Le Colonial

Le Colonial

1/315 Church Road Vasco da Gama Square, Kochi (Cochin) 682001 India
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Le Colonial, by the Chinese fishing nets of Fort Cochin, is probably Asia's oldest colonial house, dating back to 1506. Located in the very heart of Fort Cochin, right next to Saint Francis Church, this legendary house is said to have housed the Saint as also Vasco de Gama. After 150 years as the Portuguese Governor's residence, it was one of the very few houses not to have been destroyed when the Dutch took Fort Cochin. It then housed the Dutch Governors for a century and a half, until Jan van Spall sold it to the British in 1795. In turn, they passed it on to the J. Thomas, the renowned tea trader. These five captive centuries of history have been lovingly restored and the hotel is a true living museum. Treasures of art from the colonial past have revived that era, turning Le Colonial into a "Club" and meeting point for the discerning travellers. Le Colonial, in 2016, was proud to host the second series of BBC's Real Marigold Hotel and its cast!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Babysitting
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Conference facilities
Wifi
Restaurant
Car hire
Meeting rooms
Massage
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Room features
Air conditioning
Desk
Private balcony
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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3.0 of 5 stars
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1/315 Church Road Vasco da Gama Square, Kochi (Cochin) 682001 India
Getting there
Great for walkers
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Connector788967 wrote a review Jan 2023
Sydney, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This property in Fort Kochi is simply amazing, super well located yet a calm and peaceful oasis from the wonderfully bustling streets. The rooms are tastefully appointed, the swimming pool is so beautiful we never wanted to leave it, the food is unbelievably tasty and the staff are simply amazing. Look no further, this is truly paradise.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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HappySheep wrote a review Jan 2020
Wellington, New Zealand
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely private fine boutique hotel near beach of Fort Kochi set in nice gardens behind high walls in old coliseum bungalow. Service was good and the place an oasis of calm. Breakfast could have been better
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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mladww wrote a review Jan 2015
Lancaster, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed 2 nights squeezed into a packed itinerary but to take full advantage it needed to be much longer. Fort Cochin is a place where you should take time to just wander and soak up the atmosphere, and in the hotel itself there are luxurious areas (lounge, library, verandah, courtyard pool area), where it would be nice to spend time relaxing. Le Colonial is a fine early colonial era house which has been lavishly and sensitively restored. The result is a perfect balance of historic charm, style and contemporary amenities. Forget any ideas you might have that ‘heritage’ means compromising on comfort, this is a supremely comfortable house to stay in. I booked the Viceroy room, which is large, well appointed and beautiful furnished with fine antiques. It has a deep verandah occupying about two thirds of the frontage, also well furnished with an assortment of antique chairs, tables and desk. Wifi is free but coverage in the house is patchy and didn't really extend to my room but you can get it in communal areas. The food is simply delicious. The hotel is in a good central location, right beside St Francis’ church, and on Sunday morning in my room I could hear the congregation singing hymns. It’s a short stroll to sites like the Synagogue, Jewish cemetery and Chinese fishing nets as well as shops and restaurants. But what really makes the place special is Smita and her team. They are delightful: friendly, accommodating, interested, always keen to be helpful, willing to share their knowledge and enthusiasms. They have the spirit of hospitality flowing in their veins. There are several fine heritage properties to choose from in Fort Cochin. Brunton’s Boatyard has the waterfront, though that can be a mixed blessing if you prefer a quiet environment. Malabar House (where I have also stayed) possibly has the edge when it comes to cuisine, though the pool is really just a decorative feature. For a combination of quality accommodation and superb hospitality, Le Colonial seems hard to surpass. I can’t wait to return.
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Date of stay: January 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 10 Feb 2015
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking time out to write to us about your visit! We are delighted to receive your feedback about Neemrana’s - Le Colonial heritage hotel, and to learn that you enjoyed your stay in the Viceroy room and got a chance to soak up the atmosphere offered by the charming town of Kochi. The proximity of the Dutch mansion to the St. Francis’ church, the Synagogue and the Chinese fishing nets does lend it a unique location from which to explore the sights and sounds of the town. We are grateful for your compliments about the ambience and the décor and the same have been conveyed to the Chairman and to the restoration team. Your appreciation of the hospitality is something we are extremely grateful for and the same will go a long way in acting as a source of encouragement. We thank you for your visit and look forward to welcoming you back for many a memorable stay at any of Neemrana’s 27 properties across the country. Warm regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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Jandira W wrote a review Oct 2023
Zurich, Switzerland
1.0 of 5 bubbles
we have booked to stay two nights with this hotel on the 12th of September, from the 19th of the 21st and unfortunately had to cancel it on the 15th of September due to the nipah virus escalation in Kerala.
This Hotel did not care that we did not want to come anymore. They were pushing for us to come under this situation stating the virus was far away or telling us to come somewhen next near, knowing we are not indian tourist. They refused to refund our booking and we have tried several times to talk to the reception and reservation without any feedback. We have told to talk to a lady called Isabelle, who was never available and does not reply to our emails. Very bad way on handling guest, you see they are only interested in the money of their guests. Stay away!!
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Date of stay: September 2023
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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saskiacromwell wrote a review Jan 2014
Melbourne, Australia
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We have travelled enough in India to realise that there are several foreign owned hotels charging extreme prices but not delivering on basics whereas the cheaper hotels are maintaining clean rooms with good wifi. The other issue is you can clearly have different experiences depending on the room you are given and the service. We moved rooms due to a cleanliness issue and perhaps I always make the mistake of being partial to heritage properties but find they are the most difficult to maintain. The feel is that of a homestay which would be fine if they charged homestay prices. Even still, linen should be fresh, crisp and clean and you should always feel like you are the first to stay somewhere. I agree that the food was ok but I am often a little suspicious of an empty hotels when others are at full house. Focus needs to be on hygiene and service and protecting patrons from swarms of mosquitoes (other hotels manage it). the website is beautiful and therefore a little deceiving.
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Date of stay: January 2014
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 20 Jan 2014
Dear Guest, Thank you for your feedback about Le Colonial. We have noted your observations and have conveyed your concerns to the Manager and the housekeeping team. It is our endeavour to constantly improve our services and feedback such as yours helps us to do so. Although the service and food at Le Colonial is a highlight, our Chef will be delighted to incorporate any special requests whenever you choose to stay with us next. The website includes recent photographs that have been clicked by our team. Please do let us know what the discrepancy was. We thank you for your review and do hope that you will give us an opportunity to overlay your past experience with a memorable one in the near future. Warm Regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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Gina C wrote a review Feb 2015
Portland, Oregon
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed two nights at this hotel at the beginning of a bike tour in Kerala. It was superb. The staff was curteous and professional. The grounds were lovely, the food was good and the rooms were very comfortable. It is a beautiful, historic hotel. I would surely recommend Le Colonial to any one.
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Date of stay: January 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 24 Feb 2015
Dear Guest, We are pleased to receive your feedback about Neemrana’s Le Colonial in Fort Kochi and glad that you enjoyed your stay, the ambience as well as the services and facilities offered. Your appreciation of the staff and the hospitality has been conveyed to the team on-site and will act as a source of encouragement. We are grateful for your patronage and hope that as you explore more of India with Neemrana, now spread across 17 destinations, you’ll find more to share with us. Warm regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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Renatari wrote a review Dec 2011
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Highly overrated - although the property is well decorated - there were stains on the bed cover and bed sheets torn. We booked one of their most expensive rooms -sold to us as a suite- jan van spell - for a special family celebration for new year. The room was no suite - just a large room with two beds - no where meriting the almost 500 euro price per night!. There was no hot water to bathe and cockroaches in the bathroom - I have a picture to show!. The food - it was a new year celebration dinner with its own mandatory extra price - the worst meal - leave alone a celebration one - we have ever eaten. Cold entrees, tough squid like rubber, no music or any sign of celebrating a special evening was what we got.
At least 3 or 4 times we were told in as many polite words that we could leave if we want or that if we wished to celebrate new year we should have stayed in Italy! Incredible hospitable India indeed.
As we said - never again
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Date of stay: December 2011
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Katie T wrote a review Mar 2015
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Le Colonial for 3 nights in February on the last leg of our tour of Kerala and we were delighted in every way. We had stayed in some great hotels but this was by far the best. Smita and the two boys, Samesh and Vippin looked after our every need with charm and professionalism. The room was great and the pool and gardens were immaculate. Last but not least we must praise the chef for his lovely food, fresh and cooked to order. We highly recommend this hotel. Christopher and Judy Thompson, Derby U.K.
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Date of stay: February 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Rooms at the front are quieter.
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 18 Mar 2015
Dear Guest, Thank you for your warm feedback about Neemrana’s Le Colonial, in Fort Kochi! We are extremely pleased to learn that you enjoyed your visit to Cochin and had a memorable stay at the 16th century Dutch mansion as well as appreciate the services and facilities offered. As we endeavour to infuse life and restore charm into a ruined and unused structure, it is always rewarding when our guests can sense and appreciate the effort and your words validate our philosophy. Your compliments about the staff and the hospitality have been conveyed to the team and will act as a source of motivation and encouragement. We thank you for your visit and look forward to welcoming you back soon again at any of Neemrana’s 27 properties spread across India! Warm regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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rabtrish wrote a review Oct 2014
5.0 of 5 bubbles
When one stays in the 'oldest house in Asia' one might expect something sad and tatty. Well, that is certainly not true of The Colonial! A beautiful property with incredibly interesting architecture and furniture, paintings and memorabilia to investigate while it feels warm, homely and welcoming. This ambience is in no small way down to the team who manages this intimate residence. Unobtrusive young men seemed to anticipate our every need whether it was a cold drink, chairs by the pool, coffee or just a chat with some local advice. They were charming and delightful, a credit to Smita's training and high expectations. We loved being asked what we wanted to eat for dinner, what a novel idea! But in reality we were perfectly happy to be guided and advised, and then absolutely delighted by what we received. Both breakfasts and dinners were wonderful, with a perfect balance of Indian and Western to suit our not yet toughened palettes!
While not the cheapest stay, we feel it was excellent value for money; it felt very much our home for 3days and we much appreciated being allowed a very late checkout to accommodate a midnight flight.
Highly recommended. We would return tomorrow! Thank you so much to all at The Colonial.
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Date of stay: October 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 19 Oct 2014
Dear Guest, Thank you for your appreciative words about Neemrana’s Le Colonial, in Kochi. In our effort to tailor an experience for our guests, unique and memorable in essence, it is extremely rewarding when someone at the receiving end can sense and appreciate the love. Your words reinforce our philosophy of infusing new life into these architectural gems of our diverse country and we are delighted to know that your requirements were well attended to and taken care off. Your compliments about the staff and the hospitality have been duly conveyed to Smita and her team at the property and your appreciation of the meals will be a source of encouragement for the chef. We thank you for your visit and look forward to welcoming you back! Warm regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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mike00072015 wrote a review Apr 2016
Sydney, Australia
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at this hotel for 4 nights from 1 April 2016 - a beautiful old colonial building with only 7 bedrooms - all very good. We booked the best, and most expensive of the lot - the Viceroy. It looked great - big and comfortable. The weather was hot and very humid. We quickly discovered that the air conditioning was not working in the room. Attempts to repair this failed. It was unbearable. We ended up being shuffled from one room to another - ending up sleeping in three different, not as good, rooms in only 4 nights - the air con in the second of the three rooms also conked out. To make matters worse we discovered that this problem was not new and had occurred only weeks before. In my view they should never have accepted a booking in this expensive place in these circumstances. The episode was most unsatisfactory - and the owner would not even consider a refund of the money we had wasted.
I should add that the staff on duty led by Sumesh were great and did all they could to make us comfortable but this was a problem outside their control.
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Date of stay: April 2016
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 11 Jun 2016
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking time out to write to us with your observations! Although it is rewarding to know that you appreciate the architecture and ambience of the Dutch colonial building, we are deeply disappointed to learn of your experience during your visit and are writing to apologise for the mishap. We regret the inconvenience caused to you as a result of the break-down of the air conditioning unit and urge you to please write to us on the email address mentioned below for us to be able to investigate the matter further and get back to you. We are grateful for your compliments about the staff and hope that you will give us another chance to overlay this experience soon. Warm regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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Answer from Isabelle P
Singapore, Singapore43 contributions11 helpful votes
Hi, we can definitely accomodate the 3 of you in Jan vam Spall which has 2 queen size beds. Do not hesitate to get in touch with me or anyone on our team should you need help booking. Isabelle
Answer from NeemranaH
New Delhi, India40 contributions
Dear Guest, Thank you for your enquiry about the Le Colonial heritage hotel. We would like to inform you that there is availability at the moment. We request you to connect with our reservations team at the earliest as these are on subject to availability. Warm Regards, Team Neemrana
Elaine H asked a question Nov 2017
West Wickham, United Kingdom132 contributions16 helpful votes
Is there air conditioning at the hotel and in the rooms
Answer from Isabelle P
Singapore, Singapore43 contributions11 helpful votes
Yes the hotel has air conditioning in all bedrooms as well as in the dining room and living room.
mikepassman asked a question Apr 2017
London, United Kingdom2 helpful votes
Hi,what's the best time of year to come when it's not wet or too hot,regards mike
Answer from Isabelle P
Singapore, Singapore43 contributions11 helpful votes
Hi Mike, Bestt time would be September to February if you want to avoid too much rain and heat with the safest window being between mid-October to mid-February. In past years however, the weather seems to be less predictable, so no guarantees. You could have dry weather during monsoon... Kind regards, Isabelle
Jandira W wrote a tip Oct 2023
Zurich, Switzerland6 contributions2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay away, dont give them your credit cards details for the booking, Hotels in India are barely overbooked. You can basically walk in....."
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Janey T wrote a tip Apr 2018
Worthing, United Kingdom54 contributions22 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Any room as all fabulous!!"
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pateldarsha wrote a tip Mar 2018
London, United Kingdom16 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The Viceroy and Vasco ga dama with huge balcony"
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GrabAsia wrote a tip Jun 2017
Singapore151 contributions31 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The Viceroy room is the best. If you have kids, there are sets of 2 rooms together that you can ask for."
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WELLANDITE wrote a tip Apr 2017
Great Malvern, United Kingdom134 contributions78 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"any room is brilliant but the Viceroy is outstanding"
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RM 1,079 - RM 1,266 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Le Colonial
Which popular attractions are close to Le Colonial?
Nearby attractions include United kochi tours (0.4 km), Great K V Kathakali Center (0.3 km), and Kashi Art Gallery (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Le Colonial?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Le Colonial?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Le Colonial?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Le Colonial?
Conveniently located restaurants include Rasoi Fort Kochi, Warehouse Cafe & Restaurant, and Canvas Restaurant & Pizzeria.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Le Colonial?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Le Colonial have airport transportation?
Yes, Le Colonial offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Le Colonial?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Le Colonial offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Le Colonial?
Many travellers enjoy visiting St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church (1.5 km), Aspinwall House (0.2 km), and Kadavum Bagam Synagogue (2.5 km).
Is Le Colonial accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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