Hotel is quite good with comfortable rooms with often nice views on the see.
But, it is located on Willingdon Island. This is far, far, far away from everything. The hotel does not own its own shuttle boat to go to Fort Cochin for example. 2 possibilities : take a cab which means 3 hours up and down because of the congested traffic or take the government boat which is quite convenient (10mn walk), except the fact you have to cross the dirty and dusty public works along the harbour which is not a pleasure at all.
Having 5 stars means for me comfort, perfect facilities and service but the environment is also important. You have to know before booking that this hotel is located in the commercial harbour with an industrial environment.
This is the main issue. Second was our poor experience at the restaurant "Pepper" : vegetables not cooked enough (new cuisine?) and meat ordered rare and served well done. Knife was not sharp enough to cut it.
My next stay in Cochin will definetely be on Fort Cochin itself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on Willingdon Island with a magnificent view of Cochin harbour, Vivanta by Taj - Malabar is a fine balance between yesterday and tomorrow. Our lobby is a unique mix of chic and classic. The heritage wing, built in 1935, reflect the inherent beauty of Cochin. And the tower wing houses newly renovated guestroom suites, each a delicate mix of the classic with the contemporary. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vivanta By Taj - Malabar Hotel Kochi (Cochin)
- Taj Malabar Cochin Kochi
- Taj Malabar Cochin Hotel Kochi
- Vivanta By Taj - Malabar Kochi (Cochin), Kerala, India