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Since we were 4 now we decided to splurge and take a rickshaw from Alleppey directly to Fort Cochi (which at $4 person isn't really splurging) and our driver was so great that he took us on the scenic route past fishing villages and the friendliest locals. In Fort Cochi we settled in our nice hotel and roamed the town which is sooo relaxing...I ( …
Amy: We spent most of the morning getting ready for our trip to Cochin: packing, making final homestay/hotel reservations in Cochin, etc. Madhumanti prepared breakfast and lunch for us, which we enjoyed - it turned out we didn't have to eat the rest of the day! Madhumanti picked Akanksha up from school, and Brent played with her for a while while I …
... in Fort Kochi but it was closed.
We enjoyed relaxing in the park and watched Sunday morning cricket, which is similar to Sunday morning football- there was even a fight!!
We also spent time just sat by the water and watching the dolphins just off the shore. Unfortunately, they were too far away to get any decent photos.
For lunch, we bought some white snapper and king prawns from one of the fishmongers. You then take your fish to a nearby row of shacks who ...
... back amongst the flotilla of houseboats heading back to the dock. It is a traffic jam, I am so surprised that we missed all of this, have no idea where all these house boats were. We dock and I head back to the guest house to collect my clothes and head to Kochi. The plan is to take the local bus until Beju tempts me with another suggestion. The drive is along the coast, there are several opportunities to stop along the way, ...
... fishing nets, that dip deep into the murky water and lift out fish, hopefully. They all have stalls selling fish... that has been brought in by fishermen. Some using small boats, others using canoes, but to be honest, not much of it is caught in the nets now. The harbour is fairly dirty, with a busy waterway, constantly crossed by the ferries, cruise ships, naval ships, dredgers and now, huge container ships. Across the water is a new, large container ship port, with the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Arches Kochi
We stayed here for 2 nights in September at the start of our Honeymoon and couldn't have wished for a better start. Our flight into Cochin was delayed by 4 hours but the Hotel staff who met us at the airport instantly lifted our mood greeting us with flowers and cold bottles of water. We quickly discovered Hotel Arches likes to make its guests feel special as our vehicle back to the hotel was decked out in white towels and with the driver decked out in a white suit with a peaked cap it made our airport to hotel transfer a real occasion.
We discovered Arches after staying for one night in a nearby supposedly heritage hotel in Fort Kochi and regretted every moment of our stay there. In the evening of our first day in Fort Kochi we walked into Arches and were immensely happy with what we saw that we paid an advance on the spot to book it for the next day. The Manager - Mr Rajnish was very flexible about room rates and gave us a great value for money deal. The hotel is very professional in its approch. The moment you walk in you have a beautifully laid out small lobby, a little library and an efficient reception counter.
We found a great new hotel in Fort Cochi, mid price range and really good value for money. We had been staying somewhere else but this place tempted us to move. Excellent standard to the rooms, the beds were lovely and the best we had slept in. The bathrooms, being new, were all modern and clean. The staff were lovely and helped us out a lot, particularly when I got sick (from eating elsewhere!) and sourced doctors and homeopaths whilst cooking up special soups! The location is right in the middle of this small town on a quiet street, near to the shops and the Chinese fishing nets - perfect. The continental breakfast was fine, nothing particularly magic, but fine, they even offered an English breakfast with baked beans!!!?? - but not an Indian one, which we thought was a shame, especially as we were in India! Worth asking them for a 'good price' as they are new and want to encourage their customers through the doors.
A "second home" in Cochin
J'ai passé une semaine avec ma famille dans cet hotel en juillet 2006.
La situation est idéale, dans la partie historique de Cochin, tout près de la plage.
L'hotel est très cosy et l'extrême gentillesse du personnel vous fait sentir "à la maison".
Le restaurant sur la terrasse sert une nourriture délicieuse à des prix très raisonnables.
J'avais essayé plusieurs hotel à Cochin avant celui-ci mais c'est sans aucun doute là que je reviendrai la prochaine fois.
Fresh Air in India
Having endured the downright sub standard accomodation of the Lonely Planet guide recomendations I decided to abandon it and seek out my own accomodation. I'm glad I did as I came across Arches. This clean hotel with light airy rooms and modern (western standard) facilities must have the friendliest and helpful staff in India. Hot water that works, crisp clean sheets are a godsend when you've been on the road for 2 months. I planned to stay one night and will regret leaving after 4. And the cable TV! You actuallly get a reception, I wake and think I'm at home. If your in Fort Cochi this is a charming placea and the best value place, no question.
I found hotel arches via trip advisor, and was not disappointed! It is one of the best hotels I have stayed in for many reasons. The rooms are spotlessly clean and very comfortable. The service is amongst the best i have ever experienced. The staff are very friendly and warm, and go out of their way to make you feel at home. We requsted south indian food, which was also excellent, and the chef very accomodating. We ended up staying one extra night because we loved it so much!
The best hotell in Kochi
If you are going to Kochi live in this beuatiful new hotell. It has very comfortable rooms and the best service you can imagine.
I am sad that I have to leave today.
Great new place near Fort Cochin
I recently stayed in the new Arches Hotel near Fort Cochin. Not only were the prices reasonable, the friendly staff were only too keen to help. The facilities are above the norm for India and very comfortable. I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting a relaxed and enjoyable stay! Keep up the good work guys!
Liz, Toronto, Canada
The best I have stayed in during my time in India. The staff are genuinely friendly and helpful, the food is excellent, and the rooms are all brand-new, clean, and well-appointed. We stayed during the monsoon season, and while many other hotels were without power for much of the time, we had it, thanks to the hotel generator. I will definitely stay here if I come back to Cochin. It is great value for money.