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Vivanta by Taj - Malabar
Ranked #6 of 201 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
Certificate of Excellence
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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86 reviews
79 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Good hotel, OK location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2009

The Malabar has all the amenities you expect from a Taj... Great service. Several tasty restaurants (including a really nice Thai place with the best banana-coconut desert I've ever had), a beautiful outdoor infinity pool, and a nice spa. My only complaint is that the hotel is fairly distant, about 15 minutes by ric, to the for and the shopping in Jewtown.

That said, when I go back to Cochin, I will definitely stay at the Malabar again.

If you can, I recommend staying in the "historic" wing of the hotel. The rooms have a bit more character than the new tower.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2009

It was just a brilliant experinece, which had one the most amazing bviews having the see on one side and greenary on the other hand.

it was just an amazing experinece

  • Liked — the sea view form our room
  • Disliked — n.a
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Mumbai
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2009

Great Hotel and greater Hospitality.
Very clean and comfortable. Great Food. The Thai Restaurant is excellent.

  • Liked — The Location
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed May 2009, travelled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2009

The location of the Hotel is perfect, surrounded by harbour on two sides.

The hotel offers a complimentary sunset cruise, which gives you a good opportunity to see the main sites of Fort Kochi.

The staff is very freindly and helpful and would not mind to walk an extra mile to help you.

You must try the swimming pool, it literally merges into the sea.

I will definitely come back to this hotel, this time with the family.

  • Liked — The location
  • Stayed May 2009, travelled on business
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Mumbai
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2009

Easily the best hotel in Cochin. Although a bit secluded but doen't take too much time to travel. Boats/ferries passing the backwaters creates quite a sight from any room. The Kerala resturant "Rice boat' is out of the world. If you are looking at a luxury stay at Cochin, this is the place to be.

Stayed July 2007, travelled on business
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Basel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2009

Wondeful and scenic location and the service is awesome. Do not miss the stay here while travelling to Cochin

  • Liked — Ambeince
  • Stayed February 2009, travelled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2009

located on an island, the hotel is delightful.

the room itself was surprisingly inexpensive, however, the extras were very heavy on the pocket - namely the food and the massages!

kids had a good time in the infinity pool, and enjoyed eating at the restuarants.

they had some activities to keep the kids occupied, some of them very pleasantly quaint, like bangle making

the rooms could have been larger, as it was a bit cramped with the extra bed in

the hotel has a lovely feel to it

enjoyed the live performances, vocal , dances, etc

shall definitely go back, sans the expensive massages!

  • Liked — the live music and proximity to the city
  • Disliked — very small property
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled with family
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Property: Vivanta by Taj - Malabar
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:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#2 Business Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#2 Spa Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#3 Family Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#3 Romantic Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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Vivanta By Taj - Malabar Hotel Kochi (Cochin)
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