Grand Hotel is right in the middle of Cochin city and is easily accessible to a lot of restaurants around this place. It is well maintained with ample parking and courteous staff. The rooms are big and spacious.
We stayed for 3 nights in August. Rooms were clean, comfortable and very safe place to be. Most of the staff did a good job except for a female staff @ room service. After I placed an order from the room service menu this woman rang back and told me that it's not available albeit it was on both room service and Periyar restaurant menu. When I insisted that I had the particular dish- kerala red boiled rice- in the previous night she rather sarcastically informed me that I must have dreamt the whole thing up; that too multiple times!! Later on she did realise she was at fault but I -for the first time after staying @ Gukulam for so many times - was taken back by such rude behaviour from one of their staff. In fact I found most of the catering staff were 'under the weather'.They took their time- even after requests - to serve coffee/tea etc for the breakfast buffet etc.
The food was mediocre but expensive for that reason I would suggest stay @ the hotel and eat out (Cochin has quite diverse eateries to cater for everyone's palate).Hence the moderate rating.
TL from UK
This hotel is located less than 14 km (7.5 miles) from Fort Cochin, Dutch palaces, and a Jewish synagogue.Minibars and …More
A good hotel. Clean and comfortably. Great customer service.
Good restaurant and breakfast. Plenty of room at breakfast to enjoy reading a newspaper over several cups of tea. Restaurant staff are great.
Le Meridien at Kochi is a hotel classy in its own way. The staff is very friendly and business like at the same time. The fare is reasonable and the comfort level excellent. I had stayed in two hotels in Kochi about 2 weeks ago and copared to the other two, Meridien is certainly in a class of its own.
For some reason, the hotel management upgraded my room to a backwater facing one with a lovely sit out (balcony). My wife and I enjoyed the overnight stay.
Ernakulam is the commercial center of the Indian state of Kerula, a tropical area in southwest India. White sand beaches along the Arabian Sea are within 4 miles (7 kilometers). Hill Palace archaeological museum is just outside of the city. A stroll along Marine Drive, set along the city’s famous estuarial backwaters, gives visitors a taste of local culture.
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