The Gateway Hotel,Marine Drive, Kochi (Cochin)
Marine Drive Ernakulam
Video Reviews (11)
I have reviewed the restaurants in the hotel several times earlier and this is always my go-to place for food. This time we came here to stay in this Hotel for a day to experience the room, sea and the food. I never get disappointed with anything concerning the Taj and this stay of mine is no exception. They upgraded our room to a sea-facing room. An absolutely breathtaking view from our room where we could see the backwaters, the several islands. Eg. Wellington, Mattanchery, Bolghaty Palace, the Vypeen Islands and the Vallarpadam Container Terminal. We could also see the opening leading to the Arabian sea. The staff were very efficient, courteous and effective. We had both Breakfast and Lunch in the Bubble cafe. The Breakfast spread was humongous and extremely tasty. The spread contained both the Continental and the South Indian varieties. The Lunch as usual was lovely with a lot of items and not to mention my favourite which is the dessert. Visited their Bar which is aptly named as the "Swirl". Very spacious and styled simple but tastefully done. The Bar overlooks the "Bubble Cafe" restaurant. The Happy hours ensured that it didn't pinch my pockets too much. They took the inmates for a complimentary Boat ride which took us around all the Islands and up to the mouth of the Arabian Sea. The Guide in the Boat Mr. Mark was quite knowledgeable and narrated all the stories concerned with the Islands. Truly a wonderful day's stay of relaxation, great food and a fantastic boat trip.
The Gateway Hotel, by Taj, is situated right on the Marine Drive of Kochi. If you opt for a sea-facing room, the view is mesmerizing and surreal. The huge glass windows span almost an entire wall, offering a clear view of the sea and the marine drive. The hotel is immaculately maintained, like any other Taj property, and the rooms are extremely comfortable and well-appointed. An abundance of high-quality Biotique cosmetics in the bathroom, exquisite teabags and complimentary cookies in the room, and a complimentary guided cruise across the backwaters of Kochi along with high tea (this was a complete surprise for us as it was not part of the standard inclusions) complete the experience. Breakfast is awesome and the restaurant where the huge buffed spread is served, has clear glass walls on all sides offering splendid garden views and sea views. It feels like sitting in the open air and dining, and if not for the air-conditioning keeping the sultry Kochi heat away, I am sure many would mistake it for an alfresco dining place. The only thing that perhaps does not quite match up to the standards of a Taj is the selection of bakery items on offer. The hospitality is awesome and they pamper you and spoil you like anything. All in all, it is a delightful place to stay in and totally value for money. Being located on Marine Drive, it is situated at the most happening place in the city and you can enjoy your evening walks on the private stretch of the beautifully maintained marine drive as well. Make sure you opt for a queen bed and a sea-facing room when you book. Also, it may be a good idea to call them directly and get the best rates before you decide whether to book it online from an OTA or through their own website.
I stayed at the Gateway Hotel Marine Drive in Kochi on an official trip for two days. The hotel is pretty far from the Airport. It took us close to an hour to reach the venue but the wait was worth what awaited us. The hotel is at the perfect location. Just overlooking the sea the hotel makes an awesome spot for enjoying sunrise with a cup of morning coffee. If you a fitness freak, you cant ask for a better location. You get to go for a morning run alongside the sea on a well paved path with trees on both sides of it. The rooms are averagely spacious but offer extreme comfort and luxury. The beds are well-done and the toiletries a nicely maintained in the rest rooms. WiFi offer decent surfing speed and the staff is extremely helping and cordial. The hotel arranges for a complimentary hour long cruise ride in the evening in the adjoining backwaters of the sea. The selling point of the hotel is its restaurant. Its got a brilliant ambiance and a perfect lighting offered by its translucent ca-nope. One can feel the natural sunlight in the restaurant but no warm and sticky weather even in the humid months of April-May, thanks to their splendid air conditioning system for the same. The food menu is exhaustive, covering most of the cuisine though a little on an expensive side. The buffet is excellent and desserts are sumptuous. The restaurant has live music performance for dinner which simply makes the dining experience heavenly. Overall, a perfect choice for an accommodation option in Kochi. Looking forward for more stays in the future.
I stayed at the Taj Residency-Ernakulam during monsoon 2008.Since it was raining Kerala is all the more beautiful and when you top it with a beautiful hotel and impeccable service by the staff,the memories of such a holiday are bound to linger for years to come.
The hotel is situated right at the heart of city. Having stayed in this property for more than 100 times now I can vouch that weather you wanna shop at the Broadway or have a nice sip of coffee at Bharat cafe( St Louis hall 1910) all these places are stone throw away from Taj. Swirl the bar at Taj has got a wonderful connect with the royal pubs and it's a perfect place to indulge in a nice get together in the evening. From my side 10/10 for the location and the bar. Rooms needs to be renovated but they are neat and clean, for a avid traveller I think location matters the most from where he can visit everywhere.
The Gateway Hotel,Marine Drive is ranked #5 among the 1101 hotels in Kochi (Cochin) with an average rating of 6.0 out of 7. It is one of the 14, 5-star in Kochi (Cochin). It is part of the "The Gateway Hotels" chain of hotels in India. On HolidayIQ, it has a total of 68 photos, 259 text reviews and 11 video reviews and is rated top for its Location, Destination and Food & Drink. It was also named winner of the Better Holiday Awards in 2017 under Great Location.
The online booking price of the hotel ranges between Rs 7,700 to Rs 7,700 per night. The hotel offer 108 rooms to check availability or to avail complimentary breakfast, we recommend contacting the hotel to check if the final tariff includes it.
The ambience and the location of the hotel makes it a suitable option for variety of travellers. Family (41%) and Single (25%) are the most common type of travellers that like to stay here. 50% of guests enjoy the hotel's relaxed environment, whereas 23% have rated the ambience as scenic nature.
Although the hotel is a suitable stay option throughout the year for travellers, book your accommodation in the months of Oct, Nov and Dec for the best experience.
The Gateway Hotel,Marine Drive is located at Ernakulam which is approximately 2 Kms from Ernakulam Junction (South) railway station and 4 Kms from Kochi airport . Due to the close proximity, it is considered as one of the best stay option. Marine Drive (1 Km), St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica (1 Km), Parishath Thampuran Museum (2 Kms), Bolghatty Palace (2 Kms) and Shiva Temple (3 Kms) are some of the popular sightseeing attractions located near the hotel.
The hotel ensures you are well taken care of during your stay. By providing free wifi access, the hotel makes sure you are always connected to the internet. It has a lovely outdoor swimming pool where you can take a quick dip or just relax your muscles after a long day of sightseeing.
Other amenities include Restaurant, Laundry Services, Doctor On Call, Room Service and AC. For checkin and checkout time, we suggest contacting the hotel.
If you are in need for airport transfers or require a car for sightseeing around the city or you have to do an early check-in, then we recommend contacting the hotel directly and requesting for these additional services. All of the available amenities ensure your stay is enjoyable and free from any hassles.
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