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WoodHouse Beach Resort
Ranked #18 of 50 Hotels in Varkala
Certificate of Excellence
New Delhi, India
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7 reviews
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“Good Place to stay on a Budget!”
Reviewed 28 May 2012

We checked in at 12 midnight, it took some time to get in touch with the concerned people, Anoop and Santosh but soon we were able to settle down into our rooms. The place is situated in a rectangular plot of land, with the smaller sides facing the road on one side and the beach on the other. Black beach is not much of a beach, its just rocks. The rooms are spacious, TV didn't function. But the best part is, there's a small road by which you can walk to the Cliff and the beach and the view from there is just brilliant. There's not much space for parking cars, you can park only one inside the compound. The restaurant is closed during off-season, but its wonderful just to sit in that area and see the waves crash against the rocks. Oh, and there's a half decent library in the office, you can borrow the books. The place is quiet and peaceful, and I'd recommend it to anyone who's travelling on a budget.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Beijing, China
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Reviewed 2 May 2012

We stayed in one of the beach huts on this property. It is about a 5-10 minute walk to the beach (passing many caves, restaurants and shops). The hotel itself does not have a communal area so it's hard to meet other travellers and there isn't anywhere to sit outside at the hotel. However, the beach is what you are there to see and it's lovely to sit on and swim in the sea. We killed quite a few bugs in our hut so it's not for the squirmish. The bathroom was fine, towels and bedding were a bit limited.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

Woodhouse Beach Resort was a great stay! When my husband and I arrived, they upgraded our room for free because it was at the end of the season. The staff is very friendly and helpful, always saying "hello" and making seeing if we needed anything for our room. The location just north of the main area of Varkala, so it's peaceful and quiet. They have the best breakfast, too! I highly recommend and would stay here again!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 4 April 2012

Me and my mom stayed at Woodhouse Beach Resort for two weeks in December 2011 and we couldn't have found a better place! It was just perfect for us.

If you're looking for a big luxurious hotel where all the tourists are you might wanna keep looking (actually you might not even wanna go to Varkala), but if you're looking for a small, genuine, convenient place with beautiful location and the best service possible you should definitely stay here.

Just as for Robotfish (see "Another Christmas At Woodhouse Review"), our very first impression was actually not perfect - the room seemed smaller than we had thought and we couldn't get the AC to work. We were probably a bit grumpy after having travelled for almost 24 hours, and already the next day we could see everything with different eyes. The staff were quick to fix the AC, and the room actually had everything we needed. As soon as we had got some distance from our western and sometimes unpersonal standard, it didn't take long until we were confident that there was no other place in Varkala where we would rather have stayed.

The hotel is located at the end of the beach walk, just after the cliff, by the small and quiet Black Beach. We really appreciated to stay in a less crowded area, but still close to the cliff and within walking distance from all of the beach walk. Woodhouse is located much closer to the water than if you stay on the cliff, and you can actually lie in bed and hear the waves beat. The restaurant has one section just by the sea, and we totally enjoyed having our breakfast there each morning. The closeness to the ocean was extremely soothing and made us both feel more relaxed than we had done in a very long time.

The staff were great and incredibly helpful in every way. They always made sure we were happy and provided an impeccable service. At the end of our stay I became sick and had to go to the hospital, and the hotel manager Anoop immediately took me there and helped me and my mom to get through this very anxious day. Each one of the staff were very friendly and really contributed to making our vacation even more enjoyable and memorable.

I had two amazing weeks and will definitely stay at Woodhouse again if I go back to Varkala. I highly recommend this hotel!

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 March 2012

The soul is recharged!!

This is certainly the most peaceful place in Varkala just away from the crowd. A small beach just in front really wonderful and not so crowded like the main beach. Shops and other restaurants 2 minutes by walk from the place. Amazing and wonderful sunset view from the beach front restaurant.

Superb hospitality, the manager and staff are really helpful. The canoe ride arranged by them through backwaters with the chinese net was facinating – memories i wont forget. Thank you for a fascinating time. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Verona
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Reviewed 29 February 2012

I and my friends spent wonderful days in a nice resort close to the center of Varkala, in Kerala, India. Staff's friendship and relaxing places to visit all around will be unforgettable. Beaches is close to the resort and restaurants / shops as well. You can do everything (sea and night time life) just walking in few minutes.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

I went to varkala in the 1st weekend of feb and i stay in this hotel in the separate COTTAGE. AWESOME HOSPITALITY. owner of the hotel anoop is very friendly. even staffs were very helpful. food was excellent. nyc location.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: WoodHouse Beach Resort
Address: Thiruvambadi Beach Beach Road | Thiruvambadi, Varkala 695141, India
Region: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Varkala
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Varkala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — WoodHouse Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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