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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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andreas955657 wrote a review May 2015
Eggstaett, Germany34 contributions37 helpful votes
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We loved our four-day stay at the boutique Le Colonial Hotel. This is a small property that has been furnished with a passion for historic detail and atmosphere. It really feels more like a beautiful home than a hotel. The staff went out of their way to keep us smiling, not to mention the tasty meals prepared by the resident chef. If you love a private place away from the large crowds, this place is for you. Location is close enough to all the famous sites of Kochi but in a quiet corner next to St. Francis Church. Highly recommended for the traveler that wants to be close to the local touch and feel, yet have a tranquil retreat for privacy when desired.
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Date of stay: May 2015
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 8 Jun 2015
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking time out to write to us and for your warm feedback! We are extremely pleased to learn of your visit to Neemrana’s Le Colonial, in Fort Kochi, Kerala and to know that you enjoyed your experience as well as the ambience and the services and facilities offered at the 16th century colonial mansion. It is deeply rewarding to know that you enjoyed your meals and appreciate the effort of the Chef and his team. Your encouraging compliments have been duly conveyed to the members of staff. We are grateful for your patronage and look forward to welcoming you back soon at any of Neemrana’s 27 properties, spread across 17 destinations in the country. Warm regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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Katie T wrote a review Mar 2015
Derbyshire, United Kingdom3 contributions9 helpful votes
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
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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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Gina C wrote a review Feb 2015
Portland, Oregon1 contribution9 helpful votes
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
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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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mladww wrote a review Jan 2015
Lancaster, United Kingdom61 contributions81 helpful votes
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
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Date of stay: January 2015
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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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ashley c wrote a review Jan 2015
London, United Kingdom2 contributions2 helpful votes
My family and I had a wonderful stay at Le Colonial, and would recommend to anyone who is considering visiting. The rooms are great, food excellent and above all the service offered by Smita and her team were unbeatable. From early morning breakfasts, organising trips and arranging taxis to rickshaws made our stay especially over new year really memorable. The decor and the ambiance of the hotel are also fantastic.
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Date of stay: December 2014
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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! We are pleased to learn that you enjoyed the experience at Asia’s oldest colonial house and got a chance to explore the town of Cochin during your stay. In our effort to offer a memorable stay, your kind words of appreciation are deeply rewarding. We are grateful for your compliments about the décor and the ambience and your encouragement of the staff has been conveyed to the team on-site. We thank you for your visit and look forward to welcoming you back at any of Neemrana’s 27 properties across India! Warm regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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Dalglish01 wrote a review Jan 2015
Edinburgh, United Kingdom35 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 2014
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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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MaxandRachel wrote a review Dec 2014
London, United Kingdom1 contribution2 helpful votes
Le Colonial is a wonderful property, steeped in history, providing a peaceful place to relax and recharge the batteries after a long journey, while having the hustle and bustle of Fort Cochi to explore on the doorstep. The warm welcome and 'just right' hosting of Vippin and Samesh, alongside delicious food and truly beautiful decor made this the perfect start to our holiday in Kerala.
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Date of stay: November 2014
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Responded 7 Dec 2014
Dear Guest, We are grateful for your warm words about Neemrana’s - Le Colonial heritage hotel, in Kochi and pleased to know that you enjoyed your stay as well as the services and facilities offered at the 16th c. Dutch mansion. This is exactly what we strive to achieve and your appreciation reinforces the Neemrana philosophy. Your compliments about the décor and the hospitality have been conveyed to the Chairman and to the team on-site, and will act as a source of encouragement and motivation. We thank you for your visit and look forward to welcoming you back at any of Neemrana’s 27 properties, spread across 17 destinations in India! Warm regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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rabtrish wrote a review Oct 2014
16 contributions48 helpful votes
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
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Date of stay: October 2014
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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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MossN wrote a review Sep 2014
Cork Ireland104 contributions105 helpful votes
Le Colonial left a lasting impression. It's a beautiful colonial house dating back to 1506. The rooms ( Viceroy and Jan Van Spall) have fantastic balconies and the rooms are well appointed and comfortable. The common areas are fabulous, comfortable with some great art to view depicting colonial times. The food is excellent and staff make every effort, offering seconds so nobody is hungry at any point. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available and can be agreed as one chooses. Massages are available in house and we were happy to avail of this option. They were very enjoyable. Staff; well what can I say; Smita who manages the house is without a doubt the nicest and most helpful person we have met on out travels and we left with fond memories. Smita was just an excellent
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Date of stay: September 2014
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 5 Sep 2014
Dear Guest, Thank you for your positive feedback about the Le Colonial heritage hotel in Cochin. We are pleased to know that you had a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Your appreciation about the food and the service has been conveyed to the Chef and the service team. This is what we strive to achieve and it is always rewarding when someone at the receiving end can sense the effort and the love. 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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Danish B wrote a review Aug 2014
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We couldn't have made a better choice. The hostess was wonderful and the personalised interaction made us feel very at home and comfortable. We believe we made a new friend here. The staff was very helpful at all times and very warm. They all made sure we were comfortable at all times, at times even went out of their way to help us even though they did not have to do it. I would recommend this place over any other place. Overall, we look forward to coming back to kochi just because of such a wonderful experience at this hotel.
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Date of stay: August 2014
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Response from NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Le Colonial
Responded 28 Aug 2014
Dear Guest, Thank you for your warm words about Neemrana’s - Le Colonial heritage hotel, in Kochi! We, at Neemrana, try and tailor experiences for our guests, unique and memorable in essence, and it is deeply rewarding to know that you enjoyed your time at the property. Your kind compliments about the staff and the service are very encouraging and have been conveyed to the team on-site. We thank you for your visit and look forward to welcoming you back soon again at any of Neemrana’s 27 properties across India! Warm regards, Team Neemrana friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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PRICE RANGE
US$233 - US$266 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
IndiaKeralaErnakulam DistrictKochi (Cochin)
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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