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Fort INN Homestay
Ranked #285 of 480 Kochi (Cochin) B&B and Inns
Reviewed 30 April 2013

We didn't get to stay at this inn but were fortunate enough to experience the friendliness and warmth of the lovely couple that manage it, Linda and Thomas. On a night that was difficult to navigate the area of Fort Kochi due to power blackouts and the fact that it was Good Friday, they took us in off the street. My brother and I, having just arrived in Fort Kochi, were walking in darkness, searching for a place to have an evening drink and snack when we decided to ask a lone stranger for some advice. As he was explaining our futile situation, a woman hurriedly approached us from the building he was standing in front of. As her english was much better, she explained why nothing was open at that time and why there was a blackout. However, realising that we had just arrived in Kochi, she took it upon herself to invite us in to her own private dining area where we sat with her husband to enjoy some fresh bananas and mangoes along with some lovely chai and quite a few glasses of irish whiskey which had been gifted to Thomas and was still in the box when he brought it out. We enjoyed a great evening of conversation with this lovely couple who also organised a backwater cruise for us the next day, complete with a traditional indian breakfast cooked by Linda herself. This couple really put the 'home' in homestay and I would head straight there if I ever visited Fort Kochi again.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Daz C
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Reviewed 5 April 2013

My husband and I generally prefer the countryside to towns, but wanted somewhere central to stay in Fort Kochi for one day and booked through Kence from Eco Trails Kerela.

We arrived at night after a 45 minute drive from the airport and if you have not been to India before the street is it is in looks by UK standards to be pretty scruffy but don't let this put you off, as if you are used to India you realise it is probably pretty typical of most towns. The property itself was very smartly painted when viewed from the outside, Linda was very welcoming and very accommodating over the timing of breakfast to ensure we had a chance to recover from the flight by getting some sleep. Once we ventured out we realised just how well located the place is as you can do all the the main sights on foot or for a few rupees in one of the many tuc tucs and it is just a few 100 yards from the beach and the Chinese fishing nets.

This is at the cheaper end of the price range and you have to bear that in mind but the property is clearly old, in a good way, with detailed plaster work on the ceilings and our room was clean with dark varnished woodwork, with a very Indian colour scheme in our room of green walls and red curtains.

The room we were in had a window on to the street. We kept it closed to keep the room cool and keep out insects but you are in a town and there was some road noise, especially as the spice market (which was fascinating) is just down the road. That said we both slept well. We had two beds pushed together to form a double and a single bed, with both sheets and blankets. The aircon was very effective which was really important given how hot it was at the time we visited although the battery was a little flat - so you needed to hold it close to the air con unit to get it to work. Had we stayed longer I would have asked Linda to sort this out.

Probably worth mentioning at this point that there appears to be more of an issue with mosquito's in Kochi generally than some of the other places we stayed in Kerela, so probably best to keep the windows shut and make you use repelant at all times. We used Life systems expedition which comes in a 100ml bottle for travel and that did the job for us.

The bathroom was functional and clean but by UK standards could have done with a bit of a tidy up to deal with some cracked tiles/freshen up the paintwork on the door.

There wasn't a lounge area, but there is a balcony and some chairs to sit on upstairs which overlooks the street and a hallway which seems to have a good breeze through it and the minute we sat down there we were immediately offered refreshments and in the heat the unending supply of masala tea was very welcome.

We are vegetarian and the food was homely southern Indian cooking and plenty of it which we really enjoyed, served at a small table (seats 4) at the back of the house. We had paid for bed and breakfast but Linda very obligingly produced a great evening meal for us as well.

In fact Linda was not only incredibly helpful but also genuinely concerned about us because we were driving ourselves and insisted on us borrowing a map and her son's phone to ensure we had an Indian mobile with us in case we got lost and needed to make phone calls to get directions. Obviously we returned both at the end of the trip, but this was in our view above and beyond anything we could possibly have expected.

To be honest we'd probably go back just to see Linda and I think if I was backpacking and had been away from home for a while or was missing family Linda would do a great job of making it feel like home.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank busylis
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Reviewed 28 March 2013

This one is a beauty , It is such a refreshing change to get some one like Linda in a tourist region who is so happy to help and arrange things from delicious breakfast of idly or a sumptuous spread of dinner to an Enfield motor bike for a day . Linda was able to organise anything without being intrusive , it was just like coming home and have mother look after you. We loved our time in Fort Kochin
We'll be back
PS Loved the Visual Arts exhibition in all the old buildings awesome

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Robert k
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Reviewed 21 March 2013

We stayed one night at Fort Inn. Linda was sweet and kind and met all our requests with a smile. She made us a delicious breakfast of idlies and coconut chutney. However, the rooms and the beddings were not up to the mark in terms of cleanliness.

Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
Thank Kalimirch
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

We ran across this absolute gem of an establishment while aimlessly wandering the streets of Fort Kochin, and after a quick chat with the brilliant, very friendly and generally excellent manager, Linda, we booked ourselves in for the rest of our stay in the surrounds! And we certainly didn't regret our decision. Linda was the perfect hostess, and we both felt incredibly well looked after. Loved the rooms, loved the delicious home-cooked breakfasts, and loved the location. Very good value, and a perfect ending to our extended stay in India.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank berndwind
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

Totally disgusted home-stay. I was there for 2 nights and it was the worse home-stay I have ever been: We paid 1.500 rupees for a A/C double room and a few more amenities, and what we had was: no hot water during our 2 days stay, continuous power cuts and even when the power was back, the A/C didn't work. Internet doesn't work...sometimes down in the lobby but NEVER in the room. Breakfast was poor and served in a dirty table: 1 egg,1 toast and tea...that's it. They arrange the transportation for us to go to the airport and they messed up with the time, so we had a crazy careless driver (don't book transportation with them, since you get the same price out with a licensed high quality taxi).
Overall, I didn't enjoy our stay at all...It was very dirty, and they don't clean the rooms or change linens/towels either. Don't get fooled, there are hundred of home-stays in Fort Cochin way way better.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank caterina h
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Reviewed 28 January 2013

We started and ended our trip here. After two weeks of traveling around Kerala the warm welcome we received from the manager Linda on our second visit made us feel like we were returning home. The location is great serving as the perfect base from which to wander around Kochi. Linda can help you to arrange any travel or is happy to leave you to your own devices if that is what you prefer. The rooms are clean and very comfortable and I loved the breakfasts, a delightful surprise every morning!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Nicola C
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Additional Information about Fort INN Homestay

Address: Near Aspinwall Company, Kochi (Cochin) 682001, India
Region: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #285 of 480 B&Bs / Inns in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range: £28 - £34 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Fort INN with all the laid-back splendor of a colonial villa has been transformed by a design conscious restoration. Located in the crossroads of history & conceived as a Heritage Tourist INN. Built in 1855 in Dutch Architectural style & recently restored with modern amenities and carefully decorated with country antiques & by retaining the original heritage structure. Relax in cozy elegance at the historic, 4 - room Fort Inn Homestay, Bed & Breakfast located in the heart of Cochin town is a unique combination of yesterday's charm and today's conveniences. Within walking distance of the city's best restaurants and most popular tourist attractions. ... more   less 
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Fort INN Homestay Kochi (Cochin), Kerala, India

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