Travel Blogs from Kochi
Last long haul by car (7 hrs) from Coonoor to reach Kochi, thankfully arrived in one piece! Left the cool mountains and tea plantations at 8000ft above sea level for the plains and humidity of Kerala.
Kochi is the main port of Kerala and India's 2nd largest port behind Mumbai. Fort Cochin is a very old (14/15th century) european area, the land …
We bid adieu to 2006 in Kerala, Southern India, at a place called Philipkutty's Farm. [It was featured just recently in December's Food and Wine and National Geographic Traveler magazines.] A small villa on Vembanad Lake, Kottayam, on India's famed backwaters. It was the perfect way to end our India trip-quiet and relaxing. The food and place were …
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... in time. We wandered down the road and got our final roadside chai from a dirty stall, where we had a ten minute conversation where they tried to give us apple juice and we kept repeating, "WATER!" This was finally resolved by pointing with a dead pan face into the fridge at the water and saying firmly, "water." I feel like my patience is going, it is time to go for now. Then we went down the road to where happy hour was advertised hooray for happy hour, it's just ...
... on a tourist boat with speakers so for 2rps= 3p return I jumped onto the locals passenger ferry. It's the type you see on the news 450 people 2 life jackets. But it was cool the men sit in the back and women up front ? You tell me? But on arrival to this small local island I found my lunch cafe. Had a brief look about this side also fishing the same method. Jumped on the next one back to the fort of Cochin. I then went back for ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Malabar House Kochi
An Absolute Paradise
We had the perfect stay here at this gorgeous retreat. Lovely decorated rooms with local antiquesand art, great food and service, and beautiful outside dining under the flowering trees.
Just like a previous correspondent we had high hopes of this hotel, but badly let down right from the start. The room we had booked had been let to someone else so tough. You are only staying one night so it doesn't really matter. Really? Do I get a refund? Obviously no. So whilst we wait for the staff to find us a room a bit larger than my wardrobe at home we sat around the bath tub that is advertised as a swimming pool. If some one bigger than the average size gets in all the water gets out! And we sat and sat, I asked for drinks and food. Apparently I can't have any until I am booked into my room, which the staff have given to someone else! My goodness what a way to run a hotel. Eventually we get a room (and I can now have a drink) on the ground floor which is reasonable, but not what we paid for. The meals are taken around the pool side, which is not very comfortable and the food was only average. As we were leaving early the next morning we asked for a packed breakfast. Be warned, don't do it! Stale cake and casualty fruit! But hey! You are only here for one night so what are you complaining about. Maybe if we had been staying longer we might have had a better experience. I found the place pretentious and expensive. It was far and away the most expensive place we stopped in Kerala and it was not good value for money. Evening meal for two was Rs3000/- (about £36) which is three times what we paid elsewhere. Would I stay at Malabar House residency again? NO!
Ein wunderschönes Haus
Eine echte Oase in Fort Cochin: schöne, nicht überdekorierte "Kolonialstil"-Zimmer, ein herrlich ruhiger Innenhof zum Ausruhen mitten in Fort Cochin und ein richtig gutes Restaurant. Der Pool ist ellerdings eher klein (dafür kam aber schön viel Wasser aus der Dusche). Absolut empfehlenswert!
If you want some serenity...
I'm not in Cochin looking for a beach retreat and didn't bring my bikinis, and Malabar House was such a nice place for a solo traveler like me. I got upgrade to a suite and I was so impressed with the decor. Exotic wooden statues and columns, huge patio with antique lounge chair, and open air bath room. I can't ask for more. The staff was so friendly and the food was excellent! I tried local cousine and the fusions ones, both unforgettable. The pool is small but the court yard is cute. The location is walking distance to all the interesting sites. Love it!
Good but not amazing
We stayed here over Christmas 2005. The location is great, the food really is top notch, and the whole concept is stylish. However, the rooms are pretty small and not very well furnished. From the rave reviews I had read and heard, I thought it would be nicer. Fine for a night, but not really a very comfortable place to stay longer.
Here's a tip: the Koder House in Fort Cochin has now been converted into a boutique hotel. It had just opened and we went in for a tour, and had dinner there. The rooms are really gorgeous and the place still has a historic feel to it. Next time, we will go there instead of Malabar House - though we will still pop by MH for dinner at least once!
Yes, it's a bit pricey - but absolutely worth it. The location is perfect, the concept and design are amazing, and the Ayurvedic massages here are the best my wife and I have had anywhere in South India. Opt for one of the roof garden suites, if you can - they are not only more spacious but also offer more light and privacy (most of the ground floor rooms open into the courtyard, which serves as an al fresco restaurant in the evening).
We booked this hotel after reading about it in Aladair Sawday's Special Places to Stay in India. It was very special, from our first communication by email until our tearful farewells it was a truly wonderful experience. We stayed for 7 nights, then travelled down south for a couple of weeks and then returned to Malabar House for a further 5 nights. On our return we felt we were old friends and the housekeeping team had put a 'Welcome Home' note on our pillow. The food was the best we'd had in India including the Lake Palace in Udaipur, presided over by a brilliant Basque chef brought in by the owner's wife. (Just think how many restaurants in San Sebastian have a Michelin star). It really is a beautiful boutique hotel but it's the service that really sets it apart, not for those of you expecting a corporate Taj or Hilton, this is personal at it's best. Every member of staff is an individual who interacts with guests in their own way. No formulas, but they make you feel like you are a celebrity. Don't quickly pass through this place on one of those whistle-stop tours of Kerala. You really need to slow down to appreciate their unique style. Plan ahead and make this your base for Kochi - at least 4 days recommended, the menu is changed every day - the best fish moilly I've ever eaten.
We stayed here for 2 nights on a tour of Kerala. Don't expect "country house luxury" found in UK boutique hotels, and you will not then be disappointed by the unique ambience that is found here. We had top floor rooms that were spacious and cool, and appeared to be preferable`to those downstairs.Bathrooms a little on the dark and a lot on the basic side, but all plumbing worked, hoorah! One of the nicest features were the wooden chairs outside our first floor rooms, where you could sip tea (or beer!) under the fans overhead whilst listening to the sound of leather on willow as the local children played cricket on the maiden opposite the hotel; bliss! We also had our own small sun balcony. Pool is little more than a plunge pool, but relaxing nonetheless, and the ltd. number of sunbeds may be restrictive if you want to do more sunbathing than sightseeing. But the shade from the trees, and the al fresco dining at night make full use of the courtyard. We found the food good, dinner more so than breakfast, although a slight tendency to run out of staples (eg tuna) but having looked around The Boatyard, where we also thought of staying, and eaten there, we thought this was certainly the better hotel in Cochin.
Just back from 17days in Kerala. Spent 3 days at Malabar House.
Malabar reviewed by a hotelier
We tried to stay but booked too late. We did get there for a lunch and had a very special Christmas dinner, and got to know the management. We experienced excellent and caring hospitality. The facilities are contemporary and great and it is in a very good location - right on the edge of the most interesting part of Fort Cochin, walk to everything but enjoy the quietness. Don't rush through the hotel, savor it.