February 9, 2014

TripAdvisor Reviews: Review No.1 : The Metropolitan, Ernakulam.

“A very strategically located hotel, just a stone's throw from Ernakulam junction.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 13 July 2010
We were on our way back home from our Thekkady holiday in Kerala and had to catch our train, the Poorna Express from Ernakulam junction on 31st May after 11pm in the night. Hence we decided to stay at 'The Metropolitan', which is located just a hop, skip and a jump from the railway station. I had pre-selected this hotel before departing from Pune on 20th May, and had requested them to block a room for us for one night (30th May). Another deciding factor was that they had 24 hour check-out.

We arrived at 5pm by the Kumily-Kochi bus which terminates just outside the hotel gate. So all we had to do was walk into the hotel from the bus terminus. It had been raining and the road outside was slushy which made that small walk with our baggage a bit slippery, but the staff at the hotel were very helpful and we checked in without much ado. There was construction work in the adjoining plot and we were informed by the manager that this was due a new block of rooms being made for the upgradation of the hotel.

The room was centrally air conditioned and very comfortable. An extra mattress was provided for our teenage daughter at nominal extra charge. Only the view from the room was not that great due to the construction work of the new block.

They had a good restaurant 'Palms' serving Chinese, Mughlai, and Kerala recipes. That night they were having a kebab festival and we got to enjoy Reshmi kebabs and Prawns biryani. Next day, the breakfast was complimentary and we got all the regular South Indian stuff like idli, dosas, as well as the regular toast, butter, jam and eggs.

The Hotel is also near to the shopping and sight-seeing areas of Cochin and Ernakulam. One can walk down to MG Road which is the main shopping area, and the main boat jetty is 2.5 km away from where one can take a ferry to Kochi Fort, Vypeen Island or Bolghatty.

After a tasty Chinese dinner we checked out and ambled over to the Rail Junction to await our train to Pune. All-in-all, a very pleasant way to pass time in Cochin with some sight-seeing thrown in.
  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

1 comment:

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