Taj Malabar Hotel, Kochi
Reviews - Taj Malabar Hotel
- Age Group: 51 - 60
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Mature Couple
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Not the Taj Opulence we had come to expectfrom Max25
We can't say we were overly impressed. We realised later that the clue was probably in the fine-print; the Malabar is a Taj 'Leisure' hotel while the aforementioned two seem to be categorised more as 'Luxury' Taj properties.
While it's a perfectly nice 'tropical resort hotel', it lacks presence, opulence, scale or luxury. The promotional pictures are a little mis-leading too - far from dominating the tip of Willingdon Island, the hotel is actually squeezed into a fairly narrow space, and you feel it. The pool is a nice size but is squeezed into a corner leaving insufficient lounging space for the number of guests who seem to want to make use of the pool. The inviting image of a spacious infinity pool and surrounds which helped sell the hotel to us originally is a piece of clever photography that is not representative of reality.
We stayed in the new Tower section, which is nicely done - the design intent seems to be create the impression of being on a ship - the porthole-like window design, height above ground and proximity of the water with its passing harbour traffic creating a very close approximation to being on a cruise liner. The picture window through from the bathroom allows you to maximise appreciation of the views, including the schools of dolphins/porpoises that frequent the harbour area.
Aside from a bungled and frustrating check-in, the service was attentive and helpful, and the restaurants we sampled were fine - the outdoor evening buffet pretty good. But we couldn't help feeling we were at a nice 3 or 4 Star Barbados All-Inclusive rather than a fabulous Taj hotel.
This feeling was probably reinforced by the conscientious but ultimately lacklustre 'events' on offer - a complimentary but needlessly dull sunset cruise with no music, drinks or commentary was a missed opportunity, and an embarassingly mis-judged 'art' exhibition on the front lawn missed the mark by a wide margin.
Our other frustration was the relative isolation of the hotel from Fort Cochin and the hotel's inadequacy in helping us to painlessly navigate the myriad ferry, jetty and timing options. Cochin harbour is on a bigger scale than we expected, and getting around it from the Taj isn't as simple or easy as it should be - something easily rectified.
Given there's little to nothing worthwhile to do on Willingdon Island, any activities beyond pool-side lounging will likely involve a trip to Fort Cochin. And given the pool-side at the Taj Malabar is cramped and getting to Fort Cochin is complicated, we feel this hotel is compromised in a way other Taj's aren't.
Both these issues are neatly side-stepped by the Brunton Boatyard on Fort Cochin, where we ate dinner one night, and which, had it not been fully booked, would have been the better place to stay in Cochin.
Super Location and Servicefrom Gaspari
Charming staff, good service throughout, and attractive gardens and public rooms. Slight musty smell in the old wing. Gardens do get busy with big local functions at this time of year, but we found this interesting too, and they didn't seem to finish too late.
Room at the top of the tower was fine, although slightly showing age. Whilst clean, bed linen and towels had a rather over laundered feel. Issue we felt with external noise, and noise from other rooms (the rooms are not double glazed and we did look out over a working port). Would not like to have been lower down in the tower as think the external noise would have been more noticeable.
Excellent food in the Thai restaurant, breakfast OK.
Nice but small shady pool with good views.
Overall a good experience, notable for the character, location, the food,and the charming service
Usual excellant Taj standardfrom Happy5
The hotel has a great atmosphere, the service is impeccable and the food is very good. We tried the seafood restaurant which was great.
The spa is very good and there is a beautiful pool. The hotel arranges many activities including entertainment in the evening and also a sunset cruise.
The rooms have real character - very large with beautiful antique furniture.
If you are looking for luxury and pampering I would definitely recommend that you stay at this hotel if you are in Cochin. It may be a bit further from some of the sights etc but actually it is really nice to come back to this hotel and relax after a day of shopping/sighseeing.
Loved the Taj Malabarfrom bfernandes
harbour View roomfrom vikky
1. We opted for a superior sea view room with teo adjacant windows facing the arabian sea. W\A wonderful vew of ships the entire day.
2. The hotel as a wonerful SPA offering complimentary Jacuzi, Steam & swimming secluded from the main hotel which was wonderful.
3. The hotel also organises the transfer from Tak Malabar Cochin to Kumarakom trough sea on a speed boat which is quite adventurous and a wonderful ride.
Over all a wonderful package !!!
Would visit Cochin again just to stay at Taj Malabarfrom yaatri
We had booked a sea view room months in advance at the hotel, but on arrival we were told that since the sea view rooms were being renovated, the hotel was putting us up in the Junior Suite. The manager personnaly showed us to the suite and it was absolutely luxorious. And the service at Taj Malabar is top notch.
For 3 days we were absolutely pampered at the TAJ Malabar in a manner only the Taj can manage.
Worth a visitfrom Discoo
The real benefit to this hotel is the Rice Boat restaurant whis is situated at water level. The fresh seafood and service in this restaurant reallly made the stay.
Kerala is a must if you travel to India and the Taj Malabar is a good spot to stay in for a couple of nights.
The only downside was the mistake on the bill as we were leaving (failed to order a return car to the airport ) However this type of thing happened in nearly every hotel we stayed in during our trip.
A Lovely Hotel In Cochinfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Good choice despite locationfrom nred
Very averagefrom omarito02
Top Local Tips for Kochi
transfer from airport to hotel Take a pre paid cab.........it costs only Rs. 600/- whereas the hotel car costs Rs. 1650/-.
Kathkali You will no doubt be offered a visit to the above Indian dance demo in the vicinity. We found it very boring, dirty and oppressively hot. Then there was a perfonce in the hotel which was lower key bot more informative.
Tuc Tuc Hire a Tuc Tuc for 1/2 a day; should be around 500 Rp and you will save time stay cool and find all the right places.
Other names for Taj Malabar Hotel
- taj malabar cochin kochi
- taj malabar cochin hotel kochi
- taj malabar
- Address: Malabar Road, Willingdon Island North End - Kochi - 682 009 - India
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