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“Right by beach with pool and balcony” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Wilson Tourist Home

Wilson Tourist Home
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Wilson Tourist Home
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36 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Right by beach with pool and balcony”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2012

We stayed (2 couples) here for 2 nights.The two rooms we had were slightly grotty, tho had a nice balcony overlooking the pool area.- which was also very pleasant
Several things didn't work (eg aircon) so the staff moved us next door the next day into a very nice room - much more the standard we were expecting, so we were very happy and enjoyed our stay.There wasn't another room available so our friends stayed put - much to their disappointment. The staff were pleasant - meet us where the road ended and carried our bags to the hotel a few hundred metres away (and back when we left) . The hotel was located in a small alley just off the beach. Was quiet and very handy to the beach, good eateries (the upstairs cafe just prior to the alley way - Swiss Cafe was good - we had bacon, rosti, eggs - a great change from indian!!) and had a very enjoyable evening and good food (prawns and lobster) at "Fusion". We really enjoyed the beach which was a sheltered bay with lots of cafes, shops and restaurants along it. Good place for getting clothes made - I used the tailor in the alley going to Wilson Tourist House and another one at the other end of the beach and was very happy with the quality and pricing

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Kettering
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2010

I'm a bit surprised about the previous reviews - we really enjoyed our stay at Wilson Tourist Home. We paid R1500 a night, stayed for 6 days and got a very large room which was nicely decorated in turquoise with dark wood furniture. Our bathroom was also large and clean with plenty of hot water. We had a balcony with 2 nice wooden chairs and a table as well as a hanging basket chair. Although the pool was quite small it was clean and we didn't even use it as we were so close t the beach. The owner was friendly (although we did get a bit sick of him asking us to go and have a massage in the hotel spa)
I do think we could probably have got it a bit cheaper - everything price can be haggled in India - but overal we were happy with our stay.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2010

Coming to Trivandrum by bus we were picked up by local rickshaw and recommended to stay in Wilson’s hotel – Kovalam beach, 15 km from the central bus station. Offered price was 1500 for AC room. No doubt – rickshaw driver is in the net ;) But Kovalam beach was on the trace so..

Hotel is if fact divided in 3 different standard facilities. Near the pool some low located rooms – the poorest part smelling wet; main building – take a room upstairs; finally, the best part – a room with view on the beach and Indian ocean. Anyway, you will spend no more than 1 minute to reach the beach from any part of the facilities.

Pool is rather small and contains not very transparent water but some people prefer it than the ocean (?).We do not. The ocean collects local cloak but still brings better impression than the pool. Internal yard with some flowers and trees looks good but sandy paths make your room sandy as well. Room facilities are poor, old and odd. We spend 1 night in lower class room and then moved to sea view room located in small house on main 'promenade', much better indeed. Hot water and fridge give a lot. Big balcony adds some charm.

Mr. Wilson’s deal was 2000 per night what is obviously overpriced but if you can afford it is not a bad deal – we think only about sea view room. Other rooms are worth not more than 500-1000 rupees. We spent there only 4 nights so not a problem.

Breakfast is served in very dirty place ( a patio) and it is probably weakest point of Mr. Wilson’s offer. Food is acceptable, cook tries his best but dirty cups, knifes and tables take away morning glory – what a story!

People are nice there and working with energy not usual in India – Mr. Wilson whipping whole time ;)

Summary - nice place, probably even beautiful if you do not care about hygienic level.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Bengaluru, India
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34 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2008

Affordable hotel in the beach location Kovalam. Payed Rs. 700 per night. The room is large, but not too well maintaned. Especially the bathroom, the fittings were rusty, and water supply was not consistent. The contact was friendly, but there was not a lot of staff around. Location is OK, the beach is very near, but there are no views. The pool was decent.

  • Liked — Price, proximity to beach
  • Disliked — Maintainence
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank AmanGupta
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Additional Information about Wilson Tourist Home

Property: Wilson Tourist Home
Address: Lighthouse Beach | Backside Nelakanta Hotel, Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
Location: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #52 of 89 Hotels in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 25
Also Known As:
Wilson Tourist Home Kerala, India

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