I absolutely love the Old Courtyard Hotel; it is a little oasis of tranquility off the hurly burly of the surrounding streets. It's not a high luxury place, so it's helpful go with realistic expectations, but its charm for me completely outweighs any tiny niggles (e.g. occasional very minor plumbing idiosyncrasies, pillows a bit too hard for me). The whole atmosphere is delightful, and the staff are SO friendly, smiley and helpful, it makes you long to go back the minute you've left! The mango tree in the centre of the courtyard was sadly struck by lightning a while back, so lacks its top…but no matter! (What's a trip to India without a surprise along the way?) We really enjoyed the food: yummy breakfasts (Indian or Western) and several lunches: simple but good. (After an overpriced rather pretentious dinner with spectacularly slow service at the Malabar Hotel, I came back and told our wonderful waiter Veneet (sp?) that we should have eaten in: he did his sweet side-to-side nod, and smiled from ear to ear.) Meena, who sits out front and advises on local trips, museums, massages, etc, deserves a special mention: she's delightful, friendly, and extremely helpful and very tolerant of our popping back endlessly with another question. (The day-long backwaters boat trip which she recommend was a huge highlight of the trip for me.) We were made to feel so welcome by every single member of staff and were so well looked after, it felt like home. I owe a very special bottle of wine to the friend who recommended we stay there! (He notes that the musicians who play in the courtyard over dinner are "world-class" in his opinion. Dining under the arches, looking at the twinkling lights…heaven.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Old Courtyard Hotel is an authentic old Portuguese styled mansion centrally located in Fort Cochin. It has been renovated into a heritage hotel with 8 rooms suiting the architecture of the building. The rooms are furnished in colonial antique furniture on original wooden floors. All rooms are air conditioned, rooms have attached bathrooms, and we provide free wifi in the common areas but may not reach all rooms, laundry, travel desk and other amenities. Old Courtyard Hotel has a Cafe which offers sandwiches, coffee/tea, gelato and pastries. As an eight room property, we try to make the guests'experience more personalized with staff always ready to help. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard Kochi
- Kochi Courtyard
- The Old Courtyard Kochi (Cochin), Kerala, India