“A stunning set of three contemporary suites in the former headquarters of the Dutch East India Company in Fort Cochin”
The design of the suites (named Red, Blue and Yellow) makes them feel open, clean, colourful and light. All have wonderfully comfortable beds, coloured silk cushions, luxurious crisp linen and cooling terracotta-tiled floors, as well as all the luxuries you’d expect for such a contemporary space - remote-controlled blinds and lighting, air conditioning, ceiling fans, DVD and CD players, phones, TVs and minibars. Those in search of authentic India be warned: the ultra-modern décor is stunning, but it's more like Europe than the East.
The Red Suite is the biggest, with planter chairs to relax in, and both it and the Blue Suite have lovely outdoor bathroom-cum-garden areas. The Yellow Suite has a small decking area, perfect for yoga or just to relax in, and a separate basin/dressing room. All have marvellous outdoor sunken showers surrounded by pebbles, with lovely light kimonos and wooden slippers provided.
Quirky features make each suite different. The Yellow Suite has a fantastic black and white photograph display of Kathakali dancers putting on their makeup; the Blue Suite has a lovely antique children’s car on its mezzanine. Original art by contemporary Indian artists graces the walls of each room, and wooden artefacts pepper the whole place. The Red and Blue Suites both have second double beds on a small mezzanine - perfect if you have a young child or you’re a group of friends together.
There are no views from any room, but the communal sitting and dining room has views over Fort Cochin’s Parade Ground. Light and airy, it also has comfortable chairs and a sofa in a deep Buddha-orange, bookshelves and a table at the window from which to enjoy the view. A dramatic black net hides the ugly building next door and adds to the ultra-modern feel.
Breakfast can be taken whenever you want. You have a choice of fresh breads and pastries, muffins, fruit and eggs, or South Indian options such as a banana and coconut dosa (rice-flour pancakes). Food is tasty, healthy and perfectly cooked. There’s always lots of fresh fruit available, as well as drinks throughout the day. You can eat at a lovely wooden communal dining table, upstairs on a more private (though rather dark) mezzanine, or in your room.
As Trinity only has a small kitchen area it only offers breakfast, but you can have lunch and dinner at boutique sister hotel Malabar House, a 200-metre walk across the Parade Ground. Its restaurant, Malabar Junction, is on a lovely outdoor terrace by a small pool and has a short but wonderful menu of delicious and healthy dishes. There's a particular focus on fresh fish; dishes might include prawns with mango, seafood salad and spicy pork vindaloo.
Malabar House also has a wine lounge, Divine, which showcases Indian wines and serves tapas-style food combining European and Eastern flavours.
This place is better suited to older children as it’s more of a sanctuary than a play area, although all ages are welcomed. Children under the age of 10 go free and babysitting can be arranged. No cots are provided but extra beds are available on request for an additional charge.
Teens (over 12)
Extra Beds Available
Babysitting is available by arrangement.