I stayed at Hotel Highway Garden, Padivattom, Edapally, Kochi, during Feb 2012. The hotel is located on the highway by-pass, which makes it easy to reach without getting bogged down downtown.
The room was passable and reasonably clean. There was a good selection of eats at the minibar. The toilet was lacklusture, and plumbing, while being functional, seemed to be poor (for example, the direction of hot water is not indicated on the tap, and the force of water was weak on the 2nd floor, where I stayed). The room service was not available (no one was picking up the phone) in the evening, and the reception was not helpful.
The food delivered for dinner, however, was quite poor in my opinion. It was overly spicy and poorly cooked (I had lamb). The breakfast (complimentary) was quite terrible--there was no buffet and the only choice was poorly done idlis (a south Indian rice-lentil cake) and puri/bhaji (a fried wheatbread from north India). I could hear the other guest grumble about the food too.
The lobby is not airconditioned, which makes it a poor place to wait for guests. There is no lift, and luggage has to be lugged up the stairs.
Overall, although a well-known location for outdoor parties and receptions, this hotel is quite poor in every way except the location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Highway Garden welcomes you to enjoy your stay at Cochin, the Queen of Arabian Sea. A luxury business hotel that offers you the warmth of home and world class facilities set in the scenic backdrop of Cochin seems a dream come true for the discerning traveler. Highway Garden is located at Edappally, NH By-pass Cochin and is poised on the brink of the IT revolution. It is the best hotel to offer easy access to Cochin's IT hub ... more less
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- Hotel Highway Garden & Vista Rooms Kochi (Cochin), India - Kerala