kerala, and we cannot praise it enough. We chose the hotel from the comments on trip advisor and they were right. . We were not disappointed. The hotel is small and conveniently located on the bank of river, The bedroom was fresh and clean the beds had crisp white fresh bed linen with comfortable pillows. The breakfast was traditional and each evening there was a selection of local sea food made to order,. All the staff were friendly and accommodating without being over the top. I would thoroughly recommend this hotel to any couple or individual.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Bangalore
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

The best thing about bamboo is location. Its awesome located on river side. You need to cross the river to reach property. My son spend entire time catching fishes. You will get very warm welcome there, thanks to Joe and Vimal for their habitability. Food is very good. We are Vegetarian and got very good food over there. Rooms provided was clean with beautiful air fragrance . Overall worth for every penny.
Homestay has its own private shikara 8 seater to take you around. (Highly recommended) if you don't want to hire costly houseboats. They help you also to hire houseboats if told in advance.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

Visited bamboo lagoon from 11-14th jan, and all we can say about it is its a wonderful and leisurely place to stay and explore the backwaters of alapuzha. The in house cook, Jose was a warm and friendly person, and an awesome cook (he definitely cooks the best food), additionally he had a help, Vimal. They catered to all our requests and enquiries about the sight seeing around and arranged for things when asked for. Our holiday was a perfect one, thanks to Jose, Vimal. We also did book a house boat through Jeyachandran, and it was good enough. But recommend to look around for other house boat options. Over all we were extremely satisfied with our stay there and would like to visit again with our families.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Pune, India
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

Reviewed jan 17, 2013 If you r looking for real peace and comfort this is he place guys, friendly staff, clean and very charming ambiance. I got to say that the stay was very very comfortable and i would definetly like to visit again....keep roking..!! special food made to order instantly though it takes bit time worth waiting for fresh cooked sea food

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Bamboo Lagoon Backwater Front Resort
Address: Nehrutrophy Ward, Punnamada, Alappuzha 688006, India
Location: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Alappuzha
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Alappuzha
#5 Best Value Hotel in Alappuzha
#6 Romantic Hotel in Alappuzha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Bamboo Lagoon Backwater Front Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the lap of the spectacular Punnamda backwaters in Kerala, Bamboo Lagoon Resort offers basic modern comforts at easily affordable rates. The hotel is ideally located in proximity to the azure Puunnamad River and also offers the exclusive privilege of a house boat cruise where you can have loads of fun all day long. Cochin airport is located at 46 km from hotel and the nearest railway station is only 5 km from the resort. ... more   less 
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