Heritage Hotels in Kochi
Kochi has the largest number of heritage properties than anywhere else in Kerala. There are dozens of heritage hotels and homestays in Fort Cochin. Most of these properties are associated with European rule and trade in Kochi.
You can see many beautiful period buildings restored into comfortable heritage hotels and homestays. All most all of these heritage hotels are assoicated with European colonisers, the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British.
Mid-range Heritage Hotels in Kochi
Eighteenth-century Dutch mansion, later used as the residence of the British Collector of Cochin, now converted into a good-value mid-range hotel run by the local Diocese.
With their showy 1980s-style bedroom furniture, the owners haven't quite grasped the heritage concept, but the original wood floors have come through the renovation unharmed and the place retains plenty of period atmosphere. Friendly and helpful staff.
Half-a-dozen large, airy en-suite rooms, some with lovely new teak floors, in a 300-year Dutch house run by a welcoming couple. Despite some heavy-handed renovation, lots of historic atmosphere remains, and the accommodation is comfortable for the price.
A great seventeenth-century heritage homestay, with welcoming owners and five lofty and carefully restored non a/c rooms set around a fancily furnished communal sitting room. All have big wooden beds, teak floors and modern bathrooms.
Occupying an annex tacked onto a splendid 300-year-old Portuguese mansion, David and Flowery's homestay holds seven spacious, comfortable and well-aired rooms.
All the room are equipped with new bathrooms and quiet ceiling fan; some open onto a lovely courtyard garden; another has a long veranda overlooking the parade ground; and there is a high-ceilinged drawing room with original teak floors to lounge in. Breakfast available.
Relaxing, low-key guesthouse in a 120-year-old Dutch house. The interiors have been done in a somewhat Western Style, but they're comfortable and some have bathtubs. The outstanding room is the suite, which has preserved its original teak floorboards and opens onto a private balcony overlooking the street. Breakfast is served on a pleasant common terrace.
Among Cochin's most characterful homestays, run by philosopher and local historian Mr. Christopher Edward Walton, in a centuries-old Dutch house. The rooms come in three categories and have all been beautifully renovated, with modern bathrooms, solar- powered hot water and comfy beds; all have the option of a/c.
Many of the rooms open onto a delightful rear garden busy with birdlife. Facilities include a book-swap library and in-house yoga classes; breakfast is served on a communal terrace.
Bishop Garden Lane
Buried in a maze of narrow back lanes, this is a hidden gem of a heritage guesthouse, run by Icelandic architect, Thora Guomundsdottir. The four white-walled rooms, which have high wooden ceilings, hand carved beds and traditional terracotta-tiled floors, all open on to balconies fronting an exotic garden with a good size pool.
The guesthouse is only a stone's throw from the heart of the Fort Cochin, but tranquil and relaxing, and more luxurious than many starred hotels. Rate include the morning yoga, and use of the house computer, books and bicycles.
Luxury Heritage Hotels in Kochi
The Old Courtyard
A gem of a heritage hotel, whose eight rooms flank a photogenic seventeenth-century courtyard framed by elegant Portuguese arches and bands of original azulejo tiles. For once the decor and antique furnishings are in keeping with the building-though some may find them dark and lacking modern refinements. Rooms on the upper storey are less distributed by noise from the courtyard restaurant.
This imposing hotel faithfully reproduces 16th- and 17th-century Dutch and Portuguese architecture in its grand complex. All of the rooms look out over the harbour and have bathtub and balconies with a refreshing sea breeze that beats AC any day.
This mustard coloured colonial building was built in 1912 as headquarters of a UK spice trading company before being taken over by Brooke Bond tea. Graceful rooms are decorated with flashes of strong colour and carved wood furniture, and have Bassetta-tiled bathrooms.
Old Harbour Hotel
Set around an idyllic garden, with lily ponds and a small pool, the dignified Old Harbour is housed in a 300-year-old Dutch/ Portuguese heritage building.
The elegant mix of period and modern styles and bright colour accents are luxurious without being over the top, lending the place a much more intimate feel than some of the more grandiose competition. There are 13 rooms here, some facing directly onto the garden, and some with plant-filled, open-air bathrooms.
A historic mansion overlooking the Chinese fishing nets, this fine heritage property has characterful rooms and an atmospheric, high-ceiling restaurant with whirring fans that serves nice food. Rooms are overpriced in season, but worthwhile at other times.
More Heritage Hotels in Kochi
Old Lighthouse Bristow
Grande Residentia (By Abad Hotels)
The Poovath - Heritage Hotel
D C Road
Le Colonial (By Neemrana Hotels)
Vasco da Gama Sq
The Tower House (By Neemrana Hotels)
Gama Heritage Residency
(Ballard Group of Hotels)
Heritage Hotels in Kochi - The Outskirts
This 300-year-old royal palace, used by the local raja when attending festivals at the nearby Krishna temple, has been exquisitely restored to host one of India's most elegant heritage hotels. It sits on the riverside, amid stately lawns and tamarind trees- a traditional Kerala mansion of red-tiled roofs, elaborately carved eaves and pillared verandas.
Inside, the three rooms are vast, retaining their original rosewood beds and swing chairs. Host Suresh, a descendant of the palace's original owners, is on hand to welcome guests. The food is wonderful vegetarian, so no alcohol. Trips in the palace's private boat are complimentary.
One of Kerala's most atmospheric heritage homestays- the ancestral seat of landed Syrian Christian family, the Parayils, set on a large backwater estate between Kochi and Alleppey.
Dating from around the turn of the last century, the mansion is in classic Kuttanadi style, with exotic gable-ended roofs framed by slender palm trees, and oil portraits of sombre-faced forebears on the walls. The rooms are lovely, and the Parayils generous hosts, presiding over leisurely meals around the dynamic dining table.
Bolgatty Palace (By KTDC)
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