“A lovely colonial-era house in the seldom-explored Tamil quarter, where staff treat you like royalty”
The 10 rooms are all different and various sizes (though the same price), with hand-carved wooden beds and desks, cream lamps, uneven mustard-yellow or red floors, TVs and air con. The CGH team spent a lot of time reviving old crafts and researching into woodworking to create just the right atmosphere and carefully restore period detail. Six rooms are on the first floor and 4 are on the second; there are 2 twin rooms and 8 doubles.
The base colour palette is cream, offset by bright fuchsia, purple, turquoise or green pillowcases and curtains. And we particularly like the little details: jute slippers in small handmade bags made from newspaper, speckled white soap from Auroville, and shampoo in ceramic pickle jars in the shower bathrooms.
We're told it feels like you're staying in someone's regal retreat, but this goes 2 ways: you're at leisure to explore the rest of the hotel and relax in the courtyards on the wooden swing, but you also probably won't want to hole up in your room - they aren’t really big enough or luxurious enough for that.
Dining here is relatively informal so it feels like you're being catered for individually. Meals are served in either the courtyard dining area, half open to the gardens, or in the landscaped gardens themselves. You can choose from the menu for lunch, plump for a set evening meal or have a chat with the chef about what he recommends. He’s passionate and eloquent about his Keralan-style food, much of which is based on his family recipes.
Breakfast is either Continental-style with croissants and toast plus cooked extras, or South Indian with idly and dosa (rice and lentil pancakes served with gravy and chutney). There is an à la carte menu for lunch, with lemon rice and grilled prawns, fried chicken curry with tomato rice or prawn or fish curries.
Evening meals have a fixed menu, with a starter, soup, a fish platter including perhaps calamari and prawns, dessert, and tea and coffee to finish. Everything bought and cooked is fresh, local and seasonal - it has to be, as the hotel has no freezer.
The hotel also has a small bar, ideal for a post-sightseeing Cobra beer. There are plenty of other places to eat within walking distance; staff will happily recommend a couple.
Extra beds are available for children and cots can be arranged for babies. Babies and children 5 and under go free; children 6 and up are charged a supplementary rate when in the same room as their parents.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available