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“Quiet location away from bustle of Cochin City”
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Casino Hotel
Ranked #28 of 227 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 February 2012

Stayed on 2 separate nights during our tour of Kerala. It is on Willingdon Island and whilst this was a longer drive from airport, we found it quite well placed for visiting Fort Kochi or for travelling on to Allepy. Friendly staff, large comfortable rooms. Bathrooms slightly tired but full bath provided. Buffet dinners offered wide choice and eat as much as you like. However on second evening, we were the only people in the restaurant and although the band were there, they obviously decided it was not worth playing just for us! Good size pool however got badly bitten by Mosquitos in the early evening. There was some kind of union demonstration outside the hotel when we left, which was slightly un-nerving but all was fine. Overall we found this to be a relaxing, quiet location with good food for breakfast and evening.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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Anjali T, Vice President Marketing at Casino Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2012

Dear Guest,
Thanks for your thumbs up for Casino Hotel and it's location. Willingdon Island is truly a quiet oasis in the otherwise bustling Kochi.
Have noted your feedback on our bathrooms and the mosquitoes.
We hope you might come back and visit some of the other resorts run by the group on your next visit to Kerala.
Regards,
Anjali Tolani

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Reviewed 27 January 2012

The location is away from the bustle of Kochi/Ernakulam on one hand and the old fort area on the other. However communications are frequent and inexpensive. Auto rickshaw, Taxi and Ferries are available.We find the name "Casino" misleading, this is not a flashy, glitzy "palace", but a quiet, well kept Hotel. The staff is friendly and obliging. If we go back to Kochi, we will return to this moderately priced Hotel. The bathroom amenities were presented in little terracotta ware, plastic is totally avoided, (except for payment!)

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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Yvonne B
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

I stayed at the casino hotel recently with friends. The place has its own rustic charm and old world feeling but the hotel is in dire need for someserious renovation. The services levels and friendliness of the staff are above average. The sea food restaurant is a great place in terms of food and ambience. The all day dining requires a make over. The house band plays fabulous music. Overall it was a pleasant experience.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Nausher K
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

On our tour of India through mid-range hotels, the bathroom in the Casino Hotel was by far the best. Well-lit, large shower with amazing water pressure, and plentiful toilet paper. This earned them some serious points in my book.

he room itself was nice as well and the breakfast buffet was great (the fresh juice blending station was a nice touch). The location though, kind of sucks. Its on Willingdon Island, which is in the Bay between Kochi (at the tip of a peninsula) and Ernakulum on the mainland. To get to Kochi you can take a 20-rupee rickshaw ride to the ferry dock and then a 2-rupee ferry ride (every 25 minutes, alternating between Mattancherry and Fort Kochi) or you can pay 100-400 rupees (depending on your bargaining skills and mode of transportation) for a rickshaw/car ride into town. There really isn't anything around the hotel, except for a restaurant or two, so if you're looking to be in the center of the action, this probably isn't the place.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank mogabs
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

Stayed 2 nights and had 2 rooms.
Large rooms in a typical nondescript international style. Slightly tired and uninspiring.
Everything felt slightly damp (A/C issues ?).
Bathrooms were in need of renewing, or a good deep clean.
The seafood restaurant is good, but the buffet restaurant is average.
Staff are eager to please and friendly.
The location is poor being not near anything of note and a 20min taxi from any other points of interest / restaurants etc.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank Philip A
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

Interesting to read the other reviews here.
There is NO view of the harbour - only the hospital opposite.
From arrival it was bad. The staff were unfriendly and unhelpful. The rooms (we had 2) were ok but felt damp and musty - even the bedding felt damp.
We stayed for 3 days.
The hotel is in the middle of nowhere so you have to taxi or tuk tuk to Mattancherry, Fort Cochin.
New Years Eve the hotel had an expensive dinner and a private function in the only bar which was then closed for hotel guests. We did not want the dinner so we were then excluded from the 3 places to eat and drink. When we asked the reception staff for a new years toast (drink) he told us to use our mini bar (2 beers already drunk!) as all the bars were closed to us.
The duty manager was very apologetic the next day and offered us a free meal in the seafood restaurant which was fabulous. Trouble is, we were already disappointed.
Breakfast was basic, the chef a real misery, the tea cold and the service poor. Couln't get coffee as the machine was "not working".
Up side:the pool was lovely and the attendant friendly, great seafood
Certainly only just a 2 star hotel for the price- poor service, basic and poor location

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 December 2011

This is CGH Earth Group's flagship hotelon Willingdon Island. The hotel offers unmatched views of the harbour and has fabulous dining and ayurvedic treatments. The bar offered unique health drinks based on ayurveda and cocktails based on homegrown Kerala liquor.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank AnuandPraveen
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Address: | Willingdon island, Kochi (Cochin) 682 003, India
Region: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Spa Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#15 Luxury Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range: £52 - £81 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Casino Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This Art Decor Styled hotel captures the essence of Cochin, which is at once cosmopolitan and traditional and enables you to travel gracefully between these two worlds - right from that moment when you are greeted into the hotel with a warm welcome. From then on you experience the richness of simple, natural, yet elegant interiors of the hotel that carries tradition and modernity with elan. You'll experience this duality of space and time even in our restaurants and in the exotic fare - ethnic, Indian and continental - that is dished out, which is perhaps why, an experience at Casino Hotel is so exotic, yet so familiar. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hotel Kochi (Cochin)
Casino Hotel Kochi (Cochin), Kerala, India
Casino Hotel Cochin

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