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Old Lighthouse Bristow Hotel
Ranked #182 of 222 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
Reviewed 8 July 2013

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 :)

Room Tip: The garden view rooms are good during monsoons. However, check the A/C, the toilets for general clea...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 July 2013

The heritage boutique hotel located right on the beach lived upto the expectations. Stayed here for one night and the experience was splendid. The beach and pool views are a big thumbs up. Breakfast in the morning was yummy. Airconditioning system for the entire hotel was down during that time creating some inconvenience with hardly any cross-ventilation. Definitely recommended place it is, otherwise. It also houses a beer and wine place on the first floor with a decent view of the beach.

Room Tip: Pool rooms or the suite room on the ground floor next to the staircase
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 June 2013 via mobile

Stayed for two days with my kids. Great location on the beach. The rooms open out onto the lawn adjacent to the beach. Experience all new old world feel staying in a heritage hotel. Spent a lot of time gazing at the huge ships going in and out of the kochi port through the entry point adjacent to this property. Food is average. Service was allright. Small pool. They do not serve liquor only beer and wine. Overall a good stay. Personally found the tariff slightly high priced for the facilities offered

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Reviewed 1 June 2013

Its a boutique resort with very few rooms amazing view, good heritage building. Just above average food but the open air restaurant is best to watch the beach. Pool room and presidential suite room best recommended.

Room Tip: Pool Room and Presidential Suite Room with beach view.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

this place is gold! the hotel is on the beach and in the dutch part of fort kochi which is a great spot. the town is all vintage as is this hotel. the pool is very nice and it's just a great place to sit and enjoy dinner. the hotel is also genuine heritage!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 May 2013

The building and location are simply beautiful: a shiny white colonial-style big house by the sea, with the maritime wind blowing by the open windows and making the curtains dancing in a mesmerizing way. A little swimming pool ads to the atmosphere.
Rooms equipment and level of cleanness basically fit what you can expect from that category of hotels, with a special mention for the bluish relaxing walls, the huge bathroom and the complimentary Wi-Fi.
The only drawback I would like to point out is the service at the restaurant: desperately slow... (but like really slow). But the friendliness of the staff quickly makes you forget you were irritated.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 May 2013

Stayed for two nights a forthnight ago and was very pleased and positively surprised after all the reviews. Maybe I had low expectations, but staff was very friendly and helpful and most worked according to plan.

The building is beautiful and the rooms are great. It is probably and 100 year old building, but nicely brought up to date. I see it as a genuine northern europe seaside resort as they looked at the turn of the past century.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank WoodyMT
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Additional Information about Old Lighthouse Bristow Hotel

Address: Beach Road, | next to INS Dronacharya, Kochi (Cochin) 682001, India
Region: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#20 On the Beach Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#38 Luxury Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#53 Spa Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range: £75 - £285 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Old Lighthouse Bristow Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 15
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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