The Real Marigold Hotel Kerala used in the BBC second series is the Le Colonial hotel, located by the Chinese fishing nets of Fort Cochin, is probably Asia’s oldest colonial house – dating back to 1506. Located right next to Saint Francis Church, it is said to have housed both the Saint and Vasco da Gamma. After 150 years the Portuguese Governors’ home, it was one of the very few houses not to have been destroyed when the Dutch came to Fort Cochin.
It then housed the Dutch Governor for a century and a half, until Jan van Spall sold it to the British in 1795. In turn, they passed it on to J. Thomas, the legendary tea trader.
These five captive centuries of history have now been lovingly restored, and the hotel is a true living museum. Treasures of art from the colonial past have revived that era, turning Le Colonial into a small hotel for the discerning traveller.
All eight bedrooms and suites have been individually decorated, recreating a genuine colonial feel while retaining inviting comfort and elegance. The luxurious marble and mahogany bathrooms, equipped with large stand-up showers – as well as bathtubs in the suites – offer all the amenities you would expect from Le Colonial.
Each Suite has its own secluded terrace offering ultimate romantic privacy.
Whether in our elegant dining room, the garden, or the intimacy of your room or terrace, enjoy out chef’s Keralan, Indian, and Continental dishes prepared each day with fresh ingredients.