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... in the heart of Fort Cochi, Le Colonial is fantastic place to relax after a day's sightseeing. The rooms and common areas are luxurious and the pool is a real bonus but what really makes this place is Smita and her team. They looked after us so well - booking trips and offering advice and...
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... double beds. The decor has a wonderful mix of antiques and a lovely large bathroom. The small terrace with a lovely view across the swimming pool was sadly not really put to good use by us, but would be nice to use if the weather was cooler. It was 41 degrees the day we arrived. The air...
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... from effervescent Indian city life, inside the white walls, surrounded by jungle sounds of tree birds, to relax on a verandah or in the dipping pool. A superb collection of furniture and illustrations to immerse in and experience the people from Kochi's historical past. (Visit the church...

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Dalglish01 wrote a review Jan 2015
Edinburgh, United Kingdom44 contributions63 helpful votes
What a beautiful place. Ideally located in the heart of Fort Cochi, Le Colonial is fantastic place to relax after a day's sightseeing. The rooms and common areas are luxurious and the pool is a real bonus but what really makes this place is Smita and her team. They looked after us so well - booking trips and offering advice and tips about the local area, which always proved to be spot on and really helped us to make the most our time in the area. The food was wonderful too. Can't recommend highly enough.
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Date of stay: December 2014Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: We had a room that had windows onto the road to the side of the hotel and had no problem sleeping...
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 8 Jan 2015
Dear Guest, Thank you for your warm words about Neemrana’s - Le Colonial heritage hotel, in Fort Kochi! As we strive to tailor a unique and memorable experience for our guests, it is extremely rewarding when someone at the receiving end can sense and appreciate the effort and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay as well as the location; and the proximity to the Chinese fishing nets. Your appreciation of the staff and the hospitality is something we are extremely grateful for and the same will act as a source of encouragement for the team. We thank you for your visit and hope that as you explore more of India with Neemrana, now spread across 17 destinations, you’ll have more to share with us! Warm regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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SWALondon wrote a review Apr 2014
London, United Kingdom77 contributions87 helpful votes
This is the perfect place to stay to enjoy the Fort area in a wonderful colonial building. The size of the property makes it feel like a home rather than a hotel and as this is the end of their season we were the only guests. I can't thank the staff and wonderful manageress enough for everything they did to make this a wonderful start to our Keralan holiday. Having stayed previously in the Malabar House many years ago, I much preferred the atmosphere of the Le Colonial, as it is not like a hotel.

We had the Jan Van Spall room and as I was travelling with my mother this was perfect. The room is huge with two antique but very comfortable double beds. The decor has a wonderful mix of antiques and a lovely large bathroom. The small terrace with a lovely view across the swimming pool was sadly not really put to good use by us, but would be nice to use if the weather was cooler. It was 41 degrees the day we arrived. The air conditioning in the room was very efficient. They also offered us the choice of dinner outside or the air conditioned dining room and we used both during our stay.

We thoroughly enjoyed afternoon tea on the terrace and soft drinks around the pool. The pool is not huge and there are deck chairs for sitting in, which was fine for us.

The dinners we had were both excellent. We left the choice up to the chef and were provided with a range of curries and they also accommodated my mother's love of prawns by doing another separate additional dish of grilled prawns. Desserts were fabulous and the chocolate mousse was better than any I have eaten anywhere. The dining room was comfortable and has some wonderful old photos including a splendid Cartier-Bresson photo of Nehru.

The position of the hotel next to St Francis cathedral puts you in an excellent position for wandering around Cochin and for sight seeing. We were very sad to leave when are two night stay was over.
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Date of stay: April 2014Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: The rooms at the front including Jan Van Spall are the best
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 28 Apr 2014
Dear Guest, Thank you for your valuable feedback about Le Colonial. It is heartening to learn that you enjoyed your stay in the Jan Van Spall room. As you are aware, at Neemrana, we make an effort to maintain a balance between the old world charm and modern amenities, and it is always encouraging when our guests can sense and appreciate the effort. It is therefore, all the more delightful to read about your experience as this is exactly what we strive to achieve. Your kind compliments about the warm and personalised service by the staff and about the cuisine have been conveyed to the team and are a source of great motivation. We thank you for your visit and look forward to welcoming you back soon ! Warm Regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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Rabbitlemon wrote a review Jun 2013
London, United Kingdom12 contributions3 helpful votes
A luxury to flee from effervescent Indian city life, inside the white walls, surrounded by jungle sounds of tree birds, to relax on a verandah or in the dipping pool. A superb collection of furniture and illustrations to immerse in and experience the people from Kochi's historical past. (Visit the church across the road to see the memorials). The management are very welcoming and allow the visitor to feel at home and enjoy the privacy of a genuine colonial house.
The food is excellent. Breakfast - good coffee, fruit and omelettes - which I think are essential at the start of an Indian day. I personally love their Kerala cuisine and the chef seems more delighted if guests would like the delicious European menu.
I have been lucky enough to stay in three different rooms, all with bathrooms to luxuriate in. Jan van Spall is huge with a lovely verandah and a choice of double beds! They are all conducive to diary writing!
Highly recommended and to return to.
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Date of stay: April 2013Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: vasco de gama for 2 friends sharing, Tipu Sultan intimate luxury but no balcony
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 13 Jun 2013
Dear Guest, Thank you for your valuable review about the Le Colonial heritage hotel in Cochin. It is heartening to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay in the Jan Van Spall, Vasco Da Gama and Tipu Sultan rooms. Your compliments about the cuisine have been conveyed to the Chef and his team. We are pleased to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed the experiencing of reliving the scent of history in Cochin and look forward to welcoming you at our 28 properties across India. Warm Regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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pennyblack259 wrote a review Mar 2013
Brighton, United Kingdom10 contributions9 helpful votes
We spent our first two nights of our honeymoon at this charming historic hotel and would fully recommend it. Well restored and luxuriously comfortable as well as being very quiet despite its central location. The staff were incredibly thoughful and took time to get to know us without being intrusive. They did everything possible to accomodate us, including not having set breakfast and dining times, but cooked around our requests. Both meals were excellent and though dinners were some of the best food we had in Kerala (the fresh prawns in particular). The pool was well kept and a welcome amenity in the heat!

We though it was worth the money for Kochi. We popped into a few other hotels of similar price or more during our stay for food/drinks and much preferred the understated charm of Le Colonial to the grander Brunton Boatyard or other boutique hotels. We would certainly stay at Le Colonial again.
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Date of stay: February 2013Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Stayed in the Aide de Camp which was the smallest room but had a good sized balcony.
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 11 Mar 2013
Dear Guest, Thank you for your choosing the Le Colonial heritage hotel in Fort Kochi to kick-start your honeymoon. We are pleased to learn that you had a comfortable stay in the Aide de Camp room and thoroughly enjoyed the swimming pool as well. Your compliments about the staff helpfulness and hospitality have been conveyed to the Manager and her team. It is heartening to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed the seafood and the cuisine at the property. Your compliments have been conveyed to the Chef. We thank you for your patronage to Le Colonial and wish you and your spouse a wonderful life ahead. Warm Regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranaahotels.com
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Relaxed59 wrote a review Oct 2016
London, Canada42 contributions41 helpful votes
Le Colonial was our favourite place to stay in Kerala. The resorts in the mountains were lovely, but this place was like a home. The property is very nicely landscaped and includes a lovely little swimming pool that leads to an open-air dining area. At the time of our stay, we were the only customers there, so we received personal care and service, which was just wonderful. Upon our arrival, our gracious host (my apologies, I have forgotten her name) greeted us with some nice cold homemade lemonade and we relaxed in the front parlour area, which was very nicely decorated with furniture and artifacts from the British era. The whole building contains paintings from the colonial eras, the woodwork is beautifully maintained, and our room was extremely spacious, clean and comfortable. The bathroom was stocked with toiletries from local companies. When we relaxed by the pool, we were served refreshing ice-cold lemon soda, also made in-house. The food here is simply outstanding! We were asked what we would like for dinner, if we liked seafood, and the chef would make something. We had fresh-caught prawns cooked in Kerala spaces, vegetables, chapati, pappadums...we had a table full of food cooked by a wonderful chef. As a note, this place does not serve alcohol, so we went to the nearby Malabar House for a glass of wine before dinner. The next day, we went sightseeing in Fort Cochin, and got back by 1:30. Lunch was ready for us, and it was a mixed seafood grill, which was by far and away the best meal I had in India! I cannot recommend this place highly enough; it is small and intimate, you will get personalized service and the building and grounds are unique and beautifully maintained.
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 2 Jun 2017
Dear Guest, Thank you for your valuable review about the Le Colonial heritage hotel in Kochi. We are delighted to know that you had an enjoyable stay. Your appreciation about the warm and personalised hospitality has been conveyed to the Manager and her team. The Chef is pleased to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed his preparations. We thank you for your patronage and look forward to welcoming you back soon ! Warm Regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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