The Old Harbour Hotel, Fort Cochin
Roy Davies, Founder of World Discovery
“This is my personal favourite of the hotels in Fort Cochin, a gem of a property right in the heart of the old city. I particularly enjoyed having lunch in the lovely garden beneath the ancient trees. There are shops and restaurants close by and it's also just a short stroll to the famous Chinese fishing nets. ”
The 300 year old building that is now the Old Harbour Hotel has been sensitively converted into an atmospheric heritage hotel that offers modern facilities without sacrificing the traditional architecture and charm of the original. The architect Karl Damschen, a specialist in restoration of ancient buildings, has paid close attention to every minute detail and the result is a wonderful boutique property of just 13 rooms which is a member of the prestigious 'Small Luxury Hotels of the World' collection.
The spacious rooms (below left), 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. The Garden Cottages, which were added to offer a feel of Kerala, have open-to-the-sky showers, a veranda and a private pond. There is a large leafy garden with a swimming pool (below right), and an Ayurvedic spa and large open-air terrace.
Food is of the highest standard and in the restaurant only the freshest of foods are offered at all times. Home made breads and plenty of freshly squeezed juices are a priority. Only organically grown vegetables are used, while the meats are of the highest quality available. As the hotel is close to the fishing nets, there is naturally a variety of seafood available, and the hotel offers a special seafood menu with a barbecue every night in the garden.