We stayed in a garden room. A very good standard with large rooms. Very clean and comfortable. The staff were all very friendly and helpful.
The restaurant was not so good. Breakfast seemed to be wrong every day in some way, but they usually spotted it and brought something to make it a bit like what you'd ordered! Dinner was better, but the food was nothing special. The cocktails were excellent, chilli vodka is something to go there just to try!
The pool is really good. We went at a very quiet time so no pool bar but a man appeared when we went in the pool with towels and would no doubt have got us drinks if we had asked.
The downside is that all the restaurants and shops are on the north cliff, and this hotel isn't. It's not far to walk but the path is unlit. A 50R 5minute tuktuk ride gets you there, but after 10pm there often aren't any tuktuks to take you back, so get the restaurant to call you one before you leave! All that said, it's not a big problem.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Gateway Hotel Janardhanapuram Varkala Kerala