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The Waterfront Granary

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Nestled amidst the warm buzz of Mattancherry's ancient bazaar, India's First museum hotel sits ensconced in an 1877 granary that abuts the serene Cochin waterfront channel on one side and opens out onto the bazaar road on the other. The charming pitched roof, terracotta tiled structure was transformed from its earlier days as a granary and later a godown that stored ayurvedic herbs into a quaint museum hotel by the Ebrahim Brothers. Afthab and Arshad Ebrahim, hailing from the Singeri family of Kutchi Memon descent. The family migrated from Gujarat in the early 1800's to Cochin and have shared valuable pieces of their family history at the hotel. Rare family photographs and artefacts showcase an era that has been frozen in time. The museum hall on the round floor houses a collection of sculptures, manuscripts, furniture and more that date back centuries and tell many a tale. Traditional Kutchi recipes handed down the generations also feature in the menu. The teeming bazaar outside the hotel has been trading fragrant spices, rice and pulses for centuries. The sourcing point for ancient traders from across the world the bazaar followed the barter system for centuries. Silk, pottery and medicinal herbs were boarded onto wooden ships to Europe. Ancient pitched roof buildings sits cheek by jowl while traders still conduct their business in rice, pulses, tea and spices. On the other side of the hotel lies the Mattancherry channel, the waterway that connects the ocean to the port and backwaters. On the opposite shore is Willingdon Island, built by Sir Robert Bristow, housing the port authority offices, wharfs and terminals for ships to berth when they call on Cochin Port.
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I traveled with friends to India and stayed first at the Waterfront Granary. We loved the location, outdoor terrace, boat ride and accommodations. The bed was comfortable, rooms were cool and clean- and food was great! Staff were friendly and the museum was a neat feature!
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An awesome property, with antiques, and spiced ambiance, fantastic rooms, amazing service, wifi, amazing breakfast and food, a party area, in backwater seating for dine which has fantastic and romantic scenery with lights twinkling in water in nights. Its a wow experience. Beach
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The Waterfront Granary Hotel in Cochin is fabulous for several reasons. First, the staff could not have been kinder. Secondly, the restaurant has the best food in town. The Best! (and this was our 5th trip to India). Then its location - it is perfect... It is on Bazar Road
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Response from arebdude, Owner at The Waterfront Granary
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Christine It gives me tears of joy seeing your extraordinary comments......Thank you very much....this has made our efforts and dedication of our staff worthwhile. you have rated us the best among your 5th trip to India and i feel immensely proud and will see to that we the whole team at The waterfront Granary will keep up our good work and also we take time again to thank you and it was also a pleasure to have served you we feel honoured. Yes we will be waiting for your return to your favourite abode. Thanks and Best Regards Arshad Ebrahim
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It is Happy to say that my experience at Waterfront Granary, a Hotel with Heritage Museum Experience. It is a very good Family friendly hotel in Cochin. The road works caused some isues with this part of Mattancherry during late December and early This year, though I wouldn't
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Response from arebdude, Owner at The Waterfront Granary
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Guest Thank you for staying with us and very big thanks to your wonderful comments and understanding the public road work issues. it was our privilege to have served you. Await your next visit soon. Thanks and Best Regards Arshad Ebrahim
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We loved the waterfront dining - Delicious food under the stars for dinner and at sunrise for breakfast. The rooms are large and comfortable. Different than a typical hotel, there is a small, fascinating museum collection to see. The road was under construction while we visited
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Response from arebdude, Owner at The Waterfront Granary
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Guest Thank you for staying with us and for the wonderful feedback of our place. It was our pleasure to have served you. we look forward to your next visit. Thanks and Best Regards Arshad Ebrahim
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Suite room with view of the waterfront through the windows
room with view of bazaar
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Traders Room
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YME Presidential Suite
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Hi Sir, We have a Romantic dinner package which is usually arranged on the Terrace overlooking the waters and the jetty just the couples or if you prefer on the Pier we can do that too but there might be other guests too. for this we charge Rs. 5000 plus GST for a couple which includes a set menu with soups, starters, main course and deserts also includes a half kg cake or a non alcoholic champagne, the seating area will be decorated with floating candles etc... it will be a unique experience. for the menu you can discuss with our F&B Captain Mr. Vibin or Our Executive Chef Mr. Unais. Please call the Hotel Tel:+914842211177/2211777
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Is there a bar at the hotel
There is a nice restaurant overlooking the river where you can have soft drinks and hot drinks. Serves good food too. Not a bar as such. No alcoholic drinks.
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which rooms have sea facing balcony?
Hi Guest, The rooms with sea facing are Museum Rooms (M6,M7) and the presidential suite Regards Arshad Ebrahim Owner
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Dear Guest, Greetings from The Waterfront Granary. as per your request have added two pictures of the pool. As i am the owner of the place I wouldn't comment on the place it would be my pleasure to have you stay with us and then give your genuine comments anyway i assure you that it will be a pleasant and memorable stay for you.
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"You may choose rooms facing towards backwaters. Any room is quiet and good with its own ambience."
"Very good Ambiance"
"museum room is the best"
"For an excellent view one should try for the rooms on the top floor."
"Ask for a waterfront room."
US$ 66 - US$ 174 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
IndiaKeralaErnakulam DistrictKochi (Cochin)
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