Hotels in Kozhikode
Hotels in Kozhikode are plentiful, except at the bottom end of the range; this is one city where travellers on tighter budgets might be tempted to upgrade. Most establishments operate 24hr checkouts; because of the amount of traffic to and from the airport, the better-value ones rarely have vacancies at short notice so reserve well ahead.
Luxury Hotels in Kozhikode
4km north of the centre
Ancestral home of the Kadathanadu royal family, converted into a particularly desirable heritage homestay. Set in beautiful gardens landscaped with lawns, herb beds, lotus ponds and an original laterite-lined bathing tank (which guests are welcome to use).
The mansion in a model of traditional Kerala refinement: whitwahsed, high-ceilinged rooms filled with antique furniture open onto pillared walkways inside. Distractions include short courses in yoga, astrology, cookery and Indian mythology, and treatments at their top-grade Green Leaf accredited ayurveda centre.
15km southeast on NH
As five-stars go, this sprawling 120-room complex near the airport is exceptionally pleasant. Overlooking a sweeping bend on the Chaliyar, its nicest rooms are the "deluxe" and "superior" chalets, which have fabulous views over the river and surrounding palm forest from deep, shady balconies.
The more recently built "standard" rooms in the Kerala-style main block have less character, but more mod cons. Elsewhere, there is a big lagoon-shaped pool, outdoor amphitheatre, restaurant, and beautifully situated ayurveda centre where you can bliss out gazing over the tree tops.
Mid-range Hotels in Kozhikode
Alakapuri Guest House
Opening onto a large central garden, the rooms in this popular place range from old-fashioned, spartan, non-a/c doubles to more spacious "cottages" with polished wood chairs, pillared sitouts and sofas. All of them are neatly painted and clean; a/c costs an additional charge and single rates are available. In the evening, you can eat on the lawn, or in their cavernous dining hall under the watchful gaze of a giant plaster elephant.
Sleek business-class hotel in the centre. With their colour schemes of muted grays and browns, rendered in wood and polished steel, the a/c rooms are stylish, relaxing and well screened from the traffic noise below. The pricier "executive" buys you more space-recommended for couples.
Dating from 1890, the premises of the colonial-era Malabar English club, with its closely cropped lawns and high-pitched tiled roofs, now house a delightful heritage hotel retaining plenty of period feel.
This 90-room tower block, tucked away down a quiet side street off the main drag and popular mainly with visiting Gulf Arabs, offers by far the best value in Kozhikode's lower-mid-range bracket.
Impeccably clean, with shiny tiled floors and well-scrubbed bathrooms, its "standard a/c rooms are huge for the price, while the stylish "deluxe a/c" one have a more contemporary look, new a/c units, balconies and flat-screen TVs. Strictly no alcohol. Ask for a room on the cooler north side of the block.
Long the favoured option among visiting businessmen, but nowadays well undercut by the Asma Tower. Rooms come in two categories; "deluxe" are a bit bigger with kingsize beds. There's a pool on a raised terrace at palm level, multi-cuisine and Kerala speciality restaurants, a health club, gym and internet access in the lobby.
This large wood-and-brick property sits right next to the waves, on the fringe of a residential area half an hour's drive north of the city-a perfect overnight pit stop if you're travelling with your own transport between Cochin and the far north of Kerala.
The best of its three rooms has a huge balcony offering unimpeded sea views; the other two are smaller and more sparsely furnished, but impeccably clean and comfortable. Hosts Rudi and Sarli are in the background should you need anything. Home- cooked meals are available on request.
Faded four-star in the city centre, ranged over six storeys. Avoid the gloomy, poorly aired "standard" rooms, in favour of the much nicer "executive" options on the sixth-floor-furnished with luxurious beds, thick burgundy carpets and polished-wood writing desks. Those to the rear have great views over the palm forest to the east.
Opposite Baby Memorial Hospital
This gleaming, triangular hotel in the centre hasn't been open long, but if prices and standards are maintained it'll offer unbeatable value in the mid-range bracket. Rooms aren't especially large, though they are smartly furnished, stylish and comfortable.
Bright yellow-and-blue brick building, next to a lorry park on the pleasant, spacious a/c rooms are good value, especially the sea-facing "a/c-deluxe". The non-a/c rooms are fusty and not nearly as nice. Breakfast, served alfresco on the rooftop, is included n the rates.
Budget Hotels in Kozhikode
NCK Tourist Home
An enormous, lime-green-painted budget lodge slap in the city centre. Set back from the main road, it's marginally quieter and cleaner than the competition, and there is a bustling Indian Coffee House on the ground floor. Frequently booked up by wedding parties on weekends, so reserve ahead.
MM Ali Rd
Compact lodge on four storeys, close to the Palayam bus stand and market, and the only commendable budget place on the south side of the centre. Its wood-panelled rooms come at various rates, with or without a/c, and are well maintained, though cramped.
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