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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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Janetyjanet wrote a review Sep 2017
Hambledon, United Kingdom199 contributions91 helpful votes
V. Lucky to get upgraded to the Viceroy room, which as the other reviews note, is rather stupendous. But then you don't come to India to stay in your room, so luckily the rest of the hotel is just as lovely. Service was human and impeccable and you genuinely felt that all concerned cared about you relaxing and enjoying yourself. Perfectly located to explore the old town - next door to an old church (glorious to be woken by the congregation's song on Sunday morning) and minutes wander away from the Chinese fishing nets. Food was consistently excellent as was an impromptu cooking lesson. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: September 2017
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Responded 20 Sep 2017
Dear Guest, Thank you for your kind words about the Le Colonial heritage hotel in Kochi. We are delighted to learn that you had a relaxing and comfortable stay at the 16th century hotel. It is great to know that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay in the Viceroy room. Your compliments about the staff and the hospitality reinforce Neemrana’s philosophy and will go a long way in acting as a source of motivation & encouragement. The Chef is delighted to know that you relished his preparations. We are happy to note that you were able to explore the famous landmarks of Cochin using Le Colonial as your base. We thank you for your visit and look forward to welcoming you at our 23 properties across India ! Warm Regards, Team Neemrana feedback@neemranahotels.com
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squasher wrote a review Sep 2017
Wales, UK16 contributions13 helpful votes
My wife and myself have just returned to the UK having stayed at the Le Colonial for four nights during our tour of Kerala. Our inspiration for choosing to stay here came from the programme "The Real Marigold Hotel" as well as the positive reviews from this site. Everything lived up to our every expectation and all the boxes were ticked as far as we were concerned. The hotel (and this is no ordinary hotel) exudes history and character, is located close to some interesting shops/restaurants as well as the chinese fishing nets. What really does set this hotel apart is the hospitality offered by Smita, the manageress, and her team. Nothing is too much trouble and the food is of the highest quality, the best we experienced in Kerala. Smita is a most knowledgeable and entertaining
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Date of stay: September 2017
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Responded 19 Sep 2017
Dear Guest, Thank you for such heartwarming feedback about the Le Colonial heritage hotel in Kochi. It is rewarding to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed the history of the property and had a comfortable stay in the Viceroy room and Mahe de la Bourdonnais rooms. We are grateful for your appreciation of 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. It is great to know that you thoroughly enjoyed the nearby vicinity using Le Colonial as your base. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We would be really happy to welcome you again soon or at our other 22 properties across India ! Warm Regards, Team Neemrana feedback@neemranahotels.com
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Smitha Nair wrote a review Aug 2017
19 contributions4 helpful votes
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Had a chance to stay at this beautiful property for my daughter's 12th birthday celebrations. Not only was the staff extremely courteous, they made sure to meet our every need. Considering there were two senior citizens (my parents) and a child in the group, we had a lot of requests. When they got to know that it was my daughter's birthday trip, they arranged a yummy cake. The chef fed us fresh, tasty wonderful food... whatever we asked for was delivered. The manager, Smita (my namesake) was extremely helpful and gave us wonderful suggestions for places to go to. It was really like staying at the home of a loving relative. We were accommodated in two rooms - Tipu Sultan and Vasco da Gama. The ambience can be described as Old World Charm. The Le Colonial is supposedly a former
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Date of stay: July 2017
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Responded 28 Aug 2017
Dear Guest, We are delighted to read about your experience at the Le Colonial heritage hotel in Kochi. We are pleased to know that you celebrated such a special occasion at the 16th –century property and enjoyed the services offered, as well as the ambience and the nearby vicinity. It is rewarding to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed the history of the property and had a comfortable stay in the Vasco Da Gama and Tipu Sultan rooms. We are grateful for your appreciation of the warm hospitality and have conveyed your kind words to Smita Daruwala as our team goes the extra mile to look after elderly guests and families that visit Le Colonial. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We would be really happy to welcome you again soon ! Warm Regards, Team Neemrana feedback@neemranahotels.com
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GrabAsia wrote a review Jun 2017
Singapore160 contributions31 helpful votes
Visited recently in a group of 5 families. We had the whole place to us and really enjoyed every part of it. The rooms, the furniture, the prints on the walls, the old books, the food, the staff, all wonderfully managed by Smita who made us feel very much at home. Next door the church where Da Gama was first buried, opposite the Cochin club, super location. Can't think of anything that could have been better.
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Date of stay: June 2017
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 26 Jun 2017
Dear Guest, Thank you for your kind and appreciative 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, the décor. We have shared your kind words to our Chairman as he heads the restoration work. 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 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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WELLANDITE wrote a review Apr 2017
Great Malvern, United Kingdom138 contributions78 helpful votes
What a wonderful place... Wonderful ambience, wonderful service and absolutely beautiful rooms. We actually stayed in the Viceroy room which was absolutely stunning. Air conditioning was wonderful to walk in to.. Smita was a delight and made sure we were looked after, food was excellent and what you requested... I had home made cottage pie on two different occasions it was delicious. Within easy reach of all the sites of Fort Kochi. I cannot speak to highly of this hotel and must not forget Sumesh who along with Smita seemed to be there whenever you wanted anything or had a question. Having now seen it on The Real Marigold Hotel I can only say it is even better in real life.
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Date of stay: March 2017
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Responded 9 May 2017
Dear Guest, Thank you for your kind review 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 a memorable stay. We are delighted to know that you had a comfortable stay in the Viceroy room. As we try and strike a balance between the old world charm and modern hospitality, your kind compliments about the architecture, ambience and decor validate and reinforce the Neemrana philosophy. The Chef is delighted to know that you savoured his preparations. Your appreciation about the hospitality extended has been duly conveyed to Smita and Sumesh. We thank you for your patronage and look forward to welcoming you back soon ! Warm regards, Team Neemrana feedback@neemranahotels.com
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Nuno V wrote a review Mar 2017
Lisbon, Portugal84 contributions35 helpful votes
Since we are Portuguese, decided to visit Kochi because of the first Europeans who arrived at India - namely Vasco da Gama, who died in this city; supposedly has lived in the house now occupied by Le Colonial Hotel - a beautiful, well preserved, extremely comfortable human scale hotel. Couldn't have chosen better! Extremely kind, attentive and professional staff. We had a light meal on arrival which was really tasteful. Hotel is at close, walking distance, to all relevant visiting sites in Fort Kochi, including shops and restaurants (generally surprisingly good). Had the chance to stay in Fort Kochi during the Art Biennale - again a fantastic surprise!
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Date of stay: March 2017
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Responded 3 May 2017
Dear Guest, We are pleased and thankful for your patronage and feedback about Neemrana’s Le Colonial in Fort Kochi, Kerala ! As we strive to offer a unique experience, it is always rewarding when our guests recognize and appreciate the effort and the love. Your encouraging compliments about the architecture of the 16th century colonial building have been duly conveyed to the restoration team. We are grateful for your appreciation of the hospitality and have conveyed your kind words to the Chef. Thank you for writing and sharing your experience with us. We would be really happy to welcome you again soon ! Warm Regards, Team Neemrana feedback@neemranahotels.com
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Padma V wrote a review Feb 2017
Hyderabad, India6 contributions3 helpful votes
Excellent property with great service!!! Rooms are spotless and done up beautifully.Coffee to die for and at any time.... Cosy and Quaint with all the amenities..And last but not least is the personal touch by Smita who made our stay so comfortable!
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Date of stay: February 2017
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Responded 6 Mar 2017
Dear Guest, Thank you for your kind and appreciative feedback! We are delighted to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay at Neemrana's Le Colonial and pleased that you got a chance to relax in proximity to local attractions such as the St. Francis' Church & the seaside. Your compliments about the staff and the hospitality reinforce the Neemrana 'non-hotel' Hotel philosophy and would go a long way in acting as a source of motivation & encouragement. As you continue to explore more of India with us, we look forward to welcoming you back! Warm regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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Melbourne-me2 wrote a review Feb 2017
Melbourne, Australia41 contributions50 helpful votes
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We stayed here for five nights. The food is worthy of a top restaurant and the talented chef will adapt to your taste. The rooms are beautiful, clean, spacious and comfortable. We stayed in the Viceroy suite which is stunning. Smita, the manager is very helpful and friendly. This historic hotel is an oasis with first class and service at reasonable prices. Only a few rooms (7 or 8?), each one different. After checking out nearby sights it was lovely to return and relax poolside. Heaven.
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Date of stay: February 2017
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Responded 6 Mar 2017
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking time out to share your experience with us! It is extremely rewarding to learn of your visit to the 16th century mansion in Fort-Kochi, Kerala and we are delighted that you had a memorable stay. As we try and strike a balance between the old world charm and modern hospitality, your kind compliments about the architecture, ambience and decor validate the Neemrana philosophy. It is deeply rewarding when the endeavours of the members of staff are appreciated and we have duly conveyed your appreciation. As we look forward to welcoming you back soon again at any of Neemrana's 24 properties across 17 unique destinations, we hope that you will continue to share your experiences with us! Warm regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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vsfineart wrote a review Feb 2017
Udaipur, India5 contributions1 helpful vote
You get a taste of th n history of fort Cochin be staying at the neemrana le colonial hotel. Try to get the Viceroy room which is very roomy and comfortable. The service was excellent and very friendly.
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Date of stay: February 2017
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Responded 6 Mar 2017
Dear Guest, Thank you for your kind words and patronage! We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to Fort-Cochin & your stay at Viceroy in Le Colonial! In our endeavour to restore life and charm into architectural marvels of an era gone by, it is always deeply rewarding when the restoration effort is recognised and appreciated and we are extremely grateful for your kind compliments. We hope to welcome you back soon again at any of Neemrana's 24 properties across 17 unique destinations in the country! Warm regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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lmaniere wrote a review Dec 2016
Phnom Penh, Cambodia2 contributions1 helpful vote
I will for sure remember my amazing stay in Le Colonial. It's truly one of a kind establishment ! I believe their philosophy is to make our stay worth it in all aspects. Great service, friendly staff, incredible house furnished with taste, perfect location and an outstanding chef ! I will for sure be coming me back ! Once again, big thank you for my wonderful stay. Louis
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Date of stay: December 2016
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 13 Mar 2017
Dear Guest, We are grateful for your kind and encouraging feedback about Neemrana's Le Colonial in Fort-Kochi, Kerala and delighted that you enjoyed your stay! Located in proximity to the St. Francis' Church as well as the Chinese fishing nets, the colonial mansion offers an ideal location from which to explore the city and experience the local culture and cuisine. As we look forward to welcoming you back for many a memorable stay at any of Neemrana's 24 properties across India, your compliments will continue to motivate and encourage the team. Warm regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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PRICE RANGE
US$398 - US$427 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
IndiaKeralaErnakulam DistrictKochi (Cochin)
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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