We got to Kochi after a long drive and the Manager was there to greet us. However she left the the following day, leaving a full hotel: does it makes sense?
This small hotel has a dutch colonial feel and is well decorated and equipped. Bathrooms are good. More attention was put on decoration rather than practicality.
One night there were water problems because of a storm. The stuff tried to fix it as quick as they could. The pool was empty because of maintenance works. We were told we could swim at another hotel nearby.
The location is excellent, near the water. We saw Queen Mary enter the harbor and a scene of an Indian movie being filmed on the beach.
This being India, there should have more vegetarian dishes at dinner; we also found the food to be bland. The staff could not handle the laundry on Good Friday, but the nearby Indian laundry remained open.
Wifi is free but not always reliable
Kochi is great to discover. If you book a tuk-tuk tour, set the price beforehand and be aware that it is going to include stops at various businesses where the driver gets a commission. I recommend negotiating a fare without 'extra' stops, but not all driver are going to accept it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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 travelers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Neemrana's Le Colonial Kochi (Cochin), Kerala