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Signature Residence
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   North Cliff, Varkala 695141, India   |  
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Ranked #26 of 38 hotels in Varkala
Leiden, The Netherlands
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Lovely place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2010

We stayed here for 3 nights over the Christmas period, we got one of the cottages which was 3500rs a night, quite expensive for India, but the room was spotless with really quiet air con, large and very modern with a huge fridge which was great for making mineral water ice cubes. They didn't raise there prices for the Christmas week like pretty much everyone else does in Varkala.

I would recommend staying here, didn't have any bad experiences, it was a few mins from the main drag so away from the noise and people.

The only negative thing I could think of saying is that the layout of the restaurant isn't very appealing, they have plastic table covers and lots of concrete. There are plenty of restaurants with great views very close by, so I think they should do some work on the place to make it an attractive option to make more people eat there.

Apart from the that, the staff are great and the service was also brilliant, they even brought me free sliced lemons for my gin tonics!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2010

I stayed for three days at the Signature Residence on the North Cliff of Varkala Beach. My major complaint is that the room was not cleaned once during the entire three days, even though the notice on the inside door stated that the rooms are cleaned daily. I should have complained to the staff; but couldn't be bothered. I breakfast was OK; but nothing speacial. I recommend having breakfast at any of the restaurants on the North Clif. It wil only set you back RS100 and is much better than hotel fare. Whilst I liked the Signature Residence, I recommend that tourists spend a bit more and book a hotel right on the North Cliff as the Signature residence was set in the back from the beach through a maze of foot paths. That's fine in the day; but navigating unlit fot paths at night in India is scary, if not dangerous (rats, snakes, and surprsingly motor scooters!) Varakala Beach is by far the best both the best beach in Kerala and the best area to stay whilst in Kerala.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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19 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2009

We arrived after have received a confirmation on our booking online, however the staff couldt find our reservation when we arrived. Not the best start...

The room was very nice, large and comfy, and our initial impression was very good.

On the second day our doorknob broke, so the door couldn't be locked from the outside, and despite all the staff's promises to fix it, it was never fixed for the entire week of our stay. On the 5th day, the whole handle broke of, so that we had to barricade the door with the coffee table at night to shut the door.

Our room was not cleaned once for our entire stay, despite asking the staff to get it clean, and get us clean towells, this never happend, and our toilet started to smell of elephants in the end, because the toilet leaked to the bathroom floor.

The restaurant didn't have a menu, so when we had to order something, you just had order something and hope they had it. Despite ordering the same menu on several occasions, it was never quite the same, that was served to us, but otherwise, the restaurant staff was very helpfull.

When my husband fell ill, the staff was very helpfull, when we were forced to stay in our room all day, to take care of him. However in the end the bad communication with the staff and lack of cleaning drove me mad, and we moved 10 m down the street to another hotel, for the remainder of our holiday.

I would recommend this hotel, if you only have to stay for a night or two, despite all our difficulty the rooms were very nice upon arrival.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Denmark
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2009

Signature is a very pleasent hotel. We enjoyed this new place - the quietness and the beauty, the very friendly staff and the five star restaurant with its good food and complete service. Lal is a brilliant cook and Sri the perfect waiter and guide. John is helpfull in the reception and all the other emplyes are so fine and kind!
The rooms are spacius and nice and the view and sorroundings are nice and lokal. Very short to all the crowd at the cliff - but nice quiet in behind!
Ole & Rie from Denmark

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Estonia
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2009

We stayed at Signature Residents for 11 nights in January 2009. This is a fantastic little hotel in Varkala, clean and safe with a lovely small friendly atmosphere. The location is great as it is only 3 - minute walk from restaurants, shops and about 5 - minute walk from the beach.
We stayed at non a/c cottage which was very well furnished and comfortable. Our cottage was cleaned to perfection every day. There were no problems with hot water at all.
The staff is very - very helpful and friendly. You will never experience such friendly service!!!
We would highly recommend the Signature Residents, it is very good value for money.
We look forward to one day going back to Varkala and going back to the Signature Residents. Thank you for making our stay so special!

Nanni very much once again!

Anneli & Raul

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Nottingham
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2009

We booked this hotel having read other reviews on trip advisor and I have to say I don't fully understand why it is amongst the top 5 hotels in Varkala. We stayed here for 3 nights and yes the staff were very friendly and we have no complaints there but the accommodation is very basic and doesn't have much character. The main thing that lets this hotel down for us was the fact that in the whole 3 days we were there our room was not cleaned once which left our room and the open shower full of sand! We also had to ask for fresh towels which was not acceptable really as the notice on the room door states rooms are cleaned daily with fresh towels. The hotel is in a good location for quietness but if like us you enjoy eating late it's a bit of a pain to get back to later on as you have to walk down dark pathways which can be hazardous. Having wandered around Varkala on our return 10 days later we found there is far better accommodation along the cliff which was cheaper, cleaner and had more character.

  • Liked — The staff were friendly!
  • Disliked — The room not being cleaned
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2009

This is very good choice in Varkala - a good value for money. It's a quick walk to the cliff and very quiet at night. Our review is four stars only because our room was a bit small, but if you get the rooms in the back rather than the ones facing the road you'll have plenty of room - the back rooms are very spacious.

The place is new, the beds are comfortable, the fan is strong (we got a fan room), and the balcony was spacious and well-appointed with good chairs and a coffee table. The water pressure was excellent! Great showers both hot and cold, with good quality fixtures. This was a godsend in the heat.

The restaurant here has just opened, and the food was top notch. Ask for Kerala specialities not on the menu and they will happily oblige. They made us an aviyal (Kerala coconut vegetable curry) that was incredibly delicious! We had nothing this good out on the cliff restaurants.

What we loved best of all, though, was the staff. Jaison's huge smile, John's speedy service (and adorable grin, watch out ladies!), and the kind general manager, housekeeping staff, and excellent restaurant staff. We were made to feel at home, like special guests. If you're someone who thinks it's the people who make a trip special, then you'll find what you're looking for at the Signature Residence.

  • Liked — the staff
  • Disliked — some rooms are small
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Signature Residence

Address: North Cliff, Varkala 695141, India
Location: India > Kerala > Varkala
Amenities:
Restaurant
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Ranked #26 of 38 hotels in Varkala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Signature Residence 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautiful, quiet and peaceful place with comfortable, clean stylish rooms and independent cottages, nicely situated in a tropical garden to relax and enjoy - that is Signature Residence at North Cliff Varkala, Kerala. With a choice of three unique cottages or well appointed hotel rooms, Signature Residence aims to offer you luxurious comfort and security. Only 2 minutes walk from Varkala's stunning Papanasham Cliffs and beach to Signature Residence. ... more   less 
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