I stayed in the Old Harbour Hotel for a couple of nights in September 2012, having come to Kochi on business and decided to stay for the weekend to unwind a bit. I couldn't have made a better choice.
The atmosphere is completely tranquil, with a feeling of understated luxury and comfort that bigger hotels simply can't match. The service is first rate, the rooms are spacious and beautifully designed, and the location is unbeatable. The hotel is beautifully restored with gorgeous wooden floors and sparkling white walls, clustered around a beautiful green courtyard and fountain. Best of all is the lush garden that adjoins the restaurant and which provides the perfect backdrop to a relaxed breakfast to start your day. The hotel also has a spa providing ayurvedic massage which I recommend.
It's not cheap, but I think it is exceptional value for money given the overall experience, the high standards and the friendly and personal welcome. Highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the heart of ancient Fort Cochin, Kerala, a place that exudes history and culture, is the 'Old Harbour Hotel.' A 300 year-old building that has for long been a heritage monument of this town, now reopened as a boutique hotel. Built in the Dutch style of architecture with hints of Portuguese influences, it was the first hotel of old Cochin. Later it remained a residential home to employees of English Tea broking firms until it was left unused for a period of time. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Old Harbour Kochi
- Hotel Old Harbour
- Old Harbour Hotel Kochi (Cochin), Kerala