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Bolgatty Palace & Island Resort
Ranked #87 of 229 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
Reviewed 23 July 2014

I ve stayed in this resort owned by Kerala Tourism development corporation. The location is excellent . It is very close to Cochin City. The service is very average and the property is not well maintained. The garden and lawns have not been maintained properly. But if you are looking for a quiet stay at a wonderful place at a good value for money. This is a good choice.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

Recently we stayed on this property on a family vacation. We were initially skeptical about this being a govt property service and maintenance may not be upto the mark. But to our pleasant surprise we were wrong.
We got a very good service as well as nicely maintained property. The prices were also very cheap compared to other similar properties located on other side of the bank.

It is an old palace, occupied by the British during the colonial era and has been converted into a resort. It has a nine hole golf course, a spa, a gym and a baby pool besides acres of sprawling greens on an independent island.

They should have a wifi in rooms and newspapers in the room for improved customer satisfaction.

Room Tip: Chose room no 607 which has sea view as well as a gold view, because this is corner room on the top...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Location of the resort(?)is pretty nice... It is not easy find some where so calm and scenic in the middle of a metro city... But the rooms need hell of a lot of maintenance and renovation(Which, I don't think is going to happen in foreseeable future as it is a government run property)... Dinner is just ok... And break fast selection is not rich, delightful though....guys in the restaurant seemed bit confused(Probably) but are very helpful. To be fair rooms are clean..but not maintained well .... good enough for a night or two...... For a long stay there are plenty of options around with similar money....
Pros- Beautiful location... Ample space...Calm atmosphere...delicious breakfast and above all you can stay in a piece of history...
cons- No upkeeping and maintenance....

Room Tip: We stayed in Marina view room.. Which is not of any star quality but has got a good view of the mari...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

I went her for 2 weeks whilst waiting for a friend to arrive.
It's government run ,which should tell you something about the place.

The pool was ok,but,I always had to find someone to ask for a towel.
Rooms are very average,hot water hit and miss.

It was quite amusing to see eight waiters at breakfast standing around doing nothing,it was a buffet meal. ( Indian food only )

The bar is beer only.

There is a work out room with a treadmill and rowing machine'

You can take a river taxi to get into Ernakulum,( 6 rupees ), and then, another river taxi to Old Kochi. ( 4 Rupees )
You have to walk about a kilometre from one taxi jetty to the other.( or take an auto rickshaw.)

It was irksome that there were never any taxis at the hotel,one has to order them at reception at least half an hour before they arrive.

Bolgatty palace is certainly not a resort, ( nor much of a hotel ),which is a shame,as,the setting is pretty enough.

Prices for a single room start at around R5500. Very much overpriced,in my opinion,by Indian standards.

Oh,and there is a mini golf course.


Poolside drinking is not allowed.Be aware that in Kerala ,drinking and smoking in public is an offence..( see attached photo )

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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1  Thank Paul E
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

Stayed there for a day on the 21st of june, the location of the resort is just amazing but it being a govt hotel the upkeep is not up to the mark. Gardens in bad shape.
Even then the stay was satisfying.

Wi-Fi is chargeable on per hour basis which is laughable in this age of free internet even at public places.

Senion staff most unprofessional, junior staff tries its best to make up.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 May 2014 via mobile

An island heritage hotel (a 1744 Dutch Mansion) with excellent views and ample space has been wasted by KTDC. Any good hotel chain would have made it the most sought after hotel. But KTDC believes in mediocrity and it shows.

I stayed first night at Marina view room (a separate building near gate) but quickly realised that it was more like a 2-star accommodation. I shifted to Main Palace and ambience was certainly much better. It was hardly palace like but more of a spacious bungalow of an affluent landlord. 

Breakfast hall was good, reasonable spread of items,  . Room  was spacious and carpeted. Scenic views just 25 yards from the room, Big garden area had good variety of trees but lawns were not mowed at all. Golf was a joke, tees and greens were lined up along the garden area.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

The blend of water bodies and the greenery adds refreshing relaxed peaceful ambiance.The place is cleanly maintained and well cared.Ecologically there are many problems for the island resort but the KTDC owned place has changed a lot.The coffee shop and the ambiance is good.The treatment meted out to foreign tourists and local touris are the same.A great place to stay and dine away from the Kochin crowd but close to the heart of the city.

Room Tip: Nice place to stay and dine with relaxed Kochi view..
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Bolgatty Palace & Island Resort

Address: Mulavukadu, Kochi (Cochin) 682504, India
Region: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range: £39 - £73 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bolgatty Palace & Island Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bolgatty Palace & Island Resort, just off the Marine Drive,is literally an Island of Calm right in the midst of the bustling City of Kochi. Here heritage meets natural beauty as the resort overlooks the backwaters, the port and estuary all at once. Surrounded by 14 acres of green groves and golf course, Bolgatty Island is neatly tucked away amidst a giant umbrella of refreshing green.conference facilities:Our Banquet Facilities include: Event Center- Capacity 900-1000 Pax theater style (ideal for marriages and conventions), Lake Side conference Hall : Capacity: 200 pax theater style . Palace Hall: Capacity: 75 pax, View Point: Capacity: 30 Pax Board Room: Capacity: 30 pax East Lawn: 1500 pax Palace Lawn: 1000 Pax Front lawn: 200 Pax Marina Lawn: 100 pax. Other Facilities in the property includes 9 Hole Golf Course, Swimming Pool, Health Club, Ayurvedic Spa, Boat cruise, recreation center, Internet, Coffee Shop, Beer Parlor, Multi cuisine restaurant ... more   less 
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