Stayed for 3 wonderful nights
LOCATION: Very good, on the road from Varkala town centre to Varkal Beach (Helipad / North Cliff). Janardhana Swamy Temple is about 8 minutes walk from the hotel. Costs about Rs 30 to Rs 40 to go to Varkala Beach (Helipad / North Cliff) or town centre by auto rickshaw (3 wheeler taxi).
GETTING TO THE HOTEL: About 55 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) airport and taxis are available at the airport, one way drop costs about Rs 1100/- for a 4 seater car and about 1900/- for a 7 seater van. There are trains and AC buses from Trivandrum city to Varkala but I guess not worth the trouble.
HOTEL: The hotel is located in a very safe & quiet area and is well maintained. The lobby is spacious and the view from there is amazing. There is a tennis and badminton court which the kids enjoyed. We also enjoyed playing TT and chess in one section the lobby. Worldwide hotels have begun to provide complimentary wifi as it is a necessity in today’s times and hope that they too start providing complimentary wifi.
POOL: It’s the centre of attraction and is pretty big. There are plenty of lounge beds all around. At all times there was a life guard / attendant around. Everday in the morning the pool staff would drape each lounge bed by a fresh towel (WOW). We even spotted a Kingfisher on a tree close to the pool.
ROOMS: View from all the rooms is amazing. The rooms at lobby level (i.e the higher level) offer sea view. We had rooms at one level lower than the lobby. We were upgraded from Standard to Superior rooms and all our 3 rooms had a private sit out and each of the rooms had a beautiful PRIVATE spacious garden.
The rooms have been renovated recently and are bright & spacious. They are provided with a minibar & a safe. The AC is effective and the beds were very comfortable. The linen and towels are replaced daily or alternately if you desire. The bathrooms are big and modern. The shower area, cannot call it a cubicle as it is unbelievably spacious (a rarity in modern times) is provided with a nice rain shower. The toiletries provided are excellent.
BREAKFAST: The breakfast spread is excellent. Plenty of south Indian dishes, porridge, parathas, breads, cereals, salads, fresh cut fruits, fresh juices (no tetra packs), coffee, tea, milkshakes, curds, cheese, dry fruits, etc. Since we are vegetarian, everyday Mr Bijoy the head chef (with a twinkle in his eye) ensured that we were served freshly baked “eggless” donuts and cupcakes. Though the timings are 7.30 to 10.30 a.m the staff does not rush you if you ahappen to be late (afterall you are on a holiday). A special thanks to Abhimanyu who served us tirelessly and lovingly.
I have yet to come across a staff in ‘any deaprtment’ in any Taj hotel who would not go out of his way to please the guest and the same culture has been maintained at Taj Varkala. The warmth with which we were welcomed is note worthy and the see-off was touchy. Mr Dennis, the GM is so humble and caring that I don’t have words to express-everyday he would converse with all the guests and make them feel special. Mr Manoj patiently looked after our minutest needs and ensured that we had a comfortable stay. The entire team is OUTSTANDING.
BEACH: Varkala beach is one of the cleanest beaches. By road the beach is about 15 minutes walking distance from the hotel, however there is a narrow pathway by which you can reach the beach in about 5 minutes. Up above the beach, there are plently of restaurants on the North Cliff (operational only during season), we also enjoyed the food at Hindustan Beach Resort.
We will comeback and enjoy your hospitality.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It is set amidst tall, swaying palms and is 60 ft high on a cliff, Varkala is located 55 kms (1 hr 15 m drive) from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. The railway station is a 5 minute drive from the hotel. The hotel offers a choice of 30 elegant rooms including 2 suites. A multi-cuisine restaurant and 2 bars, meeting room, Ayurvedic center, WiFi and indoor/outdoor sports facilities makes the hotel an ideal getaway for the discerning leisure traveler. ... more less
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