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Signature Residence
Ranked #45 of 52 Hotels in Varkala
Reviewed 27 January 2009

Signature-Residence opened in 2008 and is a new & nice option in Varkala. The hotel staff is really nice and helpful, including the ayurvedic doctor who kindly helped me with some medicine.

The hotel is only 5 minutes away from the cliff and close to Black Beach (walking distance). The way to beach is not very nice though since you have to walk through waste and litter. But that seems to be typical indian style in "God's own country" ...

The rooms are simple but nice - I think you can not expect anything better at the price of 2500 Rupees. It is very quite there, you can sleep with open doors.

To be true I did not like Varkala since there is too much waste and litter dumped on the cliffs. People there just don't care about the environment, it is a mess! And even more astounding because it is exactly the cliff and the beach that attract tourists - and those Indians keep on spoiling it. Goa has much nicer beaches.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 January 2009

Well I just don't understand where all other so positive reviews come about Sign. Res. in Varkala - our experience is not so cheerful. This hotel is utterly basic lodging option - very cheap plastic and not comfortable room/interiors with some troubles.

This is rather a beach cabin situated straight on the cliff - 3 min from the beach, the only great asset of this property is their staff.

Other issues are those troubles to which I just referred - first one is due to some wrong construction or design our cottage had an air conditioner which gave no difference, it was running but the room was so hot inside - like in a sauna so we slept quite badly there. And don't even think about opening windows overnight - we did so one night (as outside air is very comfy compared to the conditions indoors) and were bitten by some flying insects that are not repelled by chemical fluid device provided.

Next problem - they sell you accommodation with hot water but in our case the water heater was broken, so we had cold water only.
Plus expect constant power breaks. All this doesn't cost ~$75 per night in Varkala I reckon.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 January 2009

We found this hotel purely through Tripadvisor and contacted Sali by email to book for Xmas. We were travelling through India for 10 weeks and wanted a guaranteed place to stay for 6 nights. Sali was really helpful and asked us to pay in advance by bank transfer which we did.
It took a while for our taxi driver to find the place as not many people seemed to know where it was. When we arrived and saw the building work and apparent location we were not too impressed. However, when we ventured out of the hotel and found that we were a 2 min walk from the cliff (all be it through the back of other guesthouses!) we were more than impressed.
The situation was excellent as there was absolutely no noise from the cliff area at night at all. There is still no restaurant or ayurvedic centre set up yet and although they were working on the building we never heard any noise at all.
The rooms are clean and spacious and have a nice balcony.
We had a few glitches with air-con and hot water but Sali resolved these straight away. We couldn't have asked for more.

  • Stayed: December 2008
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Reviewed 11 January 2009

We paid 1380Rs per night for a std non-a/con room over Xmas and were delighted. On being taken down a back lane by the rickshaw we were a little worried but needn't have been. The location ensures a quiet night but is still only a very short walk to the clifftop shops & restaurants (the Sunrise restaurant was great!). Recently built, the place still sparkles & is beautifully clean although with no frills. Plenty of hot water & a staff only too eager to please & be friendly. On Xmas Eve, they even invited us all to join their cake-cutting party. Our room was in the main building & had a balcony, fan & decent bathroom. Fresh towels or linen were available whenever we wanted them. There are also bungalows which look even better and are cooler as well(Our room would have benefited from a/con at times). As we were leaving, they were getting ready to open their new outside restaurant. Having spoken with the chef over several days, we are sure he will make it a success. Alongside this is a brand new Ayurverdic massage centre & we are told a swimming pool will follow shortly. By the time all this is complete, it will be a truly first class hotel & no doubt more expensive, but 2000Rs would still be cheap.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank ShaunandMarcia
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Reviewed 24 October 2008

Wow!! Tucked away among the cocount palms and a very productive papaya tree, the Signature Residence is a sanctuary of serenity! Sali, Jaison and the entire staff at the Signature pretty much bent over backwards to make our stay comfortable, memorable and overall very pleasant. It seems like whatever we asked for, we got. And although it took some time, the wi fi eventually came which I must say will set this property apart from most of the resorts in this quiet beach city.

Since our stay stretched over 19 days, we requested a refrigerator. We got it. We requested a television. We got it. We requested an internet connection. We got it. All while working amid the Onam Festival which is HUGE in Kerala, if you are not aware and major businesses essentially shut down to celebrate. We (my fiance and I) stayed in one of the free standing cottages. The privacy of having a cottage is highly recommended. It was like our own little studio apartment. There is nothing overly fancy about the decor and it is perhaps minimal. But I can assure you that you will be comfortable.

My sincerest thanks go out to Jaison for always being ready to help and always with a HUGE smile. I have and will recommend Signature to friends who will visit Varkala.

At the time of our visit construction was under way to build a restaurant, ayurvedic center and bamboo huts all of which are only going to add to Signature's overall appeal. I must comment, that I never heard any of the construction going on...it was just THAT quiet and peaceful. Once all the construction dust settles and the restaurant and ayurvedic center are up and running, this place will surely stand out among the rest.

If you are looking for a property that has a sea view, you will not get it here. But, a short walk (about 2 minutes) and you are at the cliff's edge and the views are spectacular.

My only caveat is to check with management regarding payment to ensure the credit card machine is up and running if that is how you choose to settle your bill. If you are planning an extended stay, I also recommend you check with management about a discount on the tariff.

Don't let the fact that Signature is not hanging off the cliff overlooking the sea stop you from considering a stay there....it definitely deserves and look and consideration!!!

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank yoginimichele
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Reviewed 12 October 2008

I can recommend Signature residence, it is a 5 mins walk from the busy north cliff front. This is a blessing as the all night parties go on till the early hours on the front cliff strip.

The staff, and cleaniness of residence hotel is very good and you are still in the heart of varkala. The rooms are big and spacious and the beds were v comfortable

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with friends
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1  Thank ktDl
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Reviewed 10 October 2008

Signature Residence is new, built hotel, with nice and very clean rooms.
You will meet friendly and helpful staff, and Salii, the manager, will give both good support and advice.

The hotel lies quiet just a short walk from the beatiful sea, the beach and all the small shops and restaurants.

I enjoyed my stay and will come back in November!
Maria, Stockholm Sweden

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled solo
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Address: North Cliff, Varkala 695141, India
Region: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
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Ranked #45 of 52 Hotels in Varkala
Price Range: £17 - £40 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Signature Residence 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautiful, quiet and peaceful place with comfortable, clean stylish rooms and independent cottages, nicely situated in a tropical garden to relax and enjoy - that is Signature Residence at North Cliff Varkala, Kerala. With a choice of three unique cottages or well appointed hotel rooms, Signature Residence aims to offer you luxurious comfort and security. Only 2 minutes walk from Varkala's stunning Papanasham Cliffs and beach to Signature Residence. ... more   less 
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