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Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions

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Janardhanapuram, Varkala Town, Varkala 695141 India
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Updated 09/28/20

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#6 of 81 hotels in Varkala Town
Location
4.5
Cleanliness
4.5
Service
4.5
Value
4.2
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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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Tennis court
Kids stay free
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Airport transportation
Car hire
Taxi service
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
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Safe
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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Modern
Quiet
Languages Spoken
English, Hindi
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Ratheesh Pai wrote a review Sep 2022
Kochi (Cochin), India15 contributions2 helpful votes
My wife and myself stayed at this beautiful property in Varkala for a weekend and I should say it was worth all the penny. Right from the booking, where Ms Ashwathy helped us in a smooth process we were enjoying each and every bit of our time at the property. The rooms were maintained and services were top notch. The restaurant Manager, Mr. Natesh and the chef Mr. Ajesh were on top of their work and made sure there was no hiccups in the service which we got. Mr. Natesh made sure all our needs were met and he even prepared a quick dish for us. I had asked for a surprise cake and Mr. Natesh and Mr. Ajesh had prepared a wonderful cake for us just like we wanted. All the staff were friendly and made sure we had a pleasant stay. The General Manager, Mr. Anand also visited us and enquired about our stay and he was really friendly to all the guests. I would totally recommend Gateway Varkala to all those visiting Varkala and need a peaceful and fantastic stay.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dear Mr Pai, Greetings from Gateway Varkala! It is always our pleasure to hear feedback from guests like you, who spare time out and write on our services. Your feedback is essential not only in our effort to improve our standards but this helps a great deal for the motivation of our associates and helps them perform even better. I shall communicate your feedback to the entire team. We look forward to welcome you once again. Please feel free to contact me directly and it will be my pleasure to assist you. Thank you for choosing Gateway Varkala! Regards, Anand Krishnan General Manager Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions
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Basant_Maheshwari wrote a review Sep 2022
Ahmedabad, India304 contributions87 helpful votes
The hotel is well laid out with rooms having gallery and a small lawn pathway attached. However the property is rundown and needs major efforts to renovate and spruce up to be termed as Taj property. The room comfort is compromised due to old torn out furniture and tapestry giving a feeling of dampness. The lobby area is large. The staff also appears to be having a difficult time coping up with maintenance issues. Can be an excellent place as it must have been in good times. The food quality and services are satisfactory but lacks the star category.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Dear Mr Basant, Greetings from Gateway Varkala! It is always our pleasure to hear feedback from guests like you, who spare time out and write on our services. Your feedback is essential not only in our effort to improve our standards but this helps a great deal for the motivation of our associates and helps them perform even better. I shall communicate your feedback to the entire team. We have noted your concern, shall ensure corrective steps are taken. We look forward to welcome you once again. Please feel free to contact me directly and it will be my pleasure to assist you. Thank you for choosing Gateway Varkala! Regards, Anand Krishnan General Manager Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions
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Saajanpreet Singh wrote a review Sep 2022
Amritsar, India14 contributions
We had a great stay starting from Front Desk explaining nicely about the property. The staff is very nice and hardworking each and every single one. Restaurant food was fantastic, the service staff, the manager everyone. Hats off to Chef and kitchen staff for awesome food. We were in love with the food. The security was very friendly and nice. Property was very maintained and clean. Please convey this message to whole Varkala Gateway Team to continue being awesome. They all deserve this appreciation. They work really hard.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Dear Mr Singh, Greetings from Gateway Varkala! It is always our pleasure to hear feedback from guests like you, who spare time out and write on our services. Your feedback is essential not only in our effort to improve our standards but this helps a great deal for the motivation of our associates and helps them perform even better. I shall communicate your feedback to the entire team. We look forward to welcome you once again. Please feel free to contact me directly and it will be my pleasure to assist you. Thank you for choosing Gateway Varkala! Regards, Anand Krishnan General Manager Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions
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nibujohn wrote a review Sep 2022
Kochi (Cochin), India51 contributions24 helpful votes
Just loved our short vacation at Gateway Varkala. Right from the moment we landed at the property, we were overwhelmed by the treatment we received. What made the stay special was the people who run the place, with attention to detail and priority to our convenience. The rooms were clean and comfortable, the food was exemplary and the stay peaceful and serene. Two people who deserve special mention are Mr Natesh, the Restaurant Manager and Mr Reji, from guest relations i presume. It was a family visit along with my 77 year old mother, and the way she was taken care of was simply exceptional. We all had a great time, and would cherish the stay at Gateway Varkala for long.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Dear Mr John, Greetings from Gateway Varkala! It is always our pleasure to hear feedback from guests like you, who spare time out and write on our services. Your feedback is essential not only in our effort to improve our standards but this helps a great deal for the motivation of our associates and helps them perform even better. I shall communicate your feedback to the entire team. We look forward to welcome you once again. Please feel free to contact me directly and it will be my pleasure to assist you. Thank you for choosing Gateway Varkala! Regards, Anand Krishnan General Manager Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions
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aman g wrote a review Sep 2022
Bengaluru, India46 contributions16 helpful votes
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Gateway varkala is a perfect destination for that beach vacation with family. It has a great pool and such great views from the balcony of their suites. We stayed here for 5 days in their suites room located on the first floor of the property. Suites has one bedroom along with one living room with both the rooms having huge balconies. The bathroom is also quite large with a big bathtub. I've read some reviews about this not being a Taj experience and such but I would vouch that this is one of the best 'Gateway' hotels amongst all the IHCL properties. The best part about staying at a Taj property is the warmth of their staff. Apart from great hospitality and service they try to create a personal connection with each of their guests. They arranged a cake for my kid's birthday. They also thanked us with cake for putting such amazing pics of the property on Instagram. The hotel is definitely smaller and probably the lower floors below the swimming pool level might not have the great views as the top floors. The restaurant is decent with economical pricing however there are not enough cuisine options and we missed having kebabs and other such tandoor items. Overall great property with right pricing and location.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Take top floors with sea view
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Dear Mr Aman, Greetings from Gateway Varkala! It is always our pleasure to hear feedback from guests like you, who spare time out and write on our services. Your feedback is essential not only in our effort to improve our standards but this helps a great deal for the motivation of our associates and helps them perform even better. I shall communicate your feedback to the entire team. We look forward to welcome you once again. Please feel free to contact me directly and it will be my pleasure to assist you. Thank you for choosing Gateway Varkala! Regards, Anand Krishnan General Manager Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions
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aravind k wrote a review Sep 2022
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Hotel was located in Prime location and the Room service was great.Breakfast was buffet type and can have more or differnt variety everyday.Swimming pool was maintained very well and the reception view on the beach was great
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Dear Mr Karuppasamy, Greetings from Gateway Varkala! It is always our pleasure to hear feedback from guests like you, who spare time out and write on our services. Your feedback is essential not only in our effort to improve our standards but this helps a great deal for the motivation of our associates and helps them perform even better. I shall communicate your feedback to the entire team. We look forward to welcome you once again. Please feel free to contact me directly and it will be my pleasure to assist you. Thank you for choosing Gateway Varkala! Regards, Anand Krishnan General Manager Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions
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Purna Mathur wrote a review Aug 2022
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We had a great stay at Gateway Varkala. Room service, food & other amenities were just amazing, just like the way we wanted. The best part is that the property is surrounded by so much greenery and you can see the sea also. It was so peaceful & calm inside the resort & also you can hear the sound of ocean waves. Nobody wanted to step outside the resort so we spent most of the time of our stay inside. Also Varkala cliff is very close to the Hotel so whenever we wanted to go to the cliff we just informed the hotel staff and they arranged cab for us. Mr. Anand & Mr. Nattesh were very friendly & helpful
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded Aug 18, 2022
Dear Mrs Mathur, Greetings from Gateway Varkala! It is always our pleasure to hear feedback from guests like you, who spare time out and write on our services. Your feedback is essential not only in our effort to improve our standards but this helps a great deal for the motivation of our associates and helps them perform even better. I shall communicate your feedback to the entire team. We look forward to welcome you once again. Please feel free to contact me directly and it will be my pleasure to assist you. Thank you for choosing Gateway Varkala! Regards, Anand Krishnan General Manager Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions
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bhasky wrote a review Aug 2022
Bay Area, CA81 contributions28 helpful votes
Good service, good food, pool is nice. would be great if there was direct access to a portion of a beach which was not that crowded...walking to varkala beach along the public road is not that fun and varkala beach being a public and religious beach is not the best for vacationing..
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded Aug 17, 2022
Dear Guest, Greetings from Gateway Varkala! It is always our pleasure to hear feedback from guests like you, who spare time out and write on our services. Your feedback is essential not only in our effort to improve our standards but this helps a great deal for the motivation of our associates and helps them perform even better. I shall communicate your feedback to the entire team. We look forward to welcome you once again. Please feel free to contact me directly and it will be my pleasure to assist you. Thank you for choosing Gateway Varkala! Regards, Anand Krishnan General Manager Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions
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Parvathy B wrote a review Aug 2022
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India10 contributions
It’s always good to be with Taj. The service is very much upto standards. So that need not be mentioned. More choice to the bar menu and breakfast buffet is required. Dinner by the lawn with live music and seafood grills on weekends would have been great. After all when the property is located by the beach. The tennis court has been used as a parking lot.. that looks pathetic to the guests. The gardens and recreation areas has to be maintained more properly. I would like to recommend Mr Natesh who was of real help to the guests. His service and guidance was remarkable. Such staff are a true asset to properties like Taj. Overall, I liked the service from all the staff and lobby and restaurant. They were very prompt with a smiling face, ready to help.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded Aug 14, 2022
Dear Mrs Parvathy, Greetings from Gateway Varkala! It is always our pleasure to hear feedback from guests like you, who spare time out and write on our services. Your feedback is essential not only in our effort to improve our standards but this helps a great deal for the motivation of our associates and helps them perform even better. We have noted your concern, shall ensure corrective steps are taken. I shall communicate your feedback to the entire team. We look forward to welcome you once again. Please feel free to contact me directly and it will be my pleasure to assist you. Thank you for choosing Gateway Varkala! Regards, Anand Krishnan General Manager Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions
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Vikas M wrote a review Aug 2022
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It is a place where you can forget all the stress and relax. The staffs were extremely friendly and welcoming. Good swimming pool and close access to the beach and cliff. The food served in the restaurant also is very good.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Responded Aug 7, 2022
Dear Mr Vikas, Greetings from Gateway Varkala! It is always our pleasure to hear feedback from guests like you, who spare time out and write on our services. Your feedback is essential not only in our effort to improve our standards but this helps a great deal for the motivation of our associates and helps them perform even better. I shall communicate your feedback to the entire team. We look forward to welcome you once again. Please feel free to contact me directly and it will be my pleasure to assist you. Thank you for choosing Gateway Varkala! Regards, Anand Krishnan General Manager Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions
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PRICE RANGE
$105 - $130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
IndiaKeralaThiruvananthapuram DistrictVarkalaVarkala Town
NUMBER OF ROOMS
30
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions
Which popular attractions are close to Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions?
Nearby attractions include Varkala Beach (0.2 miles), Janardhana Swami Temple (0.3 miles), and Asparagus (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free wifi, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions?
Conveniently located restaurants include Coffee Temple, Sea Sun Cafe, and Varkala Marine Palace Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Does Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions have airport transportation?
Yes, Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the center of Varkala Town.
Are any cleaning services offered at Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.