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Malabar House

Kerala & South India

Rating: Mid-range    

Malabar House overview

The Malabar House is ideally located for sightseeing, shopping and backwater cruises in the hotel's own eco-friendly house boat. It is directly opposite St Francis Church and just a few minutes’ walk from the Chinese fishing nets but seems miles away from the hustle and bustle.  The history of the hotel dates back to 1755 when it was owned by spice traders. It has since been the property of a succession of wealthy tea traders and bankers until it became Fort Cochin's first heritage boutique hotel in 1996. 

There are 17 unique rooms and suites, each as beautifully designed as the next. Whilst the decor and furnishings enhance the historical feel of the hotel, mod cons such as air conditioning, TV, phone, hot drinks maker, minibar and en-suite bathrooms have been successfully incorporated. 

The Malabar Junction restaurant offers a blend of local and continental food including exquisite and fresh seafood. Tapas is served in a more informal setting in the wine lounge. For your entertainment you can enjoy classical music or a dance performance on the patio’s stage or experience the hotel's spa where you can enjoy the benefits of traditional Ayurvedic treatments. 

Malabar House, a member of the Relais and Chateaux group, is also home to a carefully curated collection of artworks highlighting Kerala's unique culture and rich history, blending east and west.


Open:  Malabar House is open all year.  

Location:  Malabar House is located on in the heart of the historic district. It is opposite the Church of St Francis and within walking distance of many of the town’s heritage monuments. The hotel is about 42kms from the airport.  

Rooms:  There are 17 rooms and suites at Malabar House.  The duplex Malabar suite and 5 roof garden suites are on the first floor. There are 11 deluxe rooms on the ground floor. Tastefully decorated the rooms also have air-conditioning, cable TV, telephone, mini bar, coffee maker, Wi-Fi and a small room safe.

Activities:  Sightseeing in Fort Cochin. Attractions near the hotel include the Dutch Palace, the old Jewish synagogue and St Francis church. There is a popular antique market nearby at Mattancherry. Staff are happy to advise on and arrange local excursions.

Facilities:   The restaurant serves a fusion of local and international dishes, fish and seafood are a speciality. Tapas style meals are available in the wine lounge. There is an Ayurveda treatment spa offering a range of therapeutic treatments on site. The hotel also has a swimming pool, travel desk and money changing facilities. Bicycles are available free of charge.

Dining:   Meals are eaten at individual tables.

Children:  Children are welcome.

Health:  We recommend malarial prophylactics for travel to India.

Communication:  There is Wi-Fi internet at the hotel.   

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