Ernakulam is the mainland part of the city of Kochi. This is the main business district of the city. But most of the time Ernakulam is referred for the whole city.
Kochi is the commercial capital of Kerala. So most of the hotels in Ernakulam are business hotels. Historic district of Fort Kochi has the largest number of Heritage hotels in Kerala. There are many other beautiful hotels with character in the outskirts of the city.
Look at the few examples of Ernakulam hotels.
Stylishly simple rooms ranged along the sides of a sandy courtyard littered with pot plants and votive terracotta status, cooled by breezes blowing straight off the waterfront. Those in the much preferable original block have white walls and red-oxide floors, comfy king-sized bed with late-turned legs, and good showers in their chic little wet-room bathrooms-though the a/c units can be noisy.
Avoid the older budget block on the west side, which is a rip-off. Rates include breakfast, and there's a good waterside restaurant on site.
K L Bernard Rd
Scrupulously clean, very nicely furnished rooms in a friendly homestay behind Santa Cruz Basilica, with four smarter, larger a/c cottages to the rear (large enough for families). Bargain rates for the level of comfort.
A Very welcoming little homestay, tucked away down a quite lane in a former family home that has been completely modernized. Its cheerfully decorated guest rooms are spacious, with squashy mattresses, huge bathrooms and optional a/c. Landlady Mrs Leelu Roy also offers popular daily cookery classes(non-guests welcome). Especially recommended for women travellers.
Peter Celli St
Five outstandingly smart rooms furnished in modern style(two of them with tiny balconies) in a cosy guesthouse that is within easy walking distance of the sights, but still tucked away. The really nice thing about this place is its plant-filled roof terrace, which has panoramic views over the Basilica and the old Portuguese and Dutch houses of the neighbourhood.
Willingdon and Bolghatty Islands
The first venture of the now-extensive CGH Earth chain, but utterly characterless and shut in by the grey docks. With its courtyard pool, ayurveda spa and shops, it is popular primarily with tour groups and thus often booked up. The Casino's one unrivalled plus is its Fort Cochin restaurant, the best seafood joint in town.
KTDC Bolgatty Palace
Occupying a property originally built by the Dutch in 1744, and which later served as the home of the British Resident. This graceful old mansion on a peaceful island on the north side of the harbour was one of Kerala's first proper heritage hotels.
These days, though, it is well outshone by the competition and showing signs of age. The standards of service and maintenance lagging well behind -both in the heritage wing Bolgatty Palace and uncharismatic new wing Bolgatty Island Resort, where the rooms are fabulously overpriced.
The location is idyllic and the garden pool is a wonderful place to relax. Since the opening of a new bridge just to the north you no longer have to travel by boat, though the hotel launch remains in operation, dropping guests at the High Court Jetty.
Near the Airport
Abad Airport Hotel
A dependable, good-value transit option, this smart business-grade hotel next to the airport has 56 rooms. Efficient, clean and convenient, though there's no pool.
Gleaming tinted-glass and concrete tower block directly opposite the main terminal. The rooms are just what you would expect from an international standard business hotel. It has king-size beds, separate living-room areas and direct internet access.
The real selling point is that they take bookings for less than 24hr, making this a great option if you're in transit and only need a room for a short while. Rates include breakfast.
Saj Earth Resort
Lavish Kerala-themed resort close to the airport. The resort has island cottages in traditional style, with artisanal carved wood railings and screens, focused on a large swimming pool; some have their own private jacuzzis and plunge pools.
You enter through a spectacular reception structure designed to resemble a temple, and are whisked from there to the chalets in electric golf buggies. The multi-cuisine restaurant's enclosed in a glass sided atrium, and has an open kitchen.
Uniformed butlers carrying temple umbrellas greet your arrival by boat at Green Lagoon. It is one of Kerala's most exclusive luxury hideaways. Resort is located on a lush islet in the backwaters, just 45 mins' drive south of the city. It is the utopian brainchild of retired professor and aesthete, Klaus Schleusener.
Accommodation comes in the form of three serene little villas, built around exquisite 200-year-old nalukettu houses overlooking private pools by the waterside. You get your own ayurvedic massage room and the use of a secluded garden, and the food's as inspirational as the setting.
Charming little family homestay, a world away from the crowded streets of Fort Cochin, set under palm trees on the banks of a huge lagoon just half-an-hour's ride out of town. The en-suite rooms are clean and have balconies. You can get there by auto-rickshaw; phone ahead for directions. The owners also run engaging village tours in the area.
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