Need to know
17, including six suites.
Double rooms from $213.50 (€189), excluding tax at 28 per cent.
Rates include a choice of Continental or South Indian breakfast.
The hotel prides itself on its art collection which showcases Kerala's cosmopolitan influences and sculptures and paintings are scattered throughout the Malabar House.
At the hotel
Ayurvedic spa treatments, free WiFi throughout, bicycles to borrow. In rooms: air-con, flatscreen TV and DVD players, luxe rain-style showers and inspired own-range toiletries, including rosewater.
Our favourite rooms
Each room has its own look, but the five Roof Garden Suites on the first floor, and the two-floored Malabar Suite are the most spacious and special. Rooms 10 and 11 have their own roof gardens and double-poster beds made from reclaimed pillars.
The small pool right by the reception is suitable for a quick plunge, but this isn't really sunbathing territory, although there are a few loungers for bolder bronzers.
Mosquito repellent and wrist- and ankle-covering layers – particularly if you plan to sit by the swimming pool in the terrace restaurant.
Smoking rooms are available on request.
All ages are welcome. Extra beds are €25 a night. Babysitting can be arranged with notice.