After we ran away screaming from our initial hotel The Oceano, we sighed with relief after choosing the Taj Gateway.
It has a lovely pool and gardens, great views, and the beach is easily accessed.
The rooms in the old part are outdated, but the rooms in the new parts are great!
The food was ok, nothing special, but we were content.
It does not have the same level as some of the other Taj's that we stayed in, but I think that is to be expected, since this is Varkala. Not a top-end-tourism destination (yet).
There happened to be a temple festival going on (10 days), which kept us awake at night, due to the loud loudspeaker noise and music 24/7. But that's just bad luck. The hotel cannot help that, I guess.
Overall we were very happy here.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Gateway Hotel Janardhanapuram Varkala Kerala