Hip Hotels ~ Tower House, Fort Cochin, India…

“We don’t let history become a bygone” is the mantra of the Neemrana group of hotels. That strong sense of history is resplendent in the beautiful Tower House at Fort Cochin. Padma and I stayed in this gorgeous hotel in … Continue reading

A hotel in the hills ~ Hotel Villa Retreat, Kodaikanal…

When we visited Kodaikanal a few years ago we stayed at the charming and atmospheric Hotel Villa Retreat. This darling hotel is positioned right at the top of the hill overlooking Kodaikanal and the valley below. It is an uphill walk from town … Continue reading

Lakshmi’s Indian Hotel picks ~ The Old Courtyard, Fort Cochin…

“Wherever I lay my hat that’s my home “…Marvin Gaye

I love the words to this song. Obviously when you travel you don’t want your hotel to be just like home otherwise you would never travel at all. However, when I travel, the hotels I stay in are my “home” for those few days. I don’t need the perfection of five-star hotels but I do look for certain things to make my stay perfect.

  • Cleanliness is top of the list. I don’t mind a little faded and jaded as long as it is clean.
  • Safe and secure.
  • Character is very important. I love staying at places with little details that catch the eye.
  • Location is the key to getting the most out of your stay.
  • Great staff are the icing on the cake that complete your stay.

If you are visiting Fort Cochin in Kerala, India The Old Courtyard ticks all these boxes. The character filled heritage building is located right in the heart of Fort Cochin in Princess Street (just around the corner from the Kashi Art Cafe). It’s rooms are light and airy and filled with quaint old antiques and crisp white bed-linen. My room overlooked the lovely lush courtyard and I could lie on my bed and watch squirrels chasing each other on the roof tops.

The tasty breakfast was included and the menu changed each day. The staff here were so friendly and chatty and were eager to help us with anything we needed.

After a few days at the perfect Old Courtyard Hotel I really was wishing it was my home…

Clean, green and the place to be seen…The Green Hotel ~ Mysore…

Well Padma and I are definitely in heaven here at the sensational Green Hotel in Mysore…
The Green Hotel is a charming, old converted palace located five kilometres from the heart of Mysore. From the moment you enter it’s breathtaking grounds you know there is something special about this hotel.

It is an Eco hotel that has adopted many energy saving and environmentally aware practices which is to be greatly commended. It’s extensive garden is truly glorious and everything is out in flower. This garden won a first prize at the Mysore Flower Show for its outstanding potted plant display.

We stayed in the tiny but sweet “Writers Room” in the palace. Rooms are lovely and with tariffs
starting at 3,450 rupees it is very reasonably priced too.

Guests have full use of the whole former palace. We had lunch on the airy verandah. You can visit their lovely library and fabbo tiny gift shop. The huge grounds are filled with terracotta potted plants – a visual feast!

The most outstanding ingredient in the Green Hotel’s success is their friendly and wonderful staff. Everywhere we went staff said hello and the whole place has an amazing positive vibe. This is due to the hotels fair and equal opportunity employment scheme. It is very evident that staff are valued and happy.

The Hotel has a fantastic coffee shop with organic cakes. Padma and I dined at their restaurant last night and the malai kofta and butter naan were mouth watering!

All profits that are made here at the Green Hotel are distributed to local charitable and environmental projects. It is lovely to think that your money will help others.
The hotel’s motto is “traditional hospitality rather than modern day uniformity” and they have achieved this in all areas. We will definitely be back…

The following pictures show some of the wonderful people working at the Green Hotel…