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“quiet area, but difficult to catch a fresh breeze”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Phils' Residency

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Phils' Residency
Ranked #74 of 201 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
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Honokaa, Hawaii
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34 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“quiet area, but difficult to catch a fresh breeze”
Reviewed 17 January 2014

Pretty expensive for India. New building and rooms, average eqipment, the missing A/C in the Living room takes away the fifth star (we had room A1). Only the bedroom has an A/C. Since the windows should not be opened over night (missing moscito net and easy to enter for burglars), it's nearly impossible to cool down the living room. Matress a bit hard, as most times in India. Breakfast served to the room is too simple for the high price. Sony, the manager, is a jewel, organizing pretty much everything for you. Quiet area.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sony I, Manager at Phils' Residency, responded to this review, 31 January 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you for sparing your valuable time and posting this informative review and providing us with your feedback. It is the feedback from our esteemed and valued guests which gives us an opportunity to further enhance and refine our processes to achieve customer delight.

We have made a note of your feedback. Your feedback has been shared with the concerned teams and we shall certainly explore all the possibilities of addressing the same at the earliest.

My team and I look forward to your continued support and take this opportunity to assure you of our best attention and service at all times.
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Reviewed 5 January 2014 via mobile

The apartments here are spacious. We stayed in the 2 bedroom luxury apartment and it was spacious and well appointed. Location is good and the manager sony is knowledgeable about the area and has good access to drivers etc.

However there are problems as well. The room was not properly prepared and cleaned. The refrigerator was dirty and moldy and there was no trash can. All issues were rectified upon request but Sony would do well to avoid offering excuses and explanations. For example when informed of the deficiencies in how the room was prepared his instinct was to blame it on the staff which he does not have enough resources to check that the rooms have been properly prepared. This may be the case but the traveler does not care and Sony would do better to thank the traveler for the information and promise to improve. The balcony doors lack a lock which is a bit of a safety issue. I don't know whether this has been addressed subsequently. The hotel did not accept credit cards despite their booking.com posting stating they do so (the info has now been corrected and Sony agreed to reduce the cost in order to accommodate the cost to traveler of obtaining cash).

Other staff that backs up Sony was completely lacking in knowledge of the area and could not correctly locate the apartments on a map. And there were cockroaches seen in the room. The included breakfast is provided from a nearby restaurant of some sort in carry out containers and consists of a thin omelette toast and coffee and tea.

Although I have listed the issues in some detail this may nonetheless be worth considering if you need a lot of space or are traveling with a group and you feel the price is right. The building is newer although in some places seems already to be showing some wear. Overall we thought the place was ok for the price charged and hopefully some of the issues we experienced can be improved going forward.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Sony I, Manager at Phils' Residency, responded to this review, 10 January 2014
Dear Guests,

Thank you for the valuable time that you took to review Phils’ Residency. Thank you also for the kind words regarding my knowledge, as manager. We are delighted, per your own words, “overall, we thought the place was ok for the price charged and hopefully some of the issues we experienced can be improved going forward,” that you enjoyed your stay with us here at Phils’ Residency.

I offer my apologies for the condition of the refrigerator and in the future we will take more diligent efforts in making sure that the refrigerators are ready to be used by guests. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

Here at Phils’ Residency, we are a team, and we wish to work together to bring to you, our customer, the very best in comfortable accommodations while you are our guests. I don’t accept the insinuation that I blame my staff for my problems. And I take full responsibility for the operations of the hotel and I must do a more diligent job inspecting rooms before they are occupied.

Again, thank you for your critique and we will use your valuable input to bring an even better
experience to you the next time you come through Fort Cochin.
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Kochi (Cochin), India
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

The rooms are spacious, the location central and the staff are friendly. However, the hotel is very overpriced and in need of repair or completion. There are paint streaks all over the bathroom, gaps in the plaster and mould in several places in the bedroom. We were provided with only one towel, no other bathroom linen or toiletries ( not even toilet paper.) There was no tea, coffee, kettle etc. All were provided on request but there was no where to put them. There is no information provided in the room and the furniture is very oddly placed. There are no bedside lights, the air conditioner was incorrectly set and despite the best efforts of the manager we had to figure out how to adjust it ourselves. The breakfast was delivered on only one morning despite a request for an early start on the day we left. It came in disposable containers and is prepared elsewhere. Not appropriate for the price!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sony I, Manager at Phils' Residency, responded to this review, 7 January 2014
I am quite upset wtih the comments you have made about our Hotel. I can assure you that I take a very personal interest in every guest and we insulted that you think otherwise.

Phils' Residency is a homely facility Hotel not a 5 star luxury hotel. Every effort is made to provide our guests with a safe, clean and hospitable environment.
You have commented that your room was spaciouse on your review, but you have rated rooms section with 2 star, so all the negative opinions you have mentioned on your review are true or not????? .

Most of the guests who have stayed at Phils Residency have commented as they felt like home but you could not open your eyes to view this fact as you were monitoring for the negative points within my facility.

I am really surprised and shocked to read your comments and you rated as TERRIBLE. The room you stayed was 400 square feet large studio,with air conditioned, with private ensuite with 24 hours hot shower and cold shower, bath towels, toilet papers, bath soap and good quality furniture( sofa st, dining table wabrobe ect) ( you said there was nothing and all provided upon request, if that true we gave you what all you wanted.) and also free wifi access in your room. and I do not understand what is your intension behind this review.

Thank you for your precious time for this input.
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2013

The hotel is down a small lane, which means it is quite at night. A 2 minute walk to shops and only a 15 minute stroll to the water front.
The staff were very helpful and could not do enough to help. They provide directions to various places and even printed out some airline tickets we needed without blinking.
Our accommodation was clean and basic, but we had all creature comforts including air con, FREE wifi, a lounge and plenty of space. Breakfast comes in your room which has a table and chairs etc. So we had all mod cons and could not ask for anything more.
Would stay here again when we come back to Cochin

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Sony I, Manager at Phils' Residency, responded to this review, 31 January 2014
Dear Guest,
We are delighted to receive your review of your wonderful stay with us. Thank you for your encouraging feedback and compliments of the hotel. It is indeed a team effort with an unwavering goal towards guest satisfaction, which constantly motivates us to be on our toes.

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

Looking forward to serve you again.
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London, UK
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Reviewed 21 December 2013 via mobile

Phil's Residency is off the main drag of Fort Cochin in a quiet street.

Large apartments that are very clean with fans and a/c. Modern but perhaps a little sparse and lacking character.

The room had no toliet roll so bring your own and we had to ask for an extra towel as only one was provided. Neither point was an issue and Sony was more than happy to provide extra towels.

Breakfast is delivered to the room but compared to other places we've stayed at, the breakfast was poor.

For a short stay this place was functional and served us well. For longer stays however, it would perfect. The space, lounge area and cooking facilities are a great bonus.

  • Stayed December 2013
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phils682001, Manager at Phils' Residency, responded to this review, 13 November 2015
Dear Sir,
Greetings from Phil's Residency….!

It's pleasure to know that you were satisfied with your stay at Phils Residency.We would like to thank you for your valuable review in Trip Advisor.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back on your next visit to Kochi.

Regards
Team Phil's Residency
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Brunswick, Maine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2013 via mobile

This beautiful and modern hotel is convenient to shops and restaurants, on a (mostly) quiet back street. The hotel staff is gracious, friendly and very helpful. Our room was spacious, clean and comfortably furnished, although it could have used some art work on the bare walls. A couple of minor quibbles: the water pressure was inadequate to keep the shower functioning without holding the diverter valve in the engaged position, and a neighbor's dog occasionally barked at all hours of the night. We would happily stay here again!

Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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phils682001, Manager at Phils' Residency, responded to this review, 13 November 2015
Dear Sir,
Greetings from Phil's Residency….!

It's pleasure to know that you were satisfied with your stay at Phils Residency.We would like to thank you for your valuable review in Trip Advisor.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back on your next visit to Kochi.

Regards
Team Phil's Residency
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 17 December 2013

Nice and clean place to stay in a quiet and safe area. We stayed here our first night of a 3 weeks tour of India, and I definitely appreciated the Western style bathrooms and high standard of cleanliness. Would definitely come back next time I visit beautiful Kochi!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Sony I, Manager at Phils' Residency, responded to this review, 31 January 2014
Dear Guest,
We are delighted to receive your review of your wonderful stay with us. Thank you for your encouraging feedback and compliments of the hotel. It is indeed a team effort with an unwavering goal towards guest satisfaction, which constantly motivates us to be on our toes.

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

Looking forward to serve you again.
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Property: Phils' Residency
Address: Cochin Residency Parade Road | Kunnumpuram Road, Fort Kochi, Kochi (Cochin) 682001, India
Region: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Phils' Residency 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Available for short and long-term stays, and with all amenities provided, Phils' Residency is a conceptual home from home, offering a choice of fully-furnished serviced studios and apartments.Our studio suites come in two sizes: for up to two guests, and for up to four guests. All studio suites have separate sleeping and living areas, plus separate bathrooms. Our apartments have one or two separate bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, plus separate living rooms, kitchens, and hand-washing areas.More cost-effective than other high-end hotels and apartments in the area, Phils' Residency offers space, privacy, and convenience, whether traveling as a family, a couple, or solo. Our apartments include separate fully-equipped kitchens, and with the abundance of fresh food on offer in Fort Kochi, you can eat at home like a king (or queen!) for very little cost! All linens and towels are included in the cost of your stay, as are daily cleaning, utility charges, local taxes, satellite television and DVD, telephone, and in-room WiFi internet access.We are located in the heart of Fort Kochi (Fort Cochin) - just an hours' drive from Cochin international airport, and 30 minutes from Ernakulum railway station. Our Travel Desk provide genuine tour information, further travel assistance, Arrange taxis, flight tickets, Train tickets, Bus tickets, Cultural dances, Martial arts, Indian classical Music, Genuine Ayurvedic Massage, Accommodation in next destination, Package tour, 24 Hour overnite House boats in Alleppey or in Kumarakom, 3-7 hours Village backwaters cruise etc. ... more   less 
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