Fisherman's Cove Hotel

, Kanchipuram, India
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Fisherman's Cove Hotel

, Kanchipuram
5 star

Rooms: 80

Covelong Beach - Kanchipuram - 603 112 - India 04114 - 272304 - 310
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Fantastic property, great staff

from slinky09
Just returned from Chennai and a week of business, staying at the Taj Connemara and then FishCove. I want to compliment the hotel on a very good stay and in particular the staff, who cannot be more helpful and attentive (albeit for a couple of hiccups, such as they could do with more staff to take drinks orders on the terrace).

The hotel has three full restaurants, one buffet style inside the hotel which is perfectly good and popular with locals at weekends, a beach-side seafood restaurant which can be very good and you can walk right on to the beach from it, and the UpperDeck, a more mediteranean restaurant in the open air in a quieter part of the grounds. None are fantastic, but all are competent to good, and provide choice. In addition rooms service is attentive and has a good range on offer. Like many Indian hotels and restaurants I have observed that they need to be more efficient at stocking the wines they list, many are unavailable.

The hotel has it's own private beach, the the sea current is strong and sea swimming is firmly unadvised. The pool is large but lacks depth, so good for families but not for serious swimming. There is a spa in which I had a seriously good massage, and a gym plus a number of places to walk, or entertain.

The decor of the hotel, as others have mentioned, could do with an update. This could be done in a relatively light way and would considerably improve things, particularly in the rooms and spa area.

While remembering that this is predominantly a resort hotel, and not a business hotel, it is well located for the IT corridor in Chennai (better than some city hotels), and the resort style permeates the rooms and public spaces. That said, there is a business centre, wireless net access and space to work, just also quite a few distractions in the form of pool and spa and beach and relaxation and the like.

I organised a number of events for guests during the week, these were delivered very efficiently and all whims were catered for. So just ask, if the staff can organise it they will.

A great resort hotel

from jnix
This was the best place we stayed in India. We had our own cottage on the beach and it was beatiful. The food was great and the service was excellent. Probably as good as any place we've stayed in the world.

Great hotel, fantastic beach cottages

from mjh53
We would definitely recommend staying at this hotel. We were there on two separate occassions within a fortnight in a sea view cottage both times.
These cottages are well worth the extra cost as they are far enough away from each other to be very private and relaxing. Inside they do need a little repair in places but not enough to worry about! The beds were lovely and comfortable with duvets and pillows very soft and excellent. Directly outside, the view over the beach and Bay of Bengal were great and you could have your own sunbeds and mattresses to laze on.
The swimming pool and surroundings were excellent with plenty of shade.
The restaurant served fantastic food with an amazing choice, the cost of which we didn't feel was excessive. (e.g fantastic 3 course buffet dinner at weekends for £7-50 inc coffee and eat as much as you like) 24 hour In Room Dining was as excellent with a great choice and very efficient.
The staff were very good and helpful throughout and we used the Business Centre to check in for our return flight (Another reviewer said there wasn't one!)
The only thing I would say is that the outside chairs at the bar are very uncomfortable. Although the inside ones are better. Hotel managers please take note! I would not class it as a 5* but a 41/2* as some very minor repairs are needed. Stay Here, it's good.

Not a great beach resort

from newintown0
Hotel is nice and clean. The people are very friendly. It is very expensive compared to other hotels in and around. Breakfast costs Rupees 480 - which little more than 10$. And the drinks are riduculously expensive. There is no place around to buy anything outside. Pretty much everything you pay as if you pay in a 4 star hotels in the US in a big city. For instance the water bottles in the room cost Rupees 280 (6$). For India -- this is ridiculos.

The beach is so so. I would go to Varkala or Goa for this beach anyday. Beach seems to cause choppy waters and not so "swimmer" friendly. I stayed there for a night. Overall, it cost me about 275$. Airport drop / Train station drop costs about 50$. Again, too expensive and a beach resort that doesn't really offer a great beach.

On the positive note, staff were very flexible. Offered us early check-in, late check out and etc.

wonderful beach resort, could use a little face lift

from gourmet2go
Overall I loved this hotel...they took care of us very well. Our room looked over the Bay of Bengal, and the room itself was ok, but the bathroom looked like the fixtures were from the 1950s..very worn. The infrastructure of the hotel...walk ways, pool, etc. looked like they were on the decline...crumbling, rusty. But this being said, we had a very good time, and the food is fabulous. So on balance, I would definitely stay there again, but I hope they will fix it up so it matches other Taj properties. That might mean closing it for 6 mos for a makeover, but they really need to invest in the property.

Great Hotel, Nice Location

from CompleteF1
Stayed here in the Middle of November 2006. Being outside Chennai the area is far more peaceful and situated on a nice stretch of beach which at the time was free from Cattle and Dogs.

I stayed in one of the Garden Bungalows which was absolutely fantastic, they even have an outside shower in the walled rear "Yard".

The Bars and Resaurants were all very nice, as with any hotel more expensive that the local places but you expect that.

In short a great hotel, with very good facilities and very friendly staff. Highly Recommended.

Fleas! And some really ratty rooms.

from carcats
There were definitely fleas here. I have the bite marks to prove it. the normal room are awful, but the beach villas are quite pretty -- great backyards. The beds are SO hard! They form a 90 degree angle at the corner. When you sit down on them there is 0 give. My beach villa did not have plugs that converted from India to US like all the other plugs in the hotel, and the hotel had no adaptors or business center.The staff was very friendly though.


from sumenon2
the F&B is overpriced and hardly worth the price....the sunday brunch costs 1000/- but the service and the spread hardly makes up for the price. the beach side restaurant is an absolute rip-off....the seafood is priced as if 'we will not be getting anymore of these in the future so eat it while it lasts'..and the beverages- only ridiculously excpensive imported stuff here although the State has domestic brands on sale. strange...
the aircons in the room do not work and I did wonder why they had fans in the room when I checked in; now I know why....
all in all...a case of milking us for being on a great location...

Great, but the Beach Cabins are over-rated

from kernmount
I loved the Fisherman's Cove, but felt that the beach cabins where way over hyped. next time I come to Chennai, I plan on staying in the less expensive hotel room. They're about 50% cheaper and have the same accomodations minus the outdoor shower, which in my opinion were not very nice.

The service was efficient, but a tad smug. They certainly were concerned with my comfort, which I appreciated, however there always seemed to be a bit of grumbling by the resort staff.

The restaurant was superb and room service was excellent.

My only real complaint is that the property is quite a way from Chennai. I'm guessing it's about 30-40 km. And with Chennai's streets clogged with cars and cows, it can make getting anywhere a bit of a challenge even for the best leased drivers.

Some good, some bad

from SugarWahine
Stayed here for a weekend between business trips, just for a change of pace.
The goods: Staff are great, esp. housekeeping. They were very helpful.
Rooms are nice. Air con and clean and well kept. The Sea Cottages are the place to be however, they are very popular and book quickly, but they are perfectly suited to the resort. In particular c 1-5 looked nice at the quieter end of the resort.... there are villas as well, but they looked a tad foreboding and quite large. Bayview restaurant is good.... though the mosquitos were awful, I had bagel sized bites by the time i finished my meal so wear repellent. The upper deck restaurant (new) is better and found the service bit better as well.
The bads:
The beach is gross- dirty and the water looked awful. It also sort of smelled, so I would be wary of going in.... besides the minute you step on the beach you are harrassed to buy shells from some locals who set up shop right in front of the beach entrance.
The Spa is a joke. They try... but my "spa pedicure" consisted of sitting in the hair salon in a straight back chair with a plastic bucket. i could have done that at home... the pedicure was not great either.... I was nicked a few times which is always scary. I went back and tried again... this time the "Indian Temple Massage" which sounded lovely. Again, we were headed for the salon bowl in the hair salon and I protested. They accomodated me by sitting me in a plastic chair outside next to the refrigeration unit of the restaurant.... not really what I had in mind in terms of relaxation and embracing cultural traditions that was advertised.
I was booked for a "sea view" room, but for some reason ended up with a standard, which are probably bottom of the barrel, not one to spend a great deal of time in the room anyway, so it was okay.
Lastly, whether it is live (keyboard and guitarist) or muzak, the hotel is caught in an 80"s music time warp. Sting would have been under the table in dismay.
Be forewarned, the weekend I was there there were a TON of families with under the age of 5 set. The pool was kiddie central and breakfast was a mad house, you have to take it all in stride or be prepared to be frustrated.
This is a Taj property and I have to say, having stayed at other Taj's, it was not quite up to snuff, but not sure how long it has been a Taj since I don't see any mention of it elsewhere.
You also have to be prepared to be at the resort. There is not much to see nearby and you need to drive to everything... you are quite a distance outside of Chennai, this is more of a place for R&R not sightseeing.

Top Local Tips for Kanchipuram

Attractions Seee Kanchi and mahabalipuram.if you are interested in temples. Avoid Pondicherry, dirty and overrated.

visiting the Temples... watch out for the ad-hoc 'temple guides' who will give you a tour and then demand a large amount of rupees. pre-negotiate and be prepared to say no.

Get a Driver Unless you are experienced in Indian driving, don;t do it - get a drive

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