Thiruvambadi is good value and clean, with a great pool and comfortable rooms. It's at the north end of the cliff, so it's away from the bustle, but it takes less than 5 minutes to walk to most of the restaurants.
The cavernous hallways in the main building can be loud if there's a lot of activity, but you probably won't have a problem if you stay in one of the bungalows.
The thing that really let it down for me was the senior guy in the hotel staff (Ashok?). He was very friendly and worked very hard, but eventually became wearing. This was compounded by the fact that when paying the bill, he started making very unsubtle comments about how us foreigners feel so rich in India and the staff there always have problems with their families; then he showed us photos of past guests who'd given him their contact details, and explained how one had bought some sarees for his wife.
We had already decided to give a tip, so we did so, but it left a very sour taste in the mouth.
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- Also Known As:
- Thiruvambadi Beach Retreat Varkala, Kerala