From the start, this hotel was really the tops in terms of staff. You could sit in the restaurant and really admire the professionalism all around. Waiters were so attentive and helpful. I should also mention the way that the hotel corrected a mistake which was actually the fault of the booking website we'd used - we were grateful for their help with that.
In truth, the decor of the place was not to my taste, but that's not really important when there was so much to like about the hotel. We were about 5-10 mins walk from the ferry to Fort Cochin, and a car was always available to offer a lift to the boat. The ferry fare was just 4 rupees. Willingdon Island doesn't have much else on it to visit, but it was so easy to get to Fort Cochin on the fairly frequent ferries.
One of the most enjoyable parts of our stay was the food - fresh dosa, pancakes + eggs all available at breakfast as well as a massive choice on the buffet. I only discovered the baked yoghurt on my last morning which was a great shame. Their 'posh' restaurant had amazing seafood and a really excellent chef. We found the best way to eat there was to talk to staff and then leave it in chef's hands with delicious results !
- 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