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1/315 Church Road Vasco da Gama Square, Kochi (Cochin) 682001 India
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#64 of 622 hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
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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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Satya P wrote a review Aug 2016
New Delhi, India395 contributions175 helpful votes
Le Colonial is, I think, Asia’s oldest hotel in Fort Cochin – dates to 1506. Its adjacent to St. Francis Church and its said that Vasco da Gama and the Saint Ranscis had too stayed in that building. Its now managed by the famous Neemrana brand of India. I had the pleasure to stay there on one of my business trips. My stay there has been memorable. There are two grand rooms and 5 other rooms. I had taken a "Other" room and that room too was very comfortable. Stocked with best amenties and it had all period furniture. Food is awesome at Le Colonia. It is well loacted - just opposite to the Chinese Fishing Nets. Most sites to visit in Fort Cochin were in walking distance. Staff was very helpful and very pleasant.
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Date of stay: November 2015
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 2 Jun 2017
Dear Guest, Thank you for your kind review about the Le Colonial heritage hotel in Cochin. We are pleased to know that you had a comfortable stay at the property and thoroughly enjoyed the location of the property. Your appreciation about the warm hospitality has been conveyed to the entire team. The Chef is delighted to know that you thoroughly relished his preparations. Warm Regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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Toby069 wrote a review Jun 2016
London4 contributions3 helpful votes
A wonderful, friendly hotel which is more like visiting a home. Truely lovely staff who did everything to make our stay a joy. There is a lit of great history (a speciality of the place) in the hotel itself which us really worth investigating. The chef is great too and I recommend eating here. Overall a great place to explore Kochi and surroundings from.
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Date of stay: June 2016
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 12 Jul 2016
Dear Guest, Thank you for your encouraging feedback about Neemrana’s Le Colonial heritage hotel in Fort Kochi. We are delighted to learn that you got a chance to explore the historical town and enjoy the local culture and cuisine! As the members of the team strive hard to offer a unique experience, it is always rewarding when the effort and the love is recognized and appreciated. Your comments about the hospitality and cuisine will go a long way as we look forward to welcoming you back for many a memorable stay at any of Neemrana’s 25 properties! Warm regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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Boudicca_SG wrote a review May 2016
Singapore, Singapore1 contribution2 helpful votes
We had an amazing 3 nights here during May. Le Colonial has so many things to recommend it. From the moment you walk through the doors into the walled courtyard you feel relaxed. You move from the colourful modern day Indian street scenes and into a sense of Portugeuse, Dutch and British influence in this part of the World. The rooms are large and the house is tastefully furnished in a Colonial manner, with plenty of room to find a quiet spot to read a book. The service in the Hotel is very good. The staff are attentive but discreet which is important in a smaller boutique hotel. The Chef is very accomplished, from lovely fresh fruit and scrambled eggs for breakfast to local dishes for lunch and supper. The hotel employs a driver who is happy to ferry you anywhere and
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Date of stay: May 2016
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 9 Jun 2016
Dear Guest, We are delighted to receive your kind feedback about Neemrana’s Le Colonial in Fort Kochi, Kerala! As the members of the restoration team try hard to revitalize these monuments and restore the life and charm of a bygone era, your compliments about the architecture and interiors reinforce the Neemrana philosophy and validate our effort. We are pleased that you got a chance to sit back, relax and rejuvenate during your visit. Your appreciation of the hospitality and the cuisine has been conveyed to the members of staff on-site and will act as source of motivation as we look forward to welcoming you back for many a memorable stay at any of Neemrana’s 25 unique properties across India! Warm regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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Maude N wrote a review May 2016
Salt Lake City, Utah605 contributions46 helpful votes
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We visited Cochin at the end of the tourist season and only two rooms were occupied in the beautiful and historic Le Colonial built in 1506. We were upgraded to a spacious room with two double beds and a luxurious washroom (bathroom). Ceiling fans and air conditioning kept our room comfortable in the hot and humid climate of Southern India. And our veranda was bigger than our living room back home! Breakfast and dinner were delicious! The hotel has internet, but it wasn't working too well, so we had to go down to the lobby to get a good signal. Our stay at Le Colonial was thoroughly enjoyable! We were close to the sights of Fort Cochin and watched men using Chinese fishing nets to catch fish, then on to Mattancherry Palace, Jew town with shops and synagogue, and Dhobi
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Date of stay: March 2016
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 9 Jun 2016
Dear Guest, We are pleased and thankful for your patronizing 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 recognise 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 and we are grateful for your appreciation of the hospitality and the cuisine. As part of our heritage USP we try and avoid the use of televisions and Wi-Fi in the rooms and encourage our guests to explore the outdoors. We are therefore, delighted to know that you enjoyed the sights and sounds of the charming town and got a chance to visit the attractions as well as get a peek into the lifestyle of the local population. We hope that as you continue to explore more of India with Neemrana, you will continue to share your experiences with us! Warm regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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mike00072015 wrote a review Apr 2016
Sydney, Australia10 contributions11 helpful votes
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
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Date of stay: April 2016
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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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CATBTravel wrote a review Apr 2016
9 contributions3 helpful votes
We booked last minute on Easter weekend. We arrived to find only us and one other guest at the hotel...which made it really nice and quiet, exactly what was needed. The staff is very accommodating and kind. This is a small heritage hotel 8 rooms, with a simple kitchen available to serve traditional Indian and beer and wine for lunch and dinner and simple continental breakfast. The rooms are very clean, well appointed and air conditioned. The A/C was very much appreciated as temps were in the high 90's with high humidity during our stay. There is a small lovely porch to have morning tea and coffee. Some rooms have their own balcony. The pool is small but very nice for an afternoon dip. We visited many sites and shops nearby easily walking. We had a drink at another large heritage
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Date of stay: March 2016
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 11 Jun 2016
Dear Guest, Thank you for your kind and appreciative feedback about Neemrana’s Le Colonial in Fort Kochi, Kerala! We are delighted to learn that you enjoyed your experience, the pool and the services and facilities offered at the 16th century colonial mansion and your compliments about the architecture and the ambience have been conveyed to the members of the restoration team. As we try and encourage our guests to keep away their gadgets, enjoy the outdoors and explore the local culture and cuisine, we are pleased that you got a chance to do so. We are also grateful for your encouraging words about the hospitality and eagerly look forward to welcoming you back for many a memorable stay with Neemrana! Warm regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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88valeria58 wrote a review Mar 2016
Province of Milan, Italy2 contributions3 helpful votes
I just had a very nice relaxed time at Le Colonial. We stayed there four nights. The old style house is very well kept and furnished. The very big room with two queen beds had all conforts one could need. The staff was kind, professional and friendly. The food very good. The pool and the outdoor very pleasant. It is located in a very central position and it is very quit. It was like being at home. If I go back to Kochi I will not spend time for other solution, but simply go back to Le Colonial.
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Date of stay: February 2016
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 20 Mar 2016
Dear Guest, We are grateful to you for taking time out to share your experience with us as well as for your kind and patronizing feedback about Neemrana’s Le Colonial in Fort Kochi! It is rewarding to know that you enjoyed the services and facilities offered and got a chance to experience the Neemrana brand of hospitality. Your compliments about the same have been conveyed to the service staff on-site. We hope you got a chance to explore the outdoors, the St. Francis Church and the Chinese fishing nets during your visit to Kochi and look forward to welcoming you back at any of our 16 unique destinations across the country for many a memorable stay! Warm regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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PJOH127 wrote a review Mar 2016
New York City, New York72 contributions33 helpful votes
Gorgeous place and an amazing location. It is central to all that is fun and important in Fort Cochin. The staff and their hospitality is amazing and so is the food cooked in their restaurant. I am only giving it 4 stars because the Wifi is very spotty and the rooms we were in Vasco de Gama and Tipu Sultan could use an update. They are very cute and tastefully decorated but could be spruced up, especially considering they are on the lower floor. Our kids had fun and no complaints otherwise, will definitely stay here if in Fort Cochin again.
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Date of stay: February 2016
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 20 Mar 2016
Dear Guest, We are delighted to learn of your visit and pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Le Colonial as well as the location in Fort Kochi! As you may be aware, we at Neemrana, as part of our USP, avoid the use of Wi-Fi and televisions in the rooms and encourage our guests to explore the outdoors and experience the local culture and cuisine in order to tailor a unique experience. Your compliments will act as a source of encouragement and motivation as we look forward to welcoming you back for more such visits at any of Neemrana’s 27 properties across India! Warm regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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woodstockgalBoston wrote a review Feb 2016
Boston51 contributions34 helpful votes
Amazing building, furnishings reflecting its history. Elegant, huge and well appointed room and bathroom. Lovely pool. Ate in restaurant for lunch and dinner- delicious and well presented. Would recommend
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Date of stay: February 2016
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 28 Feb 2016
Dear Guest, Thank you for your kind feedback about Le Colonial in Fort Kochi, Kerala! As we at Neemrana endeavour to infuse life and restore charm to our architectural marvels, feedback such as yours is always encouraging and validates our effort. We are delighted to know that you enjoyed the décor and the ambience, the swimming pool and the services and facilities offered. Your compliments about the cuisine have been conveyed to the Chef and his team and will act as a source of encouragement as we look forward to welcoming you back for many a memorable stay at any of our 27 properties across India! Warm regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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Thomas S wrote a review Feb 2016
London, United Kingdom11 contributions5 helpful votes
We spent the first 2 nights of our honeymoon in Kerala at le colonial. The house is beautiful with well kept gardens and nice poolside area. It was the perfect base for us to explore the area. The food was delicious. We were made to feel as if it was our own house and were made very comfortable.
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Date of stay: February 2016
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 28 Feb 2016
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking time out to share your experience with us! We are delighted to receive your feedback about Neemrana’s Le Colonial heritage hotel and to learn that you had a memorable time as well as got a chance to explore the town and the local culture and cuisine. From its location in the heart of Fort Kochi, the colonial bungalow does offer one convenient access to most places of interest and we are pleased that you were comfortable during your visit. Your compliments about the cuisine and the hospitality have been conveyed to the Chef and to the members of the staff on-site and as we look forward to welcoming you back at any of Neemrana’s 27 properties, the same will act as a source of encouragement. Warm regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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PRICE RANGE
US$231 - US$279 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
IndiaKeralaErnakulam DistrictKochi (Cochin)
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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