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“lovely place but...” 4 of 5 stars
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On The Cliff, Kurakkanni, Varkala 695141, India   |  
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Ranked #25 of 42 Hotels in Varkala
1 review
“lovely place but...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

stayed here in the beginning of august and enjoyed the lovely designed bamboo huts.We payed 600rs for a night with fan! room was spacious but not really clean! every hut has its own lil balcony with chaits and tables! wifi available but only good reception at the huts at the front!

The BUT is the owner! Unfriendly and unhelpful with everything! he doesnt give a sh.. if you stay there, doesnt answet questions and so on!

Nevertheless, enjoyed our huts overall!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

Rooms are dark, humid, odorant and mattress it is the worst mattress i had in my whole india trip. No hot water. We were in low season so it was not expensive, but we would never pay the high season price for this

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  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Bjerringbro, Denmark
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Considering that you are staying in a tourist enclave, this place is quite convenient. The facilities are good, the service OK - it is not their fault that the WI-FI connection is sporadic. Plenty of shops and restaurants nearby on the strip along the cliff edge. The Restaurant Kadaloram No. 1 (Nepalese staff) can be recommended.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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leeds
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217 helpful votes 217 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We arrived at the hotel without a booking- it was recommended by a tuk
tuk driver who picked us up at the train station,no doubt in return
for a commission.

The hotel is on the cliff at Varkala, surrounded by bars and
restaurants, but its set back so we didn' t hear any noise.

None of the rooms have a sea view, as is the case with most of the
clifftop hotels. They are set in nice gardens and are single story
chalets.

We looked at a couple of rooms and chose one at 2000 rupees per night.

The room had a balcony at the front, separated from its neighbours by
a rattan blind so wasn' t private. The room was a good size and seemed
clean. There were two single beds pulled together, with a mosquito net
which had a couple of small holes.

The bathroom was open air and was very clean considering that. The
shower was cold water but was quite a good flow.

Theres free wifi at the hotel and they also run cookery courses. It
seemed well run and I thought good value for the central cliff
location.

One small negative - the room had an A/C unit but the manager told us
it wasn' t working when we took the room. We therefore just had a
ceiling fan and this was controlled by a switch outside the room.
Whenever we left tge room we kept the fan on to try and keep it cool,
but the staff would come and switch it off, meaning we returned to a
stuffy warm room. I can see why the hotel would prevent excessive A/C
use but turning fans off feels excessive?

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Bamboo House were partly shut down because it was off season. They couldn´t offer an ac room despite it said on signs. Our hut were paper thin and the door almost fell off. The toilet broke totally down so we changed hut after one night. Both the first and the second hut were very dirty and needed simple but obvious renovations. The huts were not cleaned, spider wed, dust, sand and much more. The staff sat all day and watched tv instead of doing their job; freshing up the place. They were not very helpful when we had questions.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Romana d Labem, Ustecky Kraj, Czech Republic
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

We stayed there five nights. During stay in Varkala we saw another places for three times less price than in bamboo with nicer rooms than here. The garden here is beautiful and location is also gerat, but inside of the bungalow it is quite dark and poor. No cleaning service, no cleaning equip. So it is gonna be a bit sandy inside of bungalow after few days. For lower price ok...

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kiev, Ukraine
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

+:
nice big rooms with anti-mosquito nets over your bed
the territory of the hotel looks like paradise
nice location with lots of restaurants nearby
night security guide
if you need to depart early in the morning personnel will arrange you a taxi(or tuk) that will wait for you just in time

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no cleaning and towels changing during 3 nights we stayed there
wi-fi is not free

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Kerala Bamboo House

Address: On The Cliff, Kurakkanni, Varkala 695141, India
Location: India > Kerala > Varkala
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 42 Hotels in Varkala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 24
Also Known As:
Kerala Bamboo House Hotel Varkala
Kerala Bamboo Hotel
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