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“A Portuguese Treat!”
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Old Harbour Hotel
Ranked #2 of 212 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 20, 2012

I stayed at this lovely old Hotel for nights with my mother following 2weeks in the north of India. After the busyness and dirtiness of Varanasi, we were absolutely thrilled to arrive on this exquisite premises. From the very start we were greeted with friendliness and warmth from all members of staff. our room was on the ground floor overlooking the picture-perfect garden, complete with water lillies on the little pond, carefully tended greenery and delicious swimming pool which was greatly enjoyed after our hot outings to the local sights. The Hotel is an adapted Portuguese property and has retained the character and feel of a bygone period whilst incorporating the joys of modern living. It is situated perfectly near the Chinese fishing boats and fish markets, also an easy walk to many local shops for browsing holiday items and eateries. I would thoroughly recommend this hotel.

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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

We stayed here for 1 night at the start of our tour of Kerala. The hotel is gorgeous, set in an old colonial building. The rooms are simply but beautifully decorated and have high ceilings and large windows. We ate in the restaurant at a gerden table and the food was delicious, especially the fish and prawns. The next morning we spent a pleasant hour around the pool before exploring the Fort Cochin area. The staff are extremely helpful and organised a car for us for the rest of our trip. I would definitely recommend this hotel.

Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Sue D
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

From the time the car picked me up at the Cochin Airport until my stay was over four days
later (a very fast four days), I cannot find fault with the property and the staff. My room was
ready when I arrived. Just beautiful and so very comfortable. Since it was my birthday, Jude
brought in a bouquet of roses and a wonderful birthday cake. Dinners were superb served
outside except for the one night of the torrential rain and thunderstorm. Breakfast was made
to order when you arrived and also the best coffee. Location of the hotel was marvelous -
near the chinese fishing nets and also close to Princess street. The property was maintained
beautifully and the staff was so kind and so caring. I would highly recommend this property
and would definately return.

Room Tip: This is a very small boutique property. My room faced a lily pond and was beautiful.
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

Each and every person was very helpful at this hotel. Great pool, great rooms, great location, great price. This was a great jumping off point for visiting historic Cochin or for just lazing by the pool, both of which we did.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Kriskoziol
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

Had a lovely 2 days here- staff very friendly and gorgeous rooms. We had a garden villa room which looked onto the pool. The pool was very inviting and an oasis after a busy day in Cochin. We chose to eat in the hotel the first evening after a long journey and were extremely impressed. Definitely would recommend and breakfast was equally good- try the Dosas! Only tiny criticism is no mirror other than bathroom and no full length mirror ( purely a girl thing!).

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1  Thank katie26
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights after arriving at Cochin airport at the beginning of a 2 week tour of Kerala. It's hard to fault it. The staff are delightful, helpful, and charming. The pool and garden are a haven, and the food is great. There's yoga on the roof every morning. The rooms are cool and well furnished.

I particularly enjoyed sitting in the garden for early morning tea and listening to the city waking up. The large trees are full of birds, there are squirrels, geckos, butterflies - and the most attentive staff I've ever come across quietly checking that you have everything you need.

The hotel is right near the Chinese fishing nets, opposite a large park area.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

Disappointed by the food in our chosen hotel we were lucky enough to stumble across the Old harbour and ate here every day for four days. The restaurant is a beautiful indoor/ outdoor situation looking onto a beautiful garden and pool. The service is red-hot. The real star is the Chef, Shafi - a man with considerable international experience who loves to chat with his guests and cook to their taste - a real gem. Food is Indian and well balanced Nowhere better in town. Wish we had stayed at the Hotel as well Old building, well maintained

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Old Harbour Hotel

Address: 1/328 Tower Road | Fort Cochin, Kochi (Cochin) 682001, India
Location: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#1 Family Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#6 Business Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range: $236 - $412 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Old Harbour Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the heart of ancient Fort Cochin, Kerala, a place that exudes history and culture, is the 'Old Harbour Hotel.' A 300 year-old building that has for long been a heritage monument of this town, now reopened as a boutique hotel. Built in the Dutch style of architecture with hints of Portuguese influences, it was the first hotel of old Cochin. Later it remained a residential home to employees of English Tea broking firms until it was left unused for a period of time. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Old Harbour Kochi
Hotel Old Harbour
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