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The Casino hotel is the groups oldest property, dating to 1957, when it catered to a clientele of rough sailors coming off the ships in the harbour. As you'll see, the establishment has come a long way since then.
Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end. For us, the Casino Hotel has been all three.
Willingdon Island was dredged out of the sea bed by the British in Lord Willingdon's time and it's the reason why Cochin has such a fine 'natural' harbour. The British, of course, were only the latest in a long line of civilizations that have been drawn to the magnet of Cochin's charms. Spice was the wealth of the age of sail, and the Portuguese, the Dutch, the Chinese and the Jews were all drawn here, the gateway to Kerala's mountains and forests, where gold grew out of the earth. Even today, Cochin remains a fine starting point for a Kerala sojourn.
Here, you have the best of both worlds, because you're still a mere 15 minutes away from the city centre.
If anything, Casino Hotel is rather nondescript from the frontage. But as in many courtyard style dwellings in India (or Europe for that matter), its charms become evident once you enter.
The classic Kerala combination of tiled roof, wooden beams and rough plaster creates a haven of warmth and light around the grassy central space, which is divided up neatly between the Fort Cochin seafood restaurant and the pool.
The Casino serves well as an introduction to the charms of Kerala, but perhaps its business that brings you here? We believe that at the Casino, you'll find all that you need to get things done. The business districts of Ernakulam are a short taxi ride away, and you can start your business day armed with every facility.You can connect to the net right from your room and fax, copier and computer facilities are available too.
The fitness club will kickstart your morning, with the latest in stairmasters, walkers and the like. In fact, if you're staying a while, you can even get yourself a health, diet and fitness routine customized by our resident instructors.
The Cascade pool can be the perfect restorative. Swimsuits are available in the gift shop - which is worth a visit, even if you aren't so keen on a dip. You'll find exquisite examples of traditional Kerala crafts, exotic fabrics, garments, books, handbags and all sorts of fascinating bric-a-brac.
Another great way to relax is an ayurvedic massage. Ayurveda is the ancient Indian system of medicine, and the Casino has its own resident experts and fully-equipped facilities
If the cocktail hour beckons you, the Vasco da Gama lounge is the hotel's ever-popular watering hole. You can linger over exotic cocktails (Cochin Thunder, Pink Ladies and some superb concoctions based on the local tipples) or in a new twist, sample some health drinks based on ayurvedic ideas.
If you're in a mood to confer, the Durbar Hall is the place. It accommodates upto 350 people in gracious style. For smaller gatherings you can opt for the Harbour Lounge Banqueting Suite, which seats 25.
The Casino Hotel has, as we've said, a fully equipped ayurvedic centre, where you can get a variety of stress busting, rejuvenation and beauty treatments. In fact, even a couple of massages will have a telling effect. You will, of course, find Ayurveda spaces in practically every CGH destination, so if you're starting your holiday at Casino, it can also be a great overture to your wellness experience.