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Neemrana's Tower House
Ranked #48 of 210 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
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“Enjoyable stay”
Reviewed December 21, 2012

I have been to some of the Neemrana properties and i hav enjoyed every experience , thus we selected Tower house in Kochi (the concept of training the local staff to take care of their heritage with pride is really nice).
1)location : this non-hotel hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of fort kochi and is walking distance from any of the tourist attractions.it is situated right opposite the Chinese fishing nets, where you could take a walk in the evening to watch the sunset and watch the fishermen use the nets . the only drawback of the location is that there are few shops outside the hotel , near the chinese fishing nets that play very loud music, which is very disturbing.
2) food : we had breakfast here on our arrival...unlike other Neemrana properties that i have been to, The Tower house does not serve a buffet breakfast, we were told they would serve only continental breakfast the day we arrived. the breakfast was simple and nice however i had expected more .
3) rooms: the rooms are nice , spacious and clean . the beds are extremely comfortable and we slept well.we stayed in Mossels and Pacheco.
4) staff :very nice, helpful staff...always serve with a smile,very pleasant. i found the staff one of the best things about this place. we had requested for a cake as it was my parents wedding anniversary that day and they made a wonderful cake for us!!!i do not remember all the names , but Mr. Ramesh deserves a special mention, as he was extremely helpful and attentive throughout the stay.

in the evening the hotel had arranged for a sitar and tabla show.....which was lovely...very soothing.the only problem with an outdoor show is that there are mosquitoes that make it difficult to stay outdoors for long. But i guess it is a common problem at most of the places in fort Kochi.
The pool and the lobbies are always clean and well maintained.

Overall nice place and look forward to visit again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Neemrana's Tower House, responded to this review, December 29, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your kind review about The Tower House heritage hotel in Kochi and your patronage to the Neemrana philosophy.

It is heartening to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay in the Mossel and Pacheco rooms.

Your generous compliments about the warm hospitality and the maintenance have been conveyed to the hotel Manager and his team.

We thank you for choosing to celebrate your parent’s anniversary at The Tower House and look forward to welcoming you at our 27 properties across India !

Warm Regards,
Team Neemrana
friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 17, 2012 via mobile

We stopped over here for one night recently on our way to the final destination of our honeymoon.
The hotel was well located opposite the Chinese Fishing Nets. The staff who checked us in were very pleasant and we found our way upstairs through beautifully furnished period sitting rooms to our bedroom, the Moens Room.
Inside there was a large comfortable bed with basic furniture and windows stretching around two walls. The bathroom was large and perfectly functional. Wifi was available in our room which was useful.
That evening we walked five minutes down the road to another hotel, the Malabar, and ate there. The food and atmosphere were great in their beautiful courtyard- a live local group played lovely unobtrusive music too. A definite recommend.
Back at the Tower House we went up to our room and tried to go to sleep but found it very difficult. The noise from the street was really loud- the windows weren't blocking out any of the sound at all. The curtains were also not big enough to block out the street lights.
In the morning we packed our things and prepared to leave. Outside our window a woman was sweeping piles of leaves in the street and setting fire to them. Our room slowly filled with smoke and we decided to leave the room and head on to our next destination earlier than planned.

I have mixed feelings about this hotel. It's a beautifully designed and maintained building with lovely staff. But we didn't sleep very well and the smoke was a bit worrying. I would still recommend you go but perhaps avoid rooms at the front of the hotel near the busy street.

  • Stayed December 2012
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NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Neemrana's Tower House, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your valuable review about The Tower House heritage hotel in Kochi.

Your compliments about the decor and ambience of the property have been conveyed to the Co-Chairmen and the restoration team.

We have also conveyed your compliments about the warm hospitality to the team at The Tower House.

Your observations have been conveyed to the hotel team and the local authorities and we do hope that these will translate into action at the earliest. Please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused.

We thank you for your visit and look forward to welcoming you at our 27 properties across India !

Warm Regards,
Team Neemrana
friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 16, 2012 via mobile

We stayed for 2 separate nights. Fabulous building, rooms and location. They looked after our bags well. They are missing a trick by not offering service by the pool and pushing their own services, we wondered whether this lackadaisical service was the reason they called themselves a "non-hotel hotel". They should pop to the Harbour hotel next door and get some tips. This did add to the charm though.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Thank AnneandJonny
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NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Neemrana's Tower House, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your feedback about The Tower House heritage hotel in Kochi.

Your compliments about the building and the restoration have been conveyed to the Co-Chairmen and the Neemrana team.

We are surprised to read your feedback about the service as guests are regularly served by the pool. Nevertheless your observations have been conveyed to the hotel Manager and he shall do the needful to ensure that the same does not recur in the future. Please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused.

We thank you for your visit and look forward to welcoming you at our 27 properties across India !

Warm Regards,
Team Neemrana
friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

The Tower House is a lovely old heritage hotel with clean comfortable air conditioned rooms. It has a large swimming pool and very helpful staff. Our room was called Kumas I think, and was a good size with an excellent en suite shower with plenty of hot water. We had a look at some of the other rooms and they were enormous, all furnished with old furniture and lots of colonial type pictures such as King George V and Queen Mary. It is ideally placed to explore the Old Fort area of Kochi and although there was a restaurant in the hotel, we only had breakfast which was adequate. As far as I could see there was no bar, if you want a beer you will have to go to one of the other nearby hotels or bars. I like the hotel very much and I think it is good value for money.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Clare B
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NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Neemrana's Tower House, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your valuable review about The Tower House heritage hotel in Kochi.

We are pleased to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay in the Cunes room, as well as the swimming pool and the other facilities.

Your compliments about the warm service have been conveyed to the team at The Tower House.

We thank you for your patronage and look forward to welcoming you back soon !

Warm Regards,
Team Neemrana
friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

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.

Room Tip: The Neemrana website describes We enjoyed the Menezes for its unbeatable price, as well as comfort.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Neemrana's Tower House, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Dear Guest,

We are delighted to receive your valuable review about The Tower House heritage hotel in Kochi.

It is heartening to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay in the Menezes room and were able to relax and rejuvenate around the swimming pool.

Your compliments about the warm and unobtrusive hospitality have been conveyed to the hotel team.

We are disappointed to read your feedback about the breakfast. Please feel free to send us your valuable suggestions at the email address mentioned below.

We thank you for your visit and look forward to welcoming you back soon !

Warm Regards,
Team Neemrana
friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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New Delhi, Delhi, India
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

The Tower House @ Kochi is the place to be if you want to get a slice of how maritime trade shaped the culture of a place. The Dutch, the Portuguese, the British all added their own hallmark styles. The Tower House sitting at Plot #1, in Fort Kochi offers the best views of the famous Chinese fishing nets. The indenture between John Evelyn Brunton and Peirce Leslie and company reminds us of the immense strategic location it once held. The shiny teak furniture, the lithographs form colonial times, dog-legged elegant staircases, the hand woven fort map on fabric, the door jambs, all create an aura of those days when ships laden with commercial goods docked in the waters of bay of Bengal. Not to miss the "avial" curry and the Tiger prawns; Smiling Dinakaran and Effective Mustaq, omnipresent to help.

Room Tip: Upper Floors are quieter
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Neemrana's Tower House, responded to this review, October 31, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your kind review about The Tower House heritage hotel in Kochi.

It is heartening to learn that you were well looked after by the team and thoroughly enjoyed your stay at the historic property. This is exactly what we strive to achieve and it is always rewarding when someone at the receiving end can sense the effort and the love.

We hope that as you discover more of real India with Neemrana, you’ll find more to tell us about. Thank you for your continued patronage to The Tower House and the Neemrana brand.

Warm Regards,
Team Neemrana
friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

I have stayed in The Tower House, Brunton Boatyard, Old Harbour Hotel and a backpackers hostel in Fort Kochi. So I can make a pretty good comparison of these popular hotels in Fort Kochi.

The Tower House is located right next to Old Harbour Hotel, but at a fraction of the price. They have more of less the same amenities - historic building, swimming pool, proximity to Chinese Fishing Net. When I stayed at Tower House, it was such a low season that only myself and another couple were staying in the hotel. So if you are not used to a quiet hotel in a historic setting you might want to consider other places.

The big plus point for Tower House is value for money. I paid approx. USD$50 per night during low season in July. This is a fraction of what other similar hotels are asking for. The service in Tower House can be a bit of a hit and miss, and you do have to be careful of mosquitoes here (I wonder why the rest of the hotels don't seem to have the same problem). But for the price that they are asking for, I would say this hotel exceeded my expectation.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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1 Thank Vivien C
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NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Neemrana's Tower House, responded to this review, September 19, 2012
Dear Guest,

We are pleased to receive your warm and appreciative review about The Tower House heritage hotel in Kochi.

Your observations have been noted and the hotel team shall be taking the necessary corrective action.

The 27 Neemrana 'non- hotel' Hotels across India are instrumental in and custodians of much of India's restored and revitalised architectural heritage. Seven hundred years of history, await humbly for you to extract all the joys of travelling and living out the essence of India in all its nobility and simplicity.

We thank you for your visit to The Tower House and look forward to welcoming you back soon !

Warm Regards,
Team Neemrana
friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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Property: Neemrana's Tower House
Address: 1/320 Neemrana's Tower House Tower Road | Fort Kochi, Kochi (Cochin) 682001, India (Formerly Neemrana's Tower House)
Location: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #48 of 210 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Neemrana's Tower House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Tower House sits facing the Chinese fishing nets, marking the spot of a 17th century light house which has given it the name. Cannon balls once fired out from its thick bastion-walls. This 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 residential 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. The windows have views of the trees or the sea depending on where they are located. 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, as 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 its 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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