We booked the Suite room for 4 adults as their reservation agent confirmed that there were two queen-size beds and the room was large enough for 4 adults. However once we opened the door, right away we understood that it would be tight, so we asked for an additional bed to be brought in, which after some negotiation we managed to receive free of charge. So beside the small "double" beds, the room was very nice with furniture matching the historic feel of the house itself. The bathroom was large, and provided enough hot water for all of us. The garden was peaceful, and the swimming pool most welcome to refresh. However the breakfast was terrible, not at all in line with the expectations one has from the Neemrana's. The location could not be any better, right across from the square where the Chinese nests are in Fort Cochin. Staff was helpful to book backwater tours. So over all positive experience, but improvements need to be done regarding breakfast in order to match the Neemrana's name!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Tower House sits facing the Chinese fishing nets, marking the spot of a 17th century light house which has given it the name. Cannon balls once fired out from its thick bastion-walls. This scallop-walled twin-house looks rather like a ship and indeed, boats were brought in on high tide and parked downstairs in its stable and dry dock! Since 1982, it is owned by Peirce Leslie. The character of The Tower House lies in its unpretentious yet proud bearing, almost grandfather like, it sits looking out over the sea, a spirit of adventure surrounds it even today, taking one back to stories of high seas told and retold over centuries. Stately colonial pillars hold up its vast, high-ceilinged halls. The generous arched doors welcoming one to step in to another world where time stretches, pauses to watch the sun set, and then moves ever so lightly towards dawn. Yes it’s the magic of spaces that have seen more history than we will ever see, spaces that we know will still be there to delight those who come long after us. The furniture is an eclectic mix with no attempt to recreate rooms of any one era or type because the residential structure was added on to. It’s the light pouring in through the windows, skylights and the vastness of the indoor spaces that make for an unforgettable experience. Most of the rooms have large four poster beds, and bathrooms that happily accommodate large tubs. The windows have views of the trees or the sea depending on where they are located. Restored to be compatible with present-day needs while maintaining its structural integrity, it reflects different periods rather than artificially being faithful to any single one. It takes you back in time, as moods and memories woven together create a fabric that is strong but sits ever so lightly. The above uncompromising principles of practical use of material and form dictated The Tower House renovation too and its adherence to these very values of being honest to the time we live in while respecting the past that has set new standards in heritage tourism. Discover the old world charm where, sailors, travellers, traders, planters feasted and danced under chandeliers, suspended from high wooden ceilings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Neemrana's Tower House Kochi (Cochin), Kerala, India