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Bolgatty Palace & Island Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   Mulavukadu, Kochi (Cochin) 682504, India   |  
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Ranked #55 of 163 hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Excellent concept”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

This is a resort in it's old class. Resort is an old palace. We stayed at the lakeside cottage which was an experience in itself.

Swimming pool is well maintained. Restaurant is excellent which caters to multicuisine buffet. They also arrange shows in the evening for the guests.

Overall it was a great experience. Best that we have ever got.

Room Tip: We preferred lakeside cottages which gives you the feeling of staying in the middle of the lake.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Siliguri, India
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103 reviews 103 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Kochi, the prominent travel destination of Kerala, India, has always been an exotic location in a traveler's not-to-be-missed list. The sea, backwaters, monuments, heritage; Kochi has all that would keep a traveler engrossed. Kochi, which is also the commercial hub of Kerala . Just off the Kochi Marine Drive is the Bolgatty Island. It is an island of calm right in the midst of the bustling City of Kochi. Located in this fascinating island is the stunning property of KTDC - Bolgatty Palace and Island Resort. Originally built by Dutch traders in 1744 and it is the oldest of its kind that exists outside Holland.
Rooms are very good , neat & clean . Foods are also very delicious . Staffs are very very good . We could stay here for only one night although we have a booking for two nights due to train was running late but tourists must plan their stay at this property for at least 2 Nights .

Room Tip: Lake front rooms are very good
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

The property is breathtaking and the first impression is really good. The rooms also are clean and neat. The lake front room is almost on the lake and it feels as if you are on a boat and not on land. The tour boats are a nuisance though; as they come one after another and suddenly you will have a boatful of people almost peeping in your room. The nights are lovely and so are early mornings. Could do with better maintenance.

The staff is friendly and efficient. One of them actually showed us around Bolgatty palace knowing fully well that we would not be renting it. The rooms in the palace are opulent and the bathroom is bigger than the rooms in most hotels.

The food is pathetic and we had to send one of the dishes away as the tomtoes in it were stale. The buffet also was not very good , despite the fact that many were expected.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

We were there in April 2013 and thoroughly enjoyed our stay for 2 nights. Run by KTDC and having its own golf course, the history goes back to 1744 of the Dutch Palace. We enjoyed nice view of the Kochi Marina front from our balconies of our Marina villas. Food was good, not excellent though. It has an Ayurveda centre as well. The sunset view is also excellent from this location. The swimming pool is just near the restaurant.

Room Tip: Go for the marina view villas or any room on the marina front.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pune
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

The resort has a wonderful location - it is on an island (duh!) facing the Ernakulam marine drive. It offers a very nice panoramic view stretching across the marine drive all the way to the Cochin shipyard. In the evenings and after dark, the scenery is breath-taking. The swimming pool is really small, and is useful only for taking a dip and keeping the scorching heat away. No serious exercise is possible! The dinner was not exactly kids-friendly, every item on the buffet was too hot and spicy for the kids. The breakfast was better, but then you can't go much wrong with eggs and toast... On the service front, this was the first hotel which offered us an extra bed, without we asking for it!!

Room Tip: Rooms on either side offer a view of the Vembanad lake, so not much to choose from!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Located at a great place and big area. But the hotel seems to be over-hyped. Main attraction found was a swimming pool that is not that great as in Hotel Samudra. Food was good on the expensive side. Rooms were great .

Room Tip: take rooms at 1st floor
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Gurgaon, India
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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Had seen the KTDC website pictures for the various resorts so many times...it was almost unbelievable some place could really be as pretty as the pics posted online! But this one really is...the resort is amazing, the staff very friendly and helpful and the facilities awesome! The one -ive would be is 40 kms from the airport, so kindda a let down in terms of traveling but then again the airport is far away from the city, so it really doesn't matter cuz the rest of the attractions in Kochi are close to this resort!

Room Tip: The base building has resortish rooms but the ones newly built called the Marina Rooms overlook the...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Bolgatty Palace & Island Resort

Address: Mulavukadu, Kochi (Cochin) 682504, India
Location: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#20 Spa Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Bolgatty Palace & Island Resort 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bolgatty Island Resort, just off the Marine Drive,is literally an Island of Calm right in the midst of the bustling City of Kochi. Here heritage meets natural beauty as the resort overlooks the backwaters, the port and estuary all at once. Surrounded by 14 acres of green groves and golf course, Bolgatty Island is neatly tucked away amidst a giant umbrella of refreshing green.conference facilities:Our Banquet Facilities include: A/c Lake Front Hall with Panthal : Capacity: 250 pax theatre style (inside the Hall). Palace Hall: Capacity: 75 pax View Point: Capacity: 30 Pax Board Room: Capacity: 30 pax East Lawn: 1500 pax Palace Lawn: 1500 Pax Front lawn: 200 Pax Marina Lawn: 100 paxOther Facilities in the property includes including Golf Course, Swimming Pool, Health Club, Ayurvedic Spa, Boat cruise, recreation center, Internet, Coffee Shop, airport pick and drop, live Kathakali performance, Beer Parlor, Multi cuisine restaurant ... more   less 
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