Le Colonial is one of Asia's oldest colonial house in Fort Cochin. Dating back to 1506, this old house was restored into a boutique hotel / home stay in the centre of Fort Cochin.
Le Colonial is located just adjacent to St. Francis Church, it is reputed to have housed Vasco da Gama and the Saint. After 150 years as the Portuguese Governor's home, it was one of the rare houses not to be destroyed when Dutch took hold of 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.
Le Colonial has been lovingly restored to a veritable living museum. Art treasures from the colonial past now revive a scent of that era, making it a ''club'' for discerning travelers. If you wish for a holiday with art history, it’s right here. So romantic is the theme, the collection and the style. As you sit on a wicker chair and sip tea in the veranda, history sits along with you. Here the present halts and the past unfolds.
The seven suites at Le Colonial 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 Fort Cochin have seen over 80 monsoons. Home to successive colonizers, the Portuguese, Dutch and then British, Le Colonial''s most distinguished occupant was the last Dutch governor, Jan Van Spall.
KarmaKerala Review of Le Colonial Fort Cochin
Good location, Good Service and Good rooms, Tariff is higher comparitively.
Distance to Airport
Nearest Railway Station
Distance to Railway Station17 kms
the boy sure knows his hotels!
Includes breakfast and Lunch/Dinner. 15% Luxury Tax is Applicable.