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.
Green Woods Bethlehem
Opposite ESI Hospital
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)
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
Cosy little place that gets rave reviews.
With three spic-and-span rooms in a well-kept family house tucked into one of Fort Cochin's backstreets, away from the melee.
Run by a local couple, this has big and brightly painted modern rooms. With an upstairs carved-wood Kerala balcony.
Royal Grace Tourist Home
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
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
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
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.
Cannon Shed Rd
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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