Vivanta by Taj - Malabar
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(t) Enter pollution. The city ride from the airport to Ernakulum where we spent the first time was thick with foggy pollution and burning garbage on the side of the street. With a late arrival we didn't see much. The next day we checked out their MG Road (for Mahatma Gandhi equivalent to a MLK Blvd found in every city here), which was full of …
... small shrine remain. A few kilometres away in the district of Matanchery is the Maharajah's palace which is now a museum. Dating to early-sixteenth century the palace has original frescoes which depict the traditional Hindu traditions. Display panels provide a pictorial history as well as having explanatory text. In addition samples of Kochin coins and stamps are on display. Kochin was licenced to produce its own currency and to have locally designated stamps until after ...
... the other bag under my bunk, which had been wedged in by my bag, missing: the owner was sleeping elsewhere - I guess I must have slept through that bit! After leaving 90mins late, the train arrived 15 mins early! I queued for a ticket which cost me one rupee, but seemed to give a fixed price for a tuktuk, which seemed to be what Sorab had told me it should be, so no need for negotiations. The driver did not quite know were he was going and last time I went to the homestay it was ...
... one time a lady practically sat on my knee the bus was so crowded, it's nice really that strangers feel that I'm so friendly looking they can just perch on my lap without a word. Must be my charming face and winning smile. Finally we arrived at our spot and luckily we had enlisted the help of the bus conductor as every stop was just a dirty shed on the side of the road, so he yelled at us and wobbled his head and off we jumped at the stop called Athani. ...
... in Ernakulam.
In search of a cool and comfortable place to dine while waiting for the train we chose the Grand Hotel. We lounged in the lobby for a while, then entered the restaurant when it opened. It became progressively busier with tourists and tour groups as the night went on.
Almost exactly ten years from the date and time we met in Toronto (EST of course), we hopped on an overnight train ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Vivanta by Taj - Malabar Kochi
This is probably the best value for money hotel that I have ever stayed in and I have stayed in many five star hotels around the world. It is in a terrific location overlooking the sea/lake and Fort Cochin. The level of service and comfort is absolutely spot on without being overfussy. Fantastic swimming pool (see photo)and first class food at realistic prices.
Very nice hotel with lovely views from the pool area, many rooms (not ours) and some restaurants. We had a huge room in the older wing which we loved because of all the old wood and antique accents. The bed was very comfortable, clean and the service was wonderful. We loved the location as it was a little removed from the noise, dirt, and craziness of downtown Kochin. If you want the city, you can take the powerboat over and get picked up as well or take a rickshaw (less amusing). Their sunset cruises were enjoyable, the pool is clean and nice and the massage in their sauna area one of the best I had in India. The food was average compared to the rest of India and other hotels we stayed or dined at including Oberoi (mumbai), Taj Palace (mumbai) and Grand Hyatt (mumbai) and Imperial (New Delhi). Overall I found it to be a very nice experience.
I stayed at the Taj malabar for one night in late November. It is a great hotel. Being on Willingdon Island and right on the water gives it a nice serenity. The heritage wing of the hotel where we stayed has a lovely atmosphere. Our rooms were very clean and comfortable with nice furniture and a comfortable bed. Although Fort Cochin is a 15 minute drive away, it is easy and cheap to get a car to take you anywhere in Cochin, or you could be there in 5 minuts if you go by water. Highly recommended and better value than the other luxury hotels in Cochin such as Brunton's Boatyard which was grossly expensive and not as good as the Taj.
Excellent hotel, wished I had spent longer.
Everyone in this hotel smiles. It is a pleasure to be in it. The room we had - a sunset view - was very good, with great view, even from the bathroom. We could look at the fishing nets without leaving the chaise lounge by the window. The hotel has three restuarants, of which Pepper serves wonderful local food. The bar is relaxing, although a large back projection TV with constant cricket may annoy some. The location by the water is away from the town, which means you may take a ferry to the mainland (5 mins walk) or a taxi to get to other places. The solitude gives the hotel a cleanliess by being away from the towns and the swing overlooking the water is tranquility itself. Another hotel we look forward to going back to.
Really bad location for everything--usual Taj standards
The Taj Malabar is not near anything in Cochin--inevitably, you'll have to take a car to get anywhere--and traffic is pretty heavy. So, if you sightsee and shop, and want to stop in your hotel to change, you picked the wrong place.
My wife and I stayed for 5 nights at the beginning of November 2005.
We visited Cochin in October and were unsure of where to stay - we knew of this hotel, the Brunton Boatyard and the Malabar House Hotels.
Spent 2 weeks travelling round India in Taj Hotels and this was one of my favorites. Cannot fault anything really. Rooms are modern and spotless, It has excellent views, is well placed for jumping across to the Old town. The food was amazing, the infinity pool made for an excellent place to chill. Only bad expereince was being oversold a 1.5kg lobster for my wife and I which we just could not eat. We then did a backwater trip organised by the hotel. 1 and a half hours by speedboat to the Taj property at Kumakoran, and then transferred to the Rice boat for a 6 hour cruise to Allepey. We were glad we did not do the overnight on the boat as people we met said that it was just too hot in April and also the company the Taj uses does not provide the best boats for the overnight i.e. no AC just a crappy old fan
We stayed for 5 nights in a suite with a spectacular view of the waterways and Old Cochin. We watched traffic from tiny fishing canoes to large container ships ply the waterways. Access to Old Cochin by boat was easy, with the boatman picking us up pretty much wherever we wished for the return jouney. The room's elegant decor, mostly woods, was clean and appropriate for the climate. Service was good. There was a range of food: Western, Thai and India. The Kerelan food was a bit Westernized but the fresh seafood was terrific. (Note Kerelan food uses lots of coconut so beware if coconut is not your thing.) The free sunset cruise was worth doing. I understand that the dance program was good but missed it. Having developed a cold on the way to India, I particularly found the Taj Malabar a relaxing place to recover. Nice poolside, good room service.
Great experience and excellent service
It is great pleasure for me to utilize the oppertunity to write about my stay in Taj Malabar. It was great time I had spend in there and the service out there is above all the international standerds.