In many ways, it was also a crucible, a place where our ideas could be tested, our mistakes made.And finally, it was the place where our processes were brought to their best possible levels. Our guests tell us that this shows. And indeed, many of the experiences and services the Casino Group offers were perfected at Casino Hotel first.
For the first time visitor to Kerala, it's the ideal place to start. For here you can transit gracefully between two worlds. On the one hand, the cosmopolitan delights of Cochin, with its restaurants, shopping and entertainment. On the other, Kerala's unique culture, manners and cuisine.
The Hotel is located on Willingdon Island, a man-made legacy of the Raj era and one of the reasons why Cochin ranks amongst the world's finest harbours.As you drive to to the hotel, you pass the massive dockyards of this ancient port, omnipresent coconut trees and stretches of glittering Arabian Sea.
The Casino Hotel greets you in a traditional 'varvelpu', or welcome. The garland, the aarti and the proffered coconut water are gestures you'll become familiar with as you journey through our state. Now properly introduced, you are guided you to your room. Simplicity and elegance are the lietmotifs, as indeed they are in all our properties. The parquet floors in the room are a distinctive touch and you can luxuriate with bubble bath and shampoo from the little clay pots in your spacious bathroom. Once you're rested, ready, and refreshed, it's time to sail into Cochin.
Splendours, New and Old.
If you've never been to an Indian city before, Cochin could be a riot of sensation at first sight. It's one of the most cosmopolitan cities in India, yet mixes all the spice of tradition with its modernity.Bustling Ernakulam is the never and commercial part of the twin cities. Enjoy your last scoop of Chocolate Chip icecream for a while (the Keralan desserts will ensure you don't miss it much). Visit the malls and stores if you want to stock up on clothes or personal effects. Most of the world's leading brands are available here and if you're adventurous enough, so are lots of colourful options in sarees and 'mundus' (the traditional Keralan mens' dress).
But if Ernakulam is the heart, then the soul of Cochin lies in its older quarters.Here, eight centuries of history are on display, as are a kaleidoscope of cultures. In a span of a few kilometers, you can see a Dutch Harbour house, India's oldest Jewish synagogue, The Catholic St Francis Church, Portuguese navigator Vasco Da Gama's grave, The Hindu Raja of Cochin's Mattancherry Palace, The British Raj-era Cochin Club, and the towering Chinese fishing nets on the harbour!It's not surprising that the city teems with art experts and buyers from Christie's, Sotheby's and the like - Cochin abounds in colonial antiques and is considered something of a mecca for enthusiasts.