We booked out trip to India late in the day and the only place we could find in Fort Kochi that still had rooms over Christmas was Kimansion. We assumed the worst from this, but in fact Kimansion turned out to be a safe if unexciting bet. The rooms are cavernous and mine - upstairs - was gloomy. No balconies or access to the courtyard garden either. Because only one man works there, so there is no separate night watchman, he tends to keep the front door locked all the time, which was a good idea in terms of security but annoying if you want to nip in and out and not be "let" out on request. The basic problem with Kimansion is that the owner lives overseas and it all feels a bit neglected, which is a pity as it's a wonderful old colonial building. With a lick of paint, a few more staff and more imaginative furniture, it could be marvelous place to stay. The plus side, as I said, is that the rooms are huge. It's also only minutes walk from Princess Street and Burger Street and it's very quiet at night. We didn't go back to Kimansion when we returned to Kochi, but I wouldnt' put anyone off staying there either.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The approach to Kimansion is nothing short of picturesque. Set in a somnolent quarter of Fort Cochin, it is a short walk from the beach, Chinese fishing nets and other tourist attractions. What Kimansion can offer you are premium facilities at less than premium price. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kimansion Inn Kochi (Cochin), Kerala, India