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“Best veiw of sea from Room no: 207” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Gateway Hotel Janardhanapuram Varkala

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The Gateway Hotel Janardhanapuram Varkala
Ranked #3 of 49 Hotels in Varkala
Certificate of Excellence
Bengaluru, India
1 review
“Best veiw of sea from Room no: 207”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2014

While i had planned for a trip to Varkala, I Just saw a Big Hoarding at Tiruvanthapuram Technopark and tried reaching them to check on the room availability and very fortunately got the Sea view room which was best of its kind. The sea face room was very comfortable and very clean, The facilities in the room were very good. All the staff was very courteous and very prompt on the room service.

I would like to appreciate and thank Mr. Suresh Khanna General Manager who is very courteous and friendly with the guests.

My Best!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Gateway V, General Manager at The Gateway Hotel Janardhanapuram Varkala, responded to this review, 27 August 2014
Dear Guest

Greetings from The Gateway Hotel , Varkala !

We are delighted to know that your last minute choice of staying with us has turned to be a memorable one , especially on your wedding anniversary .

Thank you for those words of appreciation of our product and services and we look forward to be of service to you on your future visits.

Kindest regards
Suresh Khanna
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2014

Our experience during our 8 days stay at the Hotel was excellent. The sea face room was very comfortable and very clean, The facilities in the room were very good- except the tea / coffee maker which has been kept in the ward robe and every time if tea / coffee was to be made the ward robe has to be kept wide open. The Tea / Coffee facility should be installed on the glass table provided. The food was excellent, the service par excellent and the service really commendable. The Management - right from the General Manager, the front office Manager and his colleagues at the front office ensured our stay in the Hotel memorable. We must confess that this Hotel ranks as world class and compares with any Global five star resorts.

Room Tip: Higher floors as they afford a good sea view and quite
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Gateway V, General Manager at The Gateway Hotel Janardhanapuram Varkala, responded to this review, 25 August 2014
Dear Dr Menon and Mr Achan

It was such a pleasure to have had you stay with us ! Those words from a globe trotter and a discering guest like you only reiterates our commitment to providing the best of service and product. Your suggestion on the tea / coffee maker is well taken and will ensure to the conveniences of our guests.

All my colleagues are elated on your appreciation and join me in thanking you for those kind words as we look forward for your next stay.

Thank you once again with and our kindest regards
Suresh Khanna
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014

We had a clean, modern, and well-appointed room with a small garden and private balcony. We could access the pool, bar and restaurant from our garden - as well as the path down the beach.
The pool is beautiful and you can also avail yourself of tennis, badminton, and FUN Keralan cookery lessons. The location is excellent with the Janardan Swamy Temple merely 5 mins walk away.
The warmth and hospitality from all the staff we encountered was second to none - especially in the bar and restaurant. Overall a great stay - and worth the higher price than other local establishments.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Pam C
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Gateway V, General Manager at The Gateway Hotel Janardhanapuram Varkala, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for your valuable time in updating your experience on Trip Advisor, we are overwhelmed to read your kind words of appreciation for our product and service.

It is our constant endeavour to provide our guests with the highest level of comfort and to make their stay truly memorable and therefore such appreciations go a long way in keeping us motivated and to achieve the expectations that our guests have.

A tremendous source of inspiration this remains and we are grateful for your recommendation and look forward to be of service to you in future.

Kindest regards
Suresh Khanna
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Jhansi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

Hv journey there on 15th july .best place in varkala . Peaceful excellent one for new couples.best veiw of sea from room no 207 . Big balcony nice mordanized room . Food r a bit costly as ur in taj group but tasty and delicious . Room service very good. Caring staff members ..nice hospitality.. if in varkala always in tha gateway taj

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gateway V, General Manager at The Gateway Hotel Janardhanapuram Varkala, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for taking the time to write such positive comments on Trip Advisor. Your positive feedback about the hotel is very encouraging and a great source of motivation for all of us.

While we are glad that you have had a memorable stay we would like to assure you the best of the Taj at all times to come.

Kindest regards
Suresh Khanna
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Kottayam, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

This is easily one of the best places to stay in varkala.Had a terrific time there along with friends.They have a beautiful pool with sea view and a submerged bar.(not fully functional in the bar sense)The rooms are clean and the staff courteous.The food was the only thing that was dissappointing alongwith wifi charges which are really high.As one other reviewer has put,the unnecessary knocking on the doors(several times despite the DND board)is one issue the management should seroiusly look into.Overall a nice experience.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Gateway V, General Manager at The Gateway Hotel Janardhanapuram Varkala, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be of service to you during your visit to Varkala this month. The team and I sincerely are grateful for your time taken in posting your feedback on Trip Advisor.

Also I have taken your feedback regarding the food and the privacy , we apologise as it did not meet your expectations. We do serve a wide variety of food – Indian, western and regional food as well. It is our endeavour to provide our guest with the highest level of comfort and the best of product to make their stay memorable and therefore we would take necesary steps to upgrade the same.

I thank you once again for this review of our hotel and look forward to the delight of having more opportunities to be of service to you.

Kindest regards
Suresh Khanna
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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

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.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jissbobby
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Gateway V, General Manager at The Gateway Hotel Janardhanapuram Varkala, responded to this review, 15 July 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for taking the time to write such positive comments on Trip Advisor.

Your positive feedback about the hotel is very encouraging and a great source of motivation for all of us. It is our endeavour to provide our guest with the highest level of comfort and to make their stay memorable and your appreciation is indeed rewarding.

I thank you once again and look forward to the delight of having more opportunities to be of service to you.

Best Regards
Suresh Khanna
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Kochi (Cochin), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

I went on an official trip to Varkala and how I wished I was on vacation. Taj is the best property in varkala , you can walk down to the beach. Don't fall for the ratings by tripadvisor. All of those resorts are nothing but huts in middle of the road. Taj should not even be compared to those. The pool , the sea view from the balcony of your room ,you're going to see me again soon Taj.
From the front office to the GM they made me feel home. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for this wonderful experience .

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Gateway V, General Manager at The Gateway Hotel Janardhanapuram Varkala, responded to this review, 13 July 2014
Dear Guest

We thank you for experiencing our hotel and glad that our product and services went beyond your expectations. Your feedback is well appreciated as it keeps us motivated to deliver more.

Pleasure would be ours to have you stay with us on your future visits

Kindest regards
Suresh Khanna
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Property: The Gateway Hotel Janardhanapuram Varkala
Address: Near Government Guest House | Janardhanapuram, Varkala 695141, India
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Region: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Varkala
#2 Family Hotel in Varkala
#4 Romantic Hotel in Varkala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Gateway Hotel Janardhanapuram Varkala 4*
Number of rooms: 30
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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