"An impressive and unique place but needs updates"
Location, layout, pool and plantings (flowers, bushes, trees) are truly impressive. All rooms arrayed around lakes. Dining room décor and location overlooking lake is upscale and pleasant. But definitely needs some fixes to live up to its “luxury” claims. Bathrooms in our “villa” badly needed updating. Gym was really disappointing: no AC and half the ceiling fans didn’t work so unpleasantly hot; equipment old and rusty; no TVs or even music. Free evening cruise was really delightful. Free ferry into Alleppey was very useful. Overall, enjoyed the stay for the uniqueness of the location, the staff tried, but it was not up to the quality of other 5-star places we stayed at in India. Hopefully, the renovations currently in progress will remedy the current shortcomings. Note that it is 2 hours plus to the airport, so make arrangements ahead of time.
A short overnight stay at the resort.
Good Vegetarian Food
(However since everything is transported from mainland by boat check for availibility)
- Only Accessible by boat
Overall a great place to spend a peaceful holiday
Probably suited best for writers and couples on honeymoon.
Rajesh from Hyderabad
The resort offers 24hrs in room dining wi fi broadband internet multicuisine restaurant swimming poolspa business centre …More
Amazing resort with great accommodation, food & staff. Punnamada is an exceptional place to stay & unwind. The only thing that marred our experience was that the pool was having maintenance work being done to it, so we couldn't use it during our stay. Overall though, exceptional
Very efficient staff even when we checked in at 1am; abundant offer of buffet breakfast and choice of dishes could be ordered too; the lake facing rooms are beautiful & spacious. The complimentary boat ride on the lake was an icing on the cake. The spa facilities are excellent.
Jayanth from Bengaluru
Conveniently located overlooking Punnamada Lake, this Ramada Alappuzha hotel is near the Kerala Backwaters, major airports …More
We were really pleased with this hotel. It was located right by a lovely quiet beach and not far from some restaurants and bars. Some only sold beer as 'special tea' so you have to ask. The hotel will provide chairs to sit on the beach if you ask. Rooms were spacious and very clean and the air conditioning worked and was quiet! From the upstairs bedrooms you could sit by the windows and watch the sea. Breakfast was a good mixture of fruit, eggs and toast. The manager could not have been more helpful, arranging trips and onward taxi to Cochin.
Our only complaint was we used the laundry service. It took 2 days to get our clothes back and they arrived only half an hour before we left. When we looked at the laundry in our next location, we found items missing, including an expensive jumper. The whites were more grey than white and not even splash marks had been washed out. The t-shirts were shrunk and shiny with over-ironing.
We spent a few days in Alaphuzha and this is by far the best hotel we saw. The pool is definitely worth having if like us you soend a few days in the town and the rooms had character. We had a room with verandah, which was a lovely for relaxing amd drinking a sundowner after cruising the backwaters. Restaurant was good though I preferred an unlicenced (and cheaper) restaurant 200m along the beach. Staff were helpful though some more so than others.
I booked a garden view cottage for 3 days and nights in April 2014. Right from the moment me and my wife stepped in the resort, the resort staff made us feel comfortable and ensured we had a good time during our stay there. Due to rains outside, we were not able to travel much from the resort apart from beach walks in the morning and evening. On the final day, we visited the lighthouse which is hardly a 10 mins walk from the resort. The lighthouse closes at 6 but the view from the top ( after climbing a spiral staircase for almost 5 floors - phew !! ) is definitely worth it. At the beach nearby, you can watch the sunrise and sunset and get camel rides ( for a moment I wondered if I was in Dubai !! ) . The restaurant inside the resort serves reasonably good food and you can order it to your room if you dont want to wait since the food takes half an hour to be prepared. If you find the restaurant food costly, there are roadside eateries outside that serve local dishes though this is available only in the evenings. Breakfast within the resort is good though spread might feel a little limited, especially if you are not an Indian. Room Service was very good and the staff were very polite. Every room has a TV and kettle as well as tea maker kit. The travel desk at the resort helps with any local sightseeing requirements though I didnt use it much. Overall our experience at the resort was very good and I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
Traditional ambience, but very comfortable. The staff is very friendly and goes out of the way to accommodate your needs. You could pretty much step out of the hotel and hop into a shikara for a boat ride.
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