I chose this guest house in Fort Kochi for my tour group from Canada because of several favourable reviews on various travel websites. Unfortunately, those favourable reviews are out of date. You can see that the building must have been very nice when new, but maintenance has been neglected, and it is now getting distinctly run-down and shabby.
The bad impression starts right at the entrance. There are piles of garbage and broken furniture scattered in the courtyard and on the verandah. On the first floor up, garbage has just been swept under a staircase in plain view, a breeding ground for cockroaches and vermin. Every one of our rooms had something wrong, such as missing light bulbs, broken door locks, towel racks held by a single screw, no mosquito nets on the bathroom windows, broken toilet seats, defective plug points, broken buckets and jugs in the bathrooms, leaky taps and bathroom sprays units, bathrooms not cleaned, dirty towels in the bathrooms, no dust bins, no mosquito vaporizers, and on and on.
We stayed because we had prepaid the first night, but we immediately started looking around for alternatives. Also annoying was to find that the rooms are now being advertised on-line at about half the price we paid booking and paying several months in advance.
I would never stay here again, and recommend against it in the strongest possible terms. It's becoming a complete dump, and management obviously has no interest in maintaining and cleaning it properly.
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