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Historical Traveler Reviews Old Harbour Hotel Kochi
I stayed at Old Harbour hotel for three nights in Cochin with work colleagues and friends, and all of us enjoyed our stay. Part of the charm was the owner himself, Edgar, who is a salesman at heart but an entrepreneur by trade. If you want to get a quick guide on what to see and what not to see in Cochin, then he can tell you anything and everything, from where to get the best food (Malabar House - with great, hand made pasta!) and the best deals on beauty salons and best priced shirts. He warned us that most rooms were not air conditioned, but it was fine with us as the rooms were decorated to old-school perfection. If you can avail of one of suites, do so as it is worth every penny. If you are after more modern conveniences such as a glorious outdoor shower, then opt for the more secluded garden cottages.
Happy at the Old Harbour
This hotel had been open for only 45days following a major refurbishment of the original 1860s building when we arrived. It is spacious and gracious with interesting rooms and an intimate feel with only 12/13 bedrooms. Well located in the old part of Fort Cochin and close to the sea front. A pleasant garden to sit out in with tables and chairs to dine if you choose and shade from the trees or an open front dining room looking out on the above if preferred. A well cared for swimming pool in the garden was enjoyed. Staff were welcoming and attentive without being intrusive. This hotel is not as obviously smart as Malabar House or Brunton Boatyard nearby but was for us a relaxed and most enjoyable retreat and a definite recommendation.
From me booking via email from Australia to our check out, my dealings with Edgar Pinto, the host of this beautifully restored hotel were flawless. We arrived only 2 weeks into the hotel being open, but had no complaints. Our room was fantastically decorated, the lawn and pool were screaming "chill out", the indian music on the lamp-lit lawn at evening was breathtaking and the pineapple juice at breakfast was to die for! Lots of love and labour has gone into this hotel and it comes across in its ambience. LOVED IT!
As a treat we stayed at this hotel for our last night in Fort Cochin and were not disappointed. This is a new venture for Edgar of the Raintree Lodge and the hotel has now been open for 1 month. It is obviously more up market than the Raintree Lodge but still offers good value for money and a near perfect location near the Chinese nets. Edgar gave us an excellent introductory offer and we found ourselves in a suite rather than the garden room we had arranged via the internet - and then he only charged us the standard room price. Lovely touches like fresh flowers, bath robes and mosie stuff in the room which was decorated with beautiful pictures, Indian artefacts and some marvelous pieces of furniture. All the staff were extremely friendly and made the stay enjoyable. We had an excellent meal in the restaurant although the menu is not as extensive as some of the other hotels such as the Malabar House.
On the path to perfection
We were planning on staying at Edgar's other property - the Raintree- but that was full, so we decided to spend a little extra and try out his new property. Glad we did. While it is still being fine-tuned (ac, landscaping, problems with crows etc) the stay was overall a very enjoyable one. We appreciated the attention to detail that went into the restoration, the interior decoration, the showers, the great pool (just beware of crows!) and very attentive and friendly staff. Given some time to mature, this place will be an excellent alternative to the more expensive and less personal hotels in the area (e.g. Brunton Boatyard, Koder House etc)
Very Nice Place !!!!
The Old Harbour Hotel was a very good choice!!
location perfect, clear nice pool and a garden with beautiful trees. romantic and big rooms (best shower in days..!!). The fusion lunch at poolside was delicous and service great!
We really liked the place (only ten days open and already charming and great service!!)
Edgar, thanks for your tips and help with our travel plans and
taking good care of us during our stay!
Having just stayed at one of the Taj Resorts, we weren't sure what to expect. The Old Harbour does not disappoint.
A Gem in Fort Cochin
A former accomodation for a tea company's employees, the hotel has been lovingly restored by its owner, Edgar and his friend, Tanya. It overlooks the Chinese Fishing nets in Fort Cochin which in itself is a laid back part of Kerala. Edgar personally welcomed us and made time to chat. The atmosphere is informal, the rooms are airy, tasteful and comfortable. The garden is serene and the swimming pool area is a place you can really relax . There is also a beautiful moorish fountain the courtyard area.
We stayed a total of 5 days and it felt like home.This place is a good way to start your holiday in Kerala!
When I called Edgar (the owner) to confirm our booking, he did warn us that the hotel was not quite finished and that there would be no hot water. We said ok..no problem. But then there was no air conditioning either, and our room was sweltering until things cooled off later at night.....BUT, we decided we loved the hotel, especially after meeting the architect who was still working on finishing things. The same architect also did the Brunton Boatyard. Honestly, with the air conditioning working, and some hot water, I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again. The room was comfortable in every way, the hotel is a delight of old colonial architecture, re-made into a very comfortable and beautiful place.
Lovely Boutique Hotel. Great service!!!
This is a lovely Boutique Hotel in a great location. Would definitely stay here again. The room that we have is decorated very elegantly and is roomy. The bed is very comfortable and everything is clean. The surroundings is very enjoyable and is not noisy at all. This hotel reminds me of the colonial past.
Breakfast was simple but nice.
In the evening, there are plenty of nearby restaurants for you to choose from to eat.
Shopping facilities is nearby also.