This beautifully restored boutique hotel is a fine specimen of colonial Kerala architecture and is bang in the heart of vibrant Fort Kochi. Records show that the structure was built before 1755. Over the years spice traders, tea traders and bankers have owned it. In 1997 it was transformed into Fort Kochi’s first boutique hotel.

Part of the Malabar Escapes bouquet of small hotels, The Malabar House offers 17 tastefully furnished rooms and suites, all amply proportioned and each room unique in its layout as befits a heritage property. The stone floors, bright coloured statement walls and colonial style furniture make for cosy yet luxurious rooms. However, it is the common areas that set this small hotel apart. The central patio is a venue for candlelit dinners and Carnatic music performances each night. 

Fort Kochi, the staging ground of the celebrated Kochi-Muziris Biennale, has also made a name for itself as a destination for innovative fushion cuisine. This is exemplified in The Malabar House’s restaurant, The Malabar Junction that features a menu inspired by Kerala and Mediterranean cuisines with dishes ranging from a Kerala thali to Veal Tongue, which is served with every Malayali’s favourite kappa or tapioca.

The hotel’s location needs a special mention. Located right opposite Fort Kochi’s famous Parade Ground, guests can easily explore the many historic buildings and colourful streets that make this place so special.

Price: Rs 15,000 to Rs 22,000 (includes breakfast and taxes)

Read More: http://www.malabarhouse.com/

Slow Travel

The Malabar House is set in a restored heritage building in Fort Kochi and highlights local culture and cuisine. Daily Carnatic music performances support local artists. The restaurant though inspired by both Kerala and Mediterranean cuisines only uses local ingredients and tries to use only organic produce. The seafood heavy menu ensures the hotel works closely with local fishermen.

Disclaimer: We have tried to ensure the operators listed here are responsible towards local communities and the environment. We, however, urge travellers to do additional checks when choosing an experience/accommodation.

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