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Bolgatty Palace & Island Resort
Ranked #87 of 211 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
Reviewed April 28, 2014

This is the most relaxing place you can find near the city. The view from the island towards the sea is splendid. Ideal place to go for a weekend and stay there along with family or friends to have a great time.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 28, 2014

We reached here at around 4:30 pm after a long journey from Munnar. So we really cherished the cool refreshing smoothies that we were given when we reached the reception. It is said that the place used to be a King's residence which has now been converted to a resort. The resort is spread over a large area.

I'll give a quick breakdown of the pros & cons of the place.

Pros:
1. The staff at the reception were quite helpful. They arranged a launch-ride at a short notice for us to see around the Kochi port when we reached there.
2. The area around the reception and pool is grandiloquence personified. It blew my mind away. The wooden pathway along the Marina is also very good, it provides a picturesque view of the Cochin marine drive.
3. Rooms were quite spacious. There was also a large balcony from where you can enjoy the view outside.

Cons:
1. Wifi is NOT free. What really baffled me is that how come different hotels under KTDC have different rules. In Hotel Tea County (another KTDC property) they had free wifi, but here it was chargeable.
2. I wish the area around the jetty was clean. It was quite muddy and slushy.
3. You won't find any restaurants nearby, they are far away from this place. So that is another drawback.

Even though we stayed here for 15-16 hours, I liked the place a lot. It provides a nice getaway from the hustle & bustle of city life.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

Okay!! first things first - if you are booking KTDC proeprties in Kerala, make sure to remove Dinner from the package..as through out they will serve you same which gets a tad bit boring.

Now the Hotel, it is at an amazing location far from the city (actually it is situated on an island). We stayed there for one night but completely enjoyed the short trip there.

Pros - Not far from airport (about 45 mins max.), beautiful quiet place, staff is tremendous in their approach, nice breeze makes you want to walk around its periphery, food preparation is excellent.

Cons - no. of items in buffet dinner was very limited, they can do much better then that. rooms are fairly smaller then regular size (in at least where i stayed)

Room Tip: any room is good..you would want to leave the bags inside and take a walk around, anyways..
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

The fact is we love Bolgatty Palace. This is our sixth visit and we have stayed in most of the sections apart from the very posh suite!

This time we stayed on the first floor of the main building - room 201 - which was lovely and had a peaceful balcony overlooking the back of the property.

As usual the service was excellent and a special mention needs to go to Bernard who took us over to the main jetty on the hotel boat and showed us where to find the spices we were looking for. Also Jayesh who made us very welcome on arrival and the friendly ladies who dealt with us so efficiently on reception.

We have stayed at Bolgatty by ourselves and with several family members at different times. All who stay here love it.

This time - the food (which we had both as room service and in the restaurant) was excellent. The food has always been the only weak part of Bolgatty but this was definitely not the case this year.

Thank you all for another wonderful stay. We look forward to seeing you again in 2015.

Room Tip: Go for Room 201
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

The property here is really big and of the attraction to see in cochin. The suite here is really big and used to be maharaja's residence. It also has a golf course. One must select this hotel if you get a good deal. Breakfast here is average and you might find the same menu repeated, which happened with us.Staff is helpful and you may get an early check-in. The marine rooms are newly built and they are just outside the main palace area. It's calm & quite out here, away from the hustle bustle of city. No local transport is available, other than bolgatty jetty which is shabbily built and closes by 7pm. However you may find Autos from city area to hotel.Deluxe room is where we stayed and it was good.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 7, 2014

Bolgatty Palace by names heard to be a palace, but it is a Hotel managed by KTDC. It is over an island popularly known as Bolghatty Island in Kochi. The entrance of it is not that good if you are coming over your own vehicle, but the resort built up in Dutch Style is too good. The food they serve, the garden they maintain is like amazing. Swimming pool is bit small, it could have been much more.

Bit expensive but worth it.

Room Tip: Go to other side of Island but taking there boat from Boat Jetty.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Ceobharat
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

We stayed in room 305 one of the two honeymoon cottages overlooking the lake.
A circular building raised on supports with an exterior staircase. We had our own balcony and a rain tree beside us. The room was clean and had everything we needed.
There is a separate bar -- no one seems to use and a restaurant with buffet.
The things that need to be improved are cleanliness of the restaurant interior. Clean table clothes and chairs should be a priority as well as brightening the place up. Also the rubbish thrown around the gardens is only cleared in a limited way and sometimes thrown into the lake . Such a shame in such a lovely spot.

Room Tip: We loved room 305 on the lake but have stayed in other rooms here and all have been good.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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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 Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range: $46 - $135 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bolgatty Palace & Island Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bolgatty Palace & 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: Event Center- Capacity 900-1000 Pax theater style (ideal for marriages and conventions), Lake Side conference Hall : Capacity: 200 pax theater style . Palace Hall: Capacity: 75 pax, View Point: Capacity: 30 Pax Board Room: Capacity: 30 pax East Lawn: 1500 pax Palace Lawn: 1000 Pax Front lawn: 200 Pax Marina Lawn: 100 pax. Other Facilities in the property includes 9 Hole Golf Course, Swimming Pool, Health Club, Ayurvedic Spa, Boat cruise, recreation center, Internet, Coffee Shop, Beer Parlor, Multi cuisine restaurant ... more   less 
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