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“Nice property with average food quality”
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Hotel Samudra KTDC
Ranked #4 of 52 Hotels in Kovalam
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“Nice property with average food quality”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

Property is awsome in terms of location. Samudra beach is just beside the hotel and in terms of location it can give tough competition to other 4/5 Star hotels in Kovalam. Stay is good with warm hospitality from the staffs. Swimming pool is well maintained. My 4 year old son was quite happy with the pool for children. Restaurant is pretty average and choice of food is quite limited during our stay on 5th-7th august. Buffet breakfast is having limited options. Price is on higher side and there is no quality restaurant nearby. Bathrooms are clean bu can be maintained better as few portions of the bathroom looks old.Overall it's a pleasant experience and it's a well run hotel in terms of maintenance and service. Definitely recommended to experience Kovalam beach

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

we have stayed in KTDC samudra in July- August.
The location of the rooms are the best thing as it faces the small stretch of sea shore. & balconies open towards swimming pool. Rooms and services are also good.
However the food in quality as well as quantity is poor n u dont find any nearby restaurant so if u r interested in staying there than do pack ur own food rest every thing is good.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

We selected this Hotel basis the facilities offered at the given price...in that context it was a wise decision...!
This State run KTDC property gives competition to any 4-5 star Hotels in Kovalem with a significant advantage of being in front of famous Samundra beach. It was delight to see that a govt. run Hotel was being run in such a professional manner.
The Staffs from reception to catering and housekeeping, all ensured the best service. The highlight of the rooms are all being sea facing with ample space and furniture inside the room. Also, the swimming pool was very clean and well managed. After days outing, you can relax near the swimming pool in the evening. You can also order snacks or drinks while sitting near the pool side.
The Property is also near to more famous Light house and Hawa Beach, where the Hotels seems little crowded. Here at Samundra, it was so calm and peaceful, an ideal location for rewinding and rejuvenating the mind and the body!

The landscaped garden near the right side of the swimming pool and the noisy Sea blends well and gives you soothing while being seated there or standing at the "Titanic Point" of the Hotel!

Few Tips: The morning complimentary breakfast is not to be missed by anyone and it is better to having in the restaurant only. You get the feeling of class and royalty with the plenty of options to have it in your plate!

There is also an in house Ayurdedic massage center which can be availed by interested people. The prices will be lower compare to few outside center offering the same services. Check-out for yourself as per requirement

Trivendrum Airport is hardly a 20 minutes drive by cab and even in peak traffic it will not take more than 35 minutes, so plan your Check-out timing accordingly

Few areas of improvement:
Foods quality during dinner & lunch could be better with more options and less expensive
Television provided was only having Free-to-air channels which surprising considering the other luxuries offered in the hotel

Nevertheless, overall it was a pleasant stay at KTDC Smundra and we are definitely planning for an encore...!

Room Tip: All rooms are Sea facing, so nothing to worry, however if you want to avoid the view of swimming poo...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

This has been my 2nd visit after 4 years to KTDC Samudra Resort, and I was pleasantly surprised to find the place in better shape. Last time it was good enough, but I think the management has spent a good deal of time implementing new ideas.
Rooms are spacious and all face the sea. Both times I stayed on first floor, and you get a good view of the sea through the coconut trees from the balcony and also right from the bed. Keep the door open, you can hear the untiring sea, but once closed, the room becomes completely sound-proof.
The landscaped garden was done up better this time (clearly as a result of management looking into the finer details) and this was most welcome. The swimming pool was as clean as last time and well maintained (and well attended to by a stern attendant who ensured that people without swimwear do not get into the pool) - the best part is you can buy swimwear from the storeroom. I have seen swimming pools getting decadent on many hotels, but not here! They also serve you refreshments in the pool.
Finally, the sea is an under 5-minute walk from your room, across the garden, across a bit of rough path. You get the beach beds at a reasonable rate (even for Indian folk), and can laze there the whole day, take a dip in the sea, read a book. A couple of restaurants are a short walk up-hill, but they will serve you on your beach-bed if you call them.
The resort serves lunch and dinner buffet (@ 500 INR + tax as of Jan-14) - and the breakfast is complimentary, but make sure you have your room plan well understood. Breakfast includes a good variety of north and south Indian fare, and also continental items. Kovalam is a non-vegetarians paradise, specially for continental food, but this time I observed a lot of Indian items on the menus as well. Unfortunately, vegetarians may not have a whole lot of choices outside of the hotel menu.
KTDC Samudra also has a Ayurveda massage center (Age Halt) and this time it seemed to be under a different management. It is difficult to rate a massage center as your experience depends on who attends you, but give it a shot; the prices are lot lower than last time.
The staff are very courteous and helpful and always with a pleasant smiling face.

Room Tip: Prefer first floor
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Calcutta, West Bengal, India
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Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed in the month of june and truly speaking it was one of the best hotels in our Entire Kerala tour. It has a private beach , superb landscape garden, neat and clean swimming pool for both kids and adults. Also the rooms were neat and clean facing the samudra beach. Only negative part was the dinner where in we had to wait for the food to arrive after the first lot got finished. Quality wise also the dinner needs betterment. Anyway would recommend this hotel .

  • Stayed June 2014
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Coimbatore, India
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

Good location, fantastic view of the beach but needs serious attendtion as to how to manage a hotel...Good food but no service to write home about....I can fairly say that this a value for money hotel if you dont expect too much..

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

Had been there for a week stay.Must say the location is extremely beautiful and the place is very well maintained.Stayed in the room having the view of the pool and the beach.The property has nice landscaping done and the pathway leads entry to a nice private beach called Samudra beach.
Rooms are reasonably spacious and well equipped.Room service is prompt and upto the mark.Breakfast buffet is good.Only thing we didnt like much is the dinner buffet.It is not upto the mark.Its better to order ala carte but since our dinner was included in the package we were kind of stuck with it.Every night there was some nice performance by the local folks.We also availed the services of the spa which was decent.
The staff at the reception was friendly and helped promptly with cab booking for the airport.
Overall a happy stay...although i would suggest for food explore other options around.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the pool are the best ones.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Samudra KTDC
Address: GV Raja Road, Kovalam 695527, India
Region: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Kovalam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Kovalam
#7 Family Hotel in Kovalam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Samudra KTDC 3*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The name of this beach resort itself means "the ocean" and it is an ideal place to enjoy the fullness of the beauty of Kovalam, the enchanting beach destination. Set in inspiring environs, every room of the hotel overlooks the sea and the sprawling lawn stretches up to the beach. ... more   less 
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