The Old Courtyard is a very nice, friendly hotel that's got real charm and character. Due to our flight we arrived four hours before check-in time and they let us into our room as soon as it had been cleaned, three hours before we should really have arrived - the staff are really nice and amenable.
We were in Room 3, on the top floor, up two flights of steps which get increasingly steep and rickety as you ascend - not ideal if you have mobility problems but we loved being at the top of the building, with high sloped ceilings and a real sense of space in our room. The A/C and fan both kept us lovely and cool. The curtains are white so it is very bright in the mornings but we didn't mind that too much as it helped ease us out of our jetlag!
The shared-access balcony, which looks down onto the courtyard, provided a nice spot for sundowners (the hotel is unlicensed but they can sort you out with beer if you put in a quiet request!).
The bathroom was spacious and everything was pretty clean except the bathtub, which was stained, although I think with age rather than actual dirt.
We were quite disappointed with the restaurant as it was our first proper meal in Kerala and my fish mollee was the blandest curry I've ever had in my life (granted it was supposed to be mild but I don't think that should be shorthand for utterly flavourless!). My partner's prawn malabari, however, was absolutely delicious. I almost wondered if the chef had just forgotten to season/spice my dish! The setting was nice though and the live music was a fun touch.
The breakfasts were all very pleasant, with western and Indian options available.
Other dining tips: Brunton Boatyard does really delicious food but as it's a five-star hotel prices are higher than most places. Try the First Class Railway Mutton Curry accompanied by an Indian Sauvignon Blanc (surprisingly pleasant!). Oy's is good for a casual lunch - it's quite hippy-ish and chilled out.
All in all, I would definitely recommend the Old Courtyard - it's clean, comfortable, has real character and provides a blissful respite from the madness of the town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Old Courtyard Hotel is an authentic old Portuguese styled mansion centrally located in Fort Cochin. It has been renovated into a heritage hotel with 8 rooms suiting the architecture of the building. The rooms are furnished in colonial antique furniture on original wooden floors. All rooms are air conditioned, rooms have attached bathrooms, and we provide free internet facility, laundry, travel desk and other amenities. Old Courtyard Hotel has a Cafe and a Restaurant that spills over the courtyard with live music in the evenings during the season. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Courtyard Kochi
- Kochi Courtyard
- Old Courtyard Hotel Kochi (Cochin), India - Kerala