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Reviewed 29 March 2008

We (two adults and two children aged 12 & 14) have just spent two nights in Fort Kochi at The Malabar House.

The childrens' room (5) on the ground floor was reasonably sized but without a private terrace or balcony. Our suite (11) upstairs was larger, had a separate small sitting area with a desk and a large outside shaded balcony (with a table, chairs and a lounger) overlooking the inner courtyard.

The hotel is very styled and the restaurant is popular with non-residents which means that it can get crowded. Someone else commented on this and it is true that there is not a lot of space either in the restaurant or in the "grounds". But to be fair that is probably true of most of the properties in Fort Kochi except perhaps the Brunton Boatyard which we visited for dinner on our second night. To compare the two: Brunton is bigger, has more space, has a larger pool, is on the waterfront and is slightly more formal /serious/quiet and would perhaps appeal to an older clientele. The Malabar House seemed hipper and cooler with a younger artier crowd and perhaps because of the smaller space it appeared more lively. At lunchtime there was a definite buzz to the place. We were very happy with our choice.

The location is absolutely perfect being just opposite the old parade ground where the local children play cricket, close to St. Francis Church and only a few minutes walk from the Chinese fishing nets. This is certaiunly a great base from which to explore Fort Kochi.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled with family
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Thank Johnrog
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Reviewed 22 March 2008

It was the first time I'd been back to India in 10 years and this time I wasn't staying in £3 guest houses... We arrived at the Malabar on a hot and sticky afternoon covered in dust from the journey to a cool pillared entrance with friendly reception staff and overhead fans. Our room was on the ground floor and a little dark but a good size with a bath (something I didnt see last time for the entire 4 month trip), complementary toiletries, attractive furniture and above all it was cool. After a rest and a shower I sat on the verahnda overlooking local cricket pitch where schoolboys played cricket in the afternoon sunshine - this was perfect! Dinner was possibly the best we had on our entire trip in a beautiful courtyard with romantic tables for two, candlelight and Kerelan musicians playing late into the evening. We stayed a couple of nights end then returned a week later - this time we were upgraded to a suite with TWO balconies - one witha maharajan style swinging bed and the other overlooking the courtyard where we retired after dinner with drinks and spied on the other diners. A top start to our holiday. Yes I felt guilty at paying the equivelant of a local Kerelan's months wages for 2 nights plus dinner but as a special treat you couldnt do any better than stay at the Malabar.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank CattinJ
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Reviewed 10 March 2008

What a lovely entrance - the blue pool and pink frangipani tree are right behind reception. Myself and 4 female friends shared 2 fantastic rooms. Room 18 was a real treat: two levels and a huge balcony overlooking the garden. Staff were friendly, although don't expect a lot of English to be spoken. Beers and snacks in the tapas bar were great, as was dinner in the courtyard (great vegetarian curry and grilled lobster & scampi). Indian breakfast with juice and newspapers was very peaceful. We had massages and they were quite nice.

It was a beautiful, peaceful, friendly place to spend a couple of days.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled with friends
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Thank Kriselda
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Reviewed 9 March 2008

I'm just back from a 14-day trip in south India. I spent two nights at the Malabar House in Kochi and i'd like to say that i'm very surprised when i read the good reviews this hotel got because our experience there was terrible. How can such a place belong( and boasts to belong as you will see at the entrance) to the Relais Châteaux (Being French, i know what their standards USUALLY are and this place, under no circumstances comes up to them)
To start with, we had the worst welcome ever: we had to carry our luggage ourselves because there was nobody waiting in front of the residency,no smile but a woman barking at us to get our passports as soon as possible. Then we were taken to our deluxe room,( quite nicely decorated, just like the place as a whole actually, but very dark and not spick and span)In the evening we were looking forward to tasting the food of the restaurant (very good reviews in all the guides…) What we got was very disappointing average food and an appalling service.We tried again for lunch the following day and had our worst Thali ever!
Breakfast was supposed to be served from 7 to 11 and when i went to have breakfast at 7:05 on the first morning the waiter looked at me as if i were some kind of alien and told me that i could only have coffee and toasts because breakfast was not ready. I had to wait till 7:45 to get fruit and eggs. Don't expect a buffet for breakfast by the way, you'll only get coffee, toasts ,BAD croissants or brioches, fruit, and eggs if you ask for them, and to crown it all, you'll have your breakfast on a stained tablecloth.What people must understand before choosing this hotel is that the are likely to feel cramped all most of the time because the courtyard around which some of the rooms are organized is quite small and contains the restaurant, a VERY small swimming pool and a so called terrace.
We paid around 500 dollars for two nights , for this price you expect a minimum of service and cleanliness.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank bacon75
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Reviewed 4 March 2008

Great ambience. Food is excellent. I recommend the Kerali massage at the hotel which is good value and the best massage I have ever had.

As we were staying for three nights the hotel arranged a driver and we went in to Cochin to visit the textile / silk stores along MG Road eg Seemati, Parthas. The hotel then recommended a local tailor who is great value and made a couple of silk suits for me (I brought something for him to copy) which were a real success.

Overall we really enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank Bismarck8
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