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Thiruvambadi Beach Retreat
Ranked #24 of 97 Specialty Lodging in Varkala
Ipswich, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Nice hotel let down by service”
Reviewed August 22, 2010

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.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Thiruvambadi Beach Retreat

Property: Thiruvambadi Beach Retreat
Address: Thiruvambadi Road | North End Down Clif, Varkala 695141, India
Location: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 97 Specialty Lodging in Varkala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Thiruvambadi Beach Retreat 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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