Ratings based on 17 Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.6 Room cleanliness
4.5 Service & staff
4.4 Room comfort
4.2 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
for Familiesby Alice from USA
Tea Bungalow--the definition of paradisePosted Apr 24, 2014 on Hotels.com
The Tea Bungalow managed by Mr. Francis is a perfect hotel. The location for touring Kochi (Cochin) is ideal. The Bungalow was built in 1912 and has been beautifully restored. Its rooms are large, high-ceiled, tastefully appointed with period furniture. Upstairs rooms have access to a balcony through a gorgeous hall; the downstairs room has a private patio. Previous reviews have recommended the upstairs rooms for noise reasons. The Tea Bungalow has since addressed noise issues by creating double doors for the downstairs rooms. We stayed both upstairs and downstairs and loved them both. Meals at the Tea Bungalow are served at patio tables fronting a small jewel of a pool in a protected courtyard. Birds singing, excellent fresh food (the dinner menu is excellent, too), kind and considerate service. Mr. Francis and his staff are simply delightful--devoted to their guests comfort and enjoyment. Can't wait to go back!
by Newty from Bucks
Vastly overpricedPosted Jan 23, 2014
Pros: Nothing stands out
Cons: Honesty with pricing and star rating
This hotel claimed to be 4 star and we booked it as such. This is my second experience of having phoney ratings and reviews made up I expect by hotel staff and friends. I was charged an extra 150 pounds for them to put an extra bed in our room for our daughter, it was the most uncomfortable fold up contraption which refused to lay flat so our daughter ended up sharing our bed most of the time. There is no fridge in the room! The air con worked ok but there was a real lack of space for clothes storage also the furniture is generally tired. The swimming pool is tiny and was used more by the local bird life. The breakfast was ok and generally the staff were helpful but this is small comfort when you feel you have been misled and charged proper western 4 star prices which by Indian standards are truly outrageous.
for Everyoneby Mick from Newbury, England
Very comfortable hotel in great central locationPosted Oct 25, 2013
We stayed at the Tea Bungalow for three nights in Oct 13. The hotel is located in a great location for visiting the main attractions of Fort Cochin, the spice markets and Jew Town. Tea Bungalow is a small, beautifully presented hotel, the staff were friendly and polite and the room was very pleasant with, importantly, an efficient air conditioning system. We stayed on a Bed & Breakfast basis so I can only comment on the food from a breakfast perspective... a good choice of Western and Indian food on offer, well cooked and presented with courteous and friendly service. Highly recommended.
Recommendedby Cheeky_monkey1 from Sydney, Aus
Loved itPosted Sep 28, 2013 on Hotels.com
Our family of 2 adults and 2 children (11 & 8) stayed 3 nights on arrival in India and loved it. Staff were great the room was huge (upstairs called Gaille) which accommodated 3 in ks bed and 1 on a roll away. Suggestions for improvement although minor were more variation for breakfast (when booked it said buffet but was menu based) and taxis arranged through the hotel seemed pricey. That said I would definitely recommend
for Familiesby A verified traveler
Posted Sep 6, 2013 on Hotels.com
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
Beautiful hotel amazing helpful staffPosted Sep 6, 2013
Beautiful hotel with a lot of character. The staff make this hotel, so friendly and helpful, definitely stay here!
for Familiesby IndianTraveller from Singapore
Nice place to explore Fort KochiPosted Aug 19, 2013 on Hotels.com
We stayed for two nights at Tea Bungalow. It is a quaint little place with an old world charm. The property and room was very well maintained. Importantly the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Finally, the food was great and we hogged a lot. Cons – It’s a small property, so do not expect resort type facilities.
for Everyoneby Bluesman from Ringwood UK
Genuine character hotelPosted Feb 18, 2013
Pros: Historic character carried through to the rooms
Cons: The hotel is alcohol free, which was a bit disappointing as a glass or two of wine would have complimented the otherwise excellent food on offer
Great hotel full of character. The staff very friendly and extremely helpfully. The dining experience in the hotel was one of the best in Cochin.
for Familiesby Lekha and famil from USA
Colonial India revisited.Posted Jan 14, 2013
Pros: Feeling at Home
Cons: Distance from airport.
Location: Heart of Fort Kochi, can walk to the harbor.
This is an old Bungalow from the colonial period. It gives you the ambiance of how it used to be. We loved the tranquil balconies and courtyard, clean simple rooms, very well maintained. Staff is very helpful, chef simply magnificent. His pickles were outstanding for those who want real Kerala food. I grew up in India in such a bungalow, so for me this recreation was very enjoyable. Not to be missed is a harbor cruise at sunset.
Nice quiet hotelPosted Oct 2, 2012 on Hotels.com
This is a nice, quiet hotel that serves good food, and is just a five-minute walk away from the waterfront. The bathrooms are stunning - like showering in a private garden. The pool, while not quite suited for sunbathing, due to overhanging trees, is a great for swimming and lounging. One caveat - there is no alcohol served on the hotel premises. If you want a beer or glass of wine, you'll have to head to another hotel/restaurant, or brave the line at the government shop.