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Vivanta by Taj - Malabar
Ranked #7 of 211 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Vivanta by Taj-Malabar is an exquisite hotel, set in the confluence of the sea and the backwaters, this scenic hotel combines excellent hospitality and great comfort in stay. Food was very good and the ethnic cuisine was the best.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the confluence of the sea and backwaters are superb
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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1  Thank Lawrence P
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SumanDSharma, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Malabar, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2014

Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj-Malabar, Cochin!

We thank you for sparing your valuable time and providing us with your feedback regarding your stay at Vivanta by Taj-Malabar, Cochin.

We do appreciate hearing from our guest, as their comments are vital for us to continue in improving our services. I am happy to note that the services rendered by my team were to your satisfaction.

We certainly look forward to your return in the future, and to extending the warm Taj hospitality and great stay experience that we always strive to deliver.

Warm regards,
Suman Dutta Sharma

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Stayed on the top floor with a view of Willingdon Island water front. The room has a very rustic feel. The hospitality is just awesome... pure customer delight..

Right from the reception, checkin, in room dining to check-out - the process was absolutely smooth and pleasing.

The Chicken biryani in in-room dining was mouth watering...

Overall, my next stay will remain with them

Room Tip: Choose the top floor with the water front view
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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1  Thank Nivedita K
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SumanDSharma, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Malabar, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2014

Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj Malabar Cochin!

We are most delighted to note that you had a wonderful experience in our hotel.

It is truly rewarding for the team to realize that your stay with us was comfortable and it is our constant endeavor to serve you better.

It will be our pleasure to extend the wonderful Taj hospitality to you again, should you plan another holiday with us in the future.

Assuring you of our best services and attention at all times.

Warm regards,
Suman Dutta Sharma

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

We stayed at the Vivanta recently for 9 nights and had a fabulous stay overall. Do yourself a favour and have a personalized yoga class with the onsite yoga instructor, he is simply inspirational. The food in all the restaurants was exceptional at every meal (ensure you try the signature (banana leaf) dish in the seafood restaurant.
The hotel is surrounded by water on two sides so the views are pretty spectacular. The infinity pool looks like it falls into the backwaters of Kochi.
Recommend for families, business or just personal travel.

Room Tip: Whilst the heritage rooms are a bit bigger, unless you're lucky and land in one of the water fac...
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Shelley C
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SumanDSharma, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Malabar, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2014

Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj-Malabar, Cochin!

We are delighted to receive your review of your wonderful stay with us. Thank you for your encouraging feedback and compliments of the hotel.

We are very pleased that you felt well-taken care of during your stay.

Looking forward to your continued patronage and assuring you of the very best in hospitality in the true Taj tradition, always.

Warm regards,
Suman Dutta Sharma

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

I spent some time at this property in June 2014. The entire place exudes old world charm and elegance. I have always maintained that hospitality of Indian hotels is the best in the world, but the Taj Malabar takes this art to a completely different plane. I felt I was a personal guest at a friend's house. It's the small things that matter: for example, I ordered an ice bucket from room service. Along with the ice, I was served with bowls of delicious banana chips and nuts, all complimentary. Had a simple but elegant dinner at the 24 hour diner, and the food was excellent. The next day, at lunch, they set up a table in the suite's balcony, and served a memorable seafood meal. Utter luxury!
The hotel is situated on Wellington Island, a serene area about an hour's drive from the airport. Rooms and suites are lovely, and those in the heritage wing are especially beautiful. A visitor will feel s/he is a house guest at an aristocratic residence. There are some very nice places (including a lovely garden) nearby, and a morning walk in the (very safe) surroundings has it's own rewards. A five minute walk away you will find a jetty like a bus station, where you can takes local boat to nearby places (eg Matancherry), for ₹4 (7-8 cents). Every 30 minutes, and faster/much cheaper than a taxi.
My only regret is that my stay was too short, and I could not do justice to their hospitality. Will I visit again (and again)? You bet!

Room Tip: The heritage wing is replete with old world charm.
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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1  Thank Rajiv D
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SumanDSharma, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Malabar, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2014

Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj-Malabar, Cochin!

We at Vivanta by Taj Malabar are really honored to have you stay with us and sincerely look forward to welcome you back to our hotel once again.

It was a delight to have your feedback as this helps us to measure ourselves for the standards we have set for ourselves. I am happy to note that you had an excellent stay with us.

Looking forward to your continued patronage and assuring you of the very best in hospitality in the true Taj tradition, always.

Warm regards,
Suman Dutta Sharma

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Checked in to the hotel and the duty manager Mr Durgesh was quick enough to serve us, took us to the room and gave us a complete synopsis of the place. WE got information of the hotel, the nearby and also what we could do.
Enjoyed the evening tea and snacks which was on the house and a great concept. Then a boat which took us to the nearby island for explaining us about the activities which guest could get into.
Good breakfast and good dinner was the highlight. Room was comfortable and had a lovely view of the back water, the Port terminal, the high sea far beyond. The ships coming into the harbour and the fishing boats making their innumerable trips.

Room Tip: Ask for the west facing rooms. Also if its south west you get a twin view. Awesome.
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank RTBMamallapuram
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SumanDSharma, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Malabar, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2014

Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj-Malabar, Cochin!

I would like to thank you for taking your valuable time and effort in sharing your feedback and compliments of the hotel.

We are glad to note that the overall quality of service and facilities at our hotel measured up to your expectation. I am certain this will serve as a source of inspiration for us in achieving higher standards of excellence.

Looking forward to your continued patronage and assuring you of our best attention and services at all times.

Warm regards,
Suman Dutta Sharma

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Reviewed 19 June 2014

The property is very well landscaped. Good stuff to keep kids occupied. The staff is very friendly and caring especially towards little children. They had some good workshops for elders as well. The evening cruise is also a lovely experience.

Would definitely want to visit the property again.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank Gcrasto
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SumanDSharma, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Malabar, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2014

Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj-Malabar, Cochin!

We thank you for sparing your valuable time and providing us with your feedback regarding your stay at Vivanta by Taj-Malabar, Cochin.

We do appreciate hearing from our guest, as their comments are vital for us to continue in improving our services. I am happy to note that the services rendered by my team were to your satisfaction.

We certainly look forward to your return in the future, and to extending the warm Taj hospitality and great stay experience that we always strive to deliver.

Warm regards,
Suman Dutta Sharma

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

We know several Vivanta by Taj hotels already,having been to Rajastan,Udaipur Delhi and
Mumbai 2 years ago and this had been one of our best hotel experiences ever.
Now we stayed 2 nights in Cochin in the Vivanta (Deluxe allure Suite Sea View) and again it
was one of "the best experiences ever". Service incl room service, dinner (not only the lobster),winelist (exactly what we were asking for),and the marvellous outlook to the bay
are really oustanding, a little balcony allowed us to have some "look ,drink and smoke-
Summary: an excellent experience again- a recommendation for our friends.

Room Tip: Book a seaview room
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank ratpackvienna
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SumanDSharma, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Malabar, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2014

Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj-Malabar, Cochin!

Thank you very much for your kind comments on the hotel.

I am glad to note that the overall quality of service and facilities at the hotel measured up to your expectation.

I would like to thank you for taking your valuable time and effort in sharing your feedback as it enables us to measure and improve our performance in our quest of providing you luxury hospitality.

My team and I look forward to your continued visits and take this opportunity to assure you of our best attention and service at all times.

Warm regards,
Suman Dutta Sharma

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Address: | Willingdon Island, Kochi (Cochin) 682009, India
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Region: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#2 Business Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#3 Spa Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#3 Family Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#3 Romantic Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range: £84 - £366 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Vivanta by Taj - Malabar 5*
Number of rooms: 96
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

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