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“Where Affordable Luxury and the Peronal Touch meet - The Tea Bungalow!”
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Tea Bungalow
Ranked #36 of 201 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
Certificate of Excellence
Calgary, Alberta
2 reviews
“Where Affordable Luxury and the Peronal Touch meet - The Tea Bungalow!”
Reviewed 12 February 2010

During our recent 23 day tour with my group of 14 (www.letsdoindia.com), we choose to stay in Fort Cochin and upon researching, decided on The Tea Bungalow! Simply put, we will be back. This is a beautifully appointed, restored colonial building with gardens and a small pool. It is very tastefully appointed and no detail has been spared in the rooms to ensure our comfort - including complementary WIFI, huge bathrooms and luxurious showers with plenty of hot water, LCD satellite T.V.s, complementary Tea and Cofffee and Bottled Water, and very comfy beds! Our whole group at the end of our tour (18 days in the South and 5 in the North of India), rated The Tea Bungalow to be in the top 3 and everyone wished we had spent more time there.

The factors in addition to the ammenities which made our stay incredible were for one, a very friendly, helpful and efficient staff. The service was excellent, including a special menu we asked for our group for dinner on our first night there - it was arranged, prepared for and served with style and elegance on very short notice from us! Now that's service. Second, the location is quiet and yet, you can walk to the beach and shopping areas within 15 minutes. They also had tickets on site for the incredible Kathak Dance performance at the new air conditioned theatre which was a 10 minute walk from the Bungalow.

I will definately be booking The Tea Bungalow for all my future groups and for a longer stay as there is so much to do in Fort Cochin. As travelling anywhere, and perhaps even more so in India, can be wearing on the body and mind, we fwere delighted with the warm and friendly welcome upon our arrival at the Tea Bungalow and would recommend that you do not miss staying at this little gem to ensure that your experience of Fort Cochin is as wonderful as ours was!

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Reviewed 9 February 2010

The hotel was delightful with very smart spacious bedrooms and bathrooms- all very modern and stylish with excellent finishing. The service was exemplary. Food was delicious. We thought this was also excellent value for money.

Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 February 2010

The Tea Bungalow is a stylish small hotel. Large well furnished and comfortable rooms with large bathrooms. A pleasant garden and pool. Excellent and reasonably priced food (We had a fabulous selection of Kerala dishes that weren't on the menu) and courteous, helpful & friendly staff. Whilst it may not have all the amenities of a large 5 star hotel, in every other respect it is as good as you would find anywhere. Highly recommended.

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San Diego, CA
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Reviewed 2 February 2010

Comfortable place with a huge bathroom and wonderful "monsoon" shower head that is very relaxing. I spent just one night there on my last night in Cochi but would highly recommend this place to even the most discerning traveler. The manager even went with me to the airport in the taxi to ensure i arrived safely. That is Indian hospitality!

Susan in San Diego, CA USA

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Reviewed 31 January 2010

Warm welcome, excellent service, and large stylish rooms ( we stayed in "Goa", which had a huge bathroom with great shower). The lighting in the room was excellent for general use and reading, and even had nightlights. The food was very good and the pool refreshing. The location is very central. This new hotel deserves to succeed.

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Reviewed 26 January 2010

My wife,friend and myself stayed three nights in the Tea Bungalow. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The rooms are of a high standard and the staff could not have been more helpful. The streets of cochin are quite complex and the Tea Bungalow is not yet widely known so do take the address of the hotel to show rickshaw drivers.
We hada marvellous holiday in Kerala and staying at the Tea Bungalow was one of the highlights.
Sir Alistair Graham. UK

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Reviewed 26 January 2010

Clean and attentative service. Bed a little bit hard for my liking. Rooms well maintained. Not a great deal of vegi food on the daily menus but staff will make you something ad-hoc. Would recommend for a couple of days - no more as the location is quite central and with that you have to expect some noise and the usual pollutants.

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Property: Tea Bungalow
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:
#17 Luxury Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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