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.
- 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