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Super hotel - place to stay in Kochi
My wife’s favourite hotel in South India, Brunton Boatyard has a wonderful relaxed colonial style and a commensurate excellent level of service throughout. Our room overlooked the inlet and hotel swimming pool. Very comfortable bed and excellent shower. Good breakfast – although quite limited indoor space and too hot outside when we were there! We ate dinner in the main restaurant and outside on the terrace grill – both fine meals by any standards. A ferry runs from next door to the hotel and some reviewers comment adversely on this. We were not disturbed at all even though our room faced the water and we found it part of the charm of being in India and being able to sit on our balcony with a G&T and watch the local folks making their way home. Highly recommended.
lovely welcome to kerala
Very much enjoyed our first stop on our trip to kerala. Excellent welcome from very friendly staff. Lovely pool. Food could be improved in the restaurant at dinner but the breakfast was good. Very comfortable sea facing room. Sunset boat trip lovely as we saw dolphins. Good location for all sightseeing. Would certainly recommend it.
Colonial charm, excellent service and my 3rd visit
This was our third time at Brunton Boatyard hotel and the hotel didn’t disappoint. It’s excellent location (the best, I feel, in Fort Kochi), old colonial charm and service is what draws us to the hotel every few years. The hotel is located in Cochin’s Fort Kochi area. This part of the city is its oldest and therefore most charming. Brunton Boatyard is situated right next to the ferry terminal and on the water’s edge. Rooms are larger than the average hotel rooms (in the general category) in India. And the balcony adds to the charm. I can sit by the window or on my balcony and watch ships pass by. They look so close that you feel you could almost stretch your arm out and touch them. The ferry terminal right next to the building can be a bit noisy if you are obsessed about peace and quiet. But trust me, I too felt the same when I had stayed at the hotel many years ago for the first time. But then I got used to it. And now, I actually love all the boat life around the hotel. It gives you a harbor proximity feeling and I like that about Brunton Boatyard. Water views can be very soothing and romantic. Food is lovely, though expensive. I would recommend you eat breakfast here and then for lunch and dinner, try the many outside places in Fort Kochi. There are many quaint cafes and restaurants nearby that’ll be easy on the pocket and great food. Brunton has three restaurants; the Armory at the ground floor that serves breakfast, lunch and then light snacks in the evening. The ‘Terrace’ and ‘History’ restaurant upstairs are only open for dinner and require prior reservation. We tried one of the restaurants for dinner; don’t remember which one. But it was a fish specialty, had an outdoor seating and was excellent. Service at Armory during breakfast was very slow. Plus we had to specially ask for Jam and cheese; it wasn’t always there on the table. There is no buffet; it’s a-la-carte. But the staff is very sweet and cordial. Rooms are excellent and nicely maintained. Bathrooms are large and well-fitted. Wine (Indian) in the rooms’ fridge was very over-priced. Housekeeping is done twice. But the evening round happens too early; around 4:30 pm when some of us are taking our afternoon nap. The evening service should happen around 7 pm. The whole property is large and spacious. Staff is excellent, well-trained, always smiling and polite. They take care of your every need. Every day they have a complimentary Hi-Tea at the pool, overlooking the backwaters, followed by a sunset cruise on the hotel’s private boat. That’s a great touch by the hotel. Also, I got some office work when I was there on a Sunday and I had to use the hotel’s computer for about 4 hours. They did not charge me for that. Thank you so much for helping me. Excellent hotel that has preserved Kochi’s history and heritage and I will highly recommend this to all. Go to Brunton Boatyard atleast once in your life. I look forward to my next visit there.
Warm smiles welcomed us on our arrival, check in was smooth and prompt helped a long with a refreshing fresh fruit drink and cold towel. On to our room, spacious with a balcony over looking the harbour. Nice super king four poster bed, bathroom large and well fitted. Staff friendly and attentive, on our first night we dined in the hotel at seafood restaurant rooftop alfresco dining. We choose our fresh fish which was on ice and watched it being prepared for our meals. The food was of very good quality, accompanied with an Indian red wine which was surprisingly good. We think the overall price for food and drink was a bit on the expensive side seeing where we were. £23 for the wine is a little overpriced. Kingfisher 660ml beer was 450 rupees. Over the road a mere 30 metre stroll and the went down to 250 rupees. Overall general stay was pleasant, but the hotel lacks a nice space to relax with a coffee or beer. The ferry operated from around 07.00 to 22.00 and was quite noisy because it's right next door to the hotel but didn't interfere with our stay too much.
Laid back hotel in a laid back place.
Arrived late in the evening hungry (have you tried Air India's food?) The bar was still open and the lovely staff made me a late night, chicken curry with rice and chapati. Nothing too much trouble. Lovely cosy room, slightly old word feeling to the place. George Brunton used to make British warships here, hence the name, so there is a naval theme to the place. The History restaurant serves lovely food with the compulsory Indian music which to me, is difficult on the ear! The town is right outside your front door, so take a safe and colourful stroll past the Chinese nets along the seafront. Very photogenic. Chilled place.
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