Just loved this place. I arrived in Cochin after a long, hassled flight. The hotel arranged a pick up from the airport and when I arrived tired, hot and grumpy at 10am Dheeraj sat me down, fed me breakfast, fresh juice and coffee and told me everything I needed to know about Cochin. My room was lovely - simply furnished with a comfortable bed. I spent most of the time there on my verandah overlooking the pool - just perfect. Breakfast is fab and although I didn't take part in the morning yoga it looked great. Other guests were very friendly and I think the overall ambience of the place contributed to this - it's very laid back. Thora, Faisal and Dheeraj all make you feel really at home.
It's tucked away in a backstreet so at first it felt a bit disorientating about how to get into Cochin but I soon got the hang of it. Be prepared for a shock if you're not used to India - the streets felt dirty and dusty at first but after a day I realised it was just in a normal area and it's very safe to walk around in, even at night.
Had a bit of a hitch with my booking. It was for 3 nights but Thora had made a mistake and double booked my room. She was completely honest about this and offered to move me to a comparable hotel for the last night at her expense. I agreed even though I loved staying here as I was on the move anyway and she was clearly in a bit of a pickle. The new hotel was great - see my review of The Arches in Cochin. It was all handled very well and even though I loved The Arches too I would return to the Secret Garden if I came back to Cochin as I liked the atmosphere so much. But you might want to double check your booking!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An indulgent heritage guesthouse in Fort Cochin that offers finer accommodations than any home stay or hotel within a mid range budget; maybe better than what you can find even in the luxury bracket! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Secret Garden Kochi (Cochin), Kerala