Tea Bungalow was built in 1912 and has been lovingly restored to its colonial grandeur. It now welcomes guests to 10 spacious ensuite rooms with traditional features and modern amenities. It is set in large tranquil gardens, where guests can relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
The large guest rooms are all named after ports involved in the historic Spice Trade and all are individually designed and furnished to reflect their names. The exquisite furniture and artwork, polished wooden floors and comfortable beds contribute towards the feeling of luxury and indulgence. The bathrooms have the latest fixtures and fittings. Modern amenities include air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities and safes. Towelling robes and slippers are provided.
Tea Bungalow's restaurant, Cafe du Mahe, serves Indian, Keralan and Continental cuisine. It has views of the lovely gardens. Al fresco dining is also an option and barbeques can be enjoyed on the pool deck. A complimentary breakfast and fruit basket is provided for all rooms. The Travancore Lounge has a library and a home theatre for guest use. There are wide verandas around the bungalow, ideal for sitting and admiring the gardens beyond.
The garden is an oasis of peace and quiet, perfect after a busy day exploring Kochi. There are chairs and sunshades allowing guests to enjoy the views and soothing atmosphere. There is a swimming pool and sundeck, complete with sunloungers.
Open: Tea Bungalow is open all year.
Location: Tea Bungalow is located in the heritage area of Fort Kochi, Kerala, close to St Franci church, Santa Cruz cathedral and the Jain temple. It is a short walk to the sea.
Rooms: There are 10 en-suite rooms, named after ports involved in the spice and tea trade, decorated to reflect the spirit of that port. Modern amenities include air conditioning, flatscreen TVs, DVD players, Wi-Fi internet access, safe and ceiling fans. The bathrooms have modern fixtures and fittings. There are wide verandas with comfy armchairs. 6 of the rooms are in the old building, 3 each on the ground floor and first floor. The remaining rooms are in a 2-storey garden annexe. There is 24-hour room service and rooms are equipped with tea and coffee makers.
Activities: Explore historic Kochi, see the famous Chinese fishing nets, go shopping, visit museums and galleries. The hotel various excursions to places of interest including the elephant training centre north of the city.
Facilities: There is an attractive garden with many trees and plants and places for guests to sit. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool with a sundeck and sun loungers. The Travancore lounge has a large selection of books and a plasma screen TV. The hotelâ€™s restaurant serves multi cuisine food including South Indian dishes. Meals can also be enjoyed in the open air by the pool. The hotel does not serve alcohol.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: The hotel accepts children of all ages.
Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access throughout the hotel.
"Please give more warning that they do not serve alcohol, we didn't realise otherwise it is a lovely place and the staff were very helpful. Food very good"