In the heart of ancient Fort Cochin, Kerala, one can find the Old Harbour Hotel, a 300-year-old building that has long been a heritage monument and was recently reopened as a boutique hotel.
The hotel’s exterior was built in the Dutch style of architecture, though hints of Portuguese influence shine through. The interior was designed and decorated by German restoration architect Karl Damschen who has lived in India since the 1980s. There is an eclectic blend of dated furniture and varied art that combine to create a unique style.
There are thirteen spacious rooms at the hotel, each of them named after various streets of Fort Cochin. These rooms are plush with high ceilings and either look into a courtyard with a fountain or over the ancient Chinese Fishing nets.
Old Harbour’s special garden cottages, which were added to offer a feel of Kerala, have open-to-the-sky showers, a veranda and a private pond. The hotel also includes a large garden with a swimming pool as well as a stage for cultural performances.
Address: 1/328, Tower Road, Fort Cochin, Kerala, India
Phone: 0091 484 2218006
Rates: from $175-300 per night