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“a special place in Cochin”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Secret Garden

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Secret Garden
Ranked #4 of 201 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
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“a special place in Cochin”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014 via mobile

We loved our stay at the secret garden hotel. We were supposed to stay for two nights but as our son got chicken pox we had yo extend our stay to six nights. The staff were so helpful in recommending good restaurants and organised a car for a day trip to anthripally falls. We felt so lucky to be staying at the hotel while our son recovered from his illness. The family suite was so spacious and it was great to have a veranda that overlooked the pool. The hotel is around a 10 minute walk from the centre but we liked the fact it was tucked away and felt all the more relaxed by because it was such a quiet location. I highly recommend this place for the beautifully appointed rooms, wonderful staff and quiet location.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

This place is an absolute gem. We stayed there on our final night in Kerala before flying home and it was perfect. As other reviewers have said, it is hard to find (our poor tuk tuk driver had to stop and ask for directions about 10 times) but apart from that I could not find fault. Our room was gorgeous with a huge four poster bed, well air conditioned and with an excellent bathroom (read clean, hot water, very modern). There is also a pool which is small but clean and very refreshing. The staff were amazing and they bent over backwards to help us, even letting us have a shower before we left for the airport at midnight. It's not too far from the main old town and if that's too far a walk in the heat then there are a couple of places to eat nearby. Oh, and I nearly forgot the breakfast. They have a machine where you can make your own waffles - need I say more??

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2014

We liked staying here. First thing to note is that they hotel is a 10min walk from the centre of Fort Cochin and it took our taxi driver a while to find it down a maze of small streets. Once we arrived we were made very welcome. The staff were great, and our room was large, clean and comfortable. They serve a good breakfast of home made bread and jam. There is a small swimming pool to cool off in. We spent a few days here, and really quite enjoyed walking through the streets of Cochin.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2014

What a fantastic place , it is even better that I anticipated. A great place for a solo traveler, very safe area and near to good restaurants, shops ( Anohki and Fab India ) and interesting buildings and sights to see ( though a lot of Fort Cochin sights are very touristy...) Easy to walk out in the evening and enjoy the balmy weather. The rooms are fabulous, straight out of "Interiors" magazine( you can tell the joint owner is a trained Architect), wonderful furniture and interesting textiles and pictures. The staff were all lovely ( and I have to say the best looking...) Thora and Faizal are also very interesting and helpful. Make sure you see their book , which shows how they bought and built the hotel, using all local labour and traditional techniques. Its magic !!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014

We love Secret Garden - third time here. It is in a quiet back street away from the business of Fort Cochin. Breakfasts European style - home-made bread and jam, fruit and yogurt, waffles and very good coffee. Staff will bring you tea/coffee at any time of day. Faizal (joint owner) can organize anything - just ask.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2014

I had the pleasure of visiting Secret Garden on my first trip to India last Desember. And what a visit that was. I stayed there for whole 5 weeks arriving just before Xmas and enjoyed every single minute of it. This beautiful hotel is perfectly located in Fort Cochin and has the most pleasant staff I´ve ever met. But besides the great location and an even greater service everything at this hotel is simply... BEAUTIFUL! And this has all to do with the work and spirit of the owner Thora, who carefully has planned, built and created every single detail there is, besides being an invaluable kvowledge of facts and fairy tales on India. 5 weeks of pure enjoyment. Thank you, guys!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

We were lucky enough to spend 2 full weeks here, and would very happily have stayed 2 more! The staff are delightful, friendly and nothing is too much trouble. Everyone we encountered was more than happy to help, taking pleasure in ensuring we had a memorable and enjoyable stay. The breakfasts are tip-top, the hospitality unmatched. I have stayed in more expensive places where I felt less valued. The Secret Garden is located near enough to great shopping, restaurants and ayurvedic centers to walk, but we took Rickshaws everywhere - affordable and fun! Thora is a generous hostess and was happy to provide advice on shopping and dining. She even arranged for a tailor to come to the hotel to measure us for custom clothing! We loved it so much that we are coming back next year.

Room Tip: The family room was airy and spacious and easily accomodated 5 ladies.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Secret Garden

Property: Secret Garden
Address: 11 / 745, Bishop Garden Lane-2 | Pattalam, Kochi (Cochin) 682001, India
Region: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 201 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Secret Garden 2*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An indulgent heritage guesthouse in Fort Cochin that offers finer accommodations than any home stay or hotel within a mid range budget; maybe better than what you can find even in the luxury bracket! SECRET GARDEN A SMALL TRANQUIL HOTEL. ... more   less 
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