Lily Jones

Old Harbour Hotel

Kochi

by: Lily Jones

  • Why

    A few lazy days in India after a long work trip to Kerala.

  • When

    February 2014

  • Who

    Just me staying in the hotel, hanging out with friends living locally.

Highs + Lows

  • The history and heritage of the place is in everything from the building to the gracious service, food and ambience, amounting to a seductive illusion of living in a glorious, bygone time.

  • The outdoor restaurant and pool space is decadent and relaxed… you feel as if you could take your shoes off and drink champagne or dress up for dinner and then jump in the pool for a swim under the stars (both real and pretty paper). At night, the live music is subtle and creates a magical atmosphere and by day the glorious ancient trees, picturesque lily pond and exotic fruit growing in the courtyard make it hard to leave to explore anything else.

  • Morning yoga on the rooftop followed by fresh squeezed organic juice, cut fruit, delicious dosas and a swim.

  • Outdoor showers under the moon or in the sunshine.

  • Cassava chips and sparkling local wine in the afternoon.

  • The food, while delicious and fresh, could be more of an event. Although, I believe they have this in mind and are currently looking for a new chef.

: 43/50
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  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

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  • Stealable Stuff

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Important Bits

  • Type

    Restored heritage boutique hotel.

  • Vibe

    Relaxed decadence that harks back to a bygone era. Simple pleasures on a grand scale, exercised with charm, ease and grace.

  • Location

    In the heart of Fort Kochi, the sleepy majestic port town of Kochi, with easy access to all the best spots in FK.

  • Rooms

    13

  • Music

    Live, classical Indian music poolside by the restaurant each night.

  • Year Opened

    A 300 year old building, originally designed for and serving as the first hotel in Kochi, was later restored to its original intended purpose & reopened as a hotel in 2006, after 3 years of restoration.

  • Designed By

    The architect Karl Damschen, a specialist in restoration of ancient buildings.

  • Pool/Gym

    Outdoor pool, free rooftop yoga every morning and spa on the roof.

  • Restaurant

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Fresh juice, fresh locally sourced fruit, vegetables and excellent fish. A simple, traditional menu with good local flavours and a few standout dishes as well as some lovely homemade ice creams.

  • Bar

    No bar but drinks are served by the pool, in the outdoor area, restaurant or rooms.

  • Wifi

    Yes. Free, functioning wifi – which is no small luxury after traveling a while in India. It’s like suddenly being able to drink the tap water.

  • Children

    I’d say leave them, but they are welcome too.

  • Price

    Affordable luxury.

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