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“Backwater Ripples - Bad hotel. Poor value for money”
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Backwater Ripples
Ranked #13 of 26 Hotels in Kumarakom
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“Backwater Ripples - Bad hotel. Poor value for money”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2012

My husband and I visited South India for the first time. We were told to book in at the Backwater Ripples as it was a 4* hotel. When we arrived we were told that check in time was only at 13:00 so we waited for 30 minutes for them to make up our room. The room we were given was a garden view room. It was crampped, smelt of urine, had stained old and worn linen, the furniture was old and outdated. The bathroom was tiny and the floors were wet. We asked for an upgrade to an lake view executive room for which we agreed to pay in 8000 rupees in addition to the 5600 per night. The upgraded room was more spacious and had a lovely view but that's it. The furniture was just as old as the previous room, the linen was old and stained. There was no duvet only an old blanket and each person was given 1 pillow each. The bathroom was more spacious but was infested with spiders and the geyser provided enough hot water for the first 2 minutes of your shower afterwhich it was stone cold water. Terrible hotel for the amount of money you pay. Avoid at all costs. Will stay at Zuri or Taj hotel if we ever visit again.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2012

A resort with beautiful grounds, garden and potential. However, room in which we stayed, although spacious and clean has old furniture that detracts from the comfort of the room. Cupboards do not close properly and bathroom needs refurbishing. Dining room very comfortable with a rich variety of fruit and indigenous Indian dishes. Seems less luxurious than similar lakeside resorts in Kumarakom or Allepey areas. Staff very friendly and helpful. No individual tipping necessary, there is a tip-box at the reception where you can show your appreciation. The resort has potential but needs atterntion in order to realise its potential.

Room Tip: Room clean and spacious but beds and room furniture old and have seen better days. Bathroom needs re...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2012

It's a nice lake facing hotel with large rooms and extraordinary staff.
The best part of the hotel is the lawn next to pool one can spend a lifetime sitting there and watching the lake/birds/sunset it's actually beautiful. The restaurant was nice the food was as average as you get across karela. (I am quite saddened by the food quality across Kerala).
We stayed at the duplex room which had two double beds and two toilets whic is a big plus if you are traveling with kids it was like having two rooms to yourself.
Checkin was smooth.
Staff is well trained.
It does not look like a 5/4star but there is a definate charm about this place.
Nothing much for kids except a good pool and one broken TT table.
Cons: Kerala food, wifi is paid even in this expensive property and worse it's available only in the lobby area.

Room Tip: Families choose duplex facing the lake its a great option.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2012

The resort is at the best location. It had a romantic feel to the entire stay. The boat ride was great as was the weather. The spa was also up to the mark and it was an authentic massage. The swim in the pool was also great. Overall a nice & pleasant experience.

Room Tip: Great place to stay for just a night
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2012

I stayed here for couple of nights... 7th & 8th jan 2012.. The reviews of this hotel are very misleading... its not worth the money at all... 1st of all it is not 4*.... i would rate it as a property with 3* rooms having a 2* SERVICE... I mean the rooms are too small... and nothing great.. Basic category starts from 7k. Food is strictly ok... but highly overpriced. u wont get any veg dish below 250, and nonveg below 350, excluding taxes... service is too slow.. During my entire stay (42 hours) thier in room phone wasnt working...( the whole resort ) i had to go to the reception atleast 5 times to place my order for food etc... lakeside area is too hot... pool is very small.. seriously not worth the money... please check out "CITRUS" resort in alleppey man... i saw it from outside during my houseboat cruise... tht one looks much better man... awesome place bang on the LAKE!!!!!

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Backwater Ripples
Address: Kumarakom PO, Kumarakom 686563, India
Region: India > Kerala > Kumarakom
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Kumarakom
#6 Luxury Hotel in Kumarakom
#7 Family Hotel in Kumarakom
Price range (per night): $119 - $170
Hotel Class:4 star — Backwater Ripples 4*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Backwater Ripples offers 34 luxury independent cottages in a variety of styles to cater various requirements. The accommodation is spacious, private and superbly appointed with state of the art designer amenities and personalized services. The resort has wide range of facilities to make sure a comfort and memorable stay in our resort. ... more   less 
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Backwater Ripples Hotel Kottayam
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Backwater Ripples Kumarakom, Kerala

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