1 hour from airport with traffic/ 30-40 minutes without traffic.
I'm black and travelled with a white female colleague.
The staff was very helpful, especially, Ameer. There was no staring. As 2 female travellers, we felt safe. The staff understood our US english. The hotel was clean, rooms were standard for Western travelers: Hot water, good water pressure, no power outages.
Rooms are kind of noisy since Gokulam is in the heart of the city. MG Road is nearby (Rs. 20 by autorickshaw) so there's plenty of shopping.
Room service was prompt but the food wasn't great. Continental breakfast wasn't good either but Westerners won't starve. Lunch and dinner offered nice buffets. I liked both the continental & South Indian dishes on offer. There was live music on Saturday night. The bar seemed nice.
Didn't try the pool, but it looked tempting. The hotel is 5 years old - the pool looked new and quite clean.
Plenty of autorickshaws in the area. Ask the concierge as they seem not to stop for foreigners.
Visit Mattancherry and Fort Kochi for museums, spice garden, palaces, churches and temples. Mattancherry is very laid back compared to Ernakulam. Almost like Goa, but not a party town.
Kathakali performance in Mattancherry is better than at the Culture Center in Ernakulam.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gokulam Park, a Sarovar Portico hotel, is Centrally located opposite PVS Hospital in Kaloor, Cochin. The hotel is conveniently situated in the city's business and prime shopping hub. Kochi, the commercial capital of Kerala is indeed the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea,' where ancient civilization gracefully mingles with modern life. You can choose from 65 well-furnished superior room and executive suites, tastefully decorated and appointed with amenities such as air-conditioner, wall-to-wall carpeting, mini bar, en-suite bath complete with toiletries and a supply of hot and cold running water, mini bar, a safe, direct dial telephone, satellite television and attended to a round the clock room service. All the bathrooms are equipped with tubs and telephones, besides a sprinkler and smoke detector in each room. You can enjoy your meals at 'Periyar,' an in-site restaurant serving delicious multi-cuisine fare. 'Champs' is the 70-seater sports bar stocking a variety of liquor and soft beverages. If you are in mood for some deep sea delights, head to 'Yovan Restro Spa', a seafood specialty restaurant. Among other facilities, Gokulam Park provides corporates with a well-equipped business centre, in addition to dry-cleaning and laundry service, high speed internet access, fitness centre, banquet room and foreign exchange counter among others. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gokulam Park Hotel Kochi (Cochin)
- Park Inn Gokulam
- Park Inn Kochi