Prebooked before we set off from UK and stayed three nights at start of our trip around Kerala. Had seen differing reviews but we found it fine. Lovely old building and huge wooden floored rooms, if looking a bit bare because of that. Facilities fine for what we were paying and clean.Breakfast fine with English or Indian options. We tended to have omelette, toast jam and fresh fruit. I can't see what problem is in knowing you have to ring doorbell to get in rather than letting anyone just walk in. This was practice at most of the other five homestays we used on our trip. Doorbell always opened straight away by Harish who lived in and was about whenever needed. Have to say found Harish very friendly and if you took the trouble to speak with him he was very interested to listen to our tales and tell about himself. Works hard and does not get paid that well so no issue with him letting you know he can get you tickets to events, which by the way were same price as if you just bought at the event, which presume he's able to buy at discount and make small commission. Well earned for convenience this brings. He also quite happily got us cold drinks from local shops on a couple of occasions and arranged transport for us. Is it really worth walking to find shops (about 5 mins away) in the heat or having what you want delivered for next to nothing.
One of key plus factors in choosing Kimansion was location and it is in excellent spot. Easy to walk to Chinese Fishing Nets and all the local touristy spots as well as only two bars we found selling alcohol (both next to each other down side street from Chinese Fishing Nets. An unexpected bonus was being able to come out of the door and see Oceanos restaurant. Opened at 7:00 when we were there and if you were not there by 7:15 you would be queuing. If you like eating later suggest you give it til about 8:30 to let early birds finish. (No bookings taken). Food is excellent and on our second visit our waiter remembered seeing us in morning at the local market asking what some vegetables were and when eating our meal brought in a dish of them cooked in traditional style to try for free! Just summed up general friendly and helpful nature of just about anyone you came across.
We were two couples aged late 50s/60s travelling together.
- 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