we stayed here in feb. The room (302) was above the reception area with excellent views of the pool . Unfortunately my partner fell ill with Delhi Belly the staff were fantastic organising a doctor to visit and were constantly asking how she was .
The room -a large bedroom with large lounge area was shabby and in desperate need of an upgrade -which was being carried out in parts of the hotel .
The pool was excellent although there were only sunbeds for 12 people so it was towels at dawn to save a sunbed !
The breakfasts were ok -not enough choice of fresh frits for my taste .
Varkala is a beautiful location but once you have walked allong the cliff path and looked in the shops -most of which sell the same tibetan type products there is not a lot to do .
The restaurants are cheap but the quality of food is poor (in comparison with Kochin for example .
Tips - In February Varkala is very warm and very humid
- watch out for water bottles on sale that have been filled with tap water -most genuine bottled water will have a date stamp on the sealed plastic top -we bought some that did not and suspected that they were tap water refills .
In summary staff brilliant hotel rooms shabby
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It is set amidst tall, swaying palms and is 60 ft high on a cliff, Varkala is located 55 kms (1 hr 15 m drive) from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. The railway station is a 5 minute drive from the hotel. The hotel offers a choice of 30 elegant rooms including 2 suites. A multi-cuisine restaurant and 2 bars, meeting room, Ayurvedic center, WiFi and indoor/outdoor sports facilities makes the hotel an ideal getaway for the discerning leisure traveler. ... more less
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- The Gateway Hotel Janardhanapuram Varkala Kerala