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“Charming and friendly homestay. Perfect if you need some help to plan your trip.”
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Motty's Homestay
Ranked #31 of 67 Hotels in Alappuzha
Shanghai, Shanghai, China
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“Charming and friendly homestay. Perfect if you need some help to plan your trip.”
Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

Motty was both knowledgeable and friendly, my family and I were happy to have him as our host. He helped research activities and events for us. While we were there we: 1.) did a backwater cruise, 2.) checked out the nearby temples and palaces, 3.) witnessed an amazing festival in a nearby village. All were arranged by Motty. :) In addition, breakfast was simple and delicious. The bananas from the backyard were tasty.

Location was great, a short walk to some of the better restaurants in the area. We loved the Indian coffee restaurant on the main road. If you're looking for a bargain you need to check our Sari's and Silks down the street. You can get some great textiles at rock bottom prices.

I'd recommend this place if you are looking for some familiarity in and unfamiliar place.

  • Stayed February 2013
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MOTTYMATTHEW, Manager at Motty's Homestay, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Thank you Alexandra for the nice review! We enjoyed having you stay with us.

I was very impressed how keen you all were about the culture of our land. Hats off for your repeated trips , even at night, to attend the temple festival!

you must share the picture with me!?

Convey our greetings to Shin and parents.

Best regards,

Motty & Lali
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Kochi , India
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

Great Couple , always happy ...great hosts... connoseur of good Whisky...Passinate about travel and well travelled.. knows the etiquests... never poke in to the guests privacy...MORE THAN EVERYTHING GREAT FRIENDS...

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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MOTTYMATTHEW, Manager at Motty's Homestay, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Thank you for the nice review Sibi and Ashley!!
We enjoyed having you , even for short visits. We look forward to having you again, but a longer stay!

Motty, Lali, Jack
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Sidmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Moty and Lali are excellent hosts, they looked after us wonderfully. Our room was beautful and large with a lovely outside bathroom. Motty was very helpful in making suggestions and organised a great backwater boat trip for us. We were exhausted one day with the heat and slept in the afternoon , Motty was very concerned we were ok and very discreetly knocked on our door to make sure we were alright.They gave us their lovely recipe book when we left as a present.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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MOTTYMATTHEW, Manager at Motty's Homestay, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Thank you Alison and Steve for the great review !
We enjoyed having you with us and look forward to having you again with us sometime when you feel like leaving beautiful Sidmouth for a few days!!!( looked at on line pictures)

Best wishes,
Motty & Lali
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

My friend and I had a wonderful 2 night stay with Mr Motty and his wife. The homestay is breathtakingly beautiful, our room was stunning and the bathroom facilities luxurious. Mr Motty's genuine hospitality and kindness knows no limits and we even enjoyed a cookery lesson from Lali. The food was delicious and all the facilities were spotlessly clean and very well maintained.
Mr Motty helped us to arrange a backwater boat experience, drove us to the beach, helped us navigate our way around town safely, booked our next nights stay, including a visit to a spice plantation and elephant sanctuary and organised a superb driver to take us onto our next few destinations.
Once again, we sincerely thankyou for all your kindness.

Room Tip: All the rooms are superb, with fans, a/c unit and excellent bathroom facilities.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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MOTTYMATTHEW, Manager at Motty's Homestay, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Thank you Louise for the nice words!
We certainly look forward to having you with us again!
Who knows, we might catch up in the UK!!
Cheers,
Motty
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

We just returned from a 3 wk trip to India and Sri Lanka. This is our second trip to India ( our son and his wife live in New Delhi) and our focus was on exploring a few places in the south. My son choose Motty's Homestay for our two nights in Allepey and the 4 of us were very glad we did! Motty and Lali could not have been more delightful and welcoming (and their dog Jack too!). The rooms were large and clean and except for having to worry just a bit about keeping the mosquitoes at bay, the outdoor private bathroom was very nice Hopefully you can tell from the photo). The food was also delicious ...coffee served outside our room as soon as we woke up, little treats, juice, tea or coffee in the afternoon...great hospitality and great cooking (I wish we had more time there...I would have loved one of Lali's cooking classes!)! Motty also arranged for us to spend an afternoon on a boat going through the backwaters. The boat was spacious and comfortable but small enough to allow us to explore the narrow canals, which we did and loved...people going about their daily chores, kids coming home from school, men and women fishing...fascinating and relaxing. Initially, our plan had been to stay on a houseboat for a night or two but staying with Motty and Lali and going out on a smaller boat (Motty's suggestion) worked perfectly and overall, turned out to be a great choice and a great few days! I provided a variety of photos that should give you just a glimpse of all the interesting and wonderful sights and scenes ...exploring the back waters is a must! We would definitely recommend a stay at Motty's and the small afternoon boat trip to anyone heading to Allepey.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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MOTTYMATTHEW, Manager at Motty's Homestay, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Thank you Joy & Tom for the super review!! We are happy that you enjoyed staying with us just as much as we enjoyed having you with us!

Hope we will have you again some time. We also look forward to having your friends with us:)

Best regards,

Motty & Lali
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

We stayed with Motty and Lali in late December 2012 as part of our Kerala and Tamil Nadu itinerary. Even before we arrived, Motty was very helpful in making suggestions regarding our itinerary, booking a driver onward from Alleppey and arranging a houseboat. When we arrived, the room (in a separate building from the main house) was very clean and spacious and had everything that we needed for a comfortable stay.

However, the highlight was Lali's delicious Keralan home cooking. As a traveller, it's not often easy to get a taste of what the locals eat at home so it was great to have an excellent cook prepare meals for us. Having lived in Kerala all his life, Motty is obviously very knowledgeable about the local area, customs, etc. and took a lot of time answering our questions about life in Kerala and India more generally.

Overall, a highly recommended stay and I would not hesitate to return to Motty's should I ever find myself back in Alleppey.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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MOTTYMATTHEW, Manager at Motty's Homestay, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Thank you Marcus and Jeanette for the nice review. We really appreciate the nice words.

We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope we will have the pleasure of hosting you again!!
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

I reccomend Motty's. We only were there one night and wished we could have stayed longer. The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable. I loved the traditional outdoor, yet totally private, showers. I\nternet worked great. The garden is tranquil and quiet, yet the home stay is in easy walking distance to the main street. Motty was a gracious host, who served us tea and took time to converse with us about many things, including our shared passion for yoga. He insisted on getting up at 4 AM to ensure that our driver picked up to take us to airport, although we told him this wasnt necessary. I would stay there again and hope I will have the opportunity.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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MOTTYMATTHEW, Manager at Motty's Homestay, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
Thank you Barbara for the nice words!!
Hope you got the yoga links?!!
Hope you will be back for a yoga break!
Best wishes,
Motty & Lali
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Property: Motty's Homestay
Address: Kidangamparambu Temple Street, Alappuzha 688 013, India
Location: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Alappuzha
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Alappuzha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique Heritage Homestay accommodation offering peace and tranquility in the quaint little town of Alleppey -the gateway to the Backwaters" This traditional Syrian Christian home with it's gardenn view verandahs bring back old world charm . Comfortable en-suite bedrooms offers warm hospitality and excellent food. Guests have exclusive use of the comfortably furnished sitting room with its beamed ceiling and wooden antique furniture, and guests own private entrance. Emphasis is on the food which is cooked for you by the lady of the house using fresh local ingredients and home grown produce. ... more   less 
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