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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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Free parking
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Kimberley C wrote a review Oct 2018
San Diego, California1615 contributions16 helpful votes
It's been a year since my two night stay at Le Colonial, but it is still fresh in my mind. This historical home converted to a very excellent guest house was where we spent the final two nights of our travels in India, and it could not have been more perfect. The welcome was personal and engaging. We were invited to relax in the beautifully furnished main room which retains the feeling of history while being fresh and elegant. We were asked our preferences for dinner that evening and found we happened to be the only guests during out stay, so all our meals were essentially customized to our tastes. We were not disappointed! We opted for local dishes and everything was very fresh, beautifully prepared and presented. Delicious! We had reserved the Viceroy Room, a very spacious and
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Date of stay: November 2017
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gascookers wrote a review Sep 2018
United Kingdom62 contributions37 helpful votes
What a beautiful hotel. We re routed here as Munnar was out of the question due to the floods. We had a wonderful two night stay, all the staff made us very welcome especially Suresh who was very helpful when my husband thought he'd lost his watch. The furnishings are elegant and classy, everywhere was spotlessly clean. Le Colonial is well situated for exploring Fort Kochi. I don't have enough superlatives to describe the food. It was top notch, the homemade coconut ice cream was out of this world as was the seafood platter. What a talented Chef. We were sad to leave, it was such a relaxing stay. Le Colonial is a real jewel in the crown.
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Date of stay: September 2018
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Janey T wrote a review Apr 2018
Worthing, United Kingdom41 contributions17 helpful votes
We went to the hotel for lunch as were staying just around the corner and so wanted to see this hotel that was on the tv programme. The staff were so welcoming and lovely and even showed us around the building which is beautiful, We shall definitely stay there on our next visit!! The set lunch was so delicious and we went away very happy ladies!! So pleased we had not been deterred by the security guard that had told us you had to be resident to dine at the hotel, which was contrary to the info on the website and we telephoned and booked a table for lunch. It was a highlight of our holiday so thank you to the staff and owners.
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Date of stay: March 2018
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 19 Apr 2018
Dear Guest, Thank you for your kind review about the Le Colonial heritage hotel in Kochi. We are glad to know that you thoroughly enjoyed the lunch at the 16th century hotel. We are delighted to receive your kind appreciation about the hospitality and the services offered. The Chef is delighted to know that you relished the cuisine prepared. Thank you for writing and sharing your experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you as a resident guest next time ! Warm Regards, Team Neemrana feedback@neemranahotels.com
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pateldarsha wrote a review Mar 2018
London, United Kingdom16 contributions6 helpful votes
Lovely rooms in keeping with the colonial style. They were clean and comfortable. The hotel has only eight rooms with enough lounges to get privacy. Reminded me a lot of Real Marigold the film and it came as no surprise that BBC used for there season 2 Real Marigold Staff are very helpful and courteous and can’t do enough for you to be comfortable! Food is excellent and you can order as you like in the morning Subash and his team do a great job and really made our stay enjoyable! Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: March 2018
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 18 Mar 2018
Dear Guest, Thank you for your kind words about the Le Colonial heritage hotel in Kochi. We are delighted to learn that you had an enjoyable stay at the 16th century hotel. It is rewarding to receive your kind appreciation about the rooms. This is exactly what we strive to achieve and it is always rewarding when someone at the receiving end can sense the effort and the love. We have shared your kind appreciation with the housekeeping team members. Your compliments about the staff and the hospitality reinforce the Neemrana philosophy and will go a long way in acting as a source of motivation & encouragement. We have shared your gracious words with the team members at the hotel. It is great to know that you thoroughly enjoyed the food at the hotel. We have shared your courteous words with the Chef. We thank you for your visit and look forward to welcoming you back for many more enjoyable experiences ! Warm Regards, Team Neemrana feedback@neemranahotels.com
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Adriansholidays wrote a review Feb 2018
Norwich, United Kingdom25 contributions19 helpful votes
This is our second visit to Cochin and what a little gem this hotel is, it’s like home from home, the furnishings and decor are amazing, it’s very well situated and the staff can’t do enough to make your stay as comfortable as possible. And yes it is where they filmed the second series on the BBC. Fabulous.
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Date of stay: February 2018
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Responded 7 Mar 2018
Dear Guest, Thank you for your kind and appreciative words about the Le Colonial heritage hotel in Kochi. We are delighted to know that you had a comfortable stay at the hotel. It is rewarding to receive your kind appreciation about the furnishings and the décor. Our staff most of whom got into hospitality without any formal hotel education are greatly pleased with your positive comments. We have shared your kind appreciation with all the team members. We thank you for your visit and look forward to welcoming you at our 20 unique destinations across India ! Warm Regards, Team Neemrana feedback@neemranahotels.com
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Andrew T wrote a review Feb 2018
Cobham, United Kingdom3 contributions3 helpful votes
Hidden behind the adjacent street market the hotel was difficult for our taxi driver to find.Close to the Chinese nets and the promenade of Cochin Fort this hotel was a very pleasant surprise. A small hotel with 6 bedrooms. Ours " Jan Van Spall" was large with two double beds, a well appointed bathroom, a beautiful Malabar spruce floor and a large balcony over looking the hotel's small pool and garden. The staff were attentive and very friendly. Dinner was included in the price of our room. There was no menu, just what the chef fancied cooking, which was very good. A great start to out holiday. We stayed two nights which was sufficient to acclimatise and see what there was to see in Fort Cochin
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Date of stay: February 2018
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 15 Feb 2018
Dear Guest, Thank you for your kind and appreciative words about the Le Colonial heritage hotel in Kochi. We are delighted to know that you had a pleasant experience at the hotel. It is great to learn that you explored the Chinese nets and the promenade of Fort Kochi. We are pleased to know that you thoroughly enjoyed the views of the pool and garden from Jan Van Spall. Our staff most of whom got into hospitality without any formal hotel education are greatly pleased with your positive comments. We are glad that you relished the food. Please note that, there is an a la carte option for lunch and dinner. At Le Colonial, broadly, we serve South-Indian, local Kerala and Continental cuisine to suit a range of tastes and palettes. Guests can always request for a certain dish or a customised meal at the previous meal and the Chef will try his best to please them. We thank you for your visit and look forward to welcoming you back soon ! Warm Regards, Team Neemrana feedback@neemranahotels.com
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John_goes_to_India wrote a review Nov 2017
Bethesda, Maryland42 contributions41 helpful votes
Really was looking forward to staying here - had booked multiple rooms and prepaid 180,000 inr. But then I emailed the hotel a few days before the stay (this was for Christmas 2016) and they said they didn't have my booking. They said the price was now ~2x what we had already paid and had confirmations for. So my guess is that the hotel saw they were able to get more due to being pretty full and canceled our stay as it was at the cheapest rate. The hotel says that they never received our booking. This is completely untrue. As soon as we booked, the rooms were taken out of the hotel's inventory, indicating that the reservation did go through. Each room here is individually named and individually booked, so it was easy to tell that the rooms we were booking were reserved for us,
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Date of stay: December 2016
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hawaiipalms wrote a review Oct 2017
Pahoa. HI1316 contributions6 helpful votes
I found out about Le Colonial several months ago when I was planning a trip to India for myself and my girlfriend - the first India visit for both of us. I knew right away that I wanted for us to spend our last couple of nights in India at Le Colonial, so I had high expectations even before getting there. I had booked the Viceroy room, and was very much looking forward both to staying in this very special room and to the general experience of Le Colonial itself. From the moment we pulled up in front of the gate and Smita, the manager, came out with her staff to wish us welcome, until the early morning when we unfortunately had to leave this very special place we had the most wonderful experience. Smita, who is the ultimate when it comes to combining the professional aspects of
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Date of stay: October 2017
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 6 Nov 2017
Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing such heartwarming feedback about the Le Colonial heritage hotel in Kochi. We are delighted to read about your experience at the 16th century hotel. We are glad to receive your kind appreciation about the property and the Viceroy room. It is rewarding to know that you recognize and appreciate our effort towards style with simplicity. We are grateful for your appreciation about the warm hospitality and have conveyed your kind words to Smita Daruwala as our team goes the extra mile to make each guests stay memorable and comfortable. Your appreciation about the food has been conveyed to the Chef and he is delighted to know that you enjoyed the cuisine prepared from fresh produce that is offered. It is our sincere endeavour to make each guest’s stay a memorable one. We thank you for your visit and look forward to welcoming you back soon ! Warm Regards, Team Neemrana feedback@neemranahotels.com
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Alexandria wrote a review Oct 2017
Dubai14 contributions17 helpful votes
I booked here for my husband and I after returning from a stressful summer holiday. We managed to go for a week during Eid, and I am so happy we made this decision. From the moment we stepped through the gates, we were welcomed by Smita and the staff. They were all friendly and a nice refreshing drink was offered. As the occupancy was quiet at the time, they surprisingly upgraded our room, and it was amazing! The whole house was very traditional, well worth the name Le Colonial. In fact my husband half expected a Michael Caine, think Zulu, to walk down the stairs! The decor and furniture is in keeping with this feel which adds to the warmth. The food was exceptional, nothing was too much for the kitchen staff and chef. I felt like a princess being looked after in this little
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Date of stay: September 2017
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 17 Oct 2017
Dear Guest, Thank you for your incredibly positive feedback about the Le Colonial heritage hotel in Kochi. It is extremely rewarding to read about your visit to the 16th century mansion in Fort Kochi, Kerala and we are pleased to learn that you had an enjoyable stay at the property. We are pleased to receive your appreciation about the location, the rooms, the furniture, and the décor. We have shared your kind words with our Chairman as he heads the restoration work. It is great to know that you were able to enjoy the services and other facilities offered. Your appreciation about the staff is very heartening as these are all local persons who also share the pride of the restored property. We have conveyed your gracious words to Miss Smita Daruwala. We are happy that you enjoyed the spread and the Chef is delighted to receive your appreciation. We thank you for your visit and hope that as you continue to discover real India with Neemrana, you'll certainly find more to tell us about ! Warm Regards, Team Neemrana feedback@neemranahotels.com
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Louise E wrote a review Sep 2017
London, United Kingdom30 contributions9 helpful votes
This place is really nice to look at. Has good style in tune with its "heritage". Breakfast was really good, with plenty of options available. Location is amazing, so central to all key places. The pool area is nice too. Staff were okay, not that friendly in comparison to other places I've stayed in India. Having asked for our room service bill 5 times the day before departure as we were checking out at 6am for an early flight the staff still didn't bother to get it together. At 6am, when leaving they chased us out to pay the 600 rupees, the members of staff then needed to use a calculator to work out the change from a 2000 note and even then still managed to short change us, but in such a rush we had no time to dispute this. A note would be for staff development to be worked
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Date of stay: September 2017
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 22 Sep 2017
Dear Guest, Thank you for your valuable feedback. We are pleased to receive your kind appreciation about the location of the 16th century property. It is rewarding to know that you thoroughly enjoyed the pool area. Further, we are delighted to know that you relished the breakfast. We have shared your kind words of appreciation with the Chef. Please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused at the time of check-out. As you may be aware, Neemrana tries to employ as many local people who are often not educated. We put them through a training program and then empower them to run their local heritage with pride. Each staff member strives hard to deliver warm and efficient service. Your feedback has been shared with the Manager and all the service team members. We apologise for the trouble faced and assure you that you will notice an improvement whenever you choose to visit next. It is our constant endeavour to improve our services and feedback such as yours helps us do the same. We thank you for your visit and do hope that you will give us an opportunity to welcome you back in the future. Warm Regards, Team Neemrana feedback@neemranahotels.com
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US$397 - US$426 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
IndiaKeralaErnakulam DistrictKochi (Cochin)
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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