I stayed in a room with a double bed on the ground floor just off the courtyard. The room was rs1400/night without AC or rs1800 with AC. The room had a fan and a screen on the window to keep the bugs out but since the window looked onto the courtyard, there wasn't much of a breeze. The temperature while I was there was about 30 degrees C, and with humidity was more like 35 degrees so after struggling through my first night without AC, I decided to spend the extra rs400 and sleep well. The hotel was pretty quiet while I was there (January 23 - 26, 2016) with only 2 or 3 other rooms occupied.
There is free wifi but it doesn't work too well anywhere except in the restaurant (located at the back of the property). The restaurant is open to the public but very few people seemed to come and eat there - it isn't advertised very well. I had a few appetizer dishes there (veg pakora, a sandwich) and it was all very tasty.
The guys running the place don't seem to speak a lot of English and aren't the most helpful but the property is quite nice. The courtyard is perfect for sitting and enjoying a drink or reading and getting away from the hustle and bustle. It is a few hundred metres from the Chinese fishing nets and is located right on Princess Street which is a beautiful street lined with lots of old, culturally rich buildings. I think if you plan to stay in Fort Kochin, this is the area to stay in. There are lots of restaurants, cafes, and a few bars all just a very short walk away.
Try to negotiate a cheaper price but I didn't find anything that was as nice or nicer for much less. I'd pay the price just for the prime location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 150 year old heritage home situated in Princess Street in the heart of Old Cochin. Large A/C and non A/C rooms with attached bath, cable TV, wifi, hot water, travel desk, restaurant and doctor on call. Easy access to the Chinese fishing nets, St.Francis. church,Basilica and the beach. ... more less
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- Tom's Old Mansion Kochi (Cochin), Kerala