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“Comfortable oasis” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Old Courtyard
Ranked #44 of 200 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
Certificate of Excellence
New Delhi, India
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166 reviews
149 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Comfortable oasis”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2012

A very nice hotel in a lovely setting, a lovely historic hotel, very clean and comfortable and incredibly well-restored.spacious and light.This hotel is a lovely little place, only 8 rooms and a comfortable well situated place to stay. A good bathroom with plenty of hot water. the staffs are helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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George Town, Malaysia
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127 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

This is such a cute quaint cobbled stoned boutique hotel, tugged away in a hidden part of Kochi. It has a beautiful courtyard setting, lined with cobbled stones and breakfast is served in this courtyard. Overlooking down all 3 sides are our hotel rooms of which are also very "English" decorated.
If you want a quiet, clean and very quaint "colonial" boutique hotel, this is the place to go !

Food is so-so but the place is fantastic ! Service is ok , if you can catch their attention. However the tour desk is not that helpful.

Oh it does not have wi fi but you can use the little "library" area to check your emails.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank peterpatterpot
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donyarosa, General Manager at The Old Courtyard, responded to this review, September 19, 2012
Dear Sir/Madam,
Thank you for your feed back. Regarding the wifi, it is available for all hotel room guests however, due to the architecture of the building some areas do not receive signal. Thus, the dedicated area with a computer for guests use. During the heavy rains in the monsoon, often enough the phone and internet cables encounter technical problems.
The feedback on our service and food will help us improve this aspect of the property.
I have informed the person managing the travel desk regarding your feedback. Unfortunately since it is off season, he is often not at the desk to assists guests.
Sincerely, Management of Old Courtyard Hotel
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Chapel Hill, NC
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2012

This is a lovely historic hotel, very clean and comfortable and incredibly well-restored. The breakfast is fantastic and the staff friendly. The bathrooms are very modern and the rooms were comfortable, even with the AC off (in May!). Highly recommend.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Liz C
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for 3 nights. Very clean sheets, towels, bathroom etc. beautiful old wood floors and furniture. Quiet at night. Very friendly staff. Helpful tour desk lady. Good breakfast in the cute and quiet courtyard. Close to restaurants and fishing nets. I find it very hard to believe the bad reviews, as my experience was great - highly recommend.

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Mandarin44
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2012

We stayed in a homestay which belonged to the hotel. It is very nicely decored, has good showerfacilities and is conveniently situated. The light was poor in the room. The bed is a bit small (especially when you are two European tall people) The rate was INR4500 per day including breakfast. The breakfast was ok/good. But nothing special. When you do not use the breakfast, the are not willing to give you some money back. There was a convenient kitchen, but we were not bothered to cook ourselves. There is security during the night. You must be able to find better deals. Kochi is nice, but two days at a maximum. If you expect history like in old European places, you will be disappointed. Sites and buildings are not very well maintained. Let's say the Indian style. The street with all spices is very nice to walk through.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Annette D
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Surrey
Level Contributor
15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2012

We stayed there for 3 days at the end of Feb 2012. Friendly staff. We had room 2 which was above the archway. Old Portugese style building with dark wood interiors. Our room was lovely - well furnished with a 4-poter comfortable bed. Plenty of room. Large bathroom with good shower. Air con fine and ceiling fan.
Even wireless internet - router and a PC outside the room.
Restaurant provided good quality, variety and lovely outside setting in the courtyard if you want.
Great position - most places you are likely to want to see are a short walk away. We had a tuk tuk driver give us a tour for R50 but we gave him 150 cos he was so helpful.

The only sight drawback is that room 2 could be noisy at times. One night there was a noisy motorbike passing up and down the street. Another night the people in the room above arrived in the early hours and took an hour to settle in. The floorboards were our ceiling. So the next night we used earplugs and slept well.

Overall highly recommended and would stay there again.

Room Tip: Quieter on top floor but room 2 quality was good - possibly better than most.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank trickiedickie1
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights when travelling around Kerala in January 2012. We tried at first to get a room at the Old Courtyard Hotel, based on the reviews we had read on here. There was no availability, but the hotel offered a room at Kavu House, a homestay property that they also run that is just a few minutes walk from the hotel. It was beautiful, a four poster bed, antique style furniture, TV, fridge, ensuite shower and toilet. Everything we could want (except wi fi, which we could use at the Old Courtyard hotel) and beautifully clean and well maintained. There was also a kitchen, dining, living areas etc but we didn't use these as we were out and about in the short time we were there. Breakfast at the hotel was also included in the price of the room. We didn't realise this and left money to pay for breakfast on the first day as we were in a rush to leave. We were amazed when this was handed back to us when we popped back in to use wi fi later that day. The staff there were so honest and kind. The maid in Kavu house was also very sweet. The food was delicious (as it is all over Kerala!) including daily specials for breakfast. We cannot say enough about this place. We would definitely recommend this and would go back without hesitation.

Room Tip: We are not sure if all rooms have a four poster, but ours on the ground floor did.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank SarahE999
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Property: The Old Courtyard
Address: Princess Street | Fort Cochin, Kochi (Cochin) 682001, India
Location: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#20 Romantic Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#25 Family Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Old Courtyard 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Old Courtyard Hotel is an authentic old Portuguese styled mansion centrally located in Fort Cochin. It has been renovated into a heritage hotel with 8 rooms suiting the architecture of the building. The rooms are furnished in colonial antique furniture on original wooden floors. All rooms are air conditioned, rooms have attached bathrooms, and we provide free wifi in the common areas but may not reach all rooms, laundry, travel desk and other amenities. Old Courtyard Hotel has a Cafe which offers sandwiches, coffee/tea, gelato and pastries. As an eight room property, we try to make the guests'experience more personalized with staff always ready to help. ... more   less 
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Courtyard Kochi
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