The Old Courtyard Hotel, classified as an heritage property by the Government of India, is an oasis in the midst of Fort Cochin in the beautiful state of Kerala in India. It has been lovingly restored to its original grandeur, with ancient arches and alcoves around an enchanting courtyard, giving it a sense of peace and serenity.
The Old Courtyard Hotel was known as Lily Koder’s house of the eminent Jewish Koder family of Fort Cochin. The house was built for Lily Koder’s brother, but unfortunately he did not live long to occupy the house. And since Lily Koder was unmarried, she lived in the house with some of her nephews. When the nephews migrated to Israel, she lived there alone. Her brother lived in the Koder House which was connected to her house by the shop next door and by a bridge over the road. She used to spend time and eat at her brother’s house.
Lily Koder was well known among her colleagues and in the society and the young girls used to go to her to learn bridge and French. She died in the early 90’s and the house was left abandoned until it was bought over in 1999.
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Jacob & Rose Kuruvinakunnel
Hotel Management Diploma, 1987 – Les Roches Switzerland
Jacob and Rose Kuruvinakunnel found Lily Koder’s house the perfect setting to start their own hotel. The old mango tree in the center of the courtyard was the clincher. Being graduates of Les Roches Switzerland, it was their dream to find a place they could transform to a small and intimate hotel.