The Abad Metro is my go-to hotel in Cochin, Kochi or Ernakulam (whichever name you prefer). I've stayed at the Abad Metro numerous times over the past seven years with the most recent stay having been a four-night visit in April 2011. Location is two blocks off of M.G. Road in Ernakulam, in the heart of the city but a couple blocks removed from the hustle/bustle. The tourist areas of Mattancherry and Ft Kochi can be accessed by a combination auto-rickshaw/ferry ride or by using one of the frequent buses that ply M.G. Road. I generally stay in a standard single room. Rooms are nothing fancy but are of a decent size and adequately appointed. A positive sign is that something has always been renovated/replaced from my previous visit. Hot water is available 24 hours. Service has always been of good standard with room service generally prompt and efficient. The on-premises Downtown Restaurant serves up some pretty good fare, especially their Kerala specialties including the daily thali lunch. The restaurant is actually recommended for a meal even if not staying at the hotel! An added bonus in staying at the Abad Metro is the ability to use the swimming pool/health club located two blocks down the street at sister property the Abad Plaza. Traffic noise is notable in many Indian hotels, the Abad Metro is no exception. The KSRTC bus stand is located down the street from the hotel and their buses rumble up/down Rajaji Road all day, dying off later in the evening (rumour has it that the bus stand will be shifting to a location outside the city). The noise isn't a huge issue, just be aware that just even though the hotel is located on a seemingly back street, it's not whisper quiet! The negatives: WiFi access is expensive and the hotel uses a noon checkout rather than the 24 hour system common in many South Indian hotels. All in all, the Abad Metro is great value in its price range and serves as a great base for exploring a fantastic area!
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- Hotel Abad Metro Kochi (Cochin), India - Kerala