This is the perfect place to stay to enjoy the Fort area in a wonderful colonial building. The size of the property makes it feel like a home rather than a hotel and as this is the end of their season we were the only guests. I can't thank the staff and wonderful manageress enough for everything they did to make this a wonderful start to our Keralan holiday. Having stayed previously in the Malabar House many years ago, I much preferred the atmosphere of the Le Colonial, as it is not like a hotel.
We had the Jan Van Spall room and as I was travelling with my mother this was perfect. The room is huge with two antique but very comfortable double beds. The decor has a wonderful mix of antiques and a lovely large bathroom. The small terrace with a lovely view across the swimming pool was sadly not really put to good use by us, but would be nice to use if the weather was cooler. It was 41 degrees the day we arrived. The air conditioning in the room was very efficient. They also offered us the choice of dinner outside or the air conditioned dining room and we used both during our stay.
We thoroughly enjoyed afternoon tea on the terrace and soft drinks around the pool. The pool is not huge and there are deck chairs for sitting in, which was fine for us.
The dinners we had were both excellent. We left the choice up to the chef and were provided with a range of curries and they also accommodated my mother's love of prawns by doing another separate additional dish of grilled prawns. Desserts were fabulous and the chocolate mousse was better than any I have eaten anywhere. The dining room was comfortable and has some wonderful old photos including a splendid Cartier-Bresson photo of Nehru.
The position of the hotel next to St Francis cathedral puts you in an excellent position for wandering around Cochin and for sight seeing. We were very sad to leave when are two night stay was over.
- 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