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.
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
With its natural deep water harbour Cochin was already a centre for India’s spice trade before the Portuguese founded the first European settlement here in 1500. The Portuguese were driven out by the Dutch, who, in turn, were displaced by the British. Together with the trading Arabs and Chinese, each has left their own influences on Cochin. The city is built on a series of islands but it is Fort Cochin and Mattancherry with their narrow streets and winding lanes, colonial architecture and heritage hotels that are likely to occupy most of your time. The area is conducive to leisurely exploration on foot, people watching with a cold drink in hand and sticking your head into old warehouses full of aromatic spices or antiques. Read more?
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