Cochin is not exactly a vacation spot in India, but still there are a lot of tourists flocking to this beautiful Kerala town. It is a popular transit stop for tourists heading to Alleppey, Munnar, Kumarakom and other beautiful parts of Kerala. And this is the reason budget hotels in Cochin are more popular than the luxury apartments.
Hotels in Cochin never see a dull season, and trust us they are surprisingly good. Not at all heavy on the pocket, equipped with all amenities, well-maintained, boasting of a warm staff – they are everything you don’t associate with a budget hotel.
1. Hotel Abad Chullickal – The only budget hotel in Cochin with European touch
The elaborate balconies and soft colors of Hotel Abad give off an elegant aura. Its styled rooms, dome-shaped atrium, warm common areas and convenient location make the hotel a hit. The amenities provided in the given budget are extremely good and well managed. Originally a 3 star hotel in Cochin, we have counted it in the budget category because of the lucrative deals it offers to its clientele.
The rooms have separate living rooms and sometimes, a small kitchenette attached to them. Refreshing colors and mild lighting give a very cozy feeling to your stay. It’s a perfect hotel to have a family vacation, especially if you have teenagers with you. Though it’s not a very good pick with toddlers.
What’s special: Every bathroom has a Jacuzzi tub in it.
Tariff: INR 1,600 onwards, per night
Location: Chullickal in Fort Kochi
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2. Millennium Continental – A tangy, refreshing twist to your vacation
One of the best budget hotels in Cochin near Ernakulam Railway Station, Millennium Continental can be your glimmer of light in the darkness. Its breezy interiors and almost all white decorations are soothing and relaxing. A sudden pop of tangy colors of bed sheets or head-boards is enough to pep your mood. This budget hotel is usually preferred by middle-aged couples and businessmen
The bright lighting and all-time free Wi-Fi prove to be your best mates if you are on an office trip. The business center has all the modern facilities – comfortable seats and delicious, yet handy finger-food which is just right for business meets and conferences in this budget hotel in Cochin.
What’s special: Hotel Millennium Continental is extremely spacious and airy. If nothing else, we can assure you that you won’t feel constricted or suffocated even for a moment. The proper ventilation and added balconies make the environment truly enjoyable.
Tariff: INR 1,900 onwards, per night
Location: MG Road
3. Vedanta Wake Up! Fort Kochi – A backpacker’s delight and a traveler’s castle
Vedanta Wake Up! is more of a hostel – it has communal fridges, common game rooms, common living area, and dorm-style dining room. The outdoor patio is the best place for sharing evening tea and interesting anecdotes with the fellow travelers. Most of the clientele here comprises of backpackers.
The normal private quarters consist of regular king size beds and dressers, while the dorm style rooms have bunk beds and lockers. Some of the dorm rooms have mix-gender accommodations as well.
What’s special: Since it is a transit hotel, you will get the opportunity to meet the new people and fellow travelers. It is touted to be one of the best places in Cochin to meet and greet new souls and learn from their experience.
Tariff: INR 830 onwards per night
Location: Fort Kochi
4. Mermaid Hotel – A little off the main road, full of tranquility and serenity
Mermaid Hotel is a serene Cochin hotel, situated off the main road. It has its own souvenir shop, café, fitness room, Ayurveda spa, and bar. Hardly 5 km away from Ernakulam Railway Station, Mermaid Hotel is good for long stays, in fact it’s a complete stay in itself. The 3-bedroom apartment accommodation with separate living room, kitchenette, and dining room is apt to have slightly longer group and family vacations. If you don’t want to cook or go outside to eat, Mermaid Hotel’s in-house restaurant serves local as well as international cuisines; and their seafood is finger licking good.
Besides, the live performances in the bar are just right to make your evenings lively. Also, Kalaripayattu shows are organized occasionally for those who are culturally inclined.
What’s special: The backdrop of lake sets it apart from other budget hotels in Cochin. Also, its apartment style accommodations are a major hit with families and large groups.
Tariff: INR 1,200 onwards, per night
5. Honolulu Homestay – A great place run by equally great owners
Honolulu Homestay is one of the most sought-after cheap hotels in Cochin. Cozy rooms and cozier common areas are the highlights here. The rooms have colorful interiors, neat and clean beddings, open balconies, sweeping garden, safes, and air-conditioning. However, the USP of the homestay is the cute little cooking area. You can bring your own ingredients and prepare a scrumptious meal.
The owners of this homestay deserves a special mention. They are much adored by the visitors for the perfect balance they strike between being caring and non-intruding. Sit with them, if you have time, to listen to their stories of the city and its history.
What’s special: Beside all other regular amenities, Honolulu Homestay offers bike and scooters on rent.
Tariff: INR 960 onwards, per night
Location: KB Jacob Rd in Amaravathy, Fort Kochi
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6. Hotel Aiswarya – A spotless stay for your budgeted vacation
Hotel Aiswarya is a modest hotel, pitched as a low-key cheap accommodation in Cochin. There are 55 well-furnished rooms, occupied by a mix of businessmen, families, couples and elderlies. It boasts of spotless rooms and world-class room service, and takes guest’s requests and demands very seriously.
It is close to all the tourist places in Cochin, and still offers tranquility and peace.
What’s special: Since the hotel staff reverts promptly to requests by guests, it is the perfect place to stay with kids.
Tariff: INR 1,500 onwards, per night
Location: Warriam Road, Jose Junction
7. Hotel Excellency – Par excellence in the given budget
Usually preferred for a short stay, Hotel Excellency is surely a hot pick among middle-aged guests. They are lured by the old-fashioned and warm rooms that ensure comfort with all modern amenities. The rich-colored bedding and curtains add a dash of dramatics to the otherwise simplistic rooms.
If you are traveling with family, stay in Hotel Excellency for its spacious lobby that has seen many evening teas turning well into late night gupshup sessions; and the sprawling veranda that has witnessed many badminton games and kids impromptu hide and seek.
What’s special: Its sprawling gardens and spacious rooms make for a good family stay option in Cochin.
Tariff: INR 1,100 onwards, per night
Location: Off the MG Road, Jos Junction
8. Palm Grove Service Villa – A homestay like no other!
It’s a low-rise guesthouse with a humble setting. Delicious home-cooked meals and unique warm decor of the rooms make this budget hotel different from all others in Cochin. Breezy and well-ventilated rooms with traditional flooring will give you a feel of proper Kerala-type abode.
The communal veranda is the USP of Palm Grove Service Villa. Known to be the specialty of Kerala homes, all rooms lead to the common veranda where you can enjoy the perfect morning tea, partake in early morning yoga sessions, and indulge in a play of badminton or two. The authentic Keralite coffee shop in the premises can turn your grumpy day to a warm one in a couple of minutes. Just make sure to carry the loose cash for coffee as it’s a big fight here to acquire some.
What’s special: The hutments style room can’t be cheaper than this!
Tariff: INR 1,200 onwards, per night
Location: Kottarathil in Edappally
9. Sonnetta Residency – The best pit stop for a budget trip
One of the cheap hotels near Cochin International Airport, Sonnetta Residency is just 5 minutes’ walk from famous Chinese fishing nets. More of a B&B, it has 6 cozy rooms and with all amenities in them – complimentary tea, coffee, breakfast buffet, on-call doctor, mini-fridges, air-conditioning, and mosquito nets.
Sonnetta Residency has rooms with double beds, triple beds, bunk beds, family sharing, and triple singles. The children’s play area takes care of the little ones, while the sprawling gardens are popular with couples and families.
What’s special: Its convenient location – 4 minutes’ walk from the Chinese Fishing Nets, 5 minutes’ walk from shopping district, 7 minutes’ walk from the beach, and 10 minutes’ walk from Fort Kochi
Tariff: INR 1,000 onwards, per night
Location: Princess Street, Fort Nagar
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10. Ecolodge Cochin – A 1-star hotel which offers the experience of a 3-star one
Hardly 2 km from Ernakulam Railway Station, Ecolodge is one of the best budget hotels in Cochin. It’s conveniently located near MG Road – the bustling hub of Cochin. Its well-maintained rooms, proper air-conditioning, and delicious breakfast wagon are key reasons why it a preferred by a lot of frequent travelers. It might not be very glamorous, but if offers all essential amenities and ensures a comfortable stay. All this within INR 1000 is nothing in this age, and trust us, they won’t slam any frivolous extra charges.
And let’s not forget about the colorful compositions in the room. You can take your pick from fuchsia, lime green, turquoise, emerald colored rooms. A well-experienced and delightful staff certainly adds to the experience.
What’s special: Nice feel of the rooms with simple, but elegant wooden furnishings. 24*7 free Wi-Fi and in-your-room coffee/tea equipments in the given budget is truly a novelty.
Tariff: INR 970 onwards, per night
Location: Basin Road, Kacheripady
Truly surprising properties, aren’t they? Tell us which one is the best deal, and also if you know of any similar budget hotels in Cochin!
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