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Hindustan Beach Retreat
Ranked #6 of 50 Hotels in Varkala
Certificate of Excellence
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“A Lovely Hotel in a Good Position”
Reviewed December 8, 2012

I have stayed at this hotel on previous visits to Varkala. It is always my hotel of choice for the location, quality of rooms and the friendy and helpful staff.

I had a pool/ sea view room on the first floor which was extremely spacious with a larger than average balcony which opened onto the garden area.

The hotel is very well mantained and the rooms are spotless. The swimming pool is a decent size in an attractive setting and the pool guy is very helpful and does a good job.

The one thing that lets the hotel down is the catering. The buffet breakfasts are consistently bad. The food that should be served hot is always cold and unappetising. There is , however, a "live" cooking station serving omlettes or Dosa, Uthapam and Puttu.

Whilst I cannot accept food which should be hot and is presented cold this does not prevent me from staying at this hotel. I stay there because I like the hotel. There is more than enough choice of eating establishments in Varkala where I have never been disappointed with the quality of food.

I have and would still return to this hotel.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

Stayed in the hotel for 1 day in the month of October, room was very good,clean and properly maintained. View of the sea was perfect from the room.Very well maintained swimming pool . The roof top resturant was fantastic.. all the staff was very friendly. Definitely our best stay in the whole trip of Kerala.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 27, 2012 via mobile

We booked this place via Agoda and it was expensive but worth it for the room with an amazing view! The hotel and room was better than expected and as seen online. The airport pick was smooth. The view was stunning and the sound of the sea crashing against the beach hypnotic. The reception staff were pleasant. The location is perfect as it is only a short stroll to the touristy North Cliff beach and up to the North Cliff shops and restaurants. After a day out it was always fun to come back and take a swim for a few hours whilst watching the sun set.
The biggest disappointment was the restaurant which served over cooked, overpriced food in the evening and poor breakfast in the morning.
WiFi is chargeable at 50 rupees an hour per device which is ridiculous considering how much you pay to stay here - cafes and restaurants on North Cliff offer it for free! The reception staff are aware of this is an issue.
On the whole, will definitely return to Varkala and stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

Good place..lots of kekdas were thr :D but I liked rooftop hotel..dint stay thr but I think 2 nights are more then enough for ths lovely place…..ppl like me whos pure veg will surely face a problem of taste.too much spicy food ….. but overall good experience…the best part about the place is its beach..private beach with electricity!! Rooms were good..spa center was also nice..the service was nice..

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

Nice and large rooms. The food was increadible! I had some minor health issues with my ears and had to go to the doctor. The reception kindly arranged everything ASAP. The pool is clean and the view over the ocean is fantastic. Our room had a nice balcony and the only negative part is that there has to be a net that disturbs the view in order to prevent birds from nesting and "visiting" the rooms.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 17, 2012 via mobile

The hotel was strictly average. The rooms were great but not very clean. The view was fantastic. That's where it ends.

The location is bad and ison the beach meant for locals and not tourists which is quite a scary walk away over cliffs and narrow paths.

The food wasn't good and we even avoided the free breakfast to eat outside.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Reviewed June 4, 2012

Had a wonderful stay for 3 nights. Nearest to the beach and 5 min to the town by Auto.The breathtaking view of the beach and other activities from the hotel balcony was great. Breakfast was good and cleanliness of the room and toilet was above satisfactory. Definitely will go back to this hotel on my next visit to Varkala, Kerala.


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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Hindustan Beach Retreat
Address: Papanasam Beach | Janardhanapuram PO, Varkala 695141, India
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Location: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Varkala
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Varkala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hindustan Beach Retreat 3.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Varkala. The new tourist destination in God's Own Country, Kerala. It is 55 km North of Thiruvananthapuram accessible by road NH-47 via Kallambalam. By train, Varkala is a station from where a short drive by taxi will get you to Hindustan Beach Retreat. Hindustan Beach Retreat is a venture of the reputed Hindustan Textiles Group based in Kannur since 1939. We have 27 well appointed rooms each one with a spectacular view of the Arabian Sea giving you the luxury of the solitude that you can enjoy with the sounds of nature. · Accommodation o Standard Room - 12 (6 king size + 6 twin bed) o Executive Room (Balcony) - 12 (10 king size + 2 twin bed) o Suite Room (Balcony + Living Room) - 03 (3 king size) · Food o Nothin' Doing - The Restaurant near the Pool Side o Wait'n Watch - Coffee Shop on the Roof Top o Slow motion - The Bar. O Room service - 24 Hrs.· Swimming Pool with Jacuzzi (costumes a must) · Kid's Pool · 100 Seater Conference Hall · Turtle - The Souvenir Shop · Travel Desk · Beautiful Lawn · Wi-fi Internet · Television/Cable · Mini-bar· Telephone · Library · Turtle Bay - The Spa · Coffee makers· Doctor on call. ... more   less 
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