I was sort of on a back packing trip to Fort Kochi -- it was an impromptu trip and I didn't plan to spend to much money. But the hostel I booked turned out to be horribly wrong and when I woke up the next morning, contemplating where to stay for the night, Old Harbour Hotel is right across where I stayed.
I was lucky that it was low season. They still have rooms available and I manage to bargain (about 5% off their walk in rate). After I saw the room, I almost kicked myself for not reserving this before I go to Fort Kochi -- The view from the rooms are breath taking. They even have views of the water from their bathroom. The pictures posted on their website doesn't do justice to the hotel (And their pictures are pretty enticing already).
What I really like about Brunton is the little surprises -- they run evening cruise on their private boat (one of the last boat built by the original Brunton Boatyard) and it's complimentary to hotel guest. This cruise is absolutely priceless. They have cooking classes as well as morning yoga class. They make you feel like you are a newly arrived expat and they are easing you into the local lifestyle.
For my trip to Fort Kochi, I've stayed in Brunton Boatyard, Old Harbour, The Tower House and a backpacker's place. So I guess I am in a pretty good position to make a comparison between these hotels. Brunton Boatyard is expensive, and I wouldn't say it's value for money, but you will definitely get your money's worth of enjoyment out of it. Highly recommended.
One thing to note: The hotel is right beside a passenger boat harbourt. And there are a lot of cargo ship passing by the water every morning (from 6am). They do honk so chances are you will be woken up at 6am. The hotel do provide ear plugs, but if you are a shallow sleeper and would like to sleep in while in Fort Kochi (I can't imagine anyone doing that, but each to it's own), I probably would not recommend this hotel. See my other reivews about other hotels in Fort Kochi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This CGH Earth property is moored on a historic stretch of Cochin's famed harbour , The Brunton Boatyard Hotel was resurrected from the remains of a Victorian shipyard. Today, it gives the modern traveller a unique opportunity to dwell amidst the shadow plays of 19th century history. Living All of the Brunton Boatyard Hotel's 22 rooms overlook the sea, and so, by happy circumstance, do the en-suite bathrooms. Dining The Brunton Boatyard Hotel is your chance to dine from, literally, a melting pot. All the cultures that came to the Malabar Coast over three centuries can be sampled in a single evening. Discovering Armed with a map and some comfortable footwear, you can tour the historic Fort Cochin area where the hotel stands. Sadly, little remains of the fort itself, but the other legacies of history are everywhere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Brunton Boatyard Hotel Kochi (Cochin)
- Brunton Boatyard Kochi (Cochin), India - Kerala
- Brunton Boatyard Cochin