We made the mistake of listening to our Indian travel agent, who booked this hotel for us. It is an over priced, tacky and dirty place. We were booked into one of their 'executive' rooms. The first one we were shown was dirty and the bathroom had a terrible smell. Typical of its management, we had to wait over four hours to occupy our room. While it was not the cleanest, at least its bathroom was OK.
The hotel does not have the best location, which is just next to the new beach side temple and religious beach. It has a major pigeon problem, so all of the balconies and beach facing side of the hotel is covered in bird droppings. While the pool is nice, if you want to use one of their loungers, you are like a 'battery hen'. You also have everyone from the road and temple looking at you.
It is basically a package tour hotel. During our stay there was a group of French and Swedish also staying there. So don't expect any 'extras' like a hair dryer and decent WiFi. The breakfast buffet is good, as is the food in the rooftop restaurant.
To be honest, Varkala itself is not really worth a night. The beach and water is dirty and on the main beach there is very little dry sand to sit on. Also, we noticed that the main beach and those smaller ones north of the cliffs are now very popular with Russian tourists. Not great, since most seem to sit and drink all day on the beach. A better option would to make a day trip from Kollam or the southern waterways. But if you do decide to stay in Varkala, there are much nicer and cheaper places to stay on the north cliffs.
Avoid this place at all costs.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hindustan Beach Retreat Varkala, Kerala