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Old Harbour Hotel
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

India is without doubt a unique experience. It takes some adjusting to for most European travelers and there is no doubt that the Old Harbour Hotel helps with the adjustment. Behind the walls lies an oasis of tranquility, a very good restaurant, a lovely garden and a superb swimming pool. The bedrooms are adequate and the beds uncomfortably low and hard. The owner has selected his staff well. Chef Rahim turns his hand to most culinary challenges with great enthusiasm and varying degrees of success, front of house managers Jude and Venita are both very welcoming and speak excellent English and the waiters are to a man, genuinely friendly and professional. The Old Harbour Hotel is undoubtedly one of the best hotels in the Fort Cochin area (Brunton's Boatyard is also looks to be well worth considering) but the owner knows it and charges accordingly. The room rate will make your eyes water and you have to try quite hard to ignore the fact that one night here is the equivalent of two weeks wages for most of the hotel staff. And they don't mind charging you for the day trips either. You can certainly get cheaper deals by using local tourist information centres for trips to Kodanad for the elephant bathing (don't bother), Munar for the tea plantation experience (go but don't stay over) and Allepy for the Kerala backwaters (wonderful contrast to the dirt and heat of the towns but book separately and make sure to hire a new and classy house boat if you are even thinking about staying on the water overnight, the one that Old Harbour booked for us was second class to say the least). The hotel will add a hefty chunk (as much as 50%) to the price and the experience I would warrant is pretty much the same with the exception of Josey the hotel driver who is friendly, careful and knowledgeable. On the whole the hotel lived up to its billing although I have to say I have stayed in far better 'Small Hotels of the World' of which the Old Harbour lays claim to membership. Then again it is India we are talking about and as I said it does take some adjusting to for some of us European travelers.

Room Tip: Book a room in the main hotel they are all large and airy. The garden bugalows are not worth the upgrade charge.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Steve C
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

My recent stay at the Old Harbour Hotel was like heaven. My friend and I had been traveling all over India, in many homes, hotels and different situations. It was like arriving to an oasis. It is peaceful, quiet, done in impeccable taste and style. At night, upon returning to our room, there were jasmine flowers on our bed with their wonderful fragrance. Beautiful artwork on the walls in rooms, hallways and entry areas. The staff is very friendly, open and helpful. One can tell they are happy to work there. Dinner was a fabulous experience- tables out on the lawn overlooking the pool and classical Indian musicians playing to serenade us. There were lights in the trees to add to that magical feeling. The food was great and we had no desire to go anywhere else for dinner. I would definitely go back to this hotel!

Room Tip: We were in a simple room upstairs. I am sure any would be great.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Gita G
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

An absolute gem of a place and a wonderful finish to an extended tour of India. The Old Harbour has managed the perfect blend of small-scale intimacy with the kind of attentive yet never intrusive service normally only seen in top-end luxury mega hotels. Perfectly placed by the Chinese fishing nets just a step outside the front door, but insulated from the hustle and bustle outside. The outdoor dining area must be one of the best settings in Kochi and the meals cooked by Shafi are a delight, accompanied by live sitar and tabla music floating across the pool.
The hotel itself has been designed to incorporate the best of the old world, where there are no jarring notes or any feeling of anything out of place. But don't be fooled by the apparent antiquity of the fittings: everything works perfectly. Attention by Rahim and the rest of the staff is second to none, even for 5 AM departures.

Room Tip: Some internal rooms overlook the pool; some ground floor rooms windows face onto the street, but sound-proofing is excellent and we never heard a thing so I wouldn't let this put you off.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Brian S
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

My husband and I spent last weekend in Fort Cochin and stayed at the Old Harbour Hotel--- we LOVED our experience.
The location is perfect: it is a couple of minutes walk from the fishing nets and Fort Cochin in itself is charming with small streets and shops. It is walking (a slightly long walk) from the synagogue and palace.
We had booked a garden view room and were on the ground floor towards the back. From the moment we stepped into our room, we felt relaxed and on vacation. The room itself was really nicely done up with a lovely view of the garden. Since our room was towards the back of the hotel, it was also very quiet.
The hotel itself is very charming. They have a wonderful garden where one can have their lunch and dinner. The swimming pool is big (especially for a boutique hotel)-- so one can lounge around the pool and even do laps if one feels like it. Apart from breakfast, we also had a lunch and dinner at the hotel and really enjoyed both meals- the food was excellent. The chef personally does his rounds to ensure all the guests are enjoying their meal.
What sets the hotel apart from some of the other boutique hotels is the service. The staff were always smiling and despite being fully occupied, each staff member went out of their way to make us feel special. They were extremely accommodating and friendly.
We would def. go back to the hotel and have already recommended it to some of our friends.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank RadParis
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

The positive reviews are correct. This is a wonderful hotel. The staff are helpful and caring. The hotel is beautiful-a wonderful conversion/renovation. The rooms are well appointed. Many of the ground floor rooms look onto a courtyard, so do keep this in mind.
If you can, book one of the suites on the second floor. They are truly spectacular, and worth every penny. The Princess Suite is, indeed, fit for a princess. But, you will be comfortable in any of the rooms.
The restaurant offers a great breakfast, and the servers really do care if you are enjoying your food.
I also appreciated their approach to tipping-individual tipping is discouraged, rather there is a box in the central area (there really is no lobby, per se-this works very well) where you can leave a group tip on departure.
I would love to return to Cochi, and would not consider staying anywhere else.

Room Tip: Book a suite, if you can
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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