My wife, sister and I stayed here before Christmas 2010 and was our first stop after landing at Trivandrum.
The hotel is a fairly relaxed place on the beach. As a travelling threesome we had asked in advance for an extra bed, which was not ready when we arrived at gone midnight on the day of arrival. We then had to wait for 40 minutes for them to find a third bed for the small double room, so long in fact, that my wife had already gone to sleep when it arrived. The room size, once three beds were installed, was decidedly small, which was irritating, though obviously won't apply if you are travelling on your own or as a couple.
Overall the place was clean and tidy. It has air conditioning which was useful as well, and a cute little balcony (but only two chairs) as well as a small swimming pool, which is a rarity I believe in Varkala. Our beds had covers on them and mine had a bit of old food stuck to the underside, which wasn't pleasant to find in the middle of the night.
The breakfast buffet was reasonable, if unspectacular. A lot of the hot food didn't have burners underneath, so was often cold by the time we got around to having it. However, there was a fresh egg station and these were obviously hot. The serving staff were pretty efficient and polite.
Overall, the location of the hotel isn't all that great in my view. We spent most of our time on the clifftops overlooking the beach, or on the beach itself under the cliffs, which is where most of the restaurants and bars are. Whilst there didn't look to be as "classy" a hotel as this one on the clifftop, that was where all the action and vibe of the place was, and if I went back to Varkala, I would stay there,and not in this place which is down the hill and a vigorous 15 minute walk back up to the cliffs.
- 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