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Brunton Boatyard
Ranked #11 of 227 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 September 2017

We made a late change to our initial hotel reservation in Cochin and opted for Brunton’s Boatyard – it was a good decision! The setting for the hotel on the edge of the lake and the Arabian Sea was wonderful, we had an amazing room with a view (309), staff were so incredibly helpful and the peace and quiet offered by the hotel was just what we were looking for as part of a relaxing holiday. Manoj Nair, the hotel manager, made our stay particularly memorable. The hotel offers a boat tour around the lake during which the Chinese fishing nets can be seen close up – it also offers nightly Indian cooking lessons which were both informative and fun. My wife is an advocate of “clean eating” and does not like food heavily coated in oil or butter – when this was explained to the staff they made every effort to accommodate this style of cooking. As we stayed for six nights, our only criticism was the lack of change in the lunch and dinner menus. All it would have taken would be to have a “core” menu supplemented by say a daily special or specials – perhaps something that the hotel may like to consider. To provide this change we opted out of one lunch and dinner slot (we were on full board) and ate in nearby restaurants.

Room Tip: Try to get Room 309 - front facing and furthest from the local ferry
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our two nights at the Brunton Boatyard, in a huge suite that looked out over the water -- where we could watch boats passing by.

We found the staff to be very friendly and helpful, but perhaps not as knowledgeable as employees in other hotels we stayed in while in India. In particular, the level of fluency in English was not as high as in Bangalore, Chennai or the Golden Triangle. This was not a problem, but it probably led to some confusion in answers to our questions about tours, houseboats, etc.

Word to the wise: if you don't like or understand one answer from personnel at the front desk, go back later and ask someone else. There appear to be differing levels of familiarity with area restaurants, tours, etc.

We greatly enjoyed both the upstairs restaurant (The History) as well as the all-day dining on the main floor. A particular treat was a cooking demonstration by the head chef at The History.

We also did Ayurvedic massages. This was a cultural experience: hilarious in my opinion, and nothing like the typical relaxing massage you might find in the US or elsewhere.

A nice place to stay while visiting Fort Kochi. More historic and interesting than the newer hotels near the airport. But it probably helps to have a sense of humor!

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

This is a truly 5* hotel with amazing customer service and sincere professionalism. Manoj and team responded promptly to a last minute request for a surprise arrangement and went above and beyond to offer the most personable, truly unbelievable customer service. The view from the hotel is amazing and the food is first class. We will be recommending Brunton Boatyard to anyone that wants to stay at Fort Cochin. Thank you so much!

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

The only place to stay in Kochi. Loved it , was ideal to go with family .
I would recommend this for sure !!the setting by the sea, well appointed rooms, super service and a great variety of food, and location close to Jew Town , makes this the best away from hustle of the city.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

We stayed at the Brunton Boat Yard for two nights at the end of our trip.

The hotel is fully re built in the style of the old colonial boat yard buildings that once adorned this property. Its been very well done, you would be forgiven for thinking it was a restored 200 year old building but in fact its only 20 years old. It is well located near the chinese fishing nets and close to many attractions.

The greeting at the hotel was very nice with a flower garland, cold towel and a drink. We were told some of the history of the property and the facilities as we completed check in. By the time we got to the room our bags were already there.

All rooms overlook the harbour. This can be noisy with the passing boats in the morning but it didnt interupt our rest.

The pool area is beautiful and also over looks the harbour.

The rooms also are well appointed and done in the old colonial style in keeping with the rest of the hotel.

We attended two cooking classes as well that were very informative.

We ate both the restaurants. Breakfast and lunch was in the Armoury restaurant. Breakfast was breakfast, nothing special being done here but was of a standard befitting the hotel. Lunch however was superb. We had the curries and both days they were outstanding. Over two days between the three of us we had butter chicken, Kerala Fish Curry, a chicken and spinach curry, Kerala Seafood Platter and the Pepper Chicken curry. All were to die for. Superb, superb, superb!

Dinner was in the History restaurant and was also very good. The mutton shank curry was great, with a kick of spice in it but the duck was the winner here. Beautiful curry. The high light was the Mango Semi freddo with a wonderful sweetened sweet chilli sauce. Yes sounds odd ... but it was a killer dessert, brilliantly executed and a perfect end to a curry meal. I could eat that everyday.

Finally the staff. They are very good. Helpful, polite and always friendly. Nothing is too much trouble. They really make your stay easy and relaxed. All were excellent but special mention to Prince and Rohith. The girls in the restaurant too but I didnt get there names sadly, they were fantastic too.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Brunton Boatyard

Address: Calwati Road | Fort Cochin, Kochi (Cochin) 682001, India
Region: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#6 Luxury Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#14 Family Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range: R1 342 - R7 393 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Brunton Boatyard 5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This CGH Earth property is moored on a historic stretch of Cochin's famed harbour , The Brunton Boatyard Hotel was resurrected from the remains of a Victorian shipyard. Today, it gives the modern traveller a unique opportunity to dwell amidst the shadow plays of 19th century history. Living All of the Brunton Boatyard Hotel's 22 rooms overlook the sea, and so, by happy circumstance, do the en-suite bathrooms. Dining The Brunton Boatyard Hotel is your chance to dine from, literally, a melting pot. All the cultures that came to the Malabar Coast over three centuries can be sampled in a single evening. Discovering Armed with a map and some comfortable footwear, you can tour the historic Fort Cochin area where the hotel stands. Sadly, little remains of the fort itself, but the other legacies of history are everywhere. ... more   less 
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