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Old Harbour Hotel

Cochin, India

1/3 Swimming pool and garden, Old Harbour Hotel
Swimming pool and garden, Old Harbour Hotel
2/3 Lily pond and garden, Old Harbour Hotel
Lily pond and garden, Old Harbour Hotel
3/3 Old Harbour Hotel, Cochin
Old Harbour Hotel, Cochin

Converted from an old colonial building that once belonged to a tea company, Old Harbour is a charming heritage hotel created by local art lover Edgar Pinto with the help of a German architect. Together they have created a very stylish place to stay in the heart of Fort Cochin, decorated with Indian modern art, sculptures picked up in Cochin’s Jewtown and light cotton fabrics.

There are 13 rooms and suites, all modestly but comfortably furnished. The garden cottages feature shower rooms open to the sky while the three spacious suites come complete with four-poster beds. There are no TVs (though these and CD players can be provided on request), so spend your time in the swimming pool after sightseeing or enjoy a leisurely meal of freshly cooked seafood on the restaurant terrace. Service can be slow but the staff is obliging and friendly helping to make Old Harbour a lovely relaxed place to stay.

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Boutique heritage hotel with 13 rooms and swimming pool in a pretty garden. The Princess Suite has a private balcony and is the only room with a bath

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Typical lane in Fort Cochin
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Chinese fishing nets, Marine Drive, Cochin
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Kathakali performer, Cochin

Cochin

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