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“Secluded Silent Boutique Hotel,Deserted in Monsoons”

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The Park on Vembanad Lake
Ranked #38 of 67 Hotels in Alappuzha
Kolkata, India
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“Secluded Silent Boutique Hotel,Deserted in Monsoons”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2011

This small,boutique property is located right on the banks of the Vembanad Lake and affords a very nice view of the huge Lake.The hotel is located in a remote place and there is golden silence all around.A small "kuchha" road leads to the hotel,off from the main road.You need to ask around for directions since the directional sign boards are missing.The reception area is a small room,which leads to the main hotel area through a small landscaped garden.The stylish swimming pool,though small,has been nicely designed and looks beautiful at nighttime.
We had visited the hotel during the monsoon month of July and it was deserted.They just had one room occupied in addition to us.The checkin was swift and we were upgraded complimentary to the suite room-"The Vembanad Suite".The staircase lead to the first floor Suite which was spread over a sizeable area,having a kitchen section and a lovely balcony overlooking the Lake.The attached washroom did not have a door.It contained a kingsized comfortable bed,sofa,writing table and a desk.The Suite has been tastefully decorated and has a row of small windows,all overlooking the Lake.The Light fittings were modern and furniture chic.
We ordered some food in the room and it was hot and timely served.The single restaurant serves good tasty a la carte food.The choice is restricted to few dishes and we were told that due to monsoons,all the items were not available.It makes good sense to carry mineral water with you,if you do not intend to pay 5 star prices for bottled water.Since the property is secluded and away from the main town,the food options are restricted to whatever they serve inhouse.
The luxury houseboat,Apsara,is non operational in Monsoons and is kept marooned to the pier in front of the pool.
This was our first experience of staying in a near empty hotel and it was kind of eerie.
We were glad that we had just planned on an overnight stay and checked out the next day after having our breakfast.Their Credit Card EDC Machine was malfunctioning and after wasting 30 minutes,we gave them a manual chargeslip and got charged twice-which was rectified later on after the mistake was pointed out to them.
The staff were cooperative and made our stay comfortable.Overall,it was a short,sweet and spooky stay.

Room Tip: Go for first floor rooms which afford a beautiful view of the Lake.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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TPVL, General Manager at The Park on Vembanad Lake, responded to this review, 24 October 2011
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your recent stay at The Park on Vembanad Lake & M V Apasra. We thank you your valuable feedback. We are glad to learn that you had a comfortable stay with us.
Your positive comments regarding the resort and staff services are warmly received.

We have taken note of your concerns and look forward to welcoming you and your family back at The Park Hotels for yet another memorable stay.

Regards,

Kiron A Aiyankulam
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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2011

We booked this hotel through their sales team, and got our confirmations and details about pick up from the airport(paid) well in advance.
The stay was comfortable, and as it was beginning of the monsoon, and almost off-season, the hotel was only half full.
The only restaurant offered made to order meals, and before leaving for sight seeing you could tell the chef or the resort staff, your food preference and they would come up with some delectable food. For a 4 star hotel, the opaque pricing of such menu is reasonable . The Scampi, and chicken in local flavors ( coconut milk etc) and non spicy was very nice.
Some of the extra service were overpriced, like the cruise, so it is well advised that you try to go to the jetty and negotiate your prices. Transportation is expensive but it was expected.

Pool overlooking the lake is fun, and the Jacuzzi in the pool is also nice, even the gym was well equipped. Spa was not functional as was under renovation.

To top it all, the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable and they made our stay comfortable.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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TPVL, General Manager at The Park on Vembanad Lake, responded to this review, 5 September 2011
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your recent stay at The Park on Vembanad Lake & M V Apsara. We thank you for your valuable feedback. We are glad to learn that you had a memorable stay with us.
Your positive comments regarding the food, Jacuzzi, gym and staff services are warmly received.
We have taken note of your concerns and look forward to welcoming you and your family back at The Park on Vembanad Lake & M V Apsara for yet another memorable stay.

Regards,
Kiron A .Aiyankulam
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Trivandrum, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2011

We visited The Park on Vembanad as a small family group. It's different from the usual resort in that it's very small (just 8 rooms) and a large boat tethered to the dock. The rooms are nice and a change from the usual attempt at ethnic styles in Kerala resorts. The pool and dining area are small and compact in keeping in with the rest of the resort. However the service and food are what really made our stay enjoyable. We found the quality of food to be far better than that found in more popular resorts in Kumarakom. The staff were attentive and friendly. I personally found the long outdoor dining table and decor modelled along the lines of the traditional vallam (boat) to be rather interesting. It's a nice place to just read, eat and laze around, with not much else to do. Points for improvement would be: they need to get the spa facilities back in order. We had a great massage but it was in a makeshift arrangement on the boat and that place can get rather warm during the day. Our boating trip out on to the lake in a little Shikara style boat was really nice.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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TheParkVembanad, Manager at The Park on Vembanad Lake, responded to this review, 24 May 2011
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your recent stay with us at The Park on Vemabanad Lake. We appreciate your feedback as it helps us in our endeavor to provide the best in service to our guests. It gives us immense pleasure to know that you enjoyed your time at the hotel. Your positive comments regarding the hotel’s décor, amicable staff and food services are warmly received.
We would like to mention that we in fact have a total of ten luxury rooms and one deluxe lake view room. Each of these rooms is attached to a sit-out area which offers a stunning view of the lake and its surrounding beauty.
Your comments about our spa facilities have been noted and we would like to inform you that The Aura, our highly acclaimed Spa, is currently being revamped and will be functional shortly.
we would love to see you back again with us at The Park Hotels across India and thank you for your patronage.

Regards,
Pravish Kutticat
Operations Manager"
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2011

we have never been so spoilt ! As we were the only people there it wasnt hard.Lovely place to be fantastic view of the lake especially fron the jacuzi in the pool.The food was the best we had all holiday but its a good job we were only there two nights as it was way expensive especially for India. We ended up saying to the chef that he had to tell us a price before we ate.There was no menu so you had no idea what you were being charged, it was amazing food and it was all sorted very amicably.
We were there for our wedding aniversary and they really went out of their way to make it special. There was an amazing cake and the room covered in petals and flowers with candles, really lovely.
We have very good memories of a fantastic few days.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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TheParkVembanad, Manager at The Park on Vembanad Lake, responded to this review, 21 May 2011
Dear Guest,

Thank you for staying with us recently at The Park on Vembanad Lake and for your feedback. It gives us immense pleasure to know that we were able to make your wedding anniversary that extra bit special. We at The Park like to ensure that our guests are made to feel well looked after and receive service that caters to their individual needs. We have taken note of your concerns and will certainly raise them during our regularly held reviewal meetings.
We look forward to welcoming you back at The Park Hotels across India and would love to serve you again.

Regards,
Pravish Kutticat
Operations Manager
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Kochi (Cochin), India
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2011

We were a big group of 16 families who had checked in for weekend.They gave us an attractive package for the group including two lunch ,tea, dinner and breakfast. The ladies of the group ordered sandwiches during tea time, and we were aghast to learn later that for three star facilities, they have seven star charges.To escape the sizzling heat (the backwater is humid and hot at this time 39 degrees) we took to the pool.Only to find that the pool was having slimy, salty water, pumped straight from the back waters I guess. To top it, the kids all got eye sores after the dip because the water was heavily chlorinated.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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TheParkVembanad, Manager at The Park on Vembanad Lake, responded to this review, 26 April 2011
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your recent stay at The Park on Vembanad Lake and your valued feedback. We regret that you had less than a perfect stay with us. The hotel is known for its service and quality standards across all departments of room service, F&B Service, categories of room etc. We can assure you that the pool and other services at our hotel are hygienic & clean and geared to meet all standards of high service and quality.
We look forward to welcoming you back at The Park Hotels across the country and enhancing your stay.

Regards,
Pravish Kutticat
Operations Manager
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Additional Information about The Park on Vembanad Lake

Property: The Park on Vembanad Lake
Address: Puthenangadi, Muhamma Panchayat, Alappuzha 688525, India
Region: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Alappuzha
Price range (per night): ₹ 9,918 - ₹ 10,826
Hotel Class:4 star — The Park on Vembanad Lake 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Park on Vembanad Lake in Kumarakom West, Kerala Backwaters is the sophisticated docking station for the Apsara. With a total of ten luxury rooms and a deluxe room lake view room, the resort exudes elegance and style.The Resort offer very private stay offer complete serenity.In food we offer traditional Kerala cuisine along with complete range of Indian and International gourmet to choose from.Aura Spa keeps one relaxed and helps in rejuvenation.The M.V.Apsara Built on two levels, the Apsara consists of eight rooms, a crew cabin, a galley, saloon and dining area, a sundeck and a picturesque forward seating area. The interiors of this luxury cruiser have been designed keeping in mind the luxury and comfort that the well-heeled tourists and leisure travelers require.Apsara Backwaters Cruiser offers contemporary and modern amenities offering inspiring design, innovative dining, sensuous entertainment, instant connectivity and edgy art. The onshore gym and the tented spa offer Ayurvedic and international treatments.The dining area and salon, situated on level 1, with their grand décor create an ambience of luxury. The corner sofas with cushions and tables on level 2 provide ample space for guests to sit back and enjoy the panoramic view of the backwaters. The impeccable services extended to the guests combined with the enhanced display of sophistication makes the voyage memorable.Enjoy this unmatched abode in a perfect eco-setting - a pleasant escape to the lap of nature. ... more   less 
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