“A great-value intimate and historic hotel close to bustling Fort Cochin’s north waterfront”
All 8 guest rooms overlook the central courtyard, 7 of them reached by an ancient teak staircase complete with eaten-away holes (though we’re assured it’s checked regularly and is completely safe!). They range in size, with the largest being the Suite complete with sitting room, a wealth of antiques and a tiny balcony off its bathroom. The eighth Small Standard Room is the smallest and reached via a metal spiral staircase at the other end of the courtyard - it’s slightly poky but great for those on a tight budget.
Our Standard Room was clean and comfortable, and all rooms share varnished wooden floors and ceilings, mosquito-netted beds, antiques, ensuite bathrooms and air-conditioning. The Superior Rooms also have cable TV and mini-refrigerators, while the Deluxe Rooms and Suites have tea- and coffee-making facilities. They're not in immaculate condition (think simple and historic rather than luxurious) but the reasonable rates reflect this.
Whichever room you book, say hello to the resident ghost. But don’t worry. The overall ambience is positive and relaxed - a relief after the frenetic pace of Fort Cochin.
Breakfast can be a familiar continental spread or an Indian kick-starter - the options change each day of the week to provide variety. On our last visit in 2016 we tucked into dhosas (thin pancakes) with vegetable stew, daily changings fresh juices, and really good Keralan coffee (a great to help with the jet lag).
Although The Old Courtyard Hotel does not have a restaurant, they do have a lovely street-side café where you can enjoy light sandwiches, gelato, and tasty European-style cakes made by owner Rose herself.
Nearby dining alternatives include the boutique Brunton Boatyard Hotel, or Dal Roti restaurant (famous for its North Indian food). Around the corner are a string of delightful simple outdoor eateries featuring fresh Keralan food at incredible value (look for the tall tree decorated with crab shells). The many waterfront stalls which cook your chosen catch-of-the-day as you watch are also highly-recommended.
All ages are welcome, but this may not be the best place for young children due to the potentially hazardous stairs and the quiet atmosphere.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The Suites, Superior Rooms and Deluxe Rooms have space for a baby cot or an extra bed (additional charges apply).
Babysitters and childminders are available, request in advance.
One baby cot to borrow, request in advance
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking