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Vivanta by Taj - Malabar
Ranked #7 of 205 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
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“Great experience at the Taj by the coast”
Reviewed June 24, 2010

I've realised over all my travels and stays with various hotels that little touches and attention detail make for a great experience.
We stayed at the Taj Malabar towards the end of our 14 days Kerala trip. With the exception of the approach road which comprises of cargo areas and truck terminals, the hotel itself is pristine and a center of calm. Though primarily a business hotel, it has everything a casual guest will look for. Do make sure you have your own vehical for transport as getting around can be a daunting task. Of course, the hotel has its own fleet too.

Our room was a big one, from the old construction, but overlooked the garden and beyond that, the bay. The coffee kept in the room for consumption was really good!

Every day there is some activity or the other at the hotel -- napkin folding classes, kathakali performances....In your stay, do not miss the complimentary evening sunset cruise and the high tea on the marina.

All the restaurants are great..the rice boat, the asian (i forget the name) and the bar. Do try all.
During our stay we were given complimentary use of a hotel car for 4 hours which we used for shopping at the many silk shops. James was the knowledgeable driver who took us around town.
After evening service one day, i found a nice personal note tucked in between a flower. This is what i'd call the taj touch. they just make you feel so special.

Overall a great stay.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 23, 2010

The Taj Malabar is truly a special hotel. Located on the charming Willingdon island it is far away from the hustle and bustle of Cochin city. The hotel has 4 restaurants, an infinity pool and a Spa. While the hotel is not very large the service and amenities more that make up for it. Each gorgeous room comes with a beautiful view and the bathrooms are to die for. The TV,minibar and safe are as expected in this wonderful hotel. The coffee shop serves up great meals which are not very pricey and the RICE BOAT, which is their seafood specialty restaurant served the most amazing food. What struck me the most was the staff who went out of their way to chat with us, make us feel comfortable and make us feel special and at home. I was their as a trainer with a large group and I always had staff on hand to help me set up or to get what I needed.
The highlight of my trip was the wonderful bartender who can entertain you with his banter and his gorgeous cocktails.
I would definitely be back to stay at this hotel, they also offer a complimentary sunset cruise every evening and a live band at the bar.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 22, 2010

Amazing "infinity pool", great ayurvedic spa, fantastic rooms - and occasionally you get a cultural event in the evenings. Food is just too good, as are the view from the garden and from some of the rooms

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled on business
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Delhi
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Reviewed June 22, 2010

The Heritage building of the Taj Malabar where we stayed and attended a two day conference was one of the most memorable business trips I've so far had. The food however was okay but the deserts and the service was excellent. Taj hospitality combined with the Kerala flavour made it a memorable stay. The back-waters trip was total fun.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 22, 2010

This is one of the best hotels in Kerala, it belongs to the TATA Group, one of the leaders of Indian industry and hospitality services. They have hotels all over the world and they are one of the best in India. Don't expect a backpacker's cheap hotel. These are the high end hotels, yes costly but the service is equivalent to the best that you can get for your money anywhere in the world. There are a variety of gastronomic delights, eat Kerala food or if you prefer French cuisine it's there. I was impressed by how clean the whole place was and the service that was provided. I did ask one of the staff how come this hotel was better than some of the others TAj hotels that I had been to. The secret is that the big boss comes from Kerala and every one is putting in their best every day for a surprise visit. They have day trips to the lovely place that Kerala is. Boating on the backwaters, seeing tigers or elephants in their habitats just ask and you are there. I did like the resort so much that I had to arrange my daughter's wedding there. It was just fabulous. The Catholic Church dis help us a lot get it done there even though we were from Canada.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled on business
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Delhi
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Reviewed June 18, 2010

The Taj Malabar is located on a wonderful island in Kochi. It is not very big a property but just right as it is in the port area , adjecent to the port trust bldg., very well maintained hotel with good food and exceptional service. It is a very different 5 star hotel in terms of location. Loved their spa, pool and the little sitting area which is on the coast itself.

You get 3 side sea view if you are staying in a Tower section. They take you around on a jetty where they show you the small island which is taken by Taj and soon they plan to convert that area in a national park or "health spa". Food was great, and so was the overall experience. Wonderful in room service with great filter coffee maker and mix which took you to true aromas of kerala. Would like to go again n again if I m in cochin next.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 11, 2010

The hotel's location is by the one of the best that i have ever seen. Right at the mouth of the Cochin habour. Being a Taj property, the food, service, location etc was just perfect. For food i recommend the "Rice Boat" restaurant which has great sea food. Lunch / Dinners at coffee shop and the Oriental restaurant was just great.

One needs a taxi to get into Wellingdon Island as it too far from the city, though i strongly recommend using the ferries for going to Ernakulam (Cochin City), Fort Cochin etc - fast, cheap and dependable.

The hotel as a great pool, spa, gym and even a kids room (need improvement) to suit all kinds. the staff was kind enough to lend us their fishing rods to catch fish (no luck for us). The complimentary house boat ride in the evenings was one of the highlights, as the sun sets in the Arabian sea.

A bit pricey but compared to other Taj properties, its well priced.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Vivanta by Taj - Malabar
Address: | Willingdon Island, Kochi (Cochin) 682009, India
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Location: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#2 Business Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#3 Family Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#3 Romantic Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#3 Spa Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Vivanta by Taj - Malabar 5*
Number of rooms: 96
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on Willingdon Island with a magnificent view of Cochin harbour, Vivanta by Taj - Malabar is a fine balance between yesterday and tomorrow. Our lobby is a unique mix of chic and classic. The heritage wing, built in 1935, reflect the inherent beauty of Cochin. And the tower wing houses newly renovated guestroom suites, each a delicate mix of the classic with the contemporary. ... more   less 
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