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“Boutique Hotel at a great location” 5 of 5 stars
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Old Harbour Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1/328 Tower Road Fort Cochin India | Fort Cochin, Kochi (Cochin) 682001, India   |  
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Ranked #1 of 171 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Boutique Hotel at a great location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

Fort Cochin has a number of colonial bungalows which are being converted into boutique hotels. The Old Harbour Hotel is one of these. Built around a central courtyard which now contains a superb swimming pool the hotel is relaxed and efficient and serves good food. Walking out you are right by the Chinese fishing nets and very close to everything in Fort Cochin.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

Can only concur with all the other postive reviews - this hotel is perfect for visiting Fort Cochin. Relaxed and friendly service, great food (especially the South Indian coffee), it is located so close to all the sights one can just walk outside and enjoy them.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights in February as an historical interlude between the backwaters and the beach. We arranged the stay direct with the hotel and the booking was handled quickly and efficiently. The booked a garden view room and were allocated the Tower bedroom which was spacious and probably the best in the hotel as it overlooks the garden from the 1st floor and has a small balcony. The room was very clean, the staff were extremely helpful; the food was good and the pool was a welcome relaxation from the business of touring the town in the heat. This is a carefully restored small boutique hotel that in my view represents good value in the centre of the fort just yards from the chinese fishing nets. Thoroughly recommended!

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2012

The high ceilings, the whitewashed walls, the teak beams and stairways, the graceful arches and the spacious verandah garden, all have the magical effect of transporting you into colonial times long gone by. The warmth of the people running the property (a 300 year oldbuilding) is genuine and there is a distinctive "Kerala" feel about the place - the women in their cream and gold sarees, the men with their broad smiles and Mallu accents, the faint fragrance of jasmine in the air. The rooms are generously proportioned, with distinctive names (Napier, Burgher, etc) and not numbers , the bathrooms are seeingly designed for royalty and the restaurant that spills into the garden serves local delicacies and European fare. If you are a vegetarian and crave South Indian fare (as we did), you will be disappointed, but there are several options in the neighbourhood. The location is perfect...10 minutes (on foot) to St. Francis Cathedral and 5 min to the Chinese fishing nets. I know I'll be back again here.

  • Stayed February 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridgeshire, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

Right in the heart of old Cochin...walk out the front door and you have the Chinese nets and fish stalls. Yet inside this old colonial house are fantastic, historic rooms, air con and mod cons, but individually decorated and with great art and furniture. A unique boutique hotel. Downstairs is a fab restaurant, gardens, and pool, all right in the heart of the old town. The hotel is small'ish but really delivers. One of the best hotels I have stayed in anywhere, and certainly in India. Great service and staff.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Four Marks, Hants, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

We have just returned to the UK after our second stay at "Old Harbour" and our previous impressions of the hotel were more than confirmed. We stayed for 5 nights and this really is a home-from-home. The hotel has a relaxed, very friendly atmosphere but imposes the highest standards for all of it's services. The staff are all proactive and provide a service which would be appreciated in a 5 star establishment. Thanks and congratulations are in order to Jude and Vineeta who are always to be found in the reception area. The restaurant provides the best food in Fort Kochi - we have tried nearly all of the up-market restaurants in the area - and offers a good range of the best of Indian wines. "Old Harbour" is ideally situated for exploring Fort Kochi and it is a real gem, providing a peaceful haven in the centre of the old town. It offers a charming garden and attractive pool. Outdoor evening dining is a delight with the hotel providing local India musicians.
Needless to stay, we will be back!

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012 via mobile

Someone from another hotel we stayed in booked this for us and what a great surprise. We got the suite at the front on the pool side, huge room with great sunroom overlooking the park, good for watching the goings on below! Food quite western but good quality and value. Nice pool, lovely sitting under the giant mango tree.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1/328 Tower Road Fort Cochin India | Fort Cochin, Kochi (Cochin) 682001, India
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Location: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#1 Family Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#8 Business Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Old Harbour Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the heart of ancient Fort Cochin, Kerala, a place that exudes history and culture, is the 'Old Harbour Hotel'. A 300 year- old building that has for long been a heritage monument of this town, now reopened as a boutique hotel. Built in the Dutch style of architecture with hints of Portuguese influences, it was the first hotel of old Cochin. Later it remained a residential home to employees of English Tea broking firms until it was left unused for a period of time. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Old Harbour Kochi
Hotel Old Harbour
Old Harbour Hotel Kochi (Cochin), India - Kerala

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