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The Gateway Hotel Janardhanapuram Varkala
Ranked #3 of 52 Hotels in Varkala
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 21, 2013

We went to Taj Varkala in the beginning of June, right when the monsoons hit Kerala. The property is a nice , secluded one and is an excellent place to relax. The food is very good and the staff are very nice and courteous and go out of the wat to help you. Our young kid also enjoyed a lot . I can't wait to visit the place again.

Room Tip: select a sea facing room preferably on the top floor
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

We had been to Taj Gateway - varkala on 12th Aug - 15 Aug 2013. The stay was simply superb, we really enjoyed the stay over there. The staffs were really nice to us. Our son really enjoyed. Food is really gud, The best place to stay with family.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

It was a very special moment for me and my family as we checked into the property to bring in my father's 75th birthday. Presumably we had got the best set of rooms 205, 206 and 207. All the rooms had an excellent view of the sea and provide a real visual treat at all times. The entire staff left no stone unturned in surpassing our expectations. My special complements to Bijoy Nair who churned out amazing gastronomical delights day on day and kept us guessing for more. A very special thanks to Jo and his entire staff especially those behind the scenes who kept pandering to our incessant requirements....:-) The Ayurvedic centre was simple and efficient. Mathew at the pool cannot ever be forgotten. The staff and its warmth stands out in this hotel above and beyond everything...

Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

it's one of the nicest places to stay in this small beach town. Walkable from the beach and the temple, it has an amazing view of the sea. The rooms are cozy and spacious. Staff is very friendly and polite. Breakfast buffet is good too with lots of options on the menu. Must visit place for a good trip with family or spouse. The hotel taxi is a bit expensive so make your own local arrangements for the same.

Room Tip: Take a pool/Beach view room on higher floors.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Great hospitality, Spectacular view, Gorgeous property, Humble and Helpful Staff. PERFECT choice for a stay in Varkala. Overlooking the Arabian Sea, the charming hotel is a lush green property, with a lovely pool. The restaurants all well equipped and the head chef made sure to send these small sweet surprise treats to our room every day we returned from our day outs. It was lovely, the chocolate pastries dripping with hot chocolates or the vanilla cake looking like a teddy bear customized with my daughters name. I could order just about anything for my kid, in the menu or not, the chef made sure it would be there. I really appreciate the concern/ the warmth. The housekeeping was amazingly creative. Every-time we returned from breakfast we were welcomed to a beautiful, fresh smelling room, with a lovely white towel and red-yellow wild flowers sculpture on our bed. Dog/ elephants/ pigs/ boats...wow, very interesting and intriguing. The pool had a full time guard, a middle aged gentleman, very polite and attentive to the kid. The travel desk staff so ever helpful to suggest the best places to see and their suggestions were good. The beach was a easy step down from the hotel, quiet accessible. For the Kappil beach and the other's we hired a hotel cab - expensive but worth it. Also moved around in the auto from hotel to the cliff-Tibetan market. The auto driver was so helpful he gave me his mobile number, and would appear out of nowhere in flat 10 minutes anytime I called. Since we were in Varkala in the first week of June, it was heavily raining. But it was beautiful. I have never enjoyed rain so much. I tried shopping at the Tibetan market thrice but every time I reached there...it started pouring. People actually start running in, just looking up at the sky, and then withing 2 minutes its starts pouring. Thanks to the rain we got to sit the cafe and enjoy hot and fresh pizza at the cafe del mar. Even though it was raining I managed to shop-a few Tibetan art pieces and jewelry and some coveralls. When at the hotel we had a good time playing around, played chess, carom , table tennis, ludo...tries the spa (didn't like it - only things that needs improvisation) . Advise there are lots of mosquito in the lobby area, so while you are playing games with your family there or just reading the book while watching the sunset---apply mosquito repellent or use mosquito patches. Hotel Transfers are always expensive, so was our transfer from Varkala to Cherthala. Overall a very satisfactory experience. Loved it. The room was super comfortable. Accessibility from hotel to all beaches, markets, eat out is very good ! The Awesome Hospitality is the High-point. As our stay ended at Varkala, we wished to stay longer. A true Kerala holiday is incomplete without a stay at Varkala. Even though we were there during off season, and could not enjoy the beach sports/ activities or the beach bazaars...varkala was still so interesting...just imagine how good it would be at season time. Looking forward to visiting again- this time during season time ! Oh while leaving my daughter was gifted this necklace made of shells...that she was thrilled about. She wore it around her neck the entire day, and still has it safe in her jewelry box. Lovely Holiday.

Room Tip: Sea Facing !!!!
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank GopikaAJ
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

I stayed here for 2 nights,it is a fabulous hotel.
The rooms are quite spacious with good views and the bathrooms are also good.
The swimming pool is also good, especially e bar at pool.
It is a great value for money hotel and also maintains the Taj experience.

Room Tip: Take the sea facing room
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

We stayed here back in March. We found the hotel through recommendations at other places in Varkala. We were looking for somewhere with a pool & a bit of Luxury after a terrible houseboat experience!
The Gateway was great. We stayed 2 nights. The pool was nice, breakfast was good. It's only a short walk down some steps and along the beach to the town where there are lots of shops and internet cafes. Or the hotel can call a rickshaw/taxi for you.
The hotel is maybe not as grand as it once was but is very clean & has large rooms with balconies/gardens overlooking the pool.
Stay away from the local fish curry in the hotel restaurant it is blow your head off hot! It actually made a friend of mine very sick. Everything else in the restaurant is OK but you also have a lot of options for food in the town.
I would definitely recommend it if you are staying in the area, it was the nicest place we found!
When we left the lovely staff came out with us to say goodbye and gave each of the girls a coconut shell candle as a gift. It was a really nice touch!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: Near Government Guest House | Janardhanapuram, Varkala 695141, India
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Location: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Varkala
#2 Family Hotel in Varkala
#4 Romantic Hotel in Varkala
Price Range: $98 - $245 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Gateway Hotel Janardhanapuram Varkala 4*
Number of rooms: 30
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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