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Old Harbour Hotel
Ranked #2 of 210 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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“Lovely, charming hotel, wonderful service”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

We stayed here two nights in mid-October with our two teenage daughters and it was a wonderful and gentle introduction to India. The location is ideal, just a few yards from the sea and within walking distance of most sights, restaurants etc. yet it was a haven of relaxation and peace (Bar the beeping tuk-tuks!) with a lovely pool. The staff were delightful and well trained. It's not the cheapest but if you want to splash out I would definitely recommend this characterful hotel.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

Unfortunately we stayed only for one night in the hotel but it was the start of the honeymoon and what a brilliant start! Absolutely beautiful colonial building and we couldnt stop marvelling at the architecture. We stayed in the princess suite which they decorated so beautifully for us we didnt even want to sleep in the bed for fear of spoiling it. rooms were full of antiques and old style colonial phones, tables, fans and light switched. Staff was very pleasant, smiling and excellent service and we were very well looked after by manager Jude. We wanted to explore eating options outside the hotel and they were so forthcoming and helpful in giving ideas and tips and booking reservation for us. The restaurant that Jude recommended was just perfect and the food was sublime! The location is a short walk 2min from the chinese nets and there are beautiful little streets with small shops selling artifacts. Memorable stay and we would HIGHLY recommend old harbour!

Room Tip: Princess suite is absolutely gorgeous! highly recommended!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

We were very happy staying at this Hotel. We found the staff very helpful, the chef in the restaurant went out of his way to provide a wonderful breakfast for us.
The Hotel was very clean and we felt very safe during our stay. One morning during breakfast the staff played some music which I enjoyed very much. They were Sacred chants in the Lugu language. The manager that morning actually copied the CD for me so that I could take it home with me.
We had two beautiful evening meals in the Restaurant, both nights we were entertained by musical groups. One night was a Sitar concert which we enjoyed very much.
I would definitely recommend this Hotel to any one who was travelling to Kochi

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

We arrived by river ferry, walked across a busy road and square and through the doors into another world. A beautifully restored colonial building with lovely old wood and a calm and spacious feel,. Large elegant rooms lead off corridors around a central courtyard. Our room looked out over the lovely landscaped gardens with the large swimming pool beyond on one side, the square and Chinese fishing nets beyond on the other. The bed was strewn with sweetly scented petals when we arrived and there was a coconut and straw each. We had excellent evening meals in the gardens, a lovely atmosphere with candlelight and Indian music. Breakfast was very good too - the dosas were the best we had anywhere in Kerala and huge! Yoga was available in the morning on the rooftop terrace. The hotel is very close to the Chinese fishing nets, an interesting street of shops, market stalls. If I went back to Cochin, I wouldn't stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

We stayed at the Old Harbour Hotel for the first couple of nights of a 2 week holiday exploring Kerala......what a great way to start a holiday!
The hotel was lovely!! - a real gem & a little slice of calm and tranquility. We had a garden room which was beautiful. V spacious and complete with outdoor shower......showering under the stars listening to everything going on outside was wonderful!
The food was delicious.....and all the staff so friendly and attentive!
We did Yoga one morning......a really nice touch, offered free in a 'studio' on top of the hotel - can recommend as a good start to your day!
The hotel is in a great location, right by the chinese fishing nets......and after all the exploring has a lovely pool to come back and cool off in.
Can't recommend this hotel highly enough!

Room Tip: They do cost more however can highly recommend a garden room!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Surrey, UK
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

From start to finish, our stay at this hotel was truly memorable. We really could not fault anything. The hotel and landscaped gardens were absolutely beautiful and full of character. The attention to detail of the colonial decor was above and beyond what we'd expected and the staff were always so welcoming and gracious. A special thank you to Jude who went out of his way to ensure our stay was a pleasure. We are so grateful for being given the opportunity to share the experience of the Allepey Boat Race with Jude, his colleagues and friends. Their generosity and hospitality made the day very special, the memories of which we will treasure.

Room Tip: We had a downstairs twin room with double doors opening out onto the courtyard fountain in the garde...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Melbourne
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

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We had such a wonderful time at this delightful boutique hotel last week.We had 3 nights but wished we could have stayed longer.The room was gorgeous,The Tower room( garden room) with a balcony overlooking the lotus pond ,garden and pool.Yoga was a bonus on the roof top in the morning.However, the staff were outstanding ....all of them and we wish to thank Jude,Pablo, Vonnita and all the staff for their friendliness and attentiveness.
The hotel is in a good position in Fort Cochin and with easy access to all the attractions and close to the ferries.The pool is refreshing( all the other swimming pools in southern India had water that was far too warm,) and of good size.We met other travelers that were staying at the 2 other big hotels but commented that they much preferred the Old Harbour since it was much more intimate and Boutiquey!Dinner in the evening was a delight with candlelight tables and Indian music ( sitar and tabla)and we had delicious food.
Thankyou to everyone at the Old Harbour we so enjoyed our stay and should we return to serene Fort Cochin and indeed we hope so ,we wouldn't stay anywhere else.

Room Tip: The tower room was a very light room with a balcony and good view over the lotus pond,garden and poo...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: 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 Family Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#6 Business Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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