Malabar House

Location: Kerala & Karnataka | India

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

With a long history dating back as far as 1755, Malabar House has by turns been owned by spice merchants, tea traders and bankers, before becoming Fort Cochin’s first boutique heritage hotel in 1996. This is a characterful and friendly hotel, with each of the 17 rooms and suites decorated in a unique style, and is the perfect base from which to explore this charming corner of Kerala.
Perfect forExploring Cochin and the Keralan backwaters.
In the know
  • Fort Cochin’s first boutique heritage hotel
  • 17 individually-designed rooms and suites
  • Extensive collection of Keralan art
  • Renowned cuisine at Malabar Junction

Recommended for...

  • Food & Wine
  • Boutique Hotel
  • City Hotel
  • Cultural Immersion

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

The hotel has a quirky, characterful design and is decorated with unique ornaments and an extensive art collection, which exhibits Kerala’s melting pot of cultures eastern and western.

Rooms in Malabar House

Malabar House is home to 17 rooms and suites, each one unique in design. The Roof Garden suite features an extravagant dark-wood four poster bed, while the Malabar suite is split over two levels. Rooms are decorated with traditional Indian artworks and are tastefully furnished with colonial-style wooden pillars. Two of the rooms – 10 and 11 – have their own roof gardens.

Food and drink

The hotel’s restaurant, Malabar Junction, is renowned in the local area for its fresh seafood and refined mixture of South Indian and western cuisine. Chef Dinendran M.K is a local who spent a decade cooking in the UK, and seeks to incorporate the influences he picked up abroad into his cooking to create a new kind of Keralan cuisine. The same goes for the menu at Divine, the hotel’s wine lounge where east-meets-west tapas is served alongside an extensive wine list celebrating the emergence of Indian wines.

Facilities

Malabar House is home to a luxurious Ayurvedic spa whose speciality is kalari massage, a style of treatment related to the ancient martial art of Kalarippayat. This origin means that kalari massage is uniquely appropriate for treating muscle, joint and back pain as well as headache and stress disorders. The hotel is also home to a peaceful outdoor swimming pool, and offers free bicycles to guests along with maps of the local area.

Activities at Malabar House

The hotel’s location in the heart of historical Fort Cochin makes it great for exploring this serene fishing village, with the giant Chinese fishing nets for which it is famous lying just three minutes’ walk away. The 17th-century Pardesi Synagogue, with its Belgian chandeliers and Chinese floors, encapsulates Cochin’s cultural melting pot, and the Jewish quarter also has a bustling curio and antique market. Beautiful Vembanad Lake – the longest in India – is an hour’s drive away. Boat cruises on Kerala’s famous backwaters depart regularly from the hotel.

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Hotel location

Malabar House is around one hour’s drive from Cochin International Airport.

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