The high ceilings, the whitewashed walls, the teak beams and stairways, the graceful arches and the spacious verandah garden, all have the magical effect of transporting you into colonial times long gone by. The warmth of the people running the property (a 300 year oldbuilding) is genuine and there is a distinctive "Kerala" feel about the place - the women in their cream and gold sarees, the men with their broad smiles and Mallu accents, the faint fragrance of jasmine in the air. The rooms are generously proportioned, with distinctive names (Napier, Burgher, etc) and not numbers , the bathrooms are seeingly designed for royalty and the restaurant that spills into the garden serves local delicacies and European fare. If you are a vegetarian and crave South Indian fare (as we did), you will be disappointed, but there are several options in the neighbourhood. The location is perfect...10 minutes (on foot) to St. Francis Cathedral and 5 min to the Chinese fishing nets. I know I'll be back again here.
- 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), India - Kerala