An older style hotel, without being rundown, fittings telephone etc are colonial period. Service is excellent and very friendly.
Nicely situated within easy walking of the Chinese fishing nets, here we had 2 different rooms . Initially we started in the 1st floor Palace suite, which was very large with a 4 poster bed. Off of the bedroom is an inner balcony/ day room with some seating, a lounger and a chair. From here there is access to a very narrow balcony with views over the park type area outside. View is OK but is perhaps spoilt by the power cables and poles. The bathroom has a good shower with plenty of hot water. The room is quiet but the air con can be a little noisy. For free WIFI you have to come downstairs
Food in the hotel is excellent with a very good choice for vegetarians based on Risotto/Bruchetta, and is generally a la carte). Beer and wine are available in the restaurant at a reasonable price, beer approx 350 rupees and Red wine 1350-2500 Rupees. Sula is the local Red wine and is OK. Ambience in the garden dining area is very nice and whilst we were there we had evening music.
Our second room was a garden villa, this is smaller than the suite, with an outside private and efficient shower, the room faces into the inner garden courtyard and is very quiet and comfortable. Access to the large pool is a few strides away and outside the room is a small seating area. In fact we preferred this to the suite. Free WIFI is available in this room
Both rooms have plug in mosquito dispensers and should be used, however during our stay we were not really plagued by the little beasts
Downside for nearly all hotels on our Kerala/ Tamil Nadu trip was that the sinks do not have plugs. Both room have Indian round 3 pin adapters with the additional facility to insert a Euro 2 pin plug of either the thin or slightly thicker varieties.
The area around is safe and we walked during the day and in the early evening and didn’t feel at all threatened. Touting for business is minimal and not pestering, in the evening you can walk the Chinese fishing nets and see the daily catch. For photographers then the pictures of the nets with a perfect background are probably not taken on this side of the river, or maybe not even in Kochi, but I am sure someone will tell me if I am wrong.
An important point is that here in Kochi one can buy bottles of tonic from a nearby general store, basically come out of the hotel turn right then take the next right hand street and at the end on the left are a couple of general stores, tonic ranges from about 55 to 65 rupees per 250/300 ml bottle. A liquor licence is expensive and difficult to obtain in Kerala so be aware that many hotels may not easily be able to serve beer or wine. Those that don’t generally do not mind if you bring your own to the restaurants.
We felt that our 2 day stay in Kochi was about the right amount of time, thanks to Benny of Musafir tours for the advise on duration.
- 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