From among hundreds of accommodations over many years, Henri's Anchorage Homestay ranks at or very near the top of my list of favorites. Henri's was recommended to us by a Lonely Planet-listed hotelier already full. What a blessing. My wife and I stayed at Henri's a total of 5 nights spread over a 12 day period. We stayed in two different air-conditioned rooms, each exceedingly clean, very comfortable, quiet, and 100% functional--including 24 hour hot water. At one point Henri went to special lengths to secure a doctor to assist in successfully addressing some severe discomfort my wife was experiencing. He arranged a number of activities for us, always directing us to what turned out to be excellent choices, whether for food, cultural shows/dances, sightseeing, or shopping. A guest could not have a better advocate than Henri--he appears to make it a special mission to make certain his guests are well-advised and cared for.
While we were guests, 2 other guests checked out and left for a distant point using a driver arranged by Henri. About 1/2 hour after the guests left, it was discovered one had left a passport under the pillow. Henri immediately contacted the driver by telephone, got on his motorcycle, and took the passport to the guest, without charge. The round trip took him well over 1 hour. This is but a special example of the kind of actions we saw from Henri, or other members of his family, while we were guests.
Henri also very skillfully arranged for an excellent driver (at a very reasonable cost) to take us on a 7 day tour of Kerala and Tamil Nadu (houseboats, Varkala, Periyar, Munnar, etc.) We were in exceptionally good hands and were able to make the best of the somewhat limited time we had available. We will be forever grateful. We like to travel on our own and not as part of tour groups. Along with the joys and independence this can mean delays, mistakes, wasted time, and discomforts. We experienced NONE of this during the 7 days we were in the care of this extremely pleasant and competent driver.
Henri went to special lengths to secure a flight for us back to Bangalore, going to the airport an hour away, personally picking up the tickets a few days in advance of the flight, paying for them out of pocket, and ultimately saving us a significant amount of money in the process--while assuring we actually got a flight.
The free breakfast provided each morning was excellent and served in a very pleasant surrounding. About all I can think of to criticize is that the rooms do not have particularly nice views, but I guess absolute perfection is not likely to be found at this price level (or most any price level, for that matter.)
My wife and I are deeply indebted to Henri and his family for enabling us to have a wonderful stay in Cochin and in Kerala. This is a very special place where we hope to return, and which we recommend without hesitation to other travelers.
- Also Known As:
- Henri's Anchorage Homestay Kochi (Cochin), India - Kerala