"Reviews of Hotels, Guesthouses and Homestays
in Kochi India "
"Fort Kochi accommodation" was last updated on March 01, 2013
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Looking for a place to stay in Fort Kochi?
Most of the accommodations in Fort Kochi are located in Princess street, Bastion street and Tower road.
Hotels are located near the water, and in Tower road. Homestays and guesthouses are scattered around Fort Kochi, heavily concentrated in Princess street, Napier street, Lily street and around K.L Bernard road.
If you want cheaper homestays (Rs 300), some of them are located in Fort Nagar area, 5-7 minutes by foot from Princess street.
I talked to some backpackers I met in Varkala who probably found the cheapest room in Fort Kochi. They told me that they saw a sign near the jetty, and the dorm cost Rs 150 per night.
You'll get personal info and reviews since I stayed for almost three weeks in Fort Kochi (Feb-March 2011), and visited a bunch of hotels and homestays. I personally stayed at two different guesthouses.
Price per night: from Rs 400
The non-AC single room I got was on the 2nd floor. The room was OK. By that I mean it was basic and clean enough. There was no mosquito net available.
If you're looking for a cheap place to stay in Fort Kochi, I can recommend Adams Old Inn. But don't expect any high room standard. The room I got was run-down and the bed was hard.
I got to see another room downstairs, and it was the same as the one I had upstairs, but without a window (if I remember right). It felt more claustrophobic, but it was cheap!
The staff was very helpful, and they also run a travel agency. During the days it was busy downstairs with travelers who wanted to book a house boat trip or flights. The owner has been in the travel business for quite some time, and his sister, Pushpa, owns Kapithan Inn - another popular guesthouse in Fort Kochi.
Where: Location is great. It's in Burgher street, 30 seconds away from busy Princess street. Central, but still quiet. Oy's Cafe is right across the street. It's located next to famous Kashi cafe.
Price per night: Rs 400-900
I stayed for almost two weeks at Santa Cruz. The double non-AC room I stayed in was very basic. It was clean, but run-down especially the bathroom. It came with Western toilet and sometimes there was hot water.
The rooms upstairs are newer (Rs 850-900) and the triple room cost Rs 900 per night. The triple room has TV and a closet.
Some of my class mates stayed at this triple room. After one night they had to switch rooms because it was unbearable hot inside the room. Even though they opened the window and slept almost naked, it was still hot. The staff was so helpful and they arranged a new room for them right away.
The owner, Daniel, is a funny man who likes to share stories about his adventures from his days in the shipping industry. The staff who were there at a regular basis were just sweet and helpful. Their English is not that good, but it's enough to communicate :-)
I got to know them very well, and they are truly kind people.
Where: Santa Cruz is located in Peter Celli street, a couple of seconds from Princess street.
I visited 8 homestays in Fort Kochi, and I've written a short review about these homestays. Here's two of them:
I would recommend this homestay for flashpackers. It's expensive, but wait till you see the rooms.
Mrs Diana was kind to show me the facilities. They provide 3 guest rooms, and all of them are immaculate. It's very heritage-like, with wooden furniture, TV, large bed. It was very clean. The first room I saw was large and stunning.
They also offer free internet to their guests.
Address: 1/508, Fort Kochi Hospital Road. It's a five minutes walk to Princess street.
Judie runs this homestay, and it was full when I visited the homestay in March 2011. The homestay has 5 rooms, which are spacious and clean.
The location is good, and it's tucked away from the hassle in Princess street. Judie was very accommodating, and helpful about transportation, for example how to get to Cherai beach from Fort Kochi.
Tel: + 91 484 2215590, + 91 953915 1498.
Address: Opposite XL Hotel, Rose Street.
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Price per night: Rs 2,500-15,000 (low/high/peak season)
Note: I haven't stayed at Tower House. I visited them in March 2011 and they showed me the rooms.
Tower House was opened in 2009, and it's owned by Neemrana hotel group. The hotel group is well-known for its stunning heritage hotels, and it operates hotels all over India.
The room they showed me was enormous, squeaky clean and elegant. It felt like I was back in colonial time. The pictures speak for themselves.
Fort Kochi accommodation: One of the rooms at Tower House
The bathroom was also very nice, with bath tub and clean tiles.
And the staff, especially the manager was humble and helpful.
They didn't hesitate to show me the rooms even though I said I wasn't planning to stay there. It was almost fully booked when I visited in March 2011.
If I could afford this hotel on a backpacking trip, I would book a room here without flinching!
Based on these observations, I would highly recommend Tower House.
Where: Tower road
Price per night: From Rs 2300
Malabar House is one of the most established hotels in Fort Kochi. It's owned by a German designer, but administrated by Indian managers.
In 2007 the hotel received the Green Globe certificate, which basically means that the hotel has a environmental friendly concept and executes responsible tourism. Malabar House is very popular and it's fully booked in the high season.
The hotel itself is stunning, with a pool as the center of attention in the garden. The rooms I saw were very large, exceptionally clean and the interior is a mix of Indian and modern furniture.
The staff was kind and professional. The manager I talked to was very helpful even though I was only there to visit. Highly recommended.
Where: 1/268 1/269 Parade Road
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