We stayed here around mid January 2010 and had the best of experiences in this collection of colonial houses converted into a boutique hotel.
I had requested a quiet room and gor Cochin, all the was in the back, on the second floor. Very beautiful room. Four Poster bed, stained glass windows, really good size. We had a small balcony/transit section between us and the rest of the hallway on the second. It was overlooking the pool.
The hotel feels very quiet and relaxed, an oasis to go back to after a hot day in the city (be warned: Cochin can get VERY humid). We didn't eat at the restaurant so I can't comment on it.
The hotel arranged our transfer to the Airport, and contact was prompt and pleasant.
My two negatives about the place:
- The whole "pool experience" was somewhat lacking. The whole pool area is really not inviting. Few lounges and all stuck together. And it feels lie the whole are was not designed for that (lounging area for the size of people for the hotel) but they made it into that
- I felt it was a bit overpriced for what I have seen elsewhere. Especially given the point above.
Yes, I would consider going back but would shop around to see what's out there too
About Cochin: nice little town that does deserve its two solid days.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dempo Resorts and the historic Tea BungalowThe guiding force behind Tea Bungalow is Mr.Vivek Dempo founder of Dempo Resorts. The Dempo Family is one of the oldest families of Goa, who controlled the coconut trade from the 16th to the 19th Century. They also owned large cargo sailing ships which sailed from Goa to the African Ports of Portuguese colonies like Mozambique and Angola in the Indian Ocean.The restoration and decoration of Tea Bungalow has been a labour of love for Mr. Dempo. He has crafted an escape from the humdrum, noisy, soul-killing rush of everyday life. Tea Bungalow offers a tranquil place to step away for a while, to centre your thoughts and get the balance you need.Tea Bungalow occupies pride of place in the heart of the exclusive heritage area of Fort Cochin. Cochin (Kochi) is made up of three districts: Ernakulam, Wellington Island and Fort Cochin. The bungalow was built in 1912 and run as a workshop and office of a UK Company called United Carpets engaged in the manufacture and export of coir and spices. Brooke Bond the tea company bought the bungalow in 1956 and christened it Brooke Bond Bungalow which housed the top management of Brooke Bond & Company. Dignitaries used this bungalow for important meetings. Its history of spice and tea brought about its new avatar - Tea Bungalow. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tea Bungalow Hotel Kochi (Cochin)
- Tea Bungalow Kochi (Cochin), India - Kerala