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“Great room, didn't really love the food”
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Brunton Boatyard
Ranked #10 of 202 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
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“Great room, didn't really love the food”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

This hotel is in the old town of Cochin. The new town is a busy Indian city but the old town looks like you went to Key West. There are shops with high prices, plenty of restaurants and a high concentration of foreign tourists (including us). If you want to stay in the old town this is a good location. You almost fall on the China nets when you walk out the door. The hotel is clean and pleasant but the food is average. The service at breakfast is slow and somewhat unreliable. I liked my stay here but wasn't as positive about it as some of the other places I stayed in India. We also visited the cultural show. Sounds like a Corn Ball tourist thing to do, but actually was interesting. The dance that you learn about is seen in many parts of Kerela and the cultural show helps to understand what you are seeing, not just a guy in green face paint.

Room Tip: We had a corner room that was as big as a house. Not much comfortable furniture, but a nice room wi...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Anjali T, Vice President Marketing at Brunton Boatyard, responded to this review, 23 February 2012
Dear Guest,
Thanks for sending in your review for Brunton Boatyard.
I'm sorry you did not have as positive an experience of Brunton as you did of some of the oher places you have stayed at. It would be good for us to understand what we could've done to enhance the quality of your experience. We have ofcourse noted your comment on the quality of food and the breakfast service and shall do our best to improve it. Thanks for your positive comments on your room.
Regards,
Anjali Tolani
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

A delightful hotel with rooms facing the sea - you will never be bored sitting on your balcony watching everything from fishing canoes to large container ships going by. The hotel is an oasis of calm in busy Fort Kochi - the only drawback is the VERY noisy ferries which run continuously all day but fortunately do not run at night. Very nice swimming pool and a small adjacent garden where you can eat breakfast. One night we ate at the seafood barbecue restaurant on the roof terrace - delicious food but a little on the pricey side. There is a good restaurant opposite the hotel and other restaurants only a short taxi/tuctuc ride away.
Rooms were well equipped. My husband and I both celebrated our birthdays whilst we were there and were presented with delicious personally decorated cakes. Staff were all very helpful - nothing was too much trouble - would certainly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: I believe all the rooms overlook the sea
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Anjali T, Vice President Marketing at Brunton Boatyard, responded to this review, 8 February 2012
Dear Guest,
Thanks for your lovely feedback on your stay with us at Brunton Boatyard. Particularly have noted your feedback on our food prices and ferry; about the latter while we have attempted to sound proof our rooms, we shall look at how else we can reduce the impact. As far as the food goes, we try and offer an experience that is authentic and unmatched at the various outlets we have at Brunton. However we shall definitely try and better our offering.
Thanks also for your feedback on your stay with us at another destination.
We shall look forward to your repeat patronage
Regards,
Anjali Tolani
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

Greated by a most beautiful old 1930's looking, courtyard reception with rooms with atmosphere that took you back when people had tea inIndia with perhaps a Gin & Tonic, (quinine) ....

Here was a setting for another 'rome with a view' ala India...

We were greeted and shown to an period style room all befitting of the hotel style ...made you smile when you entered.

We were asked if we were dinning in the hotel and recommended to the terrace restaurant that evening..we had the hotel make the reservation.

we dressed and left the room to dicover this terrace restaurant with great anticipation of something new.....

We were shown to our table by our restaurant manager hi apperance was a young handsom man of mid 30's who asked if i had a reservation when i said yes ,he took my word for it...no problem.

we sat at the table and looked over a boat docking station that every 15 mins a new arrival of passengers would enter this dockside disembark wait for new pasengers to fill ( an old war Landing craft) that took them with vans bikes and busses away from the shore and off to another destination not far away..no sooner had this departed when another craft arrived and did the same allover again........One big thing the noise of the boat craft people carrier..passenger boat was deafening it had no silencer on its engine and roared itself away from the shore every time it had to leave. Great sound for a romantic evening ....

Whilst we were settling down and very aware of these boats comming and going and the noise....we had not noticed that we had not recieved any table attention for at least the first twenty mins'..why i do not know but ther were ten tablesandonly six occupied waiters running up an down and the resuarant man'was helping a table take some pictures...35mins still no service...no menue to look at no water nobread actually NOTHING..45mins i'm begining to blow a fuse... a few waves at the waiters get ignored....

eventually the manager and i came to verble blows and we had dinner...good start?

Food ...fish ...Lobster Bisk the best highly recomend..

The following day we toured Cochin Jewish Quarter the very early settlement of the Jewish traders in this part of India...apparently still tresured by the locals and by the indian kings for the legacy of thes highly educated highly respected jewish settlers...we visited the oldest Synagouge in India a building with a magnificent atmospher of history and worship..messmorising.... loved it its a must.

We were with a driver who insisted that we meet with an old lady shop keeper by the name of Sarah Cohen.. the most charming indian Jewish mother that i have ever come across..steeped in her own history with a thousand stories to tell ..as lively as an 18 year old looking 21 somebody whispered (.......over 80) we bought every thing we could buy from this lady books on the history of the Jews in cochin etc etc she obliged by signing with 'Love & Kisses'
Sarah Cohen...Cochin 2012.

After we drove away back to our hotel and another terrace dinner..with the compliments of the hotel...very kind very correct...but i would have prefered ...just dinner not war..

We left the following day for Kerrala by basket Boat....'Romantic as hell'

Room Tip: As far away from the docking station ...the noise starts at ...early moring ..no silencer on the boa...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

Wonderful stay in a colonial atmosphere. Charming staff + amazing massage. Great location to walk about and visit the old town.

  • Stayed March 2011
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Reviewed 14 January 2012

The Brunton Boatyard is well located in Fort Cochin. The staff is very welcoming, greeting you with cold towels and lemon drinks. Check in was a breeze. We were escorted to our room with a young man who explained the history of the hotel as well as telling us about the facilities. The rooms are well appointed along with a balcony overlooking the harbor. The bed is a large 4 poster bed; there is ample storage for luggage along with a table and 2 chairs. The bathroom is spacious and also has a view of the harbor.
We had breakast on the lawn; again service and food were excellent. Every night there is a complimentary harbor boat excursion.
This is our second visit to the hotel and we highly recommend it.

Room Tip: Not all rooms face the harbor so make sure you request that view.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Brunton Boatyard
Address: Calwati Road | Fort Cochin, Kochi (Cochin) 682001, India
Region: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#4 Romantic Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#15 Family Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
Price range (per night): ₹ 7,557 - ₹ 21,443
Hotel Class:5 star — Brunton Boatyard 5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This CGH Earth property is located in Fort Cochin, right in the middle of all the historic monuments, right in front of the mouth of the harbour, and with a magnificent view of all the grand ships coming into Cochin. ... more   less 
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