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Johnson's- Entire floor-3 A/c rooms + kitchen
Johnson's- Entire floor-3 A/c rooms + kitchen
10 guests
3 bedrooms
7 beds
3 baths
10 guests
3 bedrooms
7 beds
3 baths

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Johnson’s Home stay, an established guest-house- is now in it’s 17th year. We offer 3 beautiful a/c en-suite rooms that includes a kitchen in one room, ideal for groups or families. Rooms are bath attached with balconeys. A beautiful garden adorns the property.
Located ideally between town center and the beach. We offer houseboat & canoe village tours.
Friendly, informal hospitality marks us out as does the pleasant, airy, large, colorful rooms and its spacious quirky patios that have bathtubs.

The space

It's a homestay, and more. It is the only hotel in the world that has rooms with bathtubs on the balconeys :-) It is probably the only hotel in India where the owner has a beautiful horse as a pet- on the property. It is probably the only guesthouse in the world where the owner has modified a canoe to double up as a dining table and a fish tank! The 3 a/c rooms are top notch. Two of them have mod con multi use showers, probably the best India has to offer! (at the same time, please note that these modern fancy showers are driven by a pressure pump which sucks in a lot of power. So, it is very important that the guest turns off the shower and the pressure pump immediately after its use). The garden has fruit trees including mangoes, jackfuit, lemon, pineapple, papaya and berries. A nice collection of orchids, jasmine, illang illang, lillies and other fragrant flowers refreshes the air - and mind.

Guest access

The rooms, the balcony, the grounds, outdoor restaurant.

Interaction with guests

As an aspiring author working on his first historical epic fiction novel, the owner would love to interact with his guests on topics like 'religious free thinking' and 'finance free society' (nothing like the disastrous experiment that the present Indian government indulges in). As a sports fan, he wouldn't mind watching El Clasico or the IPL on the idiot box together with his guests in the lounge area with a beer in hand and a smile on everyone's faces, (as long as everyone supports Real Madrid and roots for Mumbai Indians :-).

Other things to note

We have pets in the grounds. 2 dogs, coupla cats and a beautiful horse. Needless to say, as a homestay, we can prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner for our guests. Now, you can also make your own coffee in one of the rooms that is equipped with a kitchen. There is also a small dining space. We have our own houseboat and arrange cheaper alternative canoe village tours. We arrange mopeds for hire. Arrange for Money X'change. There is an in house beautician to look after the ladies who arrive. In house laundry for the convenience of the guests on request. Other than the backwaters, we also arrange visits to the Secret beach and Snake temple for our guests.

Please note that we do not offer free breakfast or offer discounts.

Air conditioning
Free parking on premises
Wireless Internet
Extra people ₹350 / night after 6 guests
Cleaning Fee ₹350
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed, 1 single bed
Bedroom 2
2 double beds, 1 single bed
Bedroom 3
1 king bed, 2 single beds
House Rules
Not suitable for pets
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check-in time is 2PM - 10PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

For the benefit of our guests, we offer a free pick up on arrival in Alleppey town limits.


1 night minimum stay

8 Reviews

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Archana User Profile
October 2017
We had a great time at Johnson's place. We were a family of 6 where there were 4 elders. He was very helpful in coordinating with our travel and also helped us in reaching the homestay easily. The homestay looks exactly the same as described in the pictures. We could locate it easily and we did not have any problem there. The rooms and washrooms were clean and tidy. It was a good experience there.
Johnson User Profile
Response from Johnson:
HI, Thank you for the response, and you were nice guests. This is unlike a few of the recent families who book rooms, turn up and then try to wrest undue advantages like free breakfast (when it is clearly not listed on our profile). And then there are those who will not leave after their check out time, (even when I tell them that we have other guests who are due to arrive and need to clean the rooms and finally have to repeatedly tell them or worse). This family did not try to bargain with us on our various services either, like some of the recent previous guests have done. The problem seems to be that airbnb guests now know the power of a bad review on an establishment. If we, the host leaves a bad review for a guest, it really does not matter because there are so many avenues for tourists to find a hotel, so many other sites, but for a host, a bad review or as in the case of a good review like this one (but with a score of 4.0), it still affects our business. I believe that is disadvantageous to the host. And I fervently hope that airbnb does something about it. I hope they realize that no host, no guests. For them too. I hope other potential guests read this reply and base their decisions to visit us on it. We give fair treatment, real hospitality, no sops. Johnson
October 2017

Kayalvizhi User Profile
September 2017
Rooms were neat and clean. You can expect the same rooms that you see in pictures. Food was little expensive at the home stay,suitable for foreign travellers. Other than that everything was fine. Host was really friendly..look forward to visit again..

Franklin Sunder User Profile
August 2017
The place was as described in the listing. MR.Jhonson was very hospitable and he has ensured that we are well secured and made us stay in our own home. We stayed for 1 night and for 2 familes he has given the entire first floor. My kids enjoyed with horse(maya) and jacuzzi present over there. Mr. Jhonson also provided us a place to refersh even after we checked out. Overall we are satisified with the stay in Mr.Jhonson nest and will always love to come back for staying out there. Thanks and regards Franklin
Johnson User Profile
Response from Johnson:
Thankyou for the review. Great family to host. Hope all our guests are like them.
August 2017

Shravya User Profile
April 2017
I n my friends stayed at this place. It was just perfectly located to all the near by local attractions. The accomodation was fascinating with themed rooms. On request they provide you food. Johson is a very friendly underatnding n great host

Anubhav User Profile
February 2017
Johnson's place was a really beautiful house with ample space for the 9 of us. The rooms were quite big, and the huge balcony and attic were great for relaxing outdoors. There's a lot of greenery in and around the house, and the beach is at a walkable distance (<10 mins) We arrived quite late at the place. Johnson helped us with everything we needed to get comfortable. Overall, it was a memorable stay with the house being well located and beautiful, totally worth the money.
Johnson User Profile
Response from Johnson:
Thx for staying with us.
February 2017

Kamila User Profile
October 2017
As our host, Johnson was flexible and easy to communicate with. He welcomed us in the middle of the night and helped to settle down. Undoubtedly, he is an eccentric person and staying in his homestay was at least a peculiar experience. The house is rather tired and shabby, basic when it comes to equipment and décor. We had to use our own mosquito nets and sleeping bags. Center of the town and the city beach were in the walking distance (10 - 15 minutes), it was also quite easy to get to backwaters and all cab drivers perfectly knew the location of the famous homestay with the horse.
Johnson User Profile
Response from Johnson:
HI, I want to thank them for explaining that they came in the middle of the night and asked me to 'help them settle down', basically, they kept me up from 2.00 at night to 3.00 in the morning hanging their mosquito nets. They were a group of 10 people of all age groups and could have at least helped me, whcih they did not. As quite a few guests who stayed in our guestshouse has pointed out, the photos that we have displayed on our site has represented our guesthouse aptly. There is not hotel or guesthouse in India that I know where there is a balconey that has bathtubs in them and which is hidden from public view by greenery. There are no hotels in India that provides the kind of shower panel that is installed in two of the three rooms that these guests provided. Of course, the rooms are doubles and so we provide mosquito nets for two people. They came in a group of 10 and if they had their own mosquito nets, well, why complain. But there was absolutely no need for sleeping bags because all our rooms have beds and mattresses as is seen in the photos on this site. That was just their being a tad over the top. Like their behaviour here for which I issued a 'no recommendation'. They were not nice people. Johnson
October 2017

Lisa User Profile
January 2017
Clean towels, comfy beds, wifi in the main room

Alappuzha, IndiaJoined in October 2016
Johnson User Profile

Hi, I am Johnson Gilbert. I converted my home into one of the pioneer, premier Alleppey homestays. 'Johnson's' is listed in International guidebooks and is now well established among the top Kerala home stays.

I understood that the main reason tourists visit Alleppey/ Alappuzha is for the backwaters and for beach stays. We are fortunate that we can satisfy both the needs to our guests as I have a houseboat, offer cheaper interactive canoe tours, and our guesthouse is close to the town beach.

Other than the backwaters, we also arrange visits to the Secret beach and the Snake temple in Alleppey. It gives further impetus for my guests to spend more time in Alleppey.

Since the last 10 years, we conduct a special event for our guests to watch the Kerala snake boat race. It’s getting bigger every year.

There's an Ayurveda massage parlour a minute's walk from our homestay and we offer for our lady guests an inhouse beautician.

We have a free pick up service for our guests on arrival in Alleppey. And you can pay for any service here with your credit card as we have a swipe machine.

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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