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“Excellent boathouse experience in Alleppey”
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1 Bedroom, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Alappuzha, Alappuzha District, Kerala

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PratapPal
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Excellent boathouse experience in Alleppey”
Reviewed January 14, 2016 for a stay in January 2016
1
person found this review helpful

We had a wonderful experience in the nova boathouse in this Jan 2016. Starting from the booking till the end it was very much satisfying. Eldhose, the manager from nova, is awesome person. He is very friendly and helped in all regards to make this vacation a satisfactory one. Excellent service and help from the entire group. I had booked the vacation rental online around 1 month ahead. Me my wife and our 4-year-old daughter had spent one night in a 1 bed room and it was very nice stay. The boat was in very good condition; room was comfortable and clean with attached bathroom. We started our journey around noon and had very nice cursing experience entire afternoon with good lunch. It was perfect relaxed vacation time spent. Then the boat was parked by the dark and it was a peaceful night stay again with good diner. We bought fresh lobster while cruising and the same was cooked in the diner. Both the cook and the navigator was very nice person. They were so friendly and accommodating, we felt very welcoming for my family. Overall it was extremely good experience with Eldhose & nova holidays and i definitely recommend this one for any family is planning boathouse vacation in Alleppey.

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Liked best: Service
Traveling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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dajay0
Pune, India
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Unfortunately not good value for the money we paid”
Reviewed December 24, 2015 for a stay in November 2015
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We stayed with Nova in Nov this year. Though there were houseboats available from Rs 10K onwards, we chose Nova (at Rs 16K) because we wanted to go with a good operator. However it turned out that their houseboat was no different from the other cheaper ones. The staff was good and friendly. The food however was regular and nothing special.

Hence we would not recommend paying more than Rs 12K or so for this operator. At that rate things are good.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
Jan 17, 2016
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR EXCELLENT REVIEW
Shocked ???? yes for me its a good review because he don’t have any complaints except the price , You will get cheaper boat in Alleppey but after using the boat only you will understand the difference Without experience the service from other houseboat how can you judge all the boats are same like my houseboat? most of the houseboats in Alleppey look almost same from the out side view but my concern is good staff, authentic Kerala food ,neat and clean boat with excellent cruise . Any way i am happy with your review because you are happy with my staff, neatness ,cruise and at least no complaint for food .
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traveller...
India
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Nice Boatride, but average experience overall”
Reviewed November 5, 2015 for a stay in October 2015
4
people found this review helpful

Backwater Houseboat ride was a 'must do' on our list while traveling to Kerala. We did quite a lot of research on Trip Advisor and Google since we had heard/read from a lot of people that they get unpleasant surprises when they actually see the boat they have rented.

Eventually we settles on a 1 BHK houseboat from Nova for 10K (definitely wasn't worth 10K) a night called 'Tamara' means 'Lotus'. We reached the destination at 12 PM and the agent from Nova led us to the houseboat. To reach the boat you have to ferry across the river with all your luggage etc. Once we reached the houseboat, the captain and the chef of the houseboat greeted us and showed us around the boat. Few things we learnt and probably everyone who books a boat should know:

1. The beginning of the journey is the worst part - its kicks off from a small lake which is dirty and stinks, but its gets better once the boat moves to the bigger lake
2. Nova doesn't have their own boats. They are all hired/rental boats
3. Food was just average. Non-Vegetarians - Call in advance if you want some fish or other protein that you want cooked. However the chef isn't very great so might be disappointed anyways
4. There is a kitchen on-board, so you can cook yourself or get basic stuff from the kitchen
5. Air-condition isn't switched on during the day since the boat itself doesnt have that much power generation capacity, I think. Its only when they park the boat in the evening and plug in some wires in the electrical posts, that they actually start the A/C and even then they will only handover the remote to you at 9PM and will switch it off at 6:30 in the morning
6. Get up early to enjoy some fresh air and a lovely ride back, since if you sleep till 8-9 in the morning you will miss everything and they will off-board you at sharp 9AM.
7. Overall the staff was no-nonsense and didnt bug us much. Although they did casually mention that they get tips from people and will go the extra mile if you pay them
8. Bring your own booze
9. The bedroom was just average and there weren't a lot of toiletries so ensure you carry your own stuff and best to carry your own towel

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Liked best: Morning boat ride back to the base
Liked least: Service was poor, food was average and wasn't worth the money
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Nov 10, 2015
If you feel INR 10000/ is expensive A simple cost break up for INR 10000/
If you are staying in a three star back water resort
INR 5000/ or more for a floating cottage or lake/backwater view room
Lunch INR 200 x 2 person 400
Dinner INR 200 x 2 person 400
Breakfast 100 x 2 person 200
Back water tour in a boat 1000 x 6 hours 6000
So total INR 12000/ + 21% tax
Also you need to pay for each and everything like tea, snacks, milk for baby and drinking water etc......
Thanks for the information that Nova doesn?t have own boats
Nova Own only three boats but our daily requirements more so All other houseboat which i operating is under lease/rental for 11 month agreement after the period if the boat is not up to mark we used to change the boat
We used to provide both veg and non veg as per the guest requirement , Please don?t expect a multi cuisine restaurant in the houseboat we are serving fixed menu of Kerala traditional meal only
No need to do quite a lot of research on Trip Advisor and Google . At least if you read our website you can simply understand the a/c timing from 9:00 pm to 6;00 am only. If guest require full time a/c need to pay extra for that
About the staff even if they working in a 5 star hotel also they will expect tip i don?t think its a bad habit and nobody can stop them from there expectations

we used to keep our houseboat much more traditional and simple may be you don?t feel luxury in our houseboat any way rice boats(houseboats) are a traditional concept only
About toiletries we used to provide , two soaps, two bath towel and toilet roll if you want anything more please you may carry yourself
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Sandeman2...
Clitheroe, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best nights sleep in ages!”
Reviewed October 28, 2015 for a stay in October 2015
1
person found this review helpful

Our host picked my wife and I up from Airport, promptly took us to one of their home stay properties to freshen up whilst boat was made ready....we were slightly early. Don't be put off by the busy boat station....believe me it gets better. We were blessed with a single bedroom boat - four poster bed with a drop down mosquito net (that we used but transpired we did not need) - acceptable toilet facilities (we are in India). Boat Pilot and a Mate were courteous an obliging.....his cooking was to die for. Delightful local breakfast, lunch and dinners....our tastes discussed and accommodated (again...remember you are in South India). We stayed for two night and both were great, totally safe, totally quiet and totally private.
Once we had left Alleppey the boats spread out and we settled down talking to our Pilot who guided us through the local landscape, flora, fauna and locals. At times we enjoyed the privacy of an upper deck seating area where we sat watching the world go by.....Kingfishers, Duck farms and their shepherds, Rice fields and their management, locals doing their washing and getting from A to B. Honestly it was great and in our opinion a must do. Just remember where you are......we moved on to a beach resort after and listened to a couple of people harping on about their boat experiences......you are coming to India....you had better enjoy Indian food, doesn't have to blow you head off....also the sanitary facilities are different but when in Rome do what the Romans do....we did and are none the worse for wear!

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Liked best: Peace and quiet once on our way
Liked least: Listening to a couple of people moaning at our next stop....shouldn't have a passport
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Anandakum...
Coimbatore, India
Level 2 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
““Excellent Home-stay and Houseboat””
Reviewed October 7, 2015 for a stay in September 2015
1
person found this review helpful

I was in Allepey during last week of September 2015 along with my family. The owner and the staff are very friendly and are available for anything you need. Whenever I visit Alleppy the next time, I would definitely be staying here.

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Liked best: Friendly and Kind
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Vidsub
Chennai (Madras), India
2 reviews
“Nice experience with Nova Boat”
Reviewed September 29, 2015 for a stay in September 2015

We are a family of 4. Rented a 1 BR boat with Nova. Mr. Eldhose was very courteous and responsive to our queries. The boat was clean and well maintained and the staff on board were very friendly. They took a lot of effort to ensure that our stay was memorable. My son wanted a paneer dish for dinner. The cook spontaneously boiled some milk and curdled it to make fresh paneer. Servings were large and the food was tasty. Per our request, they arranged for a small boat ride along narrow canals where we could observe villagers go about their daily routines. All in all, it was an unforgettable trip. The glass covered boat kept mosquitoes and bugs at bay although house flies were a little bit of a bother. Would definitely recommend Nova boats!

Traveling group: Young Children
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JulieP200...
Exmouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“A must do, absolutely fantastic!”
Reviewed August 6, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

This has been an amazing couple of days. The waterways are beautiful and also enlightening, giving a fantastic insight into life beside the water for the local people. The scenery is breathtaking and almost every person you pass will wave and greet you. The organisation by the owner Eldos was spot on, and he accommodates every request where possible including our request for some beer to have with our meals. When on board, the boat is well equipped and comfortable, and the captain and chef were both really pleasant and helpful. They provide exemplary service, and the food and refreshments were both plentiful and delicious. Every meal was beautifully presented, explained in great detail, and every dish was a delight. We would strongly recommend this trip, and fail to understand how anyone could find fault with this booking at all. Finally Eldos arranged a full onward booking for travel to our next destination which was both reliable and worry free for us.

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Liked best: Scenery, food, and the overall service
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
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