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

Phew…my hotel’s fabulous!

Tower House Hotel ~ Fort Cochin...

Tower House Hotel ~ Fort Cochin…

I don’t know about you but one of the greatest feelings of satisfaction for me on my travels is finding the perfect hotel. Lots of people are happy with “wherever I lay my hat that’s my home” but not me. I always feel that a great place to stay sets the tone for your holiday. I spend a lot of time before I leave home thoroughly researching on the internet and in guidebooks places to stay at my destination. I must be doing something right as I’m getting better at it! Fort Cochin is a perfect example. There are so many places to stay and the three I chose there were divine.

Tower House ~ Fort Cochin...

Tower House ~ Fort Cochin…

Everyone searches for something different when looking for a place to stay. So what do I look for? Here are my top prerequisites:

1. Something in the right price range.

2. Location, location, location. Sometimes I like to be in the thick of things right in the heart of town and other times somewhere quiet and peaceful.

3. Clean with en-suite bathroom.

4. I love quaint and charming. Even a little jaded and faded can be fantastic with me as long as it’s clean.

5. When travelling with my family they like a pool (optional), wi-fi and a TV. However when I travel with my mum,Padma, we just like wi-fi.

6. I want a hotel/guesthouse that when I arrive I can lie on the bed and let out a huge “Phew this is soooooo fabulous!”

Fort House ~ Fort Cochin...

Fort House ~ Fort Cochin…

So where to stay in Fort Cochin, Kerala? Well these are my top three…

The Tower House ~ Tower Road, Fort Cochin.

It prides itself as a “non-hotel” meaning it is more like an experience than just another chain hotel. It is jammed full of antiques and collectables. It has a divine pool, superb rooms and a lovely breakfast. It is minimally staffed and very quiet which we loved (however staff were always very attentive when we needed anything). It is located a stones throw from the Chinese fishing nets and the centre of Fort Cochin. You feel very safe walking around even at night which is important for female travellers. We loved it here…

The Old Courtyard Hotel ~ Fort Cochin...

The Old Courtyard Hotel ~ Fort Cochin…

The Old Courtyard ~ Princess Street, Fort Cochin.

We adored this old hotel located right in the heart of Fort Cochin. The rooms were so beautiful and filled with antiques. The sheets were crispy white (amazing for India). The breakfast was tasty and the staff were so friendly and chatty. It ticks all the boxes and is a great choice for Fort Cochin.

The Old Courtyard ~ Fort Cochin...

The Old Courtyard ~ Fort Cochin…

Delight Home Stay ~ Parade Ground, Ridsdale Road, Fort Cochin

The Delight Home Stay is a true delight. It is located a very short walk from the centre of Fort Cochin and is very close to many of the great shops I recommended in my last post on Fort Cochin. The owners David and Flowery are a mine of information and can organise your whole trip around Kerala if you desire. We did a short trip to Periyar National Park and the Kerala backwaters through them and we were delighted with the trip.

The Delight Home Stay ~ Fort Cochin...

The Delight Home Stay ~ Fort Cochin…

The rooms are charming and the garden green and lush. You won’t want to leave…I guarantee it.

Fort Cochin is a wonderful place to visit and should be on all itineraries when visiting Kerala. I hope you enjoy my recommendations as much as I did…

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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…

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The Beautiful Bangala ~ the jewel of South India…

While travelling in Tamil Nadu this year we discovered the divine Hotel Bangala in the Chettinad town of Karaikudi. If you are looking for a mid-range, character filled hotel with exemplary service look no further than the Bangala. From the moment we … Continue reading