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Brunton Boatyard

Kerala & South India

Rating: Deluxe    

Brunton Boatyard overview

Brunton was a German boat builder who established the first European boatyard in the India sub-continent in the 19th century at the entrance to Cochin's harbour. The site was abandoned in the 20th century until the construction of Brunton Boatyard hotel. Although only completed in 1999, the hotel has been constructed using traditional Dutch and Portuguese architectural principles of the 16th and 17th centuries and looks and feels like a heritage hotel.

The best feature of Brunton Boatyard is its location, right on the entrance to the bay in the heart of the historic Fort Cochin district. All the rooms face the ocean and, seated in your room you can watch vessels of all sizes from small fishing boats to ocean liners sail past, as well as dolphins playing in the water. Cochin's famous Chinese fishing nets are virtually next door, while a few minutes walk inland brings you to the historic churches and colonial buildings of the city.

All the rooms are furnished with period decorations and incorporate modern facilities including air conditioning, and most have balconies.

Dining options include The Armoury which is an all day dining venue serving a variety of local and Mediterranean cuisine. It also harbours the bar with a wide selection of liquor and wines. The History Restaurant revives the culinary influences of the past and brings you the taste and flavours of the British, Jewish, Dutch and Konkani communities in a contemporary style. The outdoor dining option, The Terrace Grill, offers fresh catch of the day from the local fishermen; you choose your seafood and the chef prepares it to your taste.


Open:  Brunton Boatyard is open all year.

Location:  Brunton Boatyard is set on the waterside at Kochi’s (Cochin’s) harbour. Kochi international airport is 42 kms away.  

Rooms:  There are standard and deluxe rooms, all of which face the sea.  They all have en-suite bathrooms which also look out over the sea.

Activities:  The hotel offers guided walking and cycling tours of the city, sunset and history-themed cruises and sightseeing trips. Guests can also get a map of Kochi from reception for a self-guided tour of the fort area where the hotel is located.  The chef sometimes does cookery demonstrations for guests on the terrace.

Facilities:  There is an attractive courtyard garden leading off the lobby. The hotel has a swimming pool. The restaurant cuisine reflects the cultural influences of Kochi: Portuguese, Dutch, English, Arab and Jewish. Meals can be taken indoors or on the rooftop terrace. There is a separate tea lounge and a cosy bar. Guests can enjoy a game of billiards in the lobby.  A range of therapeutic Ayurvedic treatments is offered in the small spa.

Dining:  Meals are taken at individual tables.  

Children:  Children of all ages are welcome.

Health:  We recommend malarial prophylactics for travel to India.

Communication:  There is free high speed internet access. 

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client reviews

Janet Gillon

"Great spot, comfortable rooms with great views"

Kerry O'Donoghue
"Wonderful location and very nice hotel. "
Maureen Panton
"The general accommodation/welcome/service was excellent. However, this hotel - in common with most of the others - only provided very formal eating arrangements e.g the coffee shop was a misnomer, it was no more than a small bar with formal dining. All hotels had restaurants but had no menu outside which would enable you to judge the type of food available. Once in you were unlikely to retreat! On occasions we asked for the menu in advance."
Annie Mitchell
"A wonderful start to the holiday. We had a lovely suite overlooking the water which was bigger than out flat at home! Good location for the old city and happily for us was right next door to one of the venues for the biannale that was taking place while we were there. Good pool and food."
Mr. Eric Stelfox
"Lovey old colonial style hotel and would recommend eating out on the fish grill terrace. The slight downside is that all the rooms face the river which can be quite noisy early in the morning. The hotel acknowledge this by providing earplugs. They are building a new ferry terminal right next to the hotel."

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