We booked ourselves from 04 till 08 July. And, it was a wonderful experience. Do read up on Sir Robert Bristow if you'd like to soak in the heritage aspect of this boutique hotel. July is typically the off-season for tourists and, there weren't many staying at the hotel. But, the lack of fellow travelers didn't take anything away from enjoying what is indeed a fantastic view of the expanse of water - hours can be spent watching the ships making their way through the channel on to the other side.
The staff was spot-on and, check-in was very smooth. The room (#11) looked out on to the garden and swimming pool. The small area in front of the room with chairs etc made for a great one to laze around.
Plus, the spa offered a complimentary foot massage. That's something to look forward to.
The property is fairly far from the Cochin Domestic/International Airport. And, if you are indeed taking a cab from there, it is perhaps best advised to take the ICTT route via Vypin and cross over the inlet via the Cochin Ferry Service. The hotel is next to the promenade on the Dutch Cemetery Road and, is a good place for long walks or, just sitting down and looking out.
A couple of things to set the expectations right:
- the breakfast buffet has sufficient portions but the spread is limited. If you stick to whatever is on offer and, then want to hit Princess Street or, other places nearby, that should also work out. But, the buffet isn't something to rave about. Perhaps because of July being the lean season, there is an obvious less number of staff around. But they do make an effort to be looking into your requests promptly
- the Bristow's Bistro announces that it is "Non-Smoking". However, do not be surprised if you notice that the staff helps out a guest with a lighter to let him enjoy a smoke. It did happen on the only evening we spent having dinner and, it is a somewhat unpleasant experience. Again, don't expect a lavish spread for dinner - even if you are ordering off the menu.
- the hotel is next to the sea and, during monsoons it is not unusual for various insects to be around. Do wear footwear accordingly
- while housekeeping is done regularly, the changing of towels etc is probably on-demand. Once you figure it out, you should be alright.
- the WiFi is a bit problematic. We were provided with the password which actually didn't work. Check it out with the reception.
- the hotel does arrange for drop-off at the airport. But do the calculations with the staff at the reception before deciding on a time.
There is lots to do - places to see around the hotel. Don't just stay inside :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chic luxury heritage boutique hotel in Fort Kochi. This is the latest treasure that has been created with great outdoor dining by the sea, one of the only spas that offers both western and traditional treatments in the area, and an infinity pool with great views of the sea and the English style garden. The indoor lounge is fantastic for a relaxing evening. The lighthouse bears witness to many a ship passing by and the ships that sail by seem to walk into the property. The hotel was the residence of the founder of Cochin port Sir Robert Bristow and has been receiving great reviews from all its guests. The hotel is a true sanctuary to relax and rediscover yourself. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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