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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Motty's Homestay

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Motty's Homestay
Ranked #29 of 66 Hotels in Alappuzha
Staffordshire
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4 reviews
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“Great host!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2014

We have just returned from a tour to Kerala using Ellison Roberts which included two nights at Motty's Homestay. This was a great experience for us and made a very welcome change from staying in a hotel. Motty was an excellent and very friendly host making us feel very welcome. He was very knowledgeable about Kerala/India and was able to recommend local retaurants etc. We particualrly enjoyed chatting to Motty over drinks on his veranda in the evening after returning from dinner. The room was lovely with a traditional feel. The stay was very relaxing and as per the previous review we also struggle to understand why someone felt 'awkward and unusual' - definitely not our experience with Motty (quite the opposite) and we would certainly recommend to others looking for a more personal stay/experience. Great memories!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Wirral, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2014

My wife and I stayed at Motty's Homestay just last week and found it to be a very good experience.
Motty was there to meet us at 5:30am in the rain, with umbrellas in hand and quickly whisked us to our room and left the informative stuff to be taken care of after a few hours much needed sleep after our long journey. The room was clean and tidy with aircon and ceiling fans. The only minor problem we had was with the outside bathroom that room has as my wife has a tendency to attract mosquitoes.
Motty not only provided us with a detailed map of Alleppey, which he also used to point out where the house is, but he also took us on a 20 minute drive around Alleppey too, so we could get to grips with the layout of the area and find our bearings.
He organised our day on the backwaters and our day in to Cochin aswell and also told us of many more places we could visit that might be of interest to us during our trip in Kerala.
He's probably the most helpful host we've come across during our travels over the years.
Another review on here say's they felt awkward when invited to have a meal with Motty and his wife and they found the homestay hard to find because it didn't have a sign on the road. We never found any situation awkward during our stay and found the homestay quite easily after a day out. As for not getting a receipt (as the other review states) the only input I could put is that we've bought many things in Kerala during our stay here and I'm still waiting for my first receipt! I don't think I'll be losing sleep over it though.

P.S. If you try to contact the other reviewer on the email they provided regarding any questions about their stay, as they stated they were willing to receive, then you will be disappointed as the email address is invalid.

  • Stayed February 2014
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2014

In our December 2013 experience, we discovered Motty's to be an over-priced Homestay. Although his wife's cooking was very good, it certainly did not warrant the price we were charged. Breakfast and the first dinner meal were included in the price. The other meals were charged separately but we could not learn the prices. It was also awkward that the couple did not partake of any of our meals, but Motty sat there, without eating, keeping us company.

Our first floor spartan room had an outdoor bathroom shared with a variety of insects attracted by their son's "small fish pond".

There is no signboard indicating where Motty's homestay is, which made it difficult to find and strange in lieu of all our other Homestay experiences. Our Indian friends have also commented on how unusual this is, and, as they added is the lack of a "formal" check-out bill-see the attached copy/photo of our bill.

Our experience seems to be different from the majority who have reviewed their stay here; for us, it was awkward and uncomfortable. Therefore if you are interested in learning about our other experiences at Motty's, feel free to contact us at smarum1940@gmail.com.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014 via mobile

Motty and lali were instantly welcoming. From the bustle and heat of alleppy, their home stay is a peaceful jewel. Lali taught us to cook her lovely curries and Motty helped us plan our stay and even put us on the bus to our next venture! It was pricier than our other home stays around Kerala but depending on your budget (and considering what prices we're used to in Britain) it was well worth it.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2014

Booked for 4 nights, but ended up changing our minds and going elsewhere, so our comments are based on first impressions. It's expensive (6000 Rs) - far more expensive than anywhere else we stayed. We were allocated the room within the house, next to the verandah - there are other rooms, which we didn't see, in a garden annexe. The room was very dusty on arrival, the wardrobes (antique, and very nice) were all locked and therefore we had nowhere to unpack. The bed (also antique, and lovely to look at), was rickety and uncomfortable. The location, close to Alleppey town centre, would be great - if Alleppey was a nice town. We felt that other locations, such as the beach or the backwaters, are far nicer.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2013 via mobile

Motty and his wife were very attentive and helpful hosts. Motty helped us arranged trips on the back waters of Alleppey. A highlight of our holiday was a trip in a canoe around the backwaters with Lalji. He took us to his village where we had breakfast before setting off and then back for dinner. Motty provides breakfast, but unlike other homestyle stayed in, dinner was extra and although very enjoyable and tasty, expensive. As was the stay itself, almost the most expensive of our many stays in India and many of out stays were in hotels. When paying so much, you do expect a certain level of cleanliness, which sadly was lacking. In other homestays and hostels our washing came back clean and ironed, but not here. Alleppey is a great base and Motty is very knowledgeable and gave us a great insight into life in Kerala, hence my higher rating. I would definitely recommend this homestay. Thanks to Motty and his wife.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2013

I'm so glad i made the decision to stay with Motty and Lali - everything from the food that Lali prepared, the accommodation itself, the location, and the trips that Motty organised were fantastic. The trips to local villages were the highlight for me and Motty arranged these so that they were so effortless for me! As a female solo traveller this was a great choice, had 100% trust in everything Motty recommended that I do, and the people he put me in touch with were awesome. I was also especially lucky to arrive in the middle of Onam, the annual harvest festival, and was treated to an unbelievable spread of authentic Keralan food by Lali - amazing! Alleppey itself was very cool - much less touristy than Fort Kochin (and other nearby places I imagine).

Hope to come back to Kerala at some stage and if I do I will come and stay again!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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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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