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Malabar House
Ranked #32 of 202 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
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Antrim, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful hotel, staff and food!”
Reviewed 26 January 2013

When choosing a hotel, I always like somewhere that is unique - and steers away from the generic - which is why I usually pick boutique hotels. (Casablanca and MAve in NYC) Malabar House is just such a place! With fantastic ambiance, the hotel is chic while retaining a culturally relevant theme. I have been making plans to go to India for the longest time, and everything about this hotel seemed to fit with the way Kerala had been portrayed to me by friends.

The food was exceptional, easily on par with some the best restaurants I have eaten in - home and abroad, offset by the traditional classical music playing live.

The gentleman who served us, Harrison, was outstanding in his professionalism and enthusiasm, despite how busy the restaurant was.

Highly recommend this hotel, especially if you enjoy somewhere with style and sophistication without the generic blandness of a chain hotel. The staff make it wonderful and the food makes you feel like you've stumbled upon a secret! LOVED it.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

The house itself is stunning with beautiful rooms and a traditional courtyard with pool. The tapas restaurant is of a very high quality. I had high hopes for the main restaurant with its many awards however both food and service were incredibly disappointing. I am sure that once upon a time this hotel was fabulous but it feels as if they are now resting on their laurels. The staff felt like grumpy teenagers and often stood in the corner chatting rather than service tables.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 January 2013 via mobile

We had two night at the beginning of our holiday to south India. What a lovely way to start, a small friendly Indian style hotel. Our room was large and beautifully decorated, staff very helpful and food delicious. The small pool a delight when you return hot and tired after a busy day out. The hotel is ideally placed for lots of the sights and you can walk to most of them.

Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 January 2013

Stayed for two nights over New Year, and was deeply disappointed. The hotel encourages you to book the suites in the annex; don't accept the offer, since the suites are quite a way away from the main building of the hotel, and are badly equipped. The roof in our room leaked, and the internet did not work for the entire duration of the stay. The receptionist was also missing one night, so we could not retrieve the keys to our room (!) All of this forgivable in a hotel which has no pretences, but not in one which charges the equivalent of a five-star hotel in any Western capital. Really not worth your money; there are plenty of other, more atmospheric and better-value hotels in Cochin.

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 January 2013

Stayed at the Malabar House for one night- based on our room (10) allocated can't say that we found this heritage hotel so wonderful - however did have good lunch at the courtyard restaurant. The bathroom was situated directly above the restaurant so this made the room extremely noisy. The bath was ridiculously small with hand shower and plastic curtain for showering.Requested extra towels and room to be serviced but no such luck. The aircon must be regulated at night so it becomes extremely hot and sweaty during the night.
We had an early check which was quite a relief.........

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 January 2013

We very much enjoyed our Christmas there . Very nice room but they have to make sure that standards are kept, our terrasee was not very clean.... I am surprised it is a Relais et Chateaux! Breakfast-buffet very good. Barman was excellent.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 January 2013 via mobile

We stayed two nights on New Year's Day and were really pleased by the Malabar House (btw it's a member of Relais et Chateaux) in Kochi.
We really enjoyed our stay. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly, the hotel is wonderfully located in the center of Fort Cochin, the room (regular one) was well decorated and furnished with a very comfortable bed.
We had a lunch at the restaurant, that was really good Indian food. Breakfast were exquisite.
One of the place to stay in Kochi

Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Malabar House
Address: 1/269 Cochin Residency Parade Road, Kochi (Cochin) 682001, India
Region: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Business Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#14 Romantic Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#15 Spa Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#16 Luxury Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#26 Family Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Malabar House 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Malabar House is a charming boutique hotel overlooking the parade ground in the heart of Fort Cochin. The 17 highly individual rooms and suites seamlessly combine tradition and contemporary design. The Malabar House is a member of Relais & Chateaux. Malabar escapes offers the finest circuit of boutique and villa hotels in Kerala. Placed in colonial Fort Cochin, the backwaters and the plantation hills, each escape gives you a distinct experience & flavour. ... more   less 
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Malabar House Hotel Kochi (Cochin)
Malabar House Kochi (Cochin), Kerala, India

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