Highly overrated - although the property is well decorated - there were stains on the bed cover and bed sheets torn. We booked one of their most expensive rooms -sold to us as a suite- jan van spell - for a special family celebration for new year. The room was no suite - just a large room with two beds - no where meriting the almost 500 euro price per night!. There was no hot water to bathe and cockroaches in the bathroom - I have a picture to show!. The food - it was a new year celebration dinner with its own mandatory extra price - the worst meal - leave alone a celebration one - we have ever eaten. Cold entrees, tough squid like rubber, no music or any sign of celebrating a special evening was what we got.
At least 3 or 4 times we were told in as many polite words that we could leave if we want or that if we wished to celebrate new year we should have stayed in Italy! Incredible hospitable India indeed.
As we said - never again
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Colonial, by the Chinese fishing nets of Fort Cochin, is probably Asia's oldest colonial house, dating back to 1506. Located in the very heart of Fort Cochin, right next to Saint Francis Church, this legendary house is said to have housed the Saint as also Vasco de Gama. After 150 years as the Portuguese Governor's residence, it was one of the very few houses not to have been destroyed when the Dutch took Fort Cochin. It then housed the Dutch Governors for a century and a half, until Jan van Spall sold it to the British in 1795. In turn, they passed it on to the J. Thomas, the renowned tea trader. These five captive centuries of history have been lovingly restored and the hotel is a true living museum. Treasures of art from the colonial past have revived that era, turning Le Colonial into a "Club" and meeting point for the discerning travelers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Neemrana's Le Colonial Kochi (Cochin), Kerala, India