A cool retreat in Fort Cochin
The Old Harbour Hotel was built in 1808 and used to be Old Harbour House. Later it belonged to a vintage tea broking firm that had its offices on the ground floor. (Information extracted from the Cochin-Ernakulam City Tourist Map - being No 3 of Historical Places of Interest on that map). Now it is a hotel having been restored to it's former wooden glory by Edgar and his architect. I was lucky enough to stay there for one night only (unfortunately - a short and busy scheduled didn't allow more time) recently. My room was the Princess Suite which was a lovely cool refuge from the heat, hustle and bustle outside. The hotel is situated directly across the small square from the Chinese Fishing nets so the location is great.
There is a lovely garden with a swimming pool and one relax and or can eat outside in the garden or on the open veranda.
I can add little to what other reviewers have said about the hotel, the staff, the food, the cleanliness, the peaceful ambience, etc. - all excellent. The only drawback is that (I think) they do not have an alcohol licence or it is restricted to the dining room area. Perhaps that'll come in due course. I can only attach some of my photos and hope they speak for themselves.
Our first trip to india,stayed at this hotel for our first 2 nights,liked it so much stayed on our last night.Fantastic service by Edgar and his team.Bedrooms v.clean airy (air-con).Restaurant -great service lovely breakfasts.Swimming pool a big plus.
Would stay here again.
There isn't a better hotle in India
We have travelled all over India through the years and this betters them all , including the Taj, Omni etc. This is best you will stay in - anywhere! From the moment we spoke to Edgar to book the accommodation, he oozed calmness and confidence. His car collected us from the airport on time; we arrived at the hotel to be greeted by his staff. At dinner Edgar made a point of coming over to introduce himself personally. From that moment on nothing was too much trouble. Edgar has very successfully converted an old Colonial style home into a very stylish boutique hotel. The building has understated style and class that would be difficult to be bettered.
His outdoor area contains a wonderful garden and 20 metre pool that is more like the Garden of Eden. Our room was beautifully styled and individual, we had a peep at a suite and they are just stunning. The location cannot be bettered as it's 60 feet from the Chinese fishing nets and the sea estuary. We stayed with Edgar for 9 nights and never
got bored with the place. This place really does deserve all it gets.
great small hotel in the perfect location
The hotel is less than a year old and beautiful. Staff at breakfast, on the grounds and at check-in all courteous and helpful. We loved our room (one of the detached rooms with the outdoor shower) and the pool. Breakfast was super.
There were a few couples (both young and old) and a couple small families staying at the hotel while were there. Everyone seemed quite at home and happy with the facilities.
Fantastic little hotel, best in Kochi
A wonderful place. Just behind the Chinese fishing nets so very central it is an Oasis in the bustle of Kochi.
Edgar is an exceptional owner / host and the hotel is kept immaculate, cleaning appears to be constant. Pool area is great and the garden is a great place to eat dinner in the evenings.
We had one of the rooms in the garden which had amazing outside bathrooms.
Best place to stay in Kochi
Great place to break our fast
Echo most of the other reviews - an atmospheric place with great attention to detail and a delightful set of staff esp Edgar who is ery good at making your stay.
WE are fussy and we loved it - rooms, showers, pool, food. The lot
Will be back
Old Harbour , perfect allover !
We are still here at this great hotel.
And came here, because we did not read even one bad review from this hotel.
Everything is PERFECT , the place of Fort Kochi where it is situated , the architecture , the decoration , the room sizes , the food , and the big pool ( the pool walls and floor are entirely covered with gray granite tiles ,which give a special color to the water ).
The rooms are great, and bathrooms have a very good shower.
But the best of all are all the people who work here , we have never been in a hotel with such nice people , all of them are gentle , charming , ready to help you with a nice honest smile , although very young, they do their work as excellent professionals would.
On top of it , people are always keeping it spotless and it smells clean and nice allover !
Wi-Fi is complimentary, and rooms have AC, and breakfast is great.
My language is Spanish so if some spelling and or grammatical errors are found, its due to this fact.
Do not doubt if you arrive to Cochin, come straight to Old Harbour , you won’t be disappointed !
This is a gorgeous hotel. The rooms are huge and beautifully decorated. The showers are fantastic and the pool is wonderful. We loved it and the staff looked after us very well (including a packed lunch to take to the airport!).
magical hotel and location
my wife and i saw a tiny mention of this spectacular hotel in a british magazine and booked direct. we stayed for 4 nights in the princess suite - and it was wonderful. the hotel is in a perfect location. the suite itself was gigantic and as per the rest of the hotel, had been exquisitely restored from the historic context of the original building. not sure we've ever seen a hotel room so large. the bathroom was total luxury and the separate lounge space and balcony, added to the palacial feel. the staff are very good at being attentive and leaving you alone to enjoy your space and time. one member of staff, whose name is sonya, was especially kind to our 3 year old daughter and gave a beautiful explanation of the kollam that lined the stairs to our room. the pool was first rate and the restaurant of a high standard. was easy to get rickshaw from outside and head to see synagogue/ jewtown, the main reason we went to cochin. overall, an outstanding hotel, that we hope to visit again.