I'm on day 5 of a 7 day stay at Aarons Homestay. It's worked out 11.50 a day (including the gov. taxes) for a non a/c room which I think is great in this town for the standard of accommodation. I am staying in the new building which was completed just a month ago. Everything is fresh, new and modern and finished to a high standard comparable with Europe. I did not use the A/C and my room stayed nice a cool with just the ceiling fan. My bathroom is small but lovely and everything is so clean and fresh. Johnson and his family have high standards! There are 2 communal kitchens (one for each building). Smart, clean and tidy with a fridge, kettle and electric hot ring. The equipment is very basic - a few plates, cups and a couple of pans but it was sufficient for my needs. The wifi in my room was too slow to do anything online except email, but there's a better signal in the kitchen. The Homestay is in a very nice family-oriented neighbourhood with lots of other Homestays around. It's also very quiet at night. As a woman travelling alone I feel very safe, comfortable and happy here. Johnson and his family are friendly and helpful and run a well organised Homestay here. I heartedly recommend this place and would definitely stay here again.
We stayed here for 5 nights and had a thoroughly good time. It's a great location and the the rooms are brand new! Very clean and very great value for money. Johnson was very helpful and we would definitely stay again.
I stayed several nights at Aaron's Homestay and would recommend it to anyone staying in Ft. Cochin. It's central location makes it easy to walk around the city and explore.
The staff was extremely helpful and answered all our questions.
Just finished an excellent five days at Aaron's home stay. Had originally booked for three days but enjoyed Kochi and the location of the home stay we decided to stay an extra two days. The location is just a few minutes walk from the Chinese fishings nets and other major attractions but down a quiet alley so able to get peace and quiet. Throughout our stay the owner Johnathan was always extremely helpful wether that was recommending places to visit or restaurants to eat at or booking our backwater trip and arranging Taxi's to the train station on our departure.
This was both my wife's and my first visit to India and stopping in a home stay and we both really enjoyed our time there and would definitely return.
This place is a gem. Tucked away down a leafy alley, it is surrounded by palms and banana trees. I loved going up onto the roof terrace at dusk to watch the sunset as the Krishna eagles, crows, and 2 types of bats circled around. The host, Johnson, is very charming and helpful. It's not hard to find as he has signposts on the road, and to guide you down the alley. It feels very safe there. My room was v spacious and clean with good wi fi and air con, and a large, modern, wet-room style bathroom. There is a nice communal kitchen, with an electric kettle ( Bring tea bags and coffee!) and a little balcony. Most rooms also have a little balcony of some kind. This place is excellent value for money - people in my party paid more for places not as good as this in Fort Cochin. Tips- Johnson booked taxis for me, and arranged a really high quality 'backwaters boat trip' day for me and my friend. It was lovey to see nature close at hand, and there was a delicious traditional lunch as part of it - this trip was much better value than ones you will book from any UK agent. ( it only cost 850r for a whole day + lunch!)
It's not far to walk to main attractions- there are some great restaurants just up the road, and the main venues of the Biennial are walkable, if you don't want to get a rickshaw/tuktuk, ( here they are motorised 3 wheelers, and v cheap and efficient if a little over keen sometimes. Good idea to negotiate price before you get in. Re the rather odd, negative review below, the host here, Johnson, can't be held responsible for those drivers!). Tip- if you are a coffee addict who needs it in the morning- DO BRING YOUR OWN, as though there are cafe's that do real coffee they are not so abundant as you might expect, and very few supermarkets. This is a great BnB, (or 'homestay' as they call them here), Johnson has recently built a whole new wing, so there a lot more (brand new) rooms than it might appear at first. I highly recommend it!