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Hindustan Beach Retreat
Ranked #6 of 52 Hotels in Varkala
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
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“A tired property in need of some TLC”
Reviewed 2 April 2013

This hotel is in desperate need of a refurb. It looks pretty tatty from the outside as they have covered the entire building with netting to keep the pigeons out but it's so old that it's sagging like old cobwebs and there are loads of holes in it so the birds can still get in. There was even a dead pigeon hanging from part of the netting where it had obviously got stuck and strangled itself for the entire time we were there!

Our room was a bit disappointing - it wasn't ready when we arrived so we had to sit in the lobby and wait for it to be cleaned. This meant that when we went in the floor was still wet so we immediately got footprints from our shoes all over the floor. The room was fine in terms of amenities but it was quite old and tatty - the phone and guest information pack were very grubby and the (tiny) bathroom door was scuffed and had old remnants of masking tape by the door handle.

The staff at the hotel were quite a mixed bunch: the reception and swimming pool staff were very pleasant but the waiters in the restaurant weren't very proactive or friendly and we had some real issues with the housekeeping staff as I had some laundry done and one of my tops came back stained - they tried to tell me it had been that way when I'd given it to them which I hotly disputed as it was brand new and I'd only worn it once. Eventually I managed to get some money knocked off the laundry bill but not without a real fight - the 'customer is always right' mentality clearly hasn't landed here!

The swimming pool was ok although, like everywhere else in the hotel, it could do with some money being spent on updating it - the sunloungers are pretty old and tatty.

It's also worth noting that Varkala beach is a holy site for Hindus and the hotel is smack bang on top of the spot where people scatter the ashes of their dead relatives. All you need to do is walk down the beach a bit to the more touristy bit, but it is quite a strange experience opening your curtains in the morning to see hundreds of people in the middle of quite a personal, sad ceremony.

Eating out tips: Cafe Del Mar is a great lunch spot; there's a beach restaurant about two minutes' walk from the Hindustan hotel which is absolutely lovely - unfortunately I can't remember its name but you'll recognise it for the pretty coloured and mirrored lanterns hanging all over the place. That was our favourite spot!

Room Tip: Our room didn't have a balcony which we found quite surprising so if you want one then make sure...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 23 March 2013

The best part of the hotel is its location. The sea is hardly 50 m from the hotel and can be seen and heard from the rooms. Everything that the hotel staff committed during hotel booking was committed to during our stay. We definitely would want to stay there again!

Room Tip: Select a room in the 2nd floor or above for a good view of the sea
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 March 2013

Situated right on the beach, the Hindustan offers a terrific place to stay and explore the Varkala area. The staff are extremely helpful and endeavour to make your stay as comfortable as they can. Arriving very early in the morning and not being able to check in after a very long flight would have been disasterous without the thoughfulness of the hotel reception staff. We managed to get into our room without any delay which made a great start to our journey. The breakfast is quite adequate as are the rooms. Dated and without luxury but perfectly clean and tidy.
Situated where you can observe the local population undertaking memorial rights to the dead on the beach, we found it intruiging rather than off putting. The sea can be rather dirty and not really suitable for swimming and the local village was typically litter strewn. But that is India!

The beach and cliffs above the town have a wide range of small cafe restaurants serving the complete range of indian and International dishes. Some remain non alchoholic but search and ye shall find. The usual tourist items abound on every corner but the locals are not persistent in their efforts to sell you some beads or a drum etc etc.
A great place to enjoy india although the influence of the hippies no longer exists being replaced by a wave of Russian tourists. However great value and comparitively cheap still

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Joshua Tree, California
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Reviewed 26 February 2013

Just returned from 5 days at this hotel. all rooms facing the sea and sunsets views. comes with a large buffet breakfast with added feature of on demand eggs etc.even has real coffee. across the street from bathing, but better to walk to right for easier swimming beach with lifeguards. daily pujas are offered for familes grieving for loved ones on holy beach area.excellent auyvedic spa area. diners were good and food nicely made and presented well. staff was good, good mgr running the hotel a mr. anoop.would reccomend this hotel for those who can afford the area and want a safe ,nice clean environment

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
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Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

Thanks to Hotel Hindustan Beach resort for making our stay at Varkala a memorable one. This hotel is located very close to beach and has excellent sea facing rooms. Rooms were very spacious and clean. Varkala beach was too good with clean shallow water and we enjoyed every min spent in the beach and in resort. Hotel has their dining area in 4th floor with amazing sea view. Quality of food was just awesome though the service time can be improved. Breakfast has wide varieties of tasty items and the staffs were extremely friendly and polite. Planning to visit this place again and looking forward for another memorable trip.

Room Tip: We stayed in 201 in 2nd floor (corner room) and it was very spacious with a great sea view.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

Excellent location overlooking the local beach which us fascinating to watch local religious life. Easy walking to shops and restaurants and sea for swimming. Pleasant pool and lovely service staff. Good value and absolutely fantastic breakfast (Indian ) and view at breakfast.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 February 2013 via mobile

Nice room in a hotel in a good location. It's right on the beach, which is some sort of holy beach so there are always holy men on the beach and stuff going on. Has a lovely pool and the a/c is a life saver. Tuk-tuks are outside and it's only a short stroll over an open sewer and up some scummy steps to all the North Cliff restaurants and bars.

There's a great view, perfect for sunsets, but spoilt by the ineffective pigeon nets. But they let themselves down with unpredictable service. We only eat at the hotel one night - food was good but we waited one and a half hours for our food, because of an event. And on our final morning, our room service breakfast didn't arrive. I phoned and was told that they didn't do room service breakfasts at 6:30 am. When I asked why they'd allowed me to order it, they changed their minds and it turned up just as we were leaving.

Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hindustan Beach Retreat
Address: Papanasam Beach | Janardhanapuram PO, Varkala 695141, India
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Region: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Varkala
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Varkala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hindustan Beach Retreat 3.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Varkala. The new tourist destination in God's Own Country, Kerala. It is 55 km North of Thiruvananthapuram accessible by road NH-47 via Kallambalam. By train, Varkala is a station from where a short drive by taxi will get you to Hindustan Beach Retreat. Hindustan Beach Retreat is a venture of the reputed Hindustan Textiles Group based in Kannur since 1939. We have 27 well appointed rooms each one with a spectacular view of the Arabian Sea giving you the luxury of the solitude that you can enjoy with the sounds of nature. · Accommodation o Standard Room - 12 (6 king size + 6 twin bed) o Executive Room (Balcony) - 12 (10 king size + 2 twin bed) o Suite Room (Balcony + Living Room) - 03 (3 king size) · Food o Nothin' Doing - The Restaurant near the Pool Side o Wait'n Watch - Coffee Shop on the Roof Top o Slow motion - The Bar. O Room service - 24 Hrs.· Swimming Pool with Jacuzzi (costumes a must) · Kid's Pool · 100 Seater Conference Hall · Turtle - The Souvenir Shop · Travel Desk · Beautiful Lawn · Wi-fi Internet · Television/Cable · Mini-bar· Telephone · Library · Turtle Bay - The Spa · Coffee makers· Doctor on call. ... more   less 
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