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Brunton Boatyard
Ranked #10 of 211 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 April 2008

Stayed 2 nights in mid March and found the whole experience a delight, we had a fantastic suite overlooking the water and the pool. The sunset cruise was great and took us around the harbour, finishing with the Chinese fishing nets. Each evening we were invited to a cooking demonstration which was very interesting.
The hotel is situated only a few kilometres from the famous Jewtown with its wide assortment of antique shops. Friends had suggested we stay at Malabar House or Taj Malabar, but after visiting these we felt we had made the right decision.
Staff were very friendly and we felt gave a personal level of service that you wouldn't get in larger hotels.Superb location.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 February 2008

Two nights at BB, our first visit. Had rooms in the middle on top floor. Excellent and clean, but lacked the large open balcony of first floor. Pool warm and good poolside service. Great views of the ships in and out of the harbour and the poor old dredger going back and forth. A couple of large Indian navy ships went past. You must take the free sunset cruise as it gets to the fishing nets at sunset for great pix, with other boats all trying to do the same. Rooms at the ferry end will be noisy, but if you like hustle and bustle they will give you a feel for local ferries. Poolside supper wonderful, excellent fish, and though it seemed expensive you get three courses and the chef kept offering us more fish. The restaurant (not part of the hotel) opposite over the road is good value for lunch, but gets overfull and service stretched in the evening. Great position for exploring Fort Cochin.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 February 2008

We stayed at the brunton for two nights. Totally loved the hotel and the room was totally gorgeous. overlooking the water with all the amazing activity going by. Could have watched all day, but then we would have lost out on Jewtown. Surprisingly, good prices and deals. Fascinating to go through these warehouses. Better than any museum in India. Sad though. The past of India is clearly for sale. Cochin is much more western than most of the other places we went and there isn't much to see. Don't go to the katakali dance. very disappointing, but stay at the Brunton. it's a joy.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 December 2007

I stayed at Brunton Boatyard for 3 nights and absolutely loved it. I only stayed there because Malabar House (my travel agent's recommendation) was full and am I glad it was! I went for dinner with friends staying at Malabar House (and they then came to dinner with me at BB) and we were all agreed that BB is the place to be; apart from anything else, MH is not on the water and, if you want to be in the best hotel in town, why would you not want to be on the water's edge with views over the harbour?
BB is a beautiful colonial-style building right on the water's edge with views over the entrance to Cochin Harbour. Most of the rooms face directly over the water but there are a few rooms at each end of the hotel which do not have the view; the rooms at one end of the hotel are v.quiet but with a view of a wall, those at the other look out over the landing-stage for the passenger/car ferry to Vypeen Island and is therefore a little noisy. I had one night (before moving to a seaview room) in a room overlooking the ferry as I thought this would be more interesting than a room with a view of a wall; in my opinion this was a good decision as, for India, the noise is minimal and watching the toing and froing of the ferry is quite fun.
There are 3 restaurants, the one at the water's edge is the most romantic, the Terrace serves excellent (but expensive) seafood and the History restaurant is the biggest with excellent A/C and decent food.

Stayed: November 2007
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Reviewed 21 December 2007

Great hotel overlooking the waterway. very comfortable colonnial style rooms with a lovely courtyard garden. Main restaurant very attractive room but pretty uninteresting food - little from South India which is crazy. Excellent new fish restaurant just openned beside the river with a very keen manager - who ought to be managing the main restaurant too! Good place to stay though and in an interesting bit of old Cochin

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 November 2007

This is a great place to stay, and a real oasis compared to many other
so called five star hotels in southern India. We arrived after a hectic ten days touring, and relaxed immediately in the gracious welcome, and attractive surroundings.

The hotel is spacious, airy, and has well maintained grounds including
a swimming pool. Our room was large, comfortable, and spotless. It had
a big, feature, bed on which fresh jasmine was placed every evening, and had all necessary amenities. There was a balcony overlooking the busy waterway where there was always something interesting to watch.
The hotel has a boat which can be hired, and which also offers a free one hour cruise each evening. All the hotel lacked was a comfortable lounge or bar in which to relax with a drink in the evening before dinner.

Service was superb throughout. Best of all there is a 'no individual tipping' policy, so we were not forever searching for small change to reward even the smallest assistance. One can add a general tip to the bill on check out, which I am sure that everyone does willingly as service is so good.

The food was good, without being great. I found the menu in the main restaurant a little confusing, and lacking enough traditional Indian dishes, The outside seafood restaurant is good for one evening, and we enjoyed poolside snacks and breakfast outdoors as well.

A great hotel in a great setting, and highly recommended!

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 May 2007

I love this hotel, we arrive back from our simple stay in the Lackshadweep Islands to this fantastic air conditioned colonial style hotel. Sipping a planters punch on the verandah we look onto the "M25" shipping lane of Cochin where tankers, ferries and dug out canoes stream up and down the waterway. To the rear is the flowering spread of the tree shading the garden and the food is fresh from the adjacent market. Staff are superb, polite and educated. Talk to them, find out what their lives are. Explore the area and stay out of the tourist traps by taking a water bus to MG Street and Jew Street (not Jew town the tourist trap). See and meet the people who live in this wonderful friendly city, not the coach tour from Sunshine Tour Company. It is slowly changing as more westerners find it so before it vanishes,book a room on the second floor and enjoy the view.

  • Stayed: January 2007, travelled as a couple
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Address: Calwati Road | Fort Cochin, Kochi (Cochin) 682001, India
Region: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#4 Luxury Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#15 Family Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range: £96 - £334 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Brunton Boatyard 5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This CGH Earth property is moored on a historic stretch of Cochin's famed harbour , The Brunton Boatyard Hotel was resurrected from the remains of a Victorian shipyard. Today, it gives the modern traveller a unique opportunity to dwell amidst the shadow plays of 19th century history. Living All of the Brunton Boatyard Hotel's 22 rooms overlook the sea, and so, by happy circumstance, do the en-suite bathrooms. Dining The Brunton Boatyard Hotel is your chance to dine from, literally, a melting pot. All the cultures that came to the Malabar Coast over three centuries can be sampled in a single evening. Discovering Armed with a map and some comfortable footwear, you can tour the historic Fort Cochin area where the hotel stands. Sadly, little remains of the fort itself, but the other legacies of history are everywhere. ... more   less 
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