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Tea Bungalow
Ranked #57 of 211 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 May 2014

I stayed here in February 2014 with my fiancée and we had the most relaxing experience. The staff was so hospitable and welcoming we felt right at home from the beginning. The food was so fresh and delicious, we ate every meal we could there! We had the best room there the Cochin room with the view (balcony) of the pool and outdoor seating of the restaurant.

This hotel is perfectly situated if you enjoy investigating the sites and sounds! Many attractions (Dutch Palace, Chinese Fishing nets, the beach etc) are near by and are a safe walking or Tok-tok (taxi) distance away. It was the only place in India that we felt completely comfortable walking around (without being bothered or run over by cars!). There are lots of things to see! We also took advantage of the Ayruveda massage place close by to the hotel. I don't remember the name of it, but the hotel had recommended it and it was a great recommendation!

This place is perfect for couples, family, alone... basically anyone. All your needs are met. Weloved our room! It was so beautiful and upscale. We had WiFi, a flat screen TV, AC and just the decor of the room was perfect.

We learned that some expat engineers working on projects in Cochin had organized with their work to stay at the Tea Bungalow instead of the more commonly used hotels (impersonal, large). We can tell you those Italian expats had it right!

Room Tip: The Cochin room is the best room, it private (no neighbours) and has a beautiful balcony!
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 May 2014 via mobile

An tastefully decorated hotel in a historic building just outside the town centre. Rooms are spacious and generally of a high standard, each with its own nautical theme (we stayed in the 'Mauritius' room). Touches to be expected from an expensive hotel were evident: Bathrobes and slippers, adequate bathroom supplies (including shaving kit, dental kit and hairdryer), etc. In addition, the hotel has a nice swimming pool.

However, at normal rates, I would deem the hotel overpriced. (As we visited out of peak season, we were able to negotiate an off-season rate at quite a significant discount).

For an expensive, 4* hotel, service levels were not quite up to scratch e.g. only one waiter covering the breakfast shift and delays or errors with certain requests. This may, however, be due to fewer staff being employed in quieter periods. (Here it must be noted that staff were at all times friendly, courteous and willing to assist.) In addition, the WiFi was patchy and temperamental, we at times had difficulty getting hot water in our shower and breakfast, while adequate, was not what I would expect from a hotel pitched at this level. The hotel could also do with an overall 'spruce up' and small details (marks on towels, a stain/patch of damp on our bedroom wall) detract from the overall experience.

All in all we had a comfortable and enjoyable stay. However, I would have felt very disappointed if I had paid full room rates. During peak season (at full rates), I would suggest comparing a number of different hotels in the same price range before making a decision.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

The Tea Bungalow is a little away from the main area but still in a good location and quieter. Our room (Galle) was beautiful, with an enormous bathroom and shower. Staff were very helpful and friendly. The breakfast wasn't great but OK. A good value location for a stay in Cochin.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

Stayed for 2 nights in April (6 & 7). Staff very welcoming and helpful.Great location and very relaxing ambience. Rooms very comfortable with added interest of a garden growing in the shower!
Staff very helpful and breakfast is excellent.

Room Tip: Had room in the garden at the front - Mombassa - with interesting bathroom
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank gerry k
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

As with all my experiences in Kerala the people could not be friendlier. The location is fantastic but the whole place felt a little tired and in need of a bit of TLC. I did not eat here as I stayed for one night on the way back to the airport so I can't comment on the food but I did try to order a beer but to no avail - it is not licensed - which for a single, female traveler who likes an evening G&T it was a big disappointment. Lovely grounds and fabulous looking from the outside and could be so much more inside - a real shame!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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1  Thank DMIves
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

I share the opinion of so many other guests – this place has huge potential and could be fantastic but is in serious need of some attention. My towels, for instance, were almost threadbare, and the dressing gown in the wardrobe had clearly not seen a wash in quite some time. We only ate one meal there, but felt the portions for the curry were extremely mean – it only had three small pieces of fish in it. The restaurant is in the hotel's reception – they don't have anywhere else to put it, but it is strange to be sitting there eating your meal while staff are taking calls, or guests coming in and out of their rooms. The location is excellent – you can walk to many of the main attractions, including the amazing Chinese nets – and the pool area is lovely – but I would hesitate to return. We went off season, so didn't have to pay the full rate. Had we been charged that, I would have extremely hard done by.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

My family and I stayed here for 3 nights from the 17th to the 20th of April 2014. We had booked our stay online well in advance from Noida, going by the reviews and ratings it had received on Trip Advisor and other travel sites. We were not disappointed as the ambience was just as we had expected and the staff were extremely courteous and efficient. The room and the bathroom were very spacious and were spotlessly clean. Mr. Francis the manager warrants a special mention for his helpfulness as does Deepak who served us breakfast every morning with a ready smile and a polite demeanour. It is a beautifully maintained heritage property and is very centrally located with easy access to all major attractions/sites including restaurants in Fort Kochi. We have come back with wonderful memories of our stay at the Tea Bungalow and would greatly recommend it to people who plan on visiting Fort Kochi.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Address: 1/1901, Kunumpuram | Fort Kochi, Kochi (Cochin) 682001, India
Region: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#23 Luxury Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range: £51 - £175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Tea Bungalow 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dempo Resorts and the historic Tea BungalowThe guiding force behind Tea Bungalow is Mr.Vivek Dempo founder of Dempo Resorts. The Dempo Family is one of the oldest families of Goa, who controlled the coconut trade from the 16th to the 19th Century. They also owned large cargo sailing ships which sailed from Goa to the African Ports of Portuguese colonies like Mozambique and Angola in the Indian Ocean.The restoration and decoration of Tea Bungalow has been a labour of love for Mr. Dempo. He has crafted an escape from the humdrum, noisy, soul-killing rush of everyday life. Tea Bungalow offers a tranquil place to step away for a while, to centre your thoughts and get the balance you need.Tea Bungalow occupies pride of place in the heart of the exclusive heritage area of Fort Cochin. Cochin (Kochi) is made up of three districts: Ernakulam, Wellington Island and Fort Cochin. The bungalow was built in 1912 and run as a workshop and office of a UK Company called United Carpets engaged in the manufacture and export of coir and spices. Brooke Bond the tea company bought the bungalow in 1956 and christened it Brooke Bond Bungalow which housed the top management of Brooke Bond & Company. Dignitaries used this bungalow for important meetings. Its history of spice and tea brought about its new avatar - Tea Bungalow. ... more   less 
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