At the heart of ancient Fort Cochin, Kerala, a place that exudes history and culture, is the 'Old Harbour Hotel'. A 300 year-old building that has for long been a heritage monument of this town, now reopened as a boutique hotel. Built in the Dutch style of architecture with hints of Portuguese influences, it was the first hotel of old Cochin.
The interiors of the hotel, designed and decorated by Karl Damschen, is an eclectic blend of dated furniture and varied art that juxtapose to create a unique style. The thirteen spacious rooms, each of them named after the various old streets of Fort Cochin, are plush with high ceilings and either look into a courtyard with a fountain or over the ancient Chinese Fishing nets. The special garden cottages, which were added to offer a feel of Kerala, have open-to-the-sky showers, a veranda and a private pond. They also have a large garden with a swimming pool as well as a stage for cultural performances, all of it set amidst plenty of natural green. For the comfort of guests, there is an Ayurvedic spa and a large open-air terrace. Care has been paid to organic soaps and lotions in the bathrooms, comfortable robes and slippers as well as plenty of bottled water.
Food has always been an important criterion at the hotel. In the restaurant, they ensure that only the freshest of foods are offered at all times. Home made breads and plenty of freshly squeezed juices are a priority there. Only organically grown vegetables are used, while the meats are of the highest quality available. As the hotel rests close to the fishing nets, they believe their guests would want to enjoy a variety of seafood. For this, they have a special seafood menu with a barbecue every night in the garden.