Nice, heritage hotel located at Princess street, Cochin. The beach is at a walking distance and has many nearby options for dinner.
I stayed here for one night on Christmas eve.
The room was spacious with wooden flooring, AC, antique table, wooden almirah. The bathroom was big too with 24 hour hot water and toiletries.
Few points to remember:
No covered parking, provisions for driver
The hotel does not cook, but they allow outside food in the premises (but not in rooms)
Quite far from airport
Overall decent stay
As I was recouperating from an illness, I opted for a deluxe double for more room and a sitting area with fridge. Though they seem to be located on the wing facing Princess Street, the street noise dropped drapatically after 10 p.m.
This property was restored, rather than fully renovated, so some things may be limited....like spare outlets for chargers. Easy enough to unplug one bedside light for a charger. Lighting may be a little dim for any digital nomads. Restoration also meant when something goes wrong, it may take more effort to fix it. There became a problem with water to shower and taps for some rooms. I had water initially, but next morning...none. They were prompt to bring me a pitcher of water for hand washing, and within a couple of hours, they found a plumber to work on Diwali. After some head scratching and efforts, it was clear my room was going to require extensive work. They moved me up one floor and there was minimal impact to my stay. There was some noise while work was being done, but they kept me informed of expectations and apologized several times for the inconvenience...which it really wasn't.
Having a pool available was great for me as I didn't leave the property for long.
AC works well, beds are comfortable and location for convenience cannot be beat. However it also means you are in the thick of tuktuk driver sales pitches.
The owner was quick to respond to some enquiries and the manager was always helpful. The other staff were also helpful and quick with smiles and greetings.
I appreciated the character of the place, feeling almost like a guest in someone's home. The location cannot be beat for getting around old Fort Kochi and finding things to do, buy or eat.
Fort Kochi was very busy. It did tax my driving in India a little. People, motorbikes, tuktuks, cars. Fortunately I did get to park right outside the hotel. The hotel was beautifully presented, with a lovely room, and the courtyard had a small pool. We ate elsewhere in the evening, but had breakfast, which was sufficient, though not the best. Very friendly staff (as throughout our stay in India).
Really enjoyed our stay here, the best in Kochi after moving around between side trips. The staff were super friendly and cooked us our best meal in Fort Kochi.
The room - spacious, clean, brilliant hot shower and v powerful (same as a Western power shower... 👍)!
The pool was also great, nice and cool and super clean. 10/10 would make sure to go to this hotel again if I came back.
What a special place! We stayed here for several nights and found the staff to be charming and helpful, our room was clean and full of character with wooden floors, lovely furniture and comfortble beds (covered with mosquito nets). This was my first visit to India and although we went on to stay in several places, it was hard to beat this hotel. Brekfast also really good with chef who is flexible and will cook according to needs (recommend the omelette). Lots to do and see nearby including crafts shops, beer and wine bar, good restaurants and walks near the beach. Staff recommended an early morning walk to see the local fishermen bring in their catches on the beach, very worthwhile.