The staff at the polished Tower House are lovely and unobtrusive (like most Neemrana properties). This sister property of the much more expensive Le Colonial (worth a visit and tour while you're there), has different rooms for different tastes. Our Menezes room was cool and welcoming after the Fort Kochi heat, which starts as early as 11am in March. It opened onto the front of the house as well as the pool, which was great considering the much needed dips preceding our afternoon siesta. The pool is positioned under a lovely tree, is well-sized and charming, and never overcrowded. Enjoy a beer or two while you're there. The bathroom walls don;t extend all the way to the ceiling, so this room is only suitable for couples. We had a good many laughs because of the bathroom, which added to the charm of our room. This is a large room with an ante room for kids (is you're okay with the bathroom, that is) The breakfast is very missable. Walk over to the Tea Cafe or Kashi Art Cafe instead - both excellent choices for any meal or a good cup of tea or coffee. The Banofee Cream pie at Kashi is out of this world. I still dream about it. Fort Kochi is magical and the Tower House adds to the magic in its laid back way. Very well priced to boot.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Neemrana's Tower House Kochi (Cochin), India - Kerala