Fort Kochi or Cochin is a place steeped in history, art and culture and is a favourite destination for many when in Kerala. The streets are dotted with Portuguese, Dutch, and British houses that emit old-world charm. Here is a list of boutique stay options in Fort Kochi, some of which are luxurious and others that are a home away from home.
The Malabar House, Parade Road
Fort Cochin’s first boutique hotel in 1997, The Malabar House has seventeen rooms and suites that open onto terraces, sit-outs, and gardens and are furnished with original artwork and antiques. The candlelight dinner in their open-air seating area with a live Carnatic music performance is one of their three dining options.
Address: 1/268, 269, Parade Road, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala
Forte Kochi, Princess Street
Forte Kochi is a heritage hotel and has twenty-seven well-crafted rooms on offer decorated in Portuguese summer colours, with tinted windows and wooden furniture. Their restaurant, Jetty, serves a variety of seafood dishes as well as flavours from Kerala and Europe. The heritage hotel also has a coffee lounge, library, and swimming pool.
Address: 1/373, Princess St, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala
Old Harbour Hotel, Fort Nagar
The 300-year-old building has thirteen spacious rooms, each named after a street of Cochin, and is built in the Dutch architectural style. The property has a stage where cultural performances can be held in addition to a swimming pool, an ayurvedic spa, and a garden. While homemade breads and freshly squeezed juices are primary offerings here, they also offer a special seafood menu every night.
Address: 1/328, Tower Rd, Fort Nagar, Fort, Kochi, Kerala
The Napier Heritage, Lilly Street
A club suite, an executive room, and a premier room are among the sixteen uniquely designed rooms at Napier Heritage. Their restaurant serves Kerala Nadan cuisine along with a handful of continental options. Reach out to the front desk for heritage walks, culinary tours, and art and craft walks.
Address: 1/784, Lilly Street, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001
Tea Bungalow, Kunnumpuram Road
Built in 1912, Tea Bungalow is located in Fort Kochi's historical area. Choose from their heritage premium rooms, which come with a large balcony, or their deluxe rooms, which feature a private garden brimming with plants. Their multi-cuisine restaurant has an alfresco setup by the pool that serves Indian, local, and continental cuisine.
Address: 1/1901, Kunnumpuram Rd, Kunnumpuram, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala
Ginger House Museum Hotel, Jew Town Road
An architectural wonder, the Ginger House Museum is embellished with South Indian art, including paintings from former churches, temples, and palaces. The hotel's nine spacious suites feature Chettinad and Malabar architecture, and the food menu offers traditional Kerala cuisine. Additionally, it has an infinity pool that looks out over Vembanad Lake, which adds to its charm.
Address: Jew Town road, Mattancherry, Kochi, Kerala
Trinity at Fort Cochin, Fort Nagar
Situated in the former premises of the Dutch East India Company, Trinity has eight rooms and suites categorised under deluxe rooms, junior suites, and roof garden suites - some of which have views of the hotel's courtyard. The hotel serves pan-Indian barbecue options in its shaded patio and garden setting and also hosts art exhibitions showcasing works of regional and international artists.
Address: X67R+XF4, Ridsdale Rd, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala
Niyati Boutique Stay, Fort Nagar
Seven different accommodation options, including suites and alcoves, are available at the heritage property, which also has a restaurant on the premises. The interiors of this heritage hotel feature hand-carved teakwood, exposed brick walls, and vaulted ceilings. The hotel also has a rooftop with a bohemian theme where you sit back, relax and gaze at the stars.
Address: 1/635, Quiros St, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala
Koder House, Fort Nagar
The house, which once belonged to the esteemed Koder family, is now a three-story heritage boutique hotel close to Cochin beach. There are six opulent suite choices, each with a balcony that looks out over Chinese fishing nets. You can chow down on regional cuisine, a distinctive Jewish meal, or order Chinese or a seafood speciality off their menu. There is also a spa, business centre, wine and beer lounge, and library.
Address: Tower Rd, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala
Secret Garden, Bishop Garden Lane
This 100-year-old ancestral home has nine uniquely designed rooms with covered verandahs and traditional Kerala architecture. The house is decorated with local artwork and hand-carved wooden furniture from the region. You can unwind by the pool, in the garden, or the lounge areas, eat a western breakfast with Italian coffee and use the hotel's bicycles to tour the quaint town.
Address: 11/745, Bishop Garden Ln, Pattalam, Line No. 2, Thamaraparambu, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala
Abad Dutch Bungalow, Napier Street
The 375-year-old heritage hotel with Dutch-style architecture offers two different room types: Heritage Classic and Heritage Boutique. The rooms are spacious, with wooden panelling, simple decor, and cosy beds. The on-site restaurant, Food Mill, which is by the pool, offers regional and international cuisine in addition to their well-known fish-based specialities.
Address: Napier Street, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala
The Postcard Mandalay Hall, Jew Town
The Postcard Mandalay Hall has five opulent rooms with fine art and furniture and are known as galleries owing to the art. Additionally, the alleys are decorated with carefully chosen contemporary art. Aah, their fine dining restaurant offers a blend of regional and international flavours. Sign up for the heritage walk at the hotel to explore the charming city on foot.
Address: VI/193, Synagogue Ln, Jew Town, Kappalandimukku, Mattancherry, Kochi, Kerala
The Tower House - 17th Century, Tower Road
The property with a view of the Chinese fishing nets has arched doors, colonial pillars, and high ceilings. There are fifteen different types of rooms distributed across two floors, with some having views of the garden and pool, all furnished with century-old beds and antique furniture. Their restaurant serves a variety of South Indian dishes as well as continental fare.
Address: 1/320 Tower Road Fort Kochi Vasco Da Gama Square, Kochi, Kerala
WelcomHeritage Azora (by Ayatana) Kochi, opposite Coastal Police Station
The 200-year-old building, formerly a courthouse, is now a luxury boutique hotel that offers sixteen opulent rooms. The accommodations feature modern amenities, plush furnishings, and chequered flooring. In addition to a rooftop pool, conference hall, and gym it has an upscale multi-cuisine restaurant and a tea lounge.
Address: Old Court Building, Calvathy Road, opposite Coastal Police Station, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala
Eighth Bastion – CGH, Napier Street
The Dutch-themed contemporary hotel offers three accommodation styles, some with views of the pool and others overlooking the quaint street and gardens. Their o restaurant, East Indies, serves Malabar cuisine with Dutch flavours. You can unwind in the pool or rent a bicycle from the hotel to tour the neighbourhood.
Address: 1, 259, Napier Street, Fort, Kochi, Kerala
Brunton Boatyard – CGH, Calvathy Road
Inspired by colonial history, Brunton Boatyard is a blend of English, Portuguese, and Dutch influences with rooms that overlook the sea and the streets. The History fine dining restaurant, which offers 32 different cuisines, continues to be a standout among the hotel's four dining options. When here, you can relax by the pool or get pampered at the spa.
Address: 1/498, Calvetty Road, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala