We were very happy to stay at the Gateway hotel as our final destination in Kerala - Varkala was our last stop on our Southern India journey. It was the only resort we had stayed in during our 3 weeks, and took full advantage of the pool side and cozy room. Staff was extremely attentive and helpful, and our room was cleaned twice each day, with a fun towel art creation waiting for us upon our return each night. The bed offered an amazing sleep each night with a small private garden and terrace which we used as a shortcut to the pool. The pool was one of the highlights of the hotel itself, with a gorgeous view of the the ocean overlooking the palm trees and surrounding nature. Complimentary breakfast had mostly anything you might crave, with Indian options as well. The one thing which drove us away form the hotel each day was the price of the dining menu. It was triple (sometimes even more) the price of any restaurant we had dined at in India. Food quality was nothing spectacular, so we failed to see why the price was above average. Anywhere else in India, a bottle of water will cost you around 20 RP, while at the resort, it costs you 95 RP. Likewise for every other item on the menu. Thus we did not have lunch nor dinner at our hotel at any point during our stay. Instead we opted to take a 10 minute walk to the Cliff, where many other dining options are available, with shops and vendors as well, and a gorgeous view of the beach and ocean. There we found a nice restaurant (New Kerala Cafe) where we were able to pre-order our seafood request each evening for the following evening's dinner. A fresh butterfish cost us 500 RP and we couldn't be more pleased. They used a tandoori clay oven which produced fantastic pizza and naan bread, which was why we returned each night during our 4 night stay. Gateway Hotel is excellent value and offers a truly relaxing stay in Varkala, with very attentive staff, but could definitely use a makeover to its menu, the prices are quite pretentious.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It is set amidst tall, swaying palms and is 60 ft high on a cliff, Varkala is located 55 kms (1 hr 15 m drive) from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. The railway station is a 5 minute drive from the hotel. The hotel offers a choice of 30 elegant rooms including 2 suites. A multi-cuisine restaurant and 2 bars, meeting room, Ayurvedic center, WiFi and indoor/outdoor sports facilities makes the hotel an ideal getaway for the discerning leisure traveler. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Gateway Hotel Janardhanapuram Varkala Kerala