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All reviews boutique hotel relais chateaux fort cochin central courtyard parade ground indian wine small pool traditional music local musicians roof garden lovely boutique the ground floor reception desk two night stay first floor beautiful room southern india
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Reviewed 6 March 2009

Loved this place, wish we had stayed longer. Rooms weren't huge but beautifully and individually furnished. The restaurant and bar were excellent and staff efficient (which made a change) and friendly. Our dinner was taken in the beautiful courtyard outside by candlelight and the menu was great. Best place we stayed on our trip. Lived up to its claims which is unusual for Indian hotels!

Date of stay: October 2008
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Reviewed 8 February 2009

Went because we thought it would be good, but not worth it.
Had two fish starters, OK but sauce bland. Lamb Curry, meat very tough. Chicken Curry, tasteless. Almond Tart OK, plus two soft drinks cost 1869 R, refused to pay for Lamb and Chicken.
Be warned this place is for tourists of poor taste and not Trip Advisor's.
Go to Dal Roti around the corner, simple, clean and good.

Date of stay: February 2009
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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5  Thank EastofEngland
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Reviewed 23 December 2008

This review is only about the food served here. We stayed elsewhere but thought we would give ourselves a treat of a lovely dinner.
This is a beautiful hotel with very attractive surroundings and wonderfully furnished.
However the food is absolutely dreadful. God knows who the chef is but he has absolutely no idea of cooking whatsoever.
My husband had a lamb curry - so stringy and tough that he had to send it back. Then came fried squid - old, rubbery and totally tasteless. My vegetable curry was utterly lifeless and cold. Finally in desperation, we ordered a pineapple sorbet - since this is frozen pineapple we thought this surely cannot go wrong. WRONG. The pineapple flavour was totally subsumed by sugar and to top it all, it came half melted!
This was a totally disastrous meal - badly cooked, dreadful ingredients and mega expensive. I have had far far better food at my local takeaway.
For a hotel of this calibre, this is a dreadful indictment. God knows what you would do if you were actually staying here with such awful food at each meal.

Date of stay: December 2008
Trip type: Travelled with family
4  Thank Indialavinia
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Reviewed 16 December 2008

We spent 3 days here and loved Malabar house, we had an upstairs suite which was lovely, cool high ceilings, spacious and lovely furnishings.
The staff were welcoming and helpful.
It was a lovely haven to come back to after sightseeing, we loved the courtyard with the pool which was lovely to sit round in the afternoon.
The restaurant was excellent, I still dream of the caramelised pineapple with peppercorns crumble! We ate one night at Brunton Boatyard which wasn't a patch on Malabar House - no atmosphere and food nowhere near as good.
We would happily come back and I highly recommend it.

Date of stay: November 2008
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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3  Thank lilacrose
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Reviewed 7 October 2008

We stayed in a roof garden suite in early September, the end of the monsoon, for about four nights and then returned a week later for three further nights.

The hotel was excellent, we had a beautiful huge room with a balcony. The service was impeccable. Staff were really helpful in recommending shops to go to in Kochi to buy saris etc and in arranging taxis or cars to onward destinations. The food in the restaurant was also of a very high standard and the service great. It was monsoon so probably less busy than usual but we found everything to be of a very high standard and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

We also booked accommodation at their lake resort, Privacy at Lake Vembanad, which was also great, see my review for more info.

Date of stay: September 2008
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank AgentFireFox
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