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“Exceptionally nice hotel and fantastic restaurant.”
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Old Harbour Hotel
Ranked #2 of 208 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
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Indiana
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“Exceptionally nice hotel and fantastic restaurant.”
Reviewed November 30, 2010

Wow--luxurious rooms, great service, superb food, and excellent location make this a place I am dying to return to. Stayed here for a week with husband and 7-yr-old child, to relax and see the sights in Cochin and Kerala backwaters. The hotel is small, spacious, and very tastefully designed and decorated. Our room, on the ground level, was serene, with French doors opening into an alcove of the garden. A refreshing, clean swimming pool was at the opposite side of the garden, and just across the street is the waterfront with its famous Chinese fishing nets. The owner, Edgar, and his staff go out of their way to make you feel welcome and well-attended-to. The food served in the restaurant is without a doubt the best food we had in Cochin--and we tried a wide variety of restaurants including all the top-notch ones. (Other places we ate at and can recommend are Kashi Art Cafe & Shala. The restaurant "History" at the Brunton Boatyard was just OK; you're better off eating at the Old Harbour. The wine bar at Malabar House was a huge disappointment; though the wine was excellent, the food was overpriced and the service abysmal. Malabar should send their staff to be trained by the Old Harbour.) Breakfast at the Old Harbour is made to order from a delicious selection of either Continental or South Indian items. There are some complaints elsewhere on this site about the limited choice at breakfast, but we experienced ample choices in both categories--you just need to ask. (I recommend the masala dosa, excellent here. Dinners and lunches were divine as well. If it's not raining there is live music on the pool deck during dinner hours, and you can even sit in the garden to enjoy your meal--just be sure to apply insect repellent, because the mosquitoes in Kerala will eat you up! On our last night there we celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary, and were greeted by a floral bouquet and a delicious chocolate cake (both gifts of the hotel) which we were able to share with the other patrons in the restaurant (sorry, Edgar, we cheated you out of some dessert revenue that night!) If you can afford it, I highly recommend that you stay and dine at the Old Harbour.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 28, 2010

Quite good hotel but because of trafic noise it can be noisey, The rooms at the rear of the hotel have the added noise in the morning of motor cycles arriving presumably the ocupants work at the hotel.
The rooms are of a large size but no TV or DVD
Bathroom OK large double shower.Cold water after 1930Hrs.
You need a plug adapter for european plugs.
Food is good and wine selection not bad, service by all staff is very good.
Swimming pool bath towels sun beds round the pool very good, but noisy from outside with traffic.
Overall a good place to stay for short visit.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Granada, Spain
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Reviewed November 15, 2010

This beautiful, converted heritage building is located just over the road from Fort Cochin's famous Chinese fishing nets. (Actually a much more on-the-spot, heart-of-things location than the famous Brunton Boatyard.) Calm efficiency is the style here. No formal reception desk. A stylish, good-looking clerk pops up out of nowhere and you're booked in before you can say "jasmine buds on bed" (yes, every night). Every detail of the conversion is exquiisite - from the old sculptures and contemporary Indian art that discreetly grace every nook and cranny to the giant vases of ginger flowers and lilies and the swimming pool that doesn't look like a swimming pool - a large grey and black marble feature nestling amidst the garden's sub-tropical plants. After OD-ing for 2 weeks in India on "buffets", imagine our delight when we realised that here half board means choosing anything you want from the fantastic menu. We're talking fusion, but the wine list is strictly Indian. We're talking generous. If you choose the seafood platter, share it with a friend!! This is a wonderful place.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 6, 2010

Booked the Old Harbour following a business trip to Kochi (I live in India). I booked on the basis of the trip advisor rating and the location, and was not disappointed. The comments on other reviews are mainly valid - it is run with attention to detail rarely found in other places in India, although Kerala is (in a positive sense) another world from most of the rest! Staff are very pleasant, and the location is hard to beat in the middle of Fort Kochi, with many attractions in walking distance.

Walking around the area it becomes clear that there are plenty of other places run with similar care, so make sure you shop around if you are on a budget - there are other good places available at half the price or less. But then, they're working to keep up the standard at Old Harbour and probably getting a lot of bookings as a result of their #1 ranking - so good luck to them!

If you enjoy a wine in the evening - beware, they have no bar as such, and only have Indian wine by the glass, and if it gives you a headache too, you'll have to settle for a beer!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
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MAdrid
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Reviewed November 5, 2010

Our stay in the Old Harbour Hotel was part of a long trip through Kerala. We stayed over three weeks in the following places: Wayanad (Tranquil Plantation), Fort Cochin (Old Harbour Hotel), Munnar (The Windermere State), Periyar (The Lake Palace), the Backwaters (the Green Lagoon) a cruise through the Backwaters (Discovery HouseBoat) and finally in Kovallam (the Taj Green Cove).

We planned our trip with a number of guides and feedback obtained in the Internet (lots of it in Trip Advisor) and then contacted a couple of local travel agencies to help us setting up the trip. We finally decided to go with Indian Moments, that was a wise decision, since they proved to be extremely helpful and professional. For specific feedback on the remaining Hotels/resorts, I would refer you to their page in trip advisor.

After a few days in the north of Kerala enjoying the peace and relax of the Woods, we arrived to Cochin by train.

I had been in Cochin 10 years ago and really could see many changes. A great numbers of Hotels were new but also a little bit of the charm of the small and quite town of Fort Cochin has dissapeared as too many tourist walk through its streets.

We strugled a lot in order to choose the right hotel in Fort Cochin, we decided we wouldnt go to the Malabar house as we were going to be cruising the backwaters in the Discovery House boat (a terrible Choice, this one, but for comments on this, please check our critic in the Discovery House Boat) so finally opted for the OHH. The reasons were mainly because of the size of the hotel (not too big) and seem to be one of the nicest Hotels. We booked the Princess Suite which is the best room in the hotel (just above the main gate, really big and with a great glass gallery overviewing the big Square next to the Chinese nets).

Overall we were glad of the Choice. However I would strongly recomend not to have dinner at the hotel. The food is a “western interpretation of Indian food” and the price is just absurd. There are a number of places with much more charm and much better food for less than half the price. Even if you are new to India and want to be over cautious, you will enjoy much more the food (real food) in places with much more character like the Fort House.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed November 5, 2010

I expected this to be amazing from the other trip advisor ratings, but we stayed at better places on our trip. The hotel is beautifully done in a great location, but the service lacks warmth and ends up leaving the stay feeling quite transactional. Food is also good not great. We had better food at history at brUntons boatyard

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed November 5, 2010

- Stunning building
- Great rooms with an outside bathroom (a great feature!)
- Comfy bed
- Really nice gardens
- Great pool
- Restaurant was good but pricey

  • Stayed October 2010, 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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