It is not as old as you make think. The 'heritage hotel' on the Kochi waterfront lies alongside an old boatyard, but the hotel itself - cleverly crafted in colonial style - dates to the late 1990's. Designed around a central gardened courtyard, the building has a breezy, noble but relaxing feel. Its white cloistered walls are hung with historic portraits and black and white photos - the rooms are all accessed off shaded portico arcades.
Our room is vast, and overlooks the swimming pool and the harbour. The view of passing boats is fascinating, but unlike one particularly negative review here, there is no or little noise associated with those boats ... Few come close to the hotel shoreline and the sound insulation is excellent. (This coming from an insomniac and incredibly light sleeper who detests noisy hotels). The ear plugs which the aforementioned reviewer mentions the hotel leaving on the bedside table are actually designed for swimming ... at least that is what is marked on the packet - thus the attached string for hanging them around the head.
Despite a couple of minor technical problems (our electricity turns off a few times due to a faulty fuse not general power cuts which are quiet common to the city but solved with generators), our room is impeccable, handsomely furnished and excellently decked out with quality fittings and a luxurious bathroom. (Pleasingly the products used by this group, as their name suggests - CGH Earth -are eco friendly and rather eco chic - handmade, organic soaps and body cream).
Breakfast at the port side Armoury Cafe is a special affair both in atmosphere and flavours. The relic filled wooden walled den has outdoor waterside seating but we opt for the cooler (but not icebox) indoor. The warmth comes from the staff in gracious tidal waves. We have to wait about 20 minutes for chef Ajeeth to prepare our crispy dosa and accompanying lentil sambar but it's well worth the wait. We down them with fresh mango juice, espresso and a fresh fruit platter.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This CGH Earth property is moored on a historic stretch of Cochin's famed harbour , The Brunton Boatyard Hotel was resurrected from the remains of a Victorian shipyard. Today, it gives the modern traveller a unique opportunity to dwell amidst the shadow plays of 19th century history. Living All of the Brunton Boatyard Hotel's 22 rooms overlook the sea, and so, by happy circumstance, do the en-suite bathrooms. Dining The Brunton Boatyard Hotel is your chance to dine from, literally, a melting pot. All the cultures that came to the Malabar Coast over three centuries can be sampled in a single evening. Discovering Armed with a map and some comfortable footwear, you can tour the historic Fort Cochin area where the hotel stands. Sadly, little remains of the fort itself, but the other legacies of history are everywhere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Brunton Boatyard Hotel Kochi (Cochin)
- Brunton Boatyard Kochi (Cochin), India - Kerala
- Brunton Boatyard Cochin