Style- East meets west
Setting- Fort Cochin cricket ground
The Malabar House’s location away from the hustle and bustle
lends this original east-meets-west boutique hotel a relaxed
feel – no matter how hot or hectic it may be elsewhere in
Kerala. Comprised of two 18th-century colonial-style villas
built around a courtyard, (where you’ll find the acclaimed
Mediterranean-accented restaurant, the Malabar Junction),
the hotel is full of eye-catching artworks and exotic
fabrics – perfect for a stop-over when touring southern
India, especially when teamed with stays at the Malabar
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Rooms- 17, including six suites.
Check- out Midday.
Facilities- Ayurvedic spa treatments, free WiFi
throughout, bicycles to borrow. In rooms: air-con,
flatscreen TV and DVD players, luxe rain-style showers and
inspired own-range toiletries, including rosewater.
Poolside- The small pool right by the reception is
suitable for a quick plunge, but this isn't really
sunbathing territory, although there are a few loungers for
Also- Smoking rooms are available on request.
Food & drink
Hotel- The Malabar Junction, the
restaurant in the hotel’s courtyard that comes to life by
night, is well known for delivering Mediterranean cuisine by
way of South India – a rare treat in this land. In rainy
weather, there are tables indoors.
Dress code- Go local but glam; we love the pretty
cotton clothing from around the corner at FabIndia.
Top table Grab a table by the live musicians for maximum
tabla-and-sitar sounds, or pick a romantic spot next to the
Last orders- The Malabar Junction isn't strict about
meal times, but dinner is generally available until around
Room service- Really, only breakfast can be rustled
up for you to enjoy in private until 11am (a
Continental-style spread or South Indian favourites, such as
a banana and coconut dosa), and supper until 11pm (orders
Hotel bar- There isn’t a bar as such, but the
candlelit tables in the courtyard or on one of the terraces
are the ideal spot for a colonial-style G&T. You can enjoy
wine and beer in the lounge just above the restaurant.
Also worth knowing
Children All ages are welcome. Extra beds are €25 a
night. Babysitting can be arranged with notice.