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Pothujanam Road PHRA 20-21 Philip's Hill, Kumarapuram, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) 695011 India
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#1 of 146 B&Bs / Inns in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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Graceful Home-stay is located within a four and half acre compound within city limits yet far from the noise & bustle of the city. One can enjoy natural beauty at its best because of the garden, trees, and birds that abound within this area. From the Upper Double room one can get a spectacular view of the valley below, a glimpse of the Arabian Sea on the horizon and glorious sunsets. Each of the rooms is located on a separate floor and has its own special features in terms of extra space (verandah/balcony) and provides not only privacy but also a clean and cozy atmosphere. Guests also have access to the other general parts of our premises and facilities (main veranda, living room, dining room, kitchen & grounds). Graceful Home-stay provides a very peaceful and serene atmosphere both internally and externally. Since the house was constructed to reflect an open personality and to take advantage of God-given natural light and fresh air, at present our rooms are not air conditioned. Other means of cooling like fans and air coolers are provided in all rooms. Since this is a "Bed & Breakfast" establishment, with the room rent a complimentary continental breakfast is served between 08:00 and 10:00 am which also includes a taste of the local cuisine. For lunch and dinner, guests are encouraged to try out the local eateries which cater to a variety of taste and pocket! Some of these restaurants also provide free home delivery. At Graceful a home-cooked meal (lunch or dinner) can be served but only on advance request by breakfast time for a non vegetarian (chicken or fish) or a vegetarian meal. Within a 2 minute walk from the Home Stay, there is an ayurveda center which provides excellent rejuvenating massages at reasonable cost. They offer a special rate for guests from Graceful Home Stay. Likewise, there is also a small but well established beauty parlor within a 5 minute walk which undertakes facials, pedicures, manicures, hair treatments, etc. At reasonable cost. Graceful Home Stay is also located within a 2 km radius of 6 multi-speciality hospitals, diagnostic centers, dental clinics, supermarkets, etc. For local sight-seeing and extensive shopping one needs to go downtown about 5-6 kms away and easily accessible by local buses and tuk-tuks. We have on call a few reliable, English speaking tuk-tuk drivers which many of our guests have used and been happy with. Central & State taxes are extra charges and tax rates are subject to change in the new financial year as per Government legislation.
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Annie P wrote a review Feb 2020
New London, New Hampshire, United States3 contributions
communications with Sylvia via internet were fast and flawless right from the start. Giles and Elsie took excellent care to me from 3 AM greeting to midnight departure! Elsie's home cooking for breakfast was superb! Needs were more than met with old fashioned South Indian hospitality,, close enough to anything I needed to do in City Center, yet surrounded by private acreage with Palms and wildlife...I stayed there before and after my workshop! Helpful suggestions for everything from tailoring to shopping to arranging auto-rickshaw transport and suggestions of sights to see. Truly a traveler's breath of ease!! thanks all, especially my fav Driver, Ulhaas! already planning to stay next year!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Elsa M wrote a review Jan 2020
Paris, France6 contributions2 helpful votes
Kindest hosts, so helpful, and quick answers for every question you may have. The room and house is very clean and it's a beautiful place. For about 10 minutes rickshaw route from Trivandrum centre. Every morning we had homemade cooked indian breakfast !
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Julian H wrote a review Jan 2020
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We are regular visitors to Graceful, as are numerous other visitors from around the world. I think this probably tells you more than I can about how welcoming and comfortable it is. I should add that it also makes a very helpful and reassuring first stop for visitors making their first trip to India. For ourselves, we always stay a few days In Trivandrum at the beginning and end of our visits to Kerala, not least because it's just so nice stayjng at Graceful. We shall, of course, be returning.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Andrew_Kellie wrote a review Jul 2019
Singapore361 contributions92 helpful votes
A short drive and we were deposited at Graceful Guesthouse set in the gardens of Phillips Hill on the outskirts of the city. We arrived late but were warmly welcomed and left to get on with sorting ourselves out, The noises of the night filtered into our room with its bucket shower bathroom. A simple set up and a crisp cool sheet meant we were asleep quickly. We were woken in morning by a chaotic mix of jungle noises, not unpleasant. Our room had a big balcony which provided a glimpse through the palm trees to a few other houses. Breakfast was had with a couple of other guests; a couple from Spain trekking through Nepal and India, and and American lady here for 3 months. We ate iddiyappams (rice flour noodle hoppers) with egg curry and fresh papaya from their garden.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Ask for one with a balcony
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Responded 23 Jul 2019
Thank you for a lovely review of your night at Graceful in December 2018. We are happy you enjoyed your overnight stay & the early morning sounds of nature which are quite common at Graceful as it attracts several migratory birds during the winter months. We hope your onward journey to other parts of Kerala was also pleasant & interesting. Thank you for choosing to stay at Graceful Home Stay at the start of your Kerala experience.
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Gallivant85 wrote a review Jun 2019
Edinburgh, United Kingdom14 contributions18 helpful votes
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Graceful. The top floor room with balcony is beautiful and peaceful. I was very grateful for Giles and Sylvia’s warm welcome and their extensive help arranging tuktuks and Ayurveda treatments. Perfect for solo women travellers! Thank you both.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Sylvia2348, Owner at Graceful Homestay
Responded 18 Sep 2019
Thank you for this lovely review of your stay at Graceful. We appreciate your warm words & are happy you found your stay peaceful, safe & comfortable. It's a pleasure for us to make logistical arrangements especially for solo travelers like yourself as our concern for your safety & well being is paramount. While the city is safe & people are friendly, we still use a cautious approach by suggesting known & reliable transport & facilities. Thank you again for choosing Graceful as your "home away from home". All the very best for the year ahead!
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jlei60 wrote a review Apr 2019
Byron Bay, Australia97 contributions78 helpful votes
My husband and I enjoyed staying here. Our hosts were so friendly and helpful. We were very sad to leave. I would stay here anytime without hesitation. Our room was clean and comfortable and our breakfast each morning was delicious. I cant wait to return.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Any room is good, we enjoyed the top floor with a private balcony
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Response from Sylvia2348, Owner at Graceful Homestay
Responded 25 Apr 2019
We greatly appreciate the honest review of your recent stay at Graceful. We try our best to ensure that the entire ambiance is clean & comfortable so that our guests truly enjoy the warmth of our hospitality. We are happy to know you enjoyed our breakfasts through which we try to give you a taste of the local cuisine. We eagerly look forward to hosting you again. Best wishes for the rest of 2019!
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Giulia C C wrote a review Apr 2019
Istanbul, Turkey9 contributions4 helpful votes
Italian below My partner and I just spent a month at Graceful as we moved to Trivandrum for work. We couldn't have asked for anything more! The rooms are clean, comfortable and you can enjoy a beautiful view of the garden, birds and little animals from the balcony - a truly blissful spot to work from. Elsie's breakfast is so good that we would wake up every morning excited to discover what Indian delicacy was awaiting. Giles, Sylvia and Elsie are so kind and welcoming - from telling us stories and answering our endless questions about India and Kerala, giving us tips and suggestions about what to do in and around Trivandrum, calling taxis and tuk-tuk drivers, and helping us navigate the Indian bureaucracy. The use of the communal fridge and a little hob also made a massive difference in making us feel comfortable and independent, given our long stay. The trip downtown is only a short tuk-tuk ride, and you can find fresh simple south Indian food, fruit and veg and a supermarket just at the end of the road. I am sure we will be back!! Io e il mio ragazzo abbiamo appena passato un mese da Graceful homestay, e non avremmo potuto sperare in un soggiorno migliore. Le stanze sono confortevoli e pulite, con vista sul giardino. La colazione e' sempre buonissima, e Giles e Sylvia sono gentilissimi - sempre pronti a raccontare storie, rispondere alle nostre domande sull'India e sul Kerala, dare consigli su cosa fare a Trivandrum e dintorni, chiamare taxi e tuk-tuk drivers, e aiutarci a districarci nella burocrazia indiana. La possibilita' di usare il frigo e un fornello comuni ci ha resi piu' indipendenti e a nostro agio, visto il soggiorno cosi' lungo. Il centro citta' di raggiunge in tuk-tuk velocemente, e a pochi minuti a piedi dal b&b c'e' qualche ristorante con buon, semplice cibo indiano, bancarelle di frutta e verdura e un supermercato. Torneremo presto!
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Sylvia2348, Owner at Graceful Homestay
Responded 25 Apr 2019
What a lovely review of your month's stay at Graceful. We are humbled to note that despite the long duration of your stay, you enjoyed all aspects of your association with us. Of course, we try to do our best to make the atmosphere as informal & comfortable as possible as we realize how difficult it must be for first time visitors to overcome the initial bureaucratic & logistical problems in India. I do believe the comfort level was mutual. Since you will continue to work out of Trivandrum in the coming months, please feel free to contact us if you ever need assistance of any kind. We wish you all the very best as you try to grapple with day to day surprises that come your way!
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Barbara R wrote a review Apr 2019
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Lovely place to stay with a spacious hill top garden.The leafy suburb its set in is interesting and pleasant to walk around. Giles and Elsie were excellent hosts. Giles was very helpful in arranging a reasonably priced and helpful auto rickshaw driver to take us around. Because we were interested in Laurie Baker a British architect who designed several iconic buildings in Trivandrum, Giles helped us put together a tour of his key buildings including a visit to his house! A great way to spend our last day in India. Elsie prepared us a delicious home cooked meal one evening and also provided us with a variety of good breakfasts. A unique and characterful place to stay
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Sylvia2348, Owner at Graceful Homestay
Responded 25 Apr 2019
We are overwhelmed to receive such an appreciative review of your 3 night stay at Graceful. Thank you for your warm words about our general ambiance & hospitality. We are also happy to note you thoroughly enjoyed the Laurie Baker tour that Giles was able to put together for you to see many of his iconic works. Having adopted Kerala as his home, Baker contributed much to the architectural wonders across the state & in many parts of India and will be forever remembered as Britain's gift to India! Thank you for choosing to stay at Graceful. We do look forward to hosting you again sometime in the not too distant future. All the very best for rest of 2019.
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Sushumna15 wrote a review Apr 2019
Vienna, Austria21 contributions17 helpful votes
I stayed in this beautiful house surrounded by nature, right in the City of TRivandrum, you would never expect! The hosts were very very kind and helpful, and I enjoyed a delicious breakfast every morning, homemede by them.
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: The most beautiful room is upstairs!
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Response from Sylvia2348, Owner at Graceful Homestay
Responded 14 Apr 2019
Thank you very much for this warm review of your stay at Graceful. We are pleased that you enjoyed the natural ambiance and our hospitality. We do hope that we have the pleasure of hosting you again in the not too distant future. All the best for the second half of 2019 which is just around the corner!
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Julian H wrote a review Apr 2019
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Our third stay and it was , as ever, a delight.. The hosts are wonderfully friendy and helpful. Fellow guests are always interesting, and including people in long-term work placements in addition to holidaymakers like ourselves.
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Sylvia2348, Owner at Graceful Homestay
Responded 14 Apr 2019
Yes indeed, your third time around at Graceful and as always a pleasure to host both of you. We certainly feel humbled that Graceful has found a place in your heart to make you want to stay here each time you plan a visit to Kerala. We most certainly look forward to sustaining this relationship in the years ahead! Our heartfelt thanks.
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$31 - $45 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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IndiaKeralaThiruvananthapuram DistrictThiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Graceful Homestay
Which popular attractions are close to Graceful Homestay?
Nearby attractions include Attukal Bhagavathy Temple (5.5 km), Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple (3.8 km), and Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple (4.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Graceful Homestay?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Graceful Homestay?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Graceful Homestay?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Graceful Homestay?
Conveniently located restaurants include O Café, Garden Grille Restaurant, and Villa Maya.
Does Graceful Homestay have airport transportation?
Yes, Graceful Homestay offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Graceful Homestay?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Kanakakunnu Palace (2.3 km).