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1/315 Church Road Vasco da Gama Square, Kochi (Cochin) 682001 India
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Le Colonial, by the Chinese fishing nets of Fort Cochin, is probably Asia's oldest colonial house, dating back to 1506. Located in the very heart of Fort Cochin, right next to Saint Francis Church, this legendary house is said to have housed the Saint as also Vasco de Gama. After 150 years as the Portuguese Governor's residence, it was one of the very few houses not to have been destroyed when the Dutch took Fort Cochin. It then housed the Dutch Governors for a century and a half, until Jan van Spall sold it to the British in 1795. In turn, they passed it on to the J. Thomas, the renowned tea trader. These five captive centuries of history have been lovingly restored and the hotel is a true living museum. Treasures of art from the colonial past have revived that era, turning Le Colonial into a "Club" and meeting point for the discerning travellers. Le Colonial, in 2016, was proud to host the second series of BBC's Real Marigold Hotel and its cast!
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HappySheep wrote a review Jan 2020
Wellington, New Zealand1609 contributions208 helpful votes
Lovely private fine boutique hotel near beach of Fort Kochi set in nice gardens behind high walls in old coliseum bungalow. Service was good and the place an oasis of calm. Breakfast could have been better
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled
Susan F wrote a review Dec 2019
London, United Kingdom7 contributions3 helpful votes
We stayed for 3 nights at this superb hotel. It is beautiful colonial house, an oasis of calm in a tourist location. The staff were helpful and polite. The atmosphere is of being a guest in a country house rather than a hotel, with a wonderful wooden heritage decor. The food was excellent. Yes, it is expensive, but well worth every penny.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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525quercus wrote a review Nov 2019
London, United Kingdom12 contributions9 helpful votes
Built in 1506, this is the second oldest colonial bungalow in asia. One of the earlier residents was Vasco de Gama who died here and was buried in St Francis Church before his remains were removed to Portugal. Other notable resident was a French Naval officer Mahe de la Bourdonnaise who went north and coquered Malabar. The bungalow was then used by Dutch officers before it fell to British. 1605 AD was possessed by the Dutch and remined in Dutch possession till 17th Century when it fell in British hand and remained so till 1947. Many a Dutch, French and British colonial army and navy officers have stayed at this property Present owners from France bought the property c. turn of the millennium and converted it in to a seven-bedroom resort with a swimming pool. Each room is named after colonial officers who had made significant contribution in colonial times. Hotel Marigold series two was filmed in this hotel. Dining area overlooks the pool and overlooks the garden. This is tastefully decorated with outside lights and is suitable for romantic evening dinning. Cuisine is mixed Indian and European cuisine and all including bread and ice-cream if requested are prepared daily in house. Rooms are attended to twice a day, in the morning for main cleaning and in the evening for turning down the bed. Bathrooms are very spacious and each room has a shower and a bath. Staff are very friendly, attentive and meals are excellent and cooked to western taste. This place is a must visit.
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Date of stay: November 2019
2 Helpful votes
berengere b wrote a review Oct 2019
2 contributions4 helpful votes
We just spend 4 night at the Colonial. This historic house keeps on living thanks to the devotion of a family taking care of preserving the authenticity of this former colonial estate while pushing the standards at the highest level. The furnitures and antiques have been selected with care, the atmosphere kept magic and the staff and managing team are incredibly pro and careful. They make you fell like at home, with a step back in rhe colonial past. There is nothing to change. The pool and small garden are beautiful. The meals served are perfectly executed and customized to your choice: possibility to choose between continental or Indian dishes. Incredible and Wonderful place! A must stay place.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled
Kovit S wrote a review Sep 2019
Bangkok, Thailand608 contributions345 helpful votes
Le Colonial is a charming little hotel indeed, I’ve always wanted to find something like this and here we are! An old Colonial home with many stories to tell, tastefully restored and recreated into a luxury dwelling with many modern day requirements, yet retaining its old world charm. Just walking in to the entrance through the living room like lobby was always a warm feeling with so much history before you. We stayed in the Jan Van Spall suite which was again, full of period charm, two vintage styled queens, Mahogany furniture, a sit out terrace and a large bathroom with separate tub and large shower cubicle. Most importantly for us, a nice strong water pressure often rare in historic buildings. We also particularly enjoyed our terrace and the view we had onto the garden and pool. A warm reception always from Arun, the manager and his team. Special thanks to Akhil for moving around some furniture and my several requests for extra towels. They also were able to arrange an in room massage for me on the terrace, which was most appreciated. Only place that we felt they ran short and could easily improve was food, not that it was bad, but considering that this suite is one of the highest priced accommodations in town, they could do better. Breakfast was that of a good B+B, nothing to match the luxury 5 star tab that they charge. I’m glad we opted to have dinner included only one night of our stay, as we were able to dine very well in nearby restaurants. I would definitely stay again. For lovers of nostalgia and comfort this is the place to be in Kochi.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled
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dorothyandrichard wrote a review Feb 2019
Sarasota, Florida52 contributions58 helpful votes
This 8 room boutique hotel was built in 1506, but is completely modernized. The location in historic Fort Kochin can't be beat. One block from the Arabian Sea and walking distance from all the historic sites. The rooms are large and three have balconies (get one). The food is excellent and the staff is fantastic. Visit Kerala and stay here for a magical experience.
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled
3 Helpful votes
ToriA wrote a review Jan 2019
Mumbai, India14 contributions4 helpful votes
After spending a particularly bad night in another hotel, the next morning I set out to find another place to stay and happened upon The Colonial. It had everything I was looking for; impeccable cleanliness, lovely staff and beautiful surroundings. Although i was still poorly, I enjoyed two nights here where my every request was catered for and would return in a heartbeat. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled
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BarryJohn4 wrote a review Jan 2019
North Yorkshire, England51 contributions81 helpful votes
We had the pleasure of staying in Le Colonial at the start of our late December visit to Kerala, and we were so glad we had chosen this wonderful, restful place. Although right in the centre of the action at Fort Cochin, the walled hotel is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the main road and it attendant wonderful colourful atmosphere that is India at its best. Our spacious, immaculately clean room with mahogany furniture reflecting the period, was filled with everything we needed except a kettle, but the hotel gave us tea and coffee - beautifully served - whenever we needed it. Although we didn't have dinner, the breakfast was of a very high standard, provided everything we requested - including marmalade! (but what would one expect?) The staff were very friendly, polite and exceptionally helpful from the manager downwards. He obviously leads from the top and sets a wonderful example to the staff. Le Colonial will be my first choice of venue when next we are in Fort Cochin - but we'll make it longer next time!
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Date of stay: December 2018
2 Helpful votes
fifij123 wrote a review Dec 2018
London, United Kingdom3 contributions3 helpful votes
I was lucky enough to stay in this beautiful hotel recently and wanted to say what a great experience it was. It felt more like staying in someones beautiful home rather than a hotel. Though it did help that we were staying there with friends and had the whole hotel to ourselves. The staff were very attentive, without being intrusive, and all of our food was amazing. There is a lovely little pool where you can sit and relax and the bedrooms are all gorgeous, with beautiful en-suites. A fantastic place to stay to escape the chaos of Cochin. Highly recommend if you are looking for something a bit different to your average hotel.
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Kimberley C wrote a review Oct 2018
San Diego, California1341 contributions16 helpful votes
It's been a year since my two night stay at Le Colonial, but it is still fresh in my mind. This historical home converted to a very excellent guest house was where we spent the final two nights of our travels in India, and it could not have been more perfect. The welcome was personal and engaging. We were invited to relax in the beautifully furnished main room which retains the feeling of history while being fresh and elegant. We were asked our preferences for dinner that evening and found we happened to be the only guests during out stay, so all our meals were essentially customized to our tastes. We were not disappointed! We opted for local dishes and everything was very fresh, beautifully prepared and presented. Delicious! We had reserved the Viceroy Room, a very spacious and comfortable second-floor room with a private exterior porch overlooking the walled garden of exotic plants and pool, the perfect place to relax with a cup of tea. The walls were hung with period lithographs, the room had several comfortable chairs, and the expansive marble bathroom with separate shower and tub was exquisite. Dating from the 16th century, we had a definite sense of history combined with a very comfortable level of accommodation and personal, friendly and informative service from the manager and staff. I am remembering this stay with great fondness and hope to return again one day.
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Date of stay: November 2017
$235 - $239 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
IndiaKeralaErnakulam DistrictKochi (Cochin)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Le Colonial
Which popular attractions are close to Le Colonial?
Nearby attractions include Kashi Art Gallery (0.2 km), Kerala Kathakali Centre (0.3 km), and David Hall Gallery & Cafe (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Le Colonial?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Le Colonial?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Le Colonial?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Le Colonial?
Conveniently located restaurants include Rasoi Fort Kochi, Farmers Cafe, and The Asian Kitchen by Tokyo Bay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Le Colonial?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Le Colonial have airport transportation?
Yes, Le Colonial offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Le Colonial?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Le Colonial offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Le Colonial?
Many travellers enjoy visiting St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church (1.5 km), Aspinwall House (0.2 km), and Kadavum Bagam Synagogue (2.5 km).
Is Le Colonial accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.