During a late-October trip to Kerala, we selected this small hotel as the best situated to see the historic sights of Fort Cochin (stayed 2 nights), to meet up with colleagues after a trip to Munnar (stayed 1 night) and to regroup for 1 night after houseboating in Alleppey, before flying home. It exceeded our expectations. It is simply and graciously elegant, without pretense. The interior courtyard provided a green respite from travel and tourism. Breakfast was healthy, fresh, and included Indian breakfast dishes to our delight - discuss with the breakfast chef. We ate dinner there (in the courtyard) on two occasions after travel days and the food was excellent (ice cream, cookies, tartine the best), and accompanied by musicians playing a variety of classical Kerala instruments (perfect - bought a CD). We washed out travel weariness with morning yoga classes, and a massage. The entire staff were world-class in their provision of all services, and individually were delightful people. With grace and ease, they handled our comings and goings and changes of plans! Note, suggest for trips by car, use the hotel arrangements for excellent drivers (we learned to even relax on the road after multiple trips; in Munnar, the driver knew all possible routes, sights, and ways to help us maximize our short time there). Although we made our own plans for lodging in Munnar and houseboat in Alleppey, the hotel also can provide recommendations. The hotel location made local walking/touring/dining easy - there is so much in the immediate area. As I moved around town, I was always keeping an eye out for the other lodging choices, but spotted nothing that I would have rather stayed in (or that came even close).
- 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
- Old Harbour Hotel Kochi (Cochin), India - Kerala