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Hindustan Beach Retreat
Ranked #6 of 50 Hotels in Varkala
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Fabulous view”
Reviewed 2 December 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for 3 nights on entering your room you are just blown away by the view of the ocean there is a large ceiling to floor window the full width of the room over looking the beach. There is a nice pool and the breakfast is good. There are a couple of restaurants within easy walking distance on the beach. If you want to go to the " Cliff" where most of the night life is you'll need to take a rickshaw the alternative is you climb the stairs to the top of the cliff unless you are a Sherpa on a break I wouldn't advise this. The hotel will organise a taxi to your next destination at a fair price the staff are excellent. Below the hotel on the beach Hindus gather to say farewell to there departed friends and relatives which is interesting to see.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

This hotel is strategically placed in front of a ceremonial beach. The sunsets are fab. Hotel rooms are very decent. It is a shame that there is no investment in maintenance of the property and a touch of refurbishing. If bed covers were replaced, had decent pillows instead of flat small ones, the rooms would be more pleasant to the eye.
The pool area is overlooking the beach...great. But, some of the sunbeds are stained with mould, just clean them! Attention to the grass and plants would uplift the surrounding area. I know it costs money, but some must be reinvested if you want return customers and recommendations. Just sheer elbow grease will fix some of the problems. Encourage the doorman to be welcoming! Service is slow, but hey relax and wait. The spa toilet was in a pretty grim state, surprising and unacceptable, cleaning and monitoring is essential.

Room Tip: All rooms overlook the beach
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights in the second week of Nov.'13.
The hotel manager was very kind to upgrade us to the Superior suite.
The rooms have a great view of the sea & the beach. The sea is just a stone's throw from the hotel.
The roof top restaurant is also pretty good with a great view. We had authentic Kerala food twice and I quite liked it. Breakfast Buffet spread is decent and again its amazing to sip coffee looking at the sea. Mornings have a lot of local folks doing their rituals on the beach.
The Turtle Spa at the hotel is good. Very professional and clean rooms. Would rate the spa a 7 on 10.
The cliff with ample restaurants, coffee shops and alot of buzz is 10 mins walk. We ate at Cafe Del Mar & two other places and both of them met our high expectations.
The staff is polite and courteous and eager to cater to your needs. Just outside the hotel you can hire bikes & cabs for your travel. Do visit Kappil lake which is about 15 mins drive.

Overall an amazing experience & great start to our Kerala holiday. Would happily recommend the hotel to couples & family travelers.

Room Tip: All rooms are sea facing. Try to get a room on the 3rd or 4th floor.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights. The view of the beach is great. There are local ceremonies going on every morning and later afternoon. It is very interesting to watching all the activities going on on the beach. The lift of the hotel is a bit smelly, a small damp smell when you get into the lift. Breakfast has good selection of Indian food. We had 1 lunch, it was quite good. We went to the cliff for dinners, since there are more restaurants over there.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Berhampore, West Bengal, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2013

The position of the hotel is awesome. The rooms were good with a fantastic view. The reataurant can improve a lot and the price I felt should be reduced. The sea is just in front of you and you can relax and see the sun rise and go down.Good value for the view

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

Stayed at this hotel during 2nd week of October. The property is very well located and is extremely close to the sea. All rooms are sea facing. We stayed at a deluxe room which was very spacious and has an attached balcony. Food was decent with a good breakfast spread. There are nearby shacks where one can visit for sea food cuisine. The north cliff is about 15-20 min walk from the hotel. Parking is the only issue with just 3-4 available slots.

Room Tip: All rooms are sea facing. Deluxe rooms have an additional balcony.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2013

I was stayed this property on August 2013 during my business trip. Location is good. we stayed in sea face room. Breakfast on roof top, yummy food and beautiful atmosphere. i will prefer this hotel for my next visit also.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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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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