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“Excellent location + charming property -- good for a short break”

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Lemon Tree Vembanad Lake Resort
Ranked #7 of 70 Hotels in Alappuzha
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 31 March 2015

We stayed at this Lemon Tree property for 2N/3D at the end of March 2015. Right off the bat, the staff were extremely courteous and accommodating by making sure our room was ready despite our early arrival. The surprise was the complimentary upgrade to a Superior Lakeview Room - we had already got an excellent deal, and this was a perfect beginning!

The building itself is beautiful - charming Kerala-style architecture with lots of greenery. The location is lovely - by the banks of the Vembanad Lake river (Cherthala side). One of the highlights is the infinity pool - the view of the lake from the side of the pool is amazing, can you can watch a few locals go fishing in the evening (without either party intruding on the other's space or privacy). The first view you get of the lake and the pool as you make your way up to the rooms on the top floor is simply breath-taking: there's a square doorway that frames the sight of the two water bodies perfectly.

The other highlight of our stay was the courteousness, efficiency and politeness of the staff. Never intrusive, never annoying, always helpful, always smiling. I didn't see a single sour face. Especially helpful was Soumya, at the front desk, who made sure the check-in formalities were painless. She expertly (and very genuinely) explained the facility and package details as part of the check-in process. The staff at the Citrus Cafe were also very welcoming and helpful, pointing out which dishes might interest us since we wanted to stick to the local cuisine. Although I must point out that the local seafood menu is quite limited, and only the main stewards are able to converse comfortably English. Even basic requests for an extra piece of lime (for some lemon tea) or a repeat order of a glass of lemonade had to be made twice if one of the stewards weren't in the room. Nevertheless, the menu was able to just about hold our attention for a short trip. The breakfast buffet was nice, with lots of fruit and a balance of an English and south Indian breakfast dishes. The food was always fresh and appealing.

In terms of facilities, Lemon Tree Vembanad has an expansive DVD collection as well as two bookshelves filled with novels. There's of course the infinity pool that I've spoken about earlier, and also a spot designated for fishing (rods are available, and the fish 'bait' (atta) is available on request. I saw a couple of fellow guests try their luck, but I think only the staff gets it right! The big attraction is the huge, imposing 'floating villa' (houseboat) available for about Rs.22,000 for a night (which I think is overpriced, considering the area is full of houseboats available for far cheaper). I would have rather liked to rent the hotel's own houseboat for a few hours (or to have dinner aboard) but that option doesn't exist. They can, however, arrange a 'shikaara' (compressed version of a houseboat without the kitchen and bedroom facility) ride for either 1 hour (to the island visible from the hotel) or 3 hours (to Kumarakom and the backwaters). We opted for the 3 hour ride, which was enjoyable even in the afternoon (the heat is not a problem because of the water body + thatched roof). The shikaara operator took us to a lake-side establishment that serves some nice local cuisine including beef, 'small lobsters' and Black Pearl fish.

My only disappointment was with the upkeep of some parts of the hotel. For instance, the area is home to a vast number of pigeons and if you look down to the swimming pool from your lake view room, its hard to miss the big pile of pigeon droppings collected on the window pane. The pool rules state that one must take a shower before entering the pool, but I discovered that both the showers in the ladies' changing room were out-of-order. Neither were the men's and ladies' changing rooms labeled, so I first walked unsuspectingly into the wrong room! I was also disappointed to see that the mirror and shower fittings in the bathroom of our room required desperate attention -- rust and blackening are not appealing. Also, as we were checking out, I noticed that a few guests had entered the pool in attire that was definitely NOT swimwear.

All in all, we had a pretty pleasant stay at Lemon Tree Vembanad but there's certainly not much to do apart from just relax by the pool and unwind with a book. It's great for a short, relaxing break (perhaps a weekend getaway), but I'm not sure it could hold my attention for longer.

Thank you to the staff though, for being so hospitable.

Room Tip: Superior lake view rooms are nice
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  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 March 2015

We had a great two night stay at the hotel. Woke up each morning to watch the sunrise over the pool and lake - the whole scene - along with the fishing nets, coconut trees, and fishermen going about their work is gorgeous. The hotel is a little worn probably due to age but it's very decently maintained and clean and is comfortable (having done nights on houseboats in other places, we found it much more preferable to stay in a comfortable hotel and opt for a few hour boat ride in the day instead!). The hotel has a pretty boat which can be hired for trips - compared to rates in town, its a good price - though we didnt have time to try it eventually! We arranged through the hotel for an auto rickshaw driver to take us around for the day - highly recommend this over a car if there's just two of you - the distances are not long and you get to soak up the sights and surroundings better! The driver Biji was wonderful - he brought us around the whole day, we watched a gorgeous sunset over marari beach and he even brought us to local festival (w elephants and all) that was happening that night! we look forward to coming back some day!

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Reviewed 15 March 2015

Our group booked 3 rooms here for a 3 night stay during our 3 week tour of India. The rooms were clean and comfortable with great air conditioning! The staff was friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the Kerala thali at the restaurant...delicious!! Also Chicken 65 was out of this world. We need the recipe! I had delicous banana pancakes for one breakfast and we made good use of the expresso machine each morning. My daughter and her friends enjoyed relaxing massages and the famous Kerala oil treatment. The pool was lovely and we enjoyed it each day. I would recommend this resort for a relaxing travel break.

  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 March 2015

We stayed here on our tour of South India. It is a nice hotel but in need of a refurbishment. Most people who visit here in Alleppey stay on a boat for the night so there is probably not a great demand for hotel space. The hotel seemed empty so we had the pool to ourselves which was nice.The rooms are a good size and the food is ok.

Room Tip: Get a lake facing room.
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Reviewed 11 March 2015

I must say this was awesome property. Wish we had booked more days to stay at this resort.
Room: Neat, tidy and clean. Our room was stepping right inside the pool.
Resort area: Perfect blend of modern and typical Kerala architecture. The pool and garden area is the best. It seems as if the pool and the lake are blending into each other. Just where the pool ends, the lake begins. Perfect place to relax.
Breakfast: The breakfast has good spread of dishes - continental and Indian. Tastes also quite good.

Also resort is close to the beach too.

If you have luxury of days when you are travelling to Kerala, you can spend couple of days at this resort and relax yourselves.

  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Lemon Tree Vembanad Lake Resort

Address: Janasakthi Road | Kayippuram, Muhamma, Alappuzha 688525, India
Region: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Alappuzha
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Alappuzha
#4 Family Hotel in Alappuzha
#5 Romantic Hotel in Alappuzha
Price Range: ₹ 6,345 - ₹ 21,405 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Lemon Tree Vembanad Lake Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Lemon Tree Vembanad Lake Resort, West of Kumarakom. Unwind at our upscale, full service moderately priced resort. Rediscover yourself at this visually stunning resort situated on the Western shore of Kumarakom, at the very edge of Vembanad Lake with a magnificent view of the calm backwaters. Located in Kayippuram, Alleppey, the resort is easily accessible from both Cochin and Kumarakom. Rejuvenate your spirit with spectacular close-up views of the lake from every room. ... more   less 
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