About 4Kms from the Varkala shivagiri railway stattion(VAK) the hotel sits along the cliff facing the sea.The actual cliff tourist area along which the restaurants are located is about a Km away.A short walk down the hotel leads you to busy pappanasam beach where Hindu rituals are usually conducted. The sea view from the room is distant. The best view of the sea is from the cliff area. Gateway brand is now consistent across locations and seems to evolving further and has its own distinct feel.Bathroom seems to have been newly done up but the room has the remains of an older hotel like some of the antique switches.a small balcony too looking out to pool and the sea beyond.nice spacious room and as usual very warm welcome and supportive staff.around the hotel is green and wooded, I was told the next door Govt guest house is an old palace.Didnt try breakfast or any other meal so cant comment on food.Kerala is alcohol dry on 1st of every month so bar was closed.I think one of the best time to be in Kerala is during the monsoons but Varkala is dry of foreign tourists during this season and so many restaurants along the cliff it seems are closed for maintainence.i think this hotel should be the best along the coast after Alleppey and before Trivandrum.
- 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