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Le Colonial

Area : Cochin, Kerala, India,

Le Colonial Hotel Cochin, by the Chinese fishing nets of Cochin is probably Asia's oldest colonial house- dating back to 1506. Just adjacent to St. Francis Church, it is reputed to have housed Vasco da Gama and the Saint. After 150 years as the Protuguese Governer's home, it was one of the rare houses not to be destroyed when Dutch took Fort Cochin. It housed the Dutch Governors for century and a half till Ian vas Spall sold it to the British in 1795, who in turn, passed it to J.Thomas, the legendary English trader of tea.These five captive centuries of history, have been lovingly restored and a veritable living museum. Art treasures from the Le Colonial Cochin past now revive a scent of that era, making it a 'club' for discerning travellers.

Rides with Le Colonial Hotel Cochin you on high sea galleons to the days of adventures, governors and sultans. Have a true Neemrana 'non-hotel' Hotel experience. The seven suites at Le Colonial Hotel Cochin is named after the fabled Tippu Sultan theme. The Viceroy suite has sketches depicting the attire of the 1930 Royals, while the flora and fauna of the times, etched by “historical painters” to the “royal highness the Duke and Duchess of York” adorn the ADC room.

The Vasco Da Gama suite has a bright, ruddy portrait print of the historic trader and a fantastic sketch of him done by Anjolie Ela Menon (1978). Another historic moment, Hyder Ali receiving Admiral De Suffren, completes the theme of this room. A touch of France is given to the Mahe de la Boudonnais room with 18th century French prints which have been with the Persenda family for four generations. The 500 years of history contained within its walls have now been restored and embellished with modern comfort.The enormous rain trees that line the streets of Le Colonial Hotel Cochin have seen over 80 monsoons. Home to successive colonizers, the Portuguese, Dutch and then British,Le Colonial Hotel Cochin most distinguished occupant was the last Dutch governor, Jan Van Spall.

Location : The car ride takes about an hour and a half during daytime and an hour early in the morning or late at night.

Facilities: FDirect Dial Telephone
Colour TV
Satellite TV Channels
DVD
Air Conditioning .