At the heart of ancient Fort Cochin, Kerala,
a place that exudes history and culture, is the 'Old Harbour Hotel'. A
300 year-old building that has for long been a heritage monument of this
town, now reopened as a boutique hotel.
Built in the Dutch style of
architecture with hints of Portuguese influences, it was the first hotel
of old Cochin. Later it remained a residential home to employees of
English tea-broking firms until it was left unused for a period of time.
When we chanced upon this charming structure with its fine lines of
architecture and immense grandeur, we believed its revival would allow
one to re-live a glorious past.
This led us to the restoration of
what was known as the Old Harbour House into a hotel of style and
leisure, keeping the original façade and architectural elements intact,
to bring alive the old hotel of previous sea- farers. The interiors of our hotel, designed and decorated by
Karl Damschen, is an eclectic blend of dated furniture and varied art
that juxtapose to create a unique style. Our thirteen spacious rooms,
each of them named after the various old streets of Fort Cochin, are
plush with high ceilings and either look into a courtyard with a
fountain or over the ancient Chinese Fishing nets.
Our special garden cottages, which
were added to offer a feel of Kerala, have
open-to-the-sky showers, a veranda and a private pond. We also have a
large garden with a swimming pool as well as a stage for cultural
performances, all of it set amidst plenty of natural green.
For the comfort of our guests,
there is an Ayurvedic spa and a large open-air terrace. We are aware
that our guests are special and to ensure this, care has been paid to
organic soaps and lotions in the bathrooms, comfortable robes and
slippers as well as plenty of bottled water. At our restaurant, we ensure that only the freshest
of foods are offered at all times. Home made breads and plenty of
freshly squeezed juices are a priority here. Only organically grown
vegetables are used, while the meats are of the highest quality
As the hotel rests close to the
fishing nets, we believe our guests would want to enjoy a variety of
seafood. For this, we have a special seafood menu with a barbecue every
night in the garden. Our chef has also painstakingly conjured up an
array of dishes to suit various taste palates.
Tariff on CP basis
10th April 2012 to 30th Sep 2012
1st Oct 2012 to 30th April 2013
Garden View Room
Dec 20 till Jan 10 there is a 10% hike in
the published price.
Three rooms and above are sold only on MAPAI basis and the cost per pax
is Rupees 1250 per dinner