Hotels in Kochi

Fort Cochin is an ideal place to escape the noise and chaos of the mainland - it is tranquil and romantic, with some excellent accommodation choices. This could be India's homestay capital, with hundreds of family houses offering near-identical, large and clean budget rooms. Ernakulam is much cheaper and more convenient for onward travel, but the ambiance and accommodation choices there are less inspiring. Regardless of where you stay, book ahead during December and January. Most of the star hotels are

Star hotels in Kochi are located mainly in Willingdon Island and in the main land Ernakulam.

Fort Cochin

Green Woods Bethlehem

Opposite ESI Hospital
Tel: 0484 3247791

Owner Sheeba looks ready to sign your adoption papers the minute you walk through her front door. What might Just be the cutest guesthouse in Kochi lies in a quiet residential area cocooned in its own thick jungle of plants and palms. The rooms are humble but cosy; breakfast is served in the fantastic, leafy rooftop cafe, where cooking classes/demonstrations are often held.

Princess Inn (Guesthouse)

Princess St
Tel: 0484 2217073

Sticking to its budget guns, the friendly Princess Inn spruces up its dull, tiny rooms with cheery bright colours. The comfy communal spaces are a treat, and the three large, front-facing rooms are good value.

Sonnetta Residency

Princess St
Tel: 0484 2215744

Right in the thick of the Fort Cochin action, the plain rooms at this Portuguese-era building are small, but cone with nice, chintzy touches like curtains and indoor plants to make you feel at home.

Delight Home Stay

Post Office Road
Tel: 0484 2217658

This grand house's exterior is adorned with frilly white wood work, and the rooms are spacious and polished. It overlooks the parade ground and has a charming little garden and an imposing sitting room covered in wall-to-wall teak.

Koder House

Tower Rd
Tel: 0484 2217988

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.

Spencer Home (Guesthouse)

Parade Ground Road
Tel: 0484 2215049

This handsomely restored heritage home has top-value, snug rooms set around a charming little garden courtyard. It has great period highlights, like high wood-beam ceiling and amazingly intricate antique locks. Breakfast is served garden-side, in front of your room.

Fort House Hotel

Calvathy Road
Tel: 0484 22217103

With lush gardens on the waterfront, this offers smart, chic rooms in soft earth and ochre colours and with solid wooden furnishings, opening onto a long veranda. There's a recommended waterside restaurant.

Costa Gama Home Stay

Thamaraparambu Road
South off KB Jacob Rd
Tel: 0484 2216122

Cosy little place that gets rave reviews.

Homested (Homestay)

Thamarakulam Rd
Mob: 0 9388600512

With three spic-and-span rooms in a well-kept family house tucked into one of Fort Cochin's backstreets, away from the melee.

Daffodil (Homestay)

Njaliparambu Junction
Tel: 0484 2218686

Run by a local couple, this has big and brightly painted modern rooms. With an upstairs carved-wood Kerala balcony.

Royal Grace Tourist Home

Tel: 0484 2216584

This old-timer is one of the rare budget stalwarts still left in Fort Cochin. There are loads of rooms on offer in a large multistorey building, each with little more than a bed, four walls and a pint- sized bathroom.

Mattancherry and Jew Town

Caza Maria (Homestay)

Jew Town Rd
Tel: 0484 3258837

Right in the heart of Jew Town, this unique place has just two enormous, gorgeous heritage rooms overlooking the bazaar. Fit for a maharaja, the rooms feature an idiosyncratic style - with each high-ceilinged room painted in bright colours, filled to the brim with antiques, and with tall windows looking onto the bustling market Street below.


Four star hotels in Kochi and three star hotels in Kochi are mainly located in Ernakulam. Most of the are business hotels.

Government Guest House

Shanmughan Rd
Tel: 0484 2360502

We secretly love Kerala's government guesthouses - they usually manage to be the best deal in town. Right in the city's heart and near the sea, this eights storey monolith of a building has huge, neat rooms. It probably won't win any style awards, but some of the upper-floor rooms have balconies with sweeping sea vistas.

Bijus Tourist Home

Market Rd
Tel: 0484 2361661

This friendly, popular choice is handy for the main Jetty and has reasonable, drab but clean rooms and a friendly welcome. Day tours to the elephant training camp from here are only 700.

Saas Tower

Cannon Shed Rd
Tel: 0484 2365319

It has 'facilities to match your fantasies' but this will only be the case if you fantasies about a low-end business hotel, with clean smart rooms filled with wooden furniture, handily located near the boat Jetty.

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