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“Graceful PEACEFUL waterfront 'heritage' hotel”
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Brunton Boatyard
Ranked #10 of 211 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 29, 2013

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.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

Staff are very friendly I must say Food was excellent. The Management should consider hiring a top level Training manager to improve staff english and a for a better dining experience. Indian hospitality is something we swiss people love and keep coming for more. House keeping was clean and decent. Prices can be bit less too.

Room Tip: Spend most of the sunrise and ask a better room for the view
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

Highly recommended for a dinner, the terrace seafood restaurant at Brunton Boatyard, overlooking the river, serves excellent grilled shellfish and fish with your choice of sauces. There is a choice of two different three course dinners, with one having a main course of fish and the other one of crayfish and crab. On both, the second course is a prawn bisque - one of the best seafood bisques my husband and I had ever eaten. Service was some of the best we experienced in Southern India. Reservations are essential if you want to sit outside on the terrace and away from the kitchen area (be sure to specify that).

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

The hotel is a delight - the entrance takes you from a busy Cochin street into a haven of calm and tranquility. The huge, ancient and wonderful tree in the central garden gives a feeling of cool shade, the public areas are elegant and spacious and the staff are, as usual with all CGH Earth properties courteous and ever helpful.
Our first floor room with its cool blue and white striped curtains faced the sea, and on the shore opposite the Chinese fishing nets. Our balcony was the perfect place to sip some tea - no tea bags here but loose leaf tea for you to blend your own cuppa and it was a really great few days.
Loved the'History' restaurant on the top floor - do try the First Class Railway Mutton Curry, delicious - and enjoyed my cookery class greatly. The pool is a great place to cool off and all in all I just want to be back there - now!!
The sunset cruise is very worthwhile - take a camera.
It is also very easy to walk out of the hotel and do some sightseeing - if it isnt too hot a walk down to the spice trading area and then to the Mattancherry Palace is perfectly dooable and totally fascinating - just make sure you take a water bottle with you and drink lots, more that you think you need is always a good tip!
Thanks to the staff for a really wonderful stay

Room Tip: The first floor rooms have great views and the balconies are a super place to sit and watch the worl...
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

Old Colonial english style, all dark wood and high ceilings. It feels like an old clubhouse. Just on the jetty with views of the boats and fishing nets. The restaurant is great, good service, have the pomegranate mint juice and the date and walnut dessert. Very centrally located in fort cochin and there is a lot to do around the area.... historical churches and monuments.... check out the princess street and go to kashi cafe... lovely food, have the lemon ginger honey tea and their chocolate cake.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

Came from the most awful 'luxury' Kerala backwaters cruise with Lakes and Lagoons company, gave me serious upset stomach so glad to arrive somewhere that had a good billing. Tranquil courtyard when you arrive, hotel is colonial style and nice reception staff. We had taken note of Tripadvisor reviews with regard to best rooms and possible noise from the ferries. We had the most amazing suite, No 309, top floor as far away as possible from the docking of ferries, also, bedroom was at the side of the hotel that was really quite but we had panoramic views to the front and side. Huge lounge dining room, kitchen, 2 bathrooms and lovely cool bedroom and bathroom, very spacious and nicely furnished, very British Raj style. Had lunch on the terrace where the boats come and go, great lunch, hot and freshly cooked, even my tummy started to behave at the cleanliness and good conditions. This is the sort of property that we had come to expect but a bit lacking in Kerala, not as palatial as the Imperial in Dehli and Taj in Mumbai but a good second runner. It was my birthday and they gave us a special table on the pier, laid it with a fab flower decoration and candles, we went off the menu and nothing was too much trouble and for a hotel of this standard the food and beverages are really reasonable. Great cocktails, best banana daiquiri I have had outside the Caribbean. They had a waiter just for our table but he was so discreet and stood some way away in the shadows and responded just when we wanted. Lots of complimentary things for guests to do so did yoga, excellent, cool and great teacher and surroundings. Excellent brekkie and turn down was spot on, when we got back to room they had delivered a huge bunch of flowers and made a big card for me and delivered a lovely birthday cake to our table and staff sang happy birthday, sounds over the top but it wasn't, just really an eye for detail and spot on. Pool excellent, bit of noise in the background but fab views and well screened with bougainvillea. We needed late check out and they arranged it, needed sarnis to take to airport, arranged it. Highly recommend it, there are a number of hotels in Cochin, this is undoubtedley the best.

Room Tip: Side away from the ferry, floor 2 is good but floor 3 is best, go for a suite if you can afford it...
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

I have stayed at Brunton Boatyard thrice, and have had no major complaints whatsoever.

Do use their offer of a free boat ride every evening, and don't forget to take your camera. The shots of the fishing boats coming in, the Chinese fishing nets, and Vypeen at dusk make everlasting memories.

The Ayurvedic Centre attached to the hotel is one of Cochin's best. After your treatment, you may be asked to take a steam or sauna, and this is a highlight - you sit inside a wooden conrtaption with your face sticking out, while your skin is healed and your pores get cleansed.

In the two restaurants, the Keralite fare is far superior to the Continental.

This is one of Fort Cochin's quaintest and cutest hotels - definitely worth a stay

Room Tip: Every room faces the Mattanchery Channel, so no picking required.
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: Calwati Road | Fort Cochin, Kochi (Cochin) 682001, India
Location: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#4 Luxury Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#15 Family Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range: $131 - $452 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Brunton Boatyard 5*
Number of rooms: 26
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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