Paul and Sarah (his wife), run a “home stay”, which had little or nothing to do with making us feel welcome and happy of our time in Kochi @ Paul’s Inn.
We arrived in the evening after a rather bumpy and meandering ride thru scores of by lanes to Paul’s Inn. I wasn’t really expecting much in terms of a sprawling open space with tons of nature surrounding me as this place is 15-20 mins away from MG road and so pretty much a city house. Though I was surely expecting the hosts to make us feel at ease, completely relaxed, share with us local knowledge and help us plan our itinerary at Kochi and guide us on the Do’s and Don’t’s what’s to be totally avoided. Little did we know back then, that Paul’s Inn was to be totally avoided.
There is a review here, that Paul has immense knowledge to keep you engaged and interested on a wide range of topics -
Why was it so, that he lacked simple knowledge of how far the sights to see were? We were taken by surprise by the long (time wasting) and expensive rickshaw travelling we had to do, to get to Fort Kochi. His website has misleading information.
A learning here: the money we spent going back and forth could have been better used to take up a place to stay closer to Fort Kochi, which would have been obviously more expensive.
Why was it so, that he and his wife Sarah, preferred to stay purely transactional, i.e. responding to our questions only? We’ve had better experiences with a hotel front desk in these matters.
We made sure the evening before, we conveyed our expectations on the timing of our breakfast and requested some kind of traditional food. We had this conversation with both Paul and Sarah and to our amazement and disappointment, Sarah tell us next day, Paul hasn’t communicated anything to her. How could that be possible? At that point neither of them even had the courtesy to offer us something - Tea/Coffee or even biscuits so that we don’t just leave for our sightseeing. I can vouch from my travelling of many years and staying in home stays, that had this been any other home stay worth its salt, they would have made alternate arrangement’s to tide over this. Paul and his wife Sarah, weren’t even apologetic about it.
By now, our experience was pretty much ruined, but the worse was still to come.
We were relieved to leave Paul’s Inn and continue our travels within Kerala, but Mr. Paul wasn’t finished yet. He had the cheek to call up wife repeatedly with missed calls on her mobile from 6.30 AM onwards and leaving messages about “I want your friendship, don’t Ignore me”. When he was called back to put an end to this indecent and unbecoming of a married man with 2 daughters’ behavior, he had little to respond and justify (Sarah, are you reading this?)
To Paul’s Inn credit, the room and the bath was clean, with plenty of hot running water. You can’t really draw the curtains back, since you would be either looking at the street that runs in the font of the house or other houses within 10-15 feet away.
I would certainly recommend this place to gents who don’t plan to see the sights of Kochi (not many eh?)
I did promise a review to Paul and I hope travelers planning to stay at Paul’s Inn are better guided now.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Paul's Inn is run by Sarah Kurian and is located very near to Cochin Town railway station. The aim of this homestay is to provide affordable and quality homely environment for the guest. And it fulfills its aim to the tee. The ambience of the property, the personalised service you get there, the homely atmosphere evident here and the cosy setting make it an ideal property to stay in if you are looking for a rejuvenating holiday ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Paul's Inn Kochi (Cochin), India - Kerala