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“A lavish 'home away from home'”
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Old Harbour Hotel
Ranked #2 of 229 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 September 2012

Old Harbour Hotel (OHH) did not disappoint from the moment we arrived. The word 'hotel' is not representative as it feels more like a lavish mansion of a wealthy friend! The staff are warm, welcoming and the place is a sanctuary from the outside world. The concept is unlike anything I have seen before as they try their best to retain the feeling of being in a 'home' without an obvious check-in desk/ concierge/ bell-boy. Yet they somehow managed to address the practicalities without much ado, for eg. after quick baggage assistance at the door and a brief introduction, we were seamlessly transported into our room with our bags reaching shortly before us and were assisted with checking-in inside our room! Someone else then handed us fresh-coconut water as we returned the check-in paperwork and yet another person took us through the features of our room. The exterior of the building is Dutch colonial with uniquely Keralan interiors and artefacts. It took us back to a time when perhaps colonial influences started to be assimilated into Indian cuture rather than be external to it.We stayed in room 'Rampart' which had its own outdoor seating area at the edge of the grounds with a lotus-pond a few yards from the huge French windows. The house and grounds-keeping staff were always busy and it showed. The grounds with ancient trees and pool are gorgeous.
We availed of cab services from the hotel without hassle (look out for the brilliantly restored Ambassador!). The food was delicious in the 'dining room' and the only flaw was the waiter getting our orders wrong on two occassions (we were there for six meals).
Wi-fi is free but drops out and I think the thick walls of the room affect signal reception. This was a good reason for us to pickup a good book and sit out and enjoy the garden at our doorstep.
'Kashi' cafe-art gallery, two streets down, is also owned by OHH is a good place to 'hang out' and they make the best coffee in moka pots. In summary it was a most enjoyable 'ol' school' experience. Now where's my monocle..

Room Tip: 'Rampart' is a good room to choose but it did not have a bath, only a shower cubicle. Check...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 September 2012

I stayed at the Old Harbour Hotel over the first weekend of August, 2012. My business colleague booked the hotel as a alternative to another, large chain hotel in the immediate area based on whet she saw on their web site. So she was a bit unsure what we would encounter when we arrived. We were totally taken by the hotel and completely enchanted by the historic elegance combined with a world class modern restoration of this 300 year old Dutch East India Company tea trading facility.

Every detail is spectacularly executed with a perfect blending of the old with the new. The restaurant with its open garden seating is absolutely magical in the gorgeous warm evenings of the Kerala region and of course the food is outstanding with regular fresh seafood specials and traditional food from the region.

Thanks to Edgar Pinto and his Manager Sukesh Stephenson for their dedication to top quality and truly special customer service.

Room Tip: I loved my room in the outside bungalows because it had an open air shower. Very comfortable and pri...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 31 August 2012

It was low season but we had a great few days this hotel which is well positioned in Fort Kochi

The staff did everything they could to make our stay memorable and we would love to return one day.

Even the cat is well looked after and very relaxed

Wifi in hall. Swimming pool in pretty garden and yoga class in morning

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

We stayed in four different hotels during our visit to India, including two nights here. The service in all of them was excellent. Old Harbour hotel is well located, a very short stroll to the seafront and the chinese fishing nets. The hotel is beautifully furnished in a colonial style and our rooms (we were a party of 7 and I saw four rooms) were all spacious and welcoming (including fresh flowers, petals on the beds). The restaurant is very good (though, as to be expected, a little pricier than local restaurants).

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

We only stayed for 2 nights but would have loved to stay longer. We booked a garden room but on arrival were upgraded to a heritage suite which overlooked the swimming pool. The room was outstanding. Devine dining setting overlooking the gardens, excellent breakfast. Staff were very helpful. Excellent location - Chinese fishing nets, walk along the shoreline, visit local shops and restaurants, hop on the ferry to Eranakulum or Mandacherry (synagogue, dutch palace). Free Wifi is a bonus. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 August 2012

This was one of the nicest places we stayed at during our trip through India (and we stayed at some very nice places, possible because of off-season/monsoon rates). After a an early morning train ride, two auto-rickshaw rides+ one ferry trip, we felt like we arrived in some sort of aasis
The location is great, very close to the fishing nets. Rooms are beautiful with all sorts of wonderful touches. There's a great pool in the garden. The staff was very helpful. There's no wifi in the rooms because of the thick walls, but there's free wifi in the common area. Great breakfast with fresh fruit juice. Early check-in+late check-out was not a problem.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 August 2012

Excellent small luxury hotel in an old colonial building with a very peaceful atmosphere. The service was exemplary, food very good and tasty, the rooms were large and airy with clean sheets and good pillows on good beds. A lot of attention is obviously put in to make sure guests are looked after well.
The five of us as a family stayed at the Old Harbour Hotel for 6 nights after flying into Cochin at the start of a 3 week trip exploring parts of India. Beforehand I corresponded with both Jude and Edgar who were both very helpful, ensuring we had our room and cost expectations satisfied. We used one room in the Old Harbour and one in Raintree their sister hotel, an arrangement which kept our costs down but meant we could all use the hotel facilities.
From the time of our arrival to the moment we left we were looked after in the most courteous and friendly manner. There was always plenty of staff on hand to fetch and carry for us, answer queries and make arrangements. The service was highly personal and attentive. The food was excellent throughout the day and night and the 2 head chefs would often be out of the kitchens and mixing with the guests to check we were satisfied with their work.
The pool and walled garden make a beautiful quiet spot and outside are the Chinese fishing nets and busy waterfront.
Jude was very helpful in planning our itinerary for when we moved on from the hotel and provided a hotel minibus and driver to drive us to Varkalla, a small resort on the south west coast, Periyar and the wildlife sanctuary, Munnar and the tea plantations.
The driver's name was Josey and he looked after us over the next 6 days. He found us accommodation and helped negotiate prices, found us good and safe places to eat along the way at roadside eateries, gave us travel advice and tips on local customs and sought out sight seeing places we would not have found ourselves. Josey is a very experienced and professional driver and we always felt safe with him. He made sure he was always available when we needed him and he even organized the flight tickets from Cochin to Delhi for the second half of our tour. We were very sorry to lose him!

Room Tip: Tell them what you are after. Jude and Edgar are very organized and reply promptly to emails. We had...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Old Harbour Hotel

Address: 1/328 Tower Road | Fort Cochin, Kochi (Cochin) 682001, India
Region: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#1 Family Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#6 Business Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range: £141 - £357 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Old Harbour Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the heart of ancient Fort Cochin, Kerala, a place that exudes history and culture, is the 'Old Harbour Hotel.' A 300 year-old building that has for long been a heritage monument of this town, now reopened as a boutique hotel. Built in the Dutch style of architecture with hints of Portuguese influences, it was the first hotel of old Cochin. Later it remained a residential home to employees of English Tea broking firms until it was left unused for a period of time. ... more   less 
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