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Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions

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#6 of 62 hotels in Varkala Town
Location
4.5
Cleanliness
4.4
Service
4.5
Value
4.2
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An 5-minutes walk from the ancient Janardanaswamy Temple, this upscale hotel on a cliff overlooking the Arabian Sea is also 2 km from Varkala railway station and less than 500 mts. from Papanasam Beach. Bright, contemporary rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars and desks, plus balconies with garden views. Upgraded rooms add sea views, while suites also offer living areas. Breakfast and parking are available. There's an informal restaurant, a wine bar and an outdoor pool. Other amenities include an Ayurvedic spa, a steam room and fitness center, plus tennis and badminton courts, a kids play area and a meeting room.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Badminton
Tennis court
Books, DVDs, music for children
Electric vehicle charging station
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Fence around pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Canoeing offsite
Table tennis
Board games / puzzles
Children's playground
Children's television networks
Indoor play area for children
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids pool
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Car hire
Taxi service
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business center
Spa
Body wrap
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Steam room
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Newspaper
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Doorperson
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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HOTEL STYLE
Family
Quiet
Languages Spoken
English, Hindi
4.5
1,130 reviews
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Gateway Varkala - Ihcl Seleqtions is celebrated by many for its welcoming atmosphere, underscored by its hospitable staff and stunning surroundings, although some guests suggest the interiors could benefit from better lighting. While the hotel's serene beach vistas are adored by some travelers, others are less impressed, pointing out the location's distance from attractions and cleanliness concerns. The amenities, including a praised swimming pool and comfortable rooms, are generally well-regarded, but there are notes on the need for updates. Guests are split on the value proposition, with opinions varying from reasonable to overpriced. The service receives high marks for the staff's professionalism and attentiveness, and the rooms earn compliments for their cleanliness and space, yet a few guests see room for modernization. Cleanliness throughout the hotel is consistently lauded, contributing to the overall positive reception of the property.
Location
Picturesque
Atmosphere
Welcoming
Rooms
Comfortable
Value
Pricey
Cleanliness
Immaculate
Service
Attentive
Amenities
Satisfactory
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Jan K wrote a review Feb 18
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We have just returned home after spending 8 weeks at The Gateway which included Christmas & the New Year. Once again we had the most amazing time. The GM & staff are the best & most attentive we have ever encountered in all of our travels & ensure that all of our needs are catered for. The hotel is a charming place with an amazing freshwater pool & lush tropical surroundings. The food is cooked fresh to order & is always delicious. The Gateway is our “go to” place every winter & we consider it our 2nd home. Nowhere else can compare to this hotel, in our opinion. It is truly unique.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dear Ms. Keen, Greetings from Gateway Varkala – IHCL SeleQtions! Thank you so much for all your love and appreciation. It gives me great pleasure to read that you had a memorable stay with us and my colleagues dazzled & delighted you. We look forward to welcoming you back to your second home in a few weeks. Warm regards, Mayank Mittal Hotel Manager, Gateway Varkala – IHCL SeleQtions
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Linda T wrote a review Feb 13
Mississauga, Canada17 contributions
wonderful 5 days in Varkala north cliff in an environment that was a respite from the hurly burly ....but allowed us to participate in the wild and crazy night life whenever we wanted. Rooms were clean, quite and pool has an amazing view of the ocean and the sunset. Breakfast was always a wonderful start to the day with wonderful service, tasty food and cappuccino included.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Dear lindathorne56, Greetings from Gateway Varkala – IHCL SeleQtions! Thank you so much for visiting Gateway Varkala and taking out time to share your valuable feedback. It gives me great pleasure to read that you had a memorable stay with us and my colleagues dazzled & delighted you. The Gateway Varkala experience is all about people and working together to create beautiful memories for all our guests. I would be happy to share your gracious appreciation with the entire team. We look forward to welcoming you back to your home away from home and assure you of our finest services at all times. Warm regards, Mayank Mittal Hotel Manager, Gateway Varkala – IHCL SeleQtions
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NorthStar15711677191 wrote a review Feb 13
Tel Aviv, Israel2 contributions
Excellent hotel, great location, amazing service... My sister and I reserved 2 nights in this hotel, and extended our stay to 6 nights. We enjoyed it very much. The swimming pool was great, big and clean. The pool guard was an amazing person who always looked after us, so is the Security manager Suddeep who was there always and all the time wanted to make sure our stay is great. The restaurant of the hotel is very good, great tasty food and great service here too. The location is also good, 10 minutes walk to the beach and also 10 minutes walk to the cliff. I highly recommend this hotel for everyone.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Room Tip: If you want to have a good time, it is the place, close to the beach, close to the cliff...
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Dear NorthStar15711677191, Greetings from Gateway Varkala – IHCL SeleQtions! Thank you so much for visiting Gateway Varkala and taking out time to share your valuable feedback. It gives me great pleasure to read that you had a memorable stay with us and my colleagues dazzled & delighted you. The Gateway Varkala experience is all about people and working together to create beautiful memories for all our guests. I would be happy to share your gracious appreciation with the entire team. We look forward to welcoming you back to your home away from home and assure you of our finest services at all times. Warm regards, Mayank Mittal Hotel Manager, Gateway Varkala – IHCL SeleQtions
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Happiness26461355222 wrote a review Feb 13
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Very nice location, and beautiful property. Nice ambience and good garden. Really liked helpful and friendly staff.lot of sports activities to do . Rooms neat and clean. Seaview is nostalgic. Food quality very nice and tasty . Overall great stay.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Room Tip: Have your own vehicle to travel in and around places.
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Dear Happiness26461355222, Greetings from Gateway Varkala – IHCL SeleQtions! Thank you so much for visiting Gateway Varkala and taking out time to share your valuable feedback. It gives me great pleasure to read that you had a memorable stay with us and my colleagues dazzled & delighted you. The Gateway Varkala experience is all about people and working together to create beautiful memories for all our guests. I would be happy to share your gracious appreciation with the entire team. We look forward to welcoming you back to your home away from home and assure you of our finest services at all times. Warm regards, Mayank Mittal Hotel Manager, Gateway Varkala – IHCL SeleQtions
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Prakash wrote a review Feb 7
Beeston, United Kingdom896 contributions
This is an excellent and beautiful hotel - I enjoyed a fantastic 3 night stay. Excellent location an easy 10mins walk to beach. The staff are friendly and efficient at reception and restaurant. Breakfast was excellent. The pool was fantastic, and bar is excellent with good service and drinks. Room is spacious, clean. Good wifi and shower. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Dear pkonline84, Greetings from Gateway Varkala – IHCL SeleQtions! Thank you so much for visiting Gateway Varkala and taking out time to share your valuable feedback. It gives me great pleasure to read that you had a memorable stay with us and my colleagues dazzled & delighted you. The Gateway Varkala experience is all about people and working together to create beautiful memories for all our guests. I would be happy to share your gracious appreciation with the entire team. We look forward to welcoming you back to your home away from home and assure you of our finest services at all times. Warm regards, Mayank Mittal Hotel Manager, Gateway Varkala – IHCL SeleQtions
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Arpita B wrote a review Jan 2024
Heaton, United Kingdom71 contributions
Nice hotel, very helpful staff. Lot of stairs to negotiate, no lifts in hotel, found that difficult with a knee injury, has nice sunset views, does not direct beach access, beach is at least a 10 minute brisk walk away. The famous Janardhanswamy temple is close by. Used the spa, massage and facial were very good
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Room Tip: Loads of stairs, no lift, difficult for people with mobility issues ot the elderly
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Dear 784arpitab, Thank you for taking out time to share your valuable feedback. We are so pleased to read that you had a wonderful stay at the our beautiful coastal resort and special mention for our associates, overall hotel services and our Ayurveda center. The resort was built like a Seagull, ready to take the flight and hence there are steps which looks wings of the seagull. The design and topography is such that the elevators cannot be installed in the resort. Sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused. We hope to welcome you back soon. Until then, keep safe and healthy. Warm regards, Mayank Mittal Hotel Manager, Gateway Varkala - IHCL Seleqtions
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Satarupa wrote a review Jan 2024
New Delhi, India3 contributions
Exceptional stay at this luxury pet-friendly property! From the moment we arrived, we were greeted with warmth and hospitality. The accommodations were immaculate, offering both luxury and comfort for both us and our furry Baby “Bunnu”. The attention to detail throughout the property was evident, from the elegant decor to the thoughtful amenities provided for our pet. The staff went above and beyond to ensure our stay was memorable, catering to our every need with professionalism and genuine care. The pet-friendly facilities were top-notch, allowing our pet to feel just as pampered as we did. We can’t wait to return and indulge in the luxurious experience once again!” Special mention for Sudeep and Jiju for adding the personal touch to our experience.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Dear Ms. Choudhury, Greetings from Gateway Varkala – IHCL SeleQtions! Thank you so much for visiting Gateway Varkala and taking out time to share your valuable feedback. It gives me great pleasure to read that you had a memorable stay with us and my colleagues dazzled & delighted you. The Gateway Varkala experience is all about people and working together to create beautiful memories for all our guests. I would be happy to share your gracious appreciation with the entire team. We look forward to welcoming you back to your home away from home and assure you of our finest services at all times. Warm regards, Mayank Mittal Hotel Manager, Gateway Varkala – IHCL SeleQtions
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Jane G wrote a review Jan 2024
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This hotel has everything you need to make it a comfortable and memorable stay, with excellent personal service from warm and friendly staff. We really enjoyed our meals taken in the restaurant. A special mention has to go to Rahana and Shisha who were very attentive and helpful with our meal choices and room service. The pool is ultra calm and relaxing, with added bonus of Babu, who took great care in making sure we had all we need. Sudeep and Bibinesh were very helpful on reception with our travel and extra services. Our room had a great view and balcony with cleaning service every day - bliss!
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Dear janeshH1865ES, Greetings from Gateway Varkala – IHCL SeleQtions! Thank you so much for visiting Gateway Varkala and taking out time to share your valuable feedback. It gives me great pleasure to read that you had a memorable stay with us and my colleagues dazzled & delighted you. The Gateway Varkala experience is all about people and working together to create beautiful memories for all our guests. I would be happy to share your gracious appreciation with the entire team. We look forward to welcoming you back to your home away from home and assure you of our finest services at all times. Warm regards, Mayank Mittal Hotel Manager, Gateway Varkala – IHCL SeleQtions
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Anup N wrote a review Jan 2024
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One of the best place to stay in Varkala. The rooms are nice and their travel desk manager Mr. Sudeep was very helpful! Pleasant experience staying here. Overall Good hospitality and would recommend this place.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Dear AnupN93, Greetings from Gateway Varkala – IHCL SeleQtions! Thank you so much for visiting Gateway Varkala and taking out time to share your valuable feedback. It gives me great pleasure to read that you had a memorable stay with us and my colleagues dazzled & delighted you. The Gateway Varkala experience is all about people and working together to create beautiful memories for all our guests. I would be happy to share your gracious appreciation with the entire team. We look forward to welcoming you back to your home away from home and assure you of our finest services at all times. Warm regards, Mayank Mittal Hotel Manager, Gateway Varkala – IHCL SeleQtions
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Kavan K wrote a review Jan 2024
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Impeccably Clean: The accommodation maintained a high standard of cleanliness throughout my stay, ensuring a comfortable and hygienic environment. Culinary Delights: The food served was not only delicious but also showcased a commitment to quality and freshness, making dining experiences a highlight. Supportive Staff: The staff members were incredibly supportive, displaying a genuine willingness to assist with any needs or inquiries, contributing to a welcoming and hospitable atmosphere. Breathtaking Beach Views: The location offered a mesmerizing view of the beach, providing a serene and picturesque backdrop that enhanced the overall experience.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Dear KanavK1, Greetings from Gateway Varkala – IHCL SeleQtions! Thank you so much for visiting Gateway Varkala and taking out time to share your valuable feedback. It gives me great pleasure to read that you had a memorable stay with us and my colleagues dazzled & delighted you. The Gateway Varkala experience is all about people and working together to create beautiful memories for all our guests. I would be happy to share your gracious appreciation with the entire team. We look forward to welcoming you back to your home away from home and assure you of our finest services at all times. Warm regards, Mayank Mittal Hotel Manager, Gateway Varkala – IHCL SeleQtions
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$128 - $178 (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), Asparagus (0.1 miles), and Janardhana Swami Temple (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
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 an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions?
Conveniently located restaurants include Coffee Temple, Theeram, and Sea Sun Cafe.
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, laundry service and a clothes dryer 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.