I stayed in the hotel for two nights. I really enjoyed the pool, which has a fabulous open air rooftop location. Orchids are on the perimeter around the pool and at dusk, bats flew overhead, which I thought was neat (it also meant some mosquitoes). Pool closed at 7 pm though, not so good. Also the air was polluted which wasn't ideal for swimming laps, but that's city life in India I guess...
Hotel quite a distance from the Cochin attractions...but maybe only 400 rupees by tuk yuk. It was a nice modern hotel and good to come home to after a day of touring.
A/C worked but as usual in India we had to turn it off in the middle of night or it would have frozen us (couldn't seem to regulate the temp despite the existence of buttons suggesting we could do so).
When we went to bed on the first night we noticed that there were hairs in both of the beds; my companion pulled out her travel sheet and used that, while I groaned with exhaustion and slept in it until the next morning...we'd had a very long day travelling! This was the only downside but it was quite irritating. Otherwise, room seemed clean.
The breakfast was varied and good: I don't see why anyone would complain other than the staff kept interfering by trying to help (e.g., by making toast for me, and bringing the wrong type) and thus, slowed things down a bit! Free morning paper, which was always appreciated in India!
The Japanese restaurant upstairs was appreciated by our entire group: I actually ate sushi although it was a small percentage of the menu. The chef is Japanese and is connected to a fish exporting company based in Cochin so the fish was very fresh. Indian wine from Sula winery was available by the glass, and as usual, it was fantastic. Great service at this restaurant.
Staff at the front desk were nice and helpful.
The hotel is on a back street so there was no traffic noise (our room faced the back street; I don't know if the other side of the hotel would be noisy). A quiet room was a rarity in India...I usually had to wear earplugs due to traffic noise.
Irritating to have to pay for wifi; in Sri Lanka it was free. Indian hotels need to smarten up and provide free and ready access in the "tech age" (only a couple did on our three week tour).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Presidency Hotel ,Cochin is the closest Business class hotel to Ernakulam Railway station and International Airport with 114 Luxuriously appointed guest rooms and 9 conference halls The shopping Mecca of Ernakulam "M G Road" is within walking distance along with an array of dining options and boutique shops. Historic Fort Cochin, Jew Town, the picturesque canals of Alleppey, Kerala Spice Plantations, Munnar Tea Estates, Cherai and Marari Beaches and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary are all within a short drive. Presidency Hotel 's flawless design is inherent in its 108 deluxe rooms, 5 tower suites and 1 presidential suite. Apart from 114 Rooms, all of the 9 meeting rooms are built to provide ultimate comfort . Superior technical infrastructure and sizes between 300 sq ft and 4000 sq ft, make our meeting rooms suitable for your business meetings, training seminars and conferences. 6 of our meeting rooms are designed to receive sunlight in order to ensure a relaxing work environment. Presidency Hotel 's restaurant Tokyo Bay is the first Japanese restaurant in Kerala by Japanese celebrity chef Nishioka San, Our city view lounge bar with American pool table is open for lunch and dinner and is surrounded by the unique view of the cochin harbour and cityscape.Our Lotus and Fish Market restaurants serve unique delicacies for all our guests. And with our Fitness Center, SPA and an outdoor swimming pool, you can relieve yourself from daily stresses. Presidency Hotel Ernakulam- Cochin's new face. ... more less
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