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“A good hotel with an excellent view”
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Orion Beach Resort
Hyderabad, India
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“A good hotel with an excellent view”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

I chose this hotel after reading the reviews of other people. I must admit that it was really a pleasant experience at Orion. George and his mother are really good and helpful people.We arrived pretty early (5:30am) from Munnar and we did not face any problem in checking in the hotel. You will really love talking to Geroge and his mother . And when you stay at the Lighthouse beach, do visit Lonely Planet, a veg restaurant. A small advice is go for veg meals, do not try sea food at other beach hotels as you might get sick. The rooms are pretty clean, and the people are also helpful. You need to inform beforehand that the rooms should be cleaned everyday, otherwise they clean it once in two days. Thank You George and aunty for making my trip memorable.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Georgeorion, Owner at Orion Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 1, 2017
Thank you sir, we are happy to hear that we made your trip memorable in Kovalam with the accommodation. we expect to see you in the coming years
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Orion on 24th September. We left after 1 night, cutting our stay short. Management were nice and friendly but the rooms really let the place down. We stayed on the 1st floor - the room was dirty as too the linen and bedding. The place was in need of a good clean.
The power cut off regularly and our stay was generally unpleasant. I became ill and could not have stayed in the room, so we checked out and moved in to an hotel along the road which was much better for only a little extra.
Like I say, the staff were friendly and helpful but the rooms really let the place down. We had an amazing view over the water/lighthouse which was the best feature of this place.
KatandLeeWilson, Scotland

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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georgeorion, Owner at Orion Beach Resort, responded to this review, October 15, 2012
I am really sorry to hear it, but we have taken the decision of putting in a new Generator as the crisis in Kerala with the power supply provided by the government now goes on power cuts during day and night. This is really a big problem which we are facing it now. About the linens if you have been to Orion you would know how close is this property to sea. As the time is off season and the climate is too damp most of the sheets and floor get wet easily because of the humidity as its closeness to the sea. As we try to offer the guest good service if the guest has requested us to change the linens we would have done it for sure. Our motto is to keep the guest happy when they are on vacation. I do request the guest who reads this if they have a chance to come to Orion please do ask for the needs you like to have for you. We are happy to serve you
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Hyderabad, India
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

My booking was done in advance by making a payment of 1000/-. The room was good and resort. But there were few challenges. It was very hot and we reached after 1:30pm :
1. There was no complementary water bottle or an aquaguard. We were told that we can get the mineral water bottle from near by shop or the hotel boy would get one for us.
2. The restaurant of the report was not functioning .I selected this report thinking there won't be any problem related to food.The hotel Boy got food for us from some other restaurant.
3. Power went off at 10 pm and there was no backup power , we were given a candle and told that power would be back in some time.
4. Morning tea.... had to search for a tea stall, later we were provided tea by the hotel .

Oct 1st week was not the season and the beach, other hotels and entire Kovalam was almost deserted.May be this is why there was no power back or the restaurant was closed. We were the only family in the entire resort.My son was sick and the nearest medicine shop was 4-5 Km from Kovalam.

Hotel staff and owner was nice and courteous but that did not solve the above challenges at faced. Therefore shift to KTDC hotel in trivendrum.

Room Tip: vist during season which is towards end of oct , or Kovalam is very boring...nothing much to enjoy.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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georgeorion, Owner at Orion Beach Resort, responded to this review, October 15, 2012
The power problem was due to the power cuts, as we have a scarcity of power in the Kerala state at this time. We the management have decided to put up a new generator as a solution for the power cuts. As she said we don't really provide complimentary mineral water, but if she had asked us we would have got her a bottle of mineral water for sure. Kovalam, you will feel bored if you don't have friends or relatives of your age for company.
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Egham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

My girlfriend and I stayed in Orion beach resort for 3 nights in July. We arrived without a reservation and were given a very good deal on the room which was spacious and clean. The owner was very friendly and always smiling and willing to help with any problems we had! Many thanks for all the help! The shop next door owned by Rami was also very nice and he let us use his wifi and even his laptop which was really nice of him, great guy. Would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to stay on the busy lighthouse beach. Don't be put off by going in the monsoon season, we spent most of the time in 32C sun with only a few downpours which were very welcome! Thanks to all the staff at the Orion hotel for a great short stay!

  • Stayed July 2012
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Georgeorion, Owner at Orion Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 1, 2017
Thank you sir, we are happy to hear that we made your trip memorable in Kovalam with the accommodation. we expect to see you in the coming years
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

Came to Trivandrum in the month of June for an official work. Made calls to different hotels. one of the calls was made to Mr. George Joseph who is the owner of Orion Beach Resort. Hospitability and honesty reflected in his conversation. Pick up was arranged from airport to the Resort. The first thing you would notice when you reach is the amazing view of the Lighthouse beach at kovalam. Simply mesmerising. The rooms at the hotel are all sea facing and very clean as well. The rates absolutely cost effective. If you come in the off season, it would be cheaper and on the higher side if in the peak season.
For a business traveller, food will be on the higher side but there are few places that the locals know about which provide extremely budget food. One of the co-workers Mr. Anil Kumar, who works at the resort is extremely helpful and will take care of all your possible needs.
All in all, a wonderfull and enriching experience of the friendliness of the people in the resort and the soothing ambience. George definitely delivered what he spoke.
I will be back again....

Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Georgeorion, Owner at Orion Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 1, 2017
Thank you sir, we are happy to hear that we made your trip memorable in Kovalam with the accommodation. we expect to see you in the coming years
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Hyderabad, India
Level 1 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 7, 2012

We, 11 people stayed at Orion beach resort in March 2012. Reached at night around 12:30.. As soon as we saw the location of the resort, all my friends started to thank and praise me for choosing this resort. Thanks to Orion beach resort. Great hospitality. Thanks to George. We all loved the stay. Got more than we could ever expect. We stayed awake up till around 3 at night, looking at the waves, from our balcony. This was an awesome experience. I wish we stayed longer. But we will come back, to Orion beach resort again.
Also, the pics in the website do not say much about the resort, you will surely get more than you would expect after seeing those pics..

- Rajeev.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Georgeorion, Owner at Orion Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 1, 2017
Thank you sir, we are happy to hear that we made your trip memorable in Kovalam with the accommodation. we expect to see you in the coming years
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed March 8, 2012

We just finished a 10 day trip of Kerala. We stayed at Orion for 3 nights and we are still rueing the fact that we did not stay at this hotel for our entire trip.

Positives: 1. Great great great location. Just sit in the balcony and watch how the world goes by before you.

2. This property is run by some great people. Leelamma is just awesome. A great person to chat with, share your thoughts. We were unfortunate to not be able to met George personally. Hopefully on our next trip we will.
A small example of why she is such a lovely person: We had a train to catch at 6 in the morning. The night before we were so deep asleep we did not hear her knocking at the door. She was trying to enquire about how we are planning to reach the station. Anyways, the next morning we were all ready by the time its 5am. It was completely dark outside and there was not a single cab/auto visible anywhere near (though we were told by others that transportation won't be a problem so early in the morning). But she already figured out the fact that we won't be able to catch our train so she was sitting near the reception all dressed up to drop us at the station by her own car and we somehow managed to catch our train that day. I just can't thank her enough for this gesture.

Negatives: Can't think of any about the property.
But there is this issue that almost all the restaurants in kovalam down their shutters a bit early.

Overall a great location and when we visit again we will surely be in Orion only.

Room Tip: Choose the top floor. It will provide a wider view of the sea and the unblocked view of the lighthou...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Georgeorion, Owner at Orion Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 1, 2017
Thank you sir, we are happy to hear that we made your trip memorable in Kovalam with the accommodation. we expect to see you in the coming years
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Property: Orion Beach Resort
Address: Lighthouse Beach, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) 695521, India
Location: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Amenities:
Beach Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 17
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