I stayed at the hotel for 2nights in April. I found this to be a great little hotel overlooking a dirty spot of beach filled with rubbish, and left overs of people who come to perform puja's for the dead - but then, a two minute walk away, you come to a lovely stretch of beach thats so refreshing from the dirty area you get to see when you open the curtains of your window. But baring this minor incident, I found nothing to complain about the Hindustan Beach Resort. Reception was warm and friendly, checkin/checkout in record time, room ( 201) I stayed in was huge, great views of the sea, spacious and spotless. The food I order in room service was delicious, reasonable and better priced compared to those at the shacks on the beach. Also, from the beach on the right, you could climb up the stairs to the cliff and there is a wide array of shops, restaurants, massage parlours etc. This area is worth a walk in the evenings.
I was a bit disappointed with the Ayurvedic clinic....1200 for a full body massage was a bit steep. Well, he eventually gave me a 15% discount, but still high compared to other places which charged 700 -900. I also did a yoga session for 600 but thought it to be totally unprofessional. One of the massage staff tried to teach me about 15 asanas in 0ne hour and then the breathing excercises and it was so rushed and confusing, that i felt there should be a more professional way of teaching yoga especially to someone learing it for the first time. I was torn between looking at the guy trying to do the exercise, do it myself and memorising it.
The hotel breakfast was very very disappointing. Staff totally disinterested. food cold, Choice of food restricted to very few choices. I think this hotel needs to do more to improve the quality of its breakfast. The restaurant on the top that serves breakfast offers great views.
The swimming pool is small, but clean. The hotel being right on the beach, should also do its bit in keeping the entrance to the beach clean. Placing dustbins, ensuring that vendors who sell icecreams and wot not keep dustbins and ensure people dont throw their icecream wrappers on the road, keeping someone on hand to inform people to keep the surroundings clean and pickup rubbish, should go a long way in giving the hotel a better seafront name and location !
Otherwise, a very nice hotel, and I would definitely stay there again. I could say, even better that the Taj Gateway hotel nearby on a cliff. Great value ! I hope this hotel continues to keep it up !
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hindustan Beach Retreat Varkala, Kerala