The hotel attracts quite a few Europeans (mostly retired), so were a bit odd fit with young kid (only 2 other families we saw with kids).
Location/Property: The hotel is located on the south end of the beach. Very easy to find. The property is very well maintained.
Rooms: The rooms were quite modern as compared to the outside look. Very clean and with modern amenities. Most rooms have views of the garden and the upper floor has view of the sea at a distance. Not really worth spending extra money for that.
People: All staff was quite friendly and helpful.
Food: the food was very good, but thought it was a bit pricey for the selection offered for buffet (lunch and dinner -- including a special one for Valentine's day). The Chef was very friendly approachable and willing to accept requests. Great experience!
Activities: The swimming pool is quite nice, but needs some clean up. The flooring and wall were slimy. The beach is accessible through a small walkway through hotel and other properties. Once on beach, the North Cliff is within few hundred feet (takes longer via road).
Suggestion to hotel: The hotel should consider providing beach amenities (seating, towels, etc) either directly or through partnership with resorts already on the beach front.
Definitely a good place to stay in Varkala. There are several options on the North Cliff, but none appeared decent from outside. If you want a predictable service and safety, this is the place to stay even if it's a bit expensive as compared to other options.
It was a bit disappointing that we didn't get the room higher up (for better views) in spite of several requests and booking way in advance (3 months).
- Also Known As:
- The Gateway Hotel Janardhanapuram Varkala Kerala
- 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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