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“Great value quiet chlled bungalows!” 5 of 5 stars
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Magnolia Guesthouse
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Odayam Beach Road | Odayam, Varkala 695141, India   |  
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Ranked #16 of 40 Hotels in Varkala
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“Great value quiet chlled bungalows!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Swedish Lily and Indian Shah made us most welcome at their lovely guesthouse (separate cottages really rather than rooms in one big building which is what I'd call a guesthouse). Lovely unfussy en suite rooms - some with mini kitchen which are great for families. At the quiet end of the beach so ten mins seafront walk to Cliff and the hubbub. Torch useful but can use phone for light! S and L can arrange pick up and car trips. Would stay here again which is the best recommendation isn't it?!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bruges, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

My friend recommended this place and i thank him from the bottom of my heart.

I had an awesome time with my friends and i can't wait to visit Magnolia guest house again.
The Staff there was so friendly and we had a great time with them.They even spent a lot of their valuable time with us showing around.
The location is too good and,so is the price cheaper compared with other places in Varkala.
Made a lot of friends over there , also because the place is so quiet it feels like home.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Magnolia guesthouse It was one of the best hotels i have ever stayed...a great experience .... very good in Service,I enjoyed 5 days staying there with my family. however this hotel gives us peace of mind. best way to start is early morning even before sunrise and see the various shades of ocean and sky.early morning you can see a lot of activity on beach with fishermen using traditional methods to bring in the catch.small boats carved out of single piece of wood or multiple logs attached to each other are seen on the beach nearby.The staff there shows a good performance and the owner gives us the perfect advice to trip around Varkala. I expense is normal at there.....Its a very Quiet place and good to stay..i think there is no such guest house that is much quiet like this in varakala because its staying a little far from the town...... Any way there is a good Restaurant nearby and lot of shops...... If any one reading this review and going to varkala for a peaceful trip. I prefer this place. Because its the best.............

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013 via mobile

Magnolia guesthouse was a very nice stay, the owners were very kind. We paid $1500 rupees per night and we felt it was a great deal for our own little bungalow. The only complaints I would have would be that the dog they have barks most of the morning which made it difficult to sleep. I also felt that though we were given a great deal on the room That the owner was trying to make a pretty sizeable profit off us when she arranged taxi or day trips, nearly doubling the price ! We declined and found our own ways , just asked the locals . But I loved how it was set away from the major touristy area in Varkala, just 10 minutes walking. We spent more time at black beach just near Magnolia then we did at Varkala. Much less people and no store owners hassling you. Very good restaurants near by also!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Indian Shores, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

It was really a good stay at Magnolia Guesthouse(Varkala). The staff and personals are really great and the location was good. Easy access to everything we where looking for.I warmly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Varkala, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We have thoroughly enjoyed our time staying at Magnolia in Varkala. It is a lovely beach town, which is really quiet compared to the rest of India we've travelled through. Magnolia is perfectly situated just outside the really touristy part of the beach. It is very reasonably priced and the food has been great (we haven't actually eaten anywhere else so far). We keep saying that we'll leave in a few days, though we've already stayed a week and haven't made any plans to leave!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

Hi Friends. I fully recommend this place. Its a lovely place for a quiet retreat in GOD's Own Country. The customer service provided by Shah and Lillemor are impeccable. The rooms are very clean and the people at the guesthouse are very hospitable and caring. This place is at a striking distance from the beautiful beaches of Kerala. Also, many of the places of interests in Kerala can be reached by road from this place. Shah and his team provided all key ideas and information on how and where to travel during our time of stay here. I would recommend.

Room Tip: Best value for money. You can blindly choose this place. You would have no regrets later.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Magnolia Guesthouse

Address: Odayam Beach Road | Odayam, Varkala 695141, India
Location: India > Kerala > Varkala
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Varkala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Magnolia Guesthouse 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Magnolia Guest House is a little paradise in Varkala, Kerala. Magnolia has beautiful view over Indian Ocean. From Magnolia, there is only 3 minutes walk to a number of beautiful and romantic beaches which provides privacy and happy times. 10 minutes walk away from Magnolia is the Varkala North Cliff and the main beach where you can enjoy the thrills and pills of various restaurants, shopping or a game of beach football or volleyball. ... more   less 
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Magnolia Guesthouse Varkala, Kerala

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