I have stayed in The Tower House, Brunton Boatyard, Old Harbour Hotel and a backpackers hostel in Fort Kochi. So I can make a pretty good comparison of these popular hotels in Fort Kochi.
The Tower House is located right next to Old Harbour Hotel, but at a fraction of the price. They have more of less the same amenities - historic building, swimming pool, proximity to Chinese Fishing Net. When I stayed at Tower House, it was such a low season that only myself and another couple were staying in the hotel. So if you are not used to a quiet hotel in a historic setting you might want to consider other places.
The big plus point for Tower House is value for money. I paid approx. USD$50 per night during low season in July. This is a fraction of what other similar hotels are asking for. The service in Tower House can be a bit of a hit and miss, and you do have to be careful of mosquitoes here (I wonder why the rest of the hotels don't seem to have the same problem). But for the price that they are asking for, I would say this hotel exceeded my expectation.
- Also Known As:
- The Tower House Kochi (Cochin), India - Kerala
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Tower House sits facing the Chinese fishing nets, marking the spot of a 17th century light house and hence the name. Cannon balls once fired out from its thick bastion-walls. The scallop-walled twin-house looks rather like a ship. And indeed, boats were brought in on high tide and parked downstairs in its stable and dry dock! Since 1982, it is owned by Peirce Leslie. The character of The Tower House lies in its unpretentious yet proud bearing, almost grandfather like, it sits looking out over the sea, a spirit of adventure surrounds it even today, taking one back to stories of high seas told and retold over centuries. Stately colonial pillars hold up its vast high-ceilinged halls. The generous arched doors welcoming one to step in to another world where time stretches, pauses to watch the sun set and then moves ever so lightly towards dawn. Yes it’s the magic of spaces that have seen more history than we will ever see, spaces that we know will still be there to delight those who come long after us.The furniture is an eclectic mix with no attempt to recreate rooms of any one era or type because the structure was added on to. It’s the light pouring in through the windows, skylights and the vastness of the indoor spaces that make for an unforgettable experience. Most of the rooms have large four poster beds, and bathrooms that happily accommodate, large tubs and windows that have views of the trees or the sea depending on where they are located. It’s been restored to be compatible with present day needs while maintaining its structural integrity. It reflects different periods rather than artificially being faithful to any single one. It takes you back in time, moods and memories woven together create a fabric that is strong but sits ever so lightly.The above uncompromising principles of practical use of material and form dictated The Tower House renovation too and it is adherence to these very values of being honest to the time we live in while respecting the past that has set new standards in heritage tourism.Discover the old world charm where, sailors, travellers, traders, planters feasted and danced under chandeliers, suspended from high wooden ceilings. ... more less