The staff at this hotel ensure that your stay will be really relaxed and you will feel pampered. We ate at the hotel 3 nights, very unusual for us but we enjoyed the restaurant so much. We had 3 good meals with highlights being the starter of tiger prawns with beetroot and pineapple, tuna fish, spiced fish & tandoori Chicken. The sandwiches we had a couple of lunch times were lovely too.
The breakfast is cooked fresh, staff are so accommodating and you do not have to stick to the printed menu. The fruit juice is sometimes served with sugar so ask if you want just the fruit, again it is all freshly made.
We were given an upgrade to a garden cottage (Rose) and whilst the room is fairly simple it is very comfortable and we slept well. Loved the lemon grass/orange smell in the room, it was wonderful. The sun light shines in in the morning but I always like that as it wakes me up naturally. The bathroom had 3 walls with the 4th open to the outside shower. I was a bit concerned at first but got no bites and it was lovely hearing the birds and feeling the warmth and humidity (but not so great for drying your hair, I gave up). We had nice fluffy towels which we had not had in Northern India.
The pool is lovely and was great to swim in. There are not a lot of beds around the pool though and it is fairly shaded. There are lots of chairs and tables in the garden though to chill out on. As others have mentioned the crows round the pool are a pest
One of the things we loved is that there was so much on your doorstep, the Chinese nets, the shops, lots of restaurants, the cultural centre etc. The area felt very safe and was very interesting wondering around & visiting the local shops. We stayed 3 nights but another night or so would have been good with hindsight.
I enjoyed the complementary yoga at the hotel one morning (on the roof top). Our room literature said that there was no yoga on Sundays but that was not the case the week we were there. You do need to mention the day before that you are attending the yoga rather than just turning up though.
If we were in the area again we would stay at Old Harbour and staff such as Vineetha, Sukesh Rahim and Mefhosh went above and beyond and were a credit to the hotel. Another major plus was that there was a request by the hotel not to tip individual staff (apart from in the restaurant at dinner) but rather leave a service charge at the end of the stay for all the team. We found that this made such a difference as staff were not chasing tips (as they did in many other hotels) but were focused on you having a great stay.
Well done Old Harbour for creating a different but very welcomed atmosphere!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Old Harbour Kochi
- Hotel Old Harbour
- Old Harbour Hotel Kochi (Cochin), Kerala, India