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Price: Value pick
Type: Hotel
Rooms: 8
Location: Kochi
Season: Nov - Feb
Food: Breakfast incl.
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RATES
Room Type/Name

1st Apr 2014
30th Sep 2014
Low (Rs)
1st Oct 2014 - 19th Dec 2014
11th Jan 2015 - 31st Mar 2015
High (Rs)
20th Dec 2014
10th Jan 2015
Peak (Rs)
Standard Room (2)
3500 4200 5000
Standard Base Room (1)
3000 3700 4500
Superior Room (3)
4000 4700 5500
Deluxe Room (1)
4500 5200 6000
Suite Room (1)
5000 5700 6500
Cancellation Policy:
More than 1 week - full refund
less bank charges Less than one week - no refund
Child Sharing
Below 12 years - 1000
Remark 1
10% on Room Tariff for Single Occupancy rates in High and Peak season
Remark 2
Taxes 19.92% extra

Courtyard Hotel, Fort Kochi

A historic Jewish home transformed into a heritage hotel in Fort Kochi, with delectable Continental and Kerala fare.

INTRODUCTION

“Tread lightly as you are walking on history” says a sign in this marvelous heritage hotel in Fort Kochi. You may end up holding your breath in awe as you walk up the original wooden staircase. The dwindling number of Cochin Jews is a tale that tugs at the heart of every visitor to Fort Kochi. The first recorded migration from Israel to Kerala was in 70 AD after the destruction of the Second Temple of Jerusalem by the Romans. After another migration in the 16th century, this time from Europe, they felt their strong economic presence here. In present times, the Jewish community has come down to a handful of older people who live around the Paradesi Synagogue.

Lily Koder was an unmarried daughter of the prominent Jewish Koder family. She lived alone in a palatial home in the centre of town and died in the Nineties. Her abandoned home was restored as an extravagant hotel in Kochi with great attention to detail by Jacob and Rose using their Swiss hospitality training. If you can persuade the efficient Rose to take a break from her schedule, you will be rewarded with a wealth of detail about the house and original features.

ROOMS

This three-storey heritage hotel in Fort Kochi is built around the courtyard, hidden from the street, with a verandah on each floor overlooking it. This hotel in Kochi has eight unique rooms out of which three were built recently but in line with the original design. The older rooms are larger and have more character though all of them are furnished equally well. Jacob has a keen eye for beauty and collects antiques and art. Luckily for guests, he has generously put his collection to good use in the hotel. Air-conditioning is present in all rooms while five rooms have televisions. The bathrooms are new as there was just one for the whole house in Lily Koder’s time. Some of the bathrooms even have wooden floors. The sunlit courtyard which doubles as the restaurant has tables scattered across it. A cheery café facing the street is the latest initiative of the hotel and serves coffee and short eats.

SERVICE

The restaurant focuses on European cuisine with a sprinkling of Kerala favourites. The seafood is absolutely fresh as the beach with its iconic Chinese fishing nets is only a few minutes away. Rose personally plans the menu and trains the chefs. A small raised platform in the courtyard often hosts a cultural program in the evening to accompany the delightful dinner.

Destination Guide – Kerala – Kochi

Shopping
Fort Kochi


Nearest Railway Station :
Ernakulam North 15 kms
Nearest Airport :
Kochi 50 kms
    Reviews ( 2 )
    Dr.Belliappa

    2013-06-07 14:14:23

    We did a road trip through Kerala. The tour operator was seek&hide. We were picked up promptly by the driver from Kochi airport. We stayed at an amazing hotel in Fort Kochi (Old Courtyard), a salubrious resort at Munnar, a back water old kerala house at Alleppey and a swanky hotel on the beach at Trivandrum. The accomodation and transport was fantastic and support by the tour operator was impeccable including getting a refund for one night as we could not stay there for more than one night as we were visiting friends. The places selected were great and a typical actual good old home stay approach. All in all, a great trip. Strongly recommend the tour operator seek&hide.
    Reviews ( 2 1)
  • JR Thakur

    January 20, 2012

    Our son arranged a wonderful holiday for his parents through seek&hide website. We stayed at Old Courtyard in Fort Kochi for 2 days, Alleppey houseboat for 1 night and Aanavilasam for 2 nights. Really enjoyed ourselves as we come from Himachal Pradesh and love to see the sea and backwaters.

    Everything was very well arranged. Car was throughout with us from airport pickup to dropping off. Very polite and well mannered driver who knew all the places. Houseboat experience was beautiful since we were always surrounded by water. Both the hotels were also good and we did ayurvedic massage at Aanavilasam. We will definitely recommend seek&hide to all. Thank you.

  • Dr.Belliappa

    June 7, 2013

    We did a road trip through Kerala. The tour operator was seek&hide. We were picked up promptly by the driver from Kochi airport. We stayed at an amazing hotel in Fort Kochi (Old Courtyard), a salubrious resort at Munnar, a back water old kerala house at Alleppey and a swanky hotel on the beach at Trivandrum. The accomodation and transport was fantastic and support by the tour operator was impeccable including getting a refund for one night as we could not stay there for more than one night as we were visiting friends. The places selected were great and a typical actual good old home stay approach. All in all, a great trip. Strongly recommend the tour operator seek&hide.

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