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Hotel Sea Face
Ranked #25 of 52 Hotels in Kovalam
california
2 reviews
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“OK experience”
Reviewed September 19, 2008

My husband and I stayed 3 nights at the Hotel Sea Face. The location was ideal...right on the beach/main strip of Kovalam. I feel like we paid too much though...about $125USD a night. The room was clean but there was construction going on so there was constant hammering. I complained to the front desk but they did not seem to care. The wait/pool staff were very nice but the hotel manager was a kind of a jerk. I am of Indian decent and my husband is Caucasian/American and I got the feeling that the manager had a problem with that. Anyways I would give them another shot because of the cleanliness and location.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — hotel manager
  • Stayed November 2005, traveled as a couple
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Western Norway, Norway
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Reviewed April 8, 2008

We had booked to stay at a nearby resort, but found it unsuitable for our 2yr old. After 3 days we transferred to the Sea Face and found it perfect for our needs.

By Indian standards the place was clean, the food (both breakfast and evening meals) was very good, the staff (front desk, housekeeping and restaurant) very friendly and helpful, the aircon actually worked, and we had hot running water.
We stayed in one of the ground floor rooms (with a door opening straight to the pool) and had no complaints with noise.

The location was perfect: right beside Sunset Rocks, with easy access to both Lighthouse and Eve's beaches. We sat on the terrace and watched fishermen hauling their nets while we ate breakfast each morning a safe distance from the many hawkers who patrol the beaches.

If we had to find faults, they would be:
* position of the a/c compressor outside the door means more hot air and noise whilst a/c is operating (so we switched it off on the evenings we sat outside - no problems with the room staying cool.)
* crows could be a real nuisance at breakfast/lunch.
* beer is quite pricey (there is a licensed hotel bar, so no need to hide your drink in a "special mug").
* pool has no shallow end or steps for children.

Apart from these minor niggles we had no complaints at all, and would definitely consider returning. All in all it was excellent value for money.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Crows!
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
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Thank Lurtz&Co
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San Diego, California
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12 reviews
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Reviewed March 26, 2008

I booked this hotel on recommendation of our driver. I was incessantly called every other day after booking (booked two weeks out) to confirm that I was coming so they would keep my reservation held. Staff demanded I send cash Rs 1000 in advance to hold the room. I, of course, refused but it was incredibly obnoxious. Like most things in the India, the magic word "no!" should be your answer to any such requests.

The hotel itself has a great beach front location, and the place is clean, if tired. The pool is fine, nothing special. Don't expect the many wait staff around the pool to come and offer to get you anything however.

The A/C is incredibly loud, and the rooms at the pool level have entrances into the lobby so loud ringing telephones and talking keep you from sleeping at night--this is made worse because the bathrooms have this small vent in the top of the wall which is open to the lobby area allowing the sounds to pass easily. Only book rooms on the 2nd floor (and definitely avoid 101/102/103).

The contiental breakfast was fine, but the restaurant was certainly not worth having dinner at (I recommend going over to Tides at The Leela).

Unless you are on a budget, skip this place.

  • Liked — the location
  • Disliked — the loud rooms, constant power cuts, bad service
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with friends
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Thank TheTravelMasta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed March 8, 2008

We just had a great and relaxed time in Kovalam ( Kerala ) .
The SEA FACE Hotel is very well located at the beach front , and the helpful and pleasant staff make you feel very much at home ...
The managemnt proved to be very efficient and it all added up to make an excellent holiday .
WELL RECOMMENDED

  • Liked — location and amenities , staff and management
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank Inescrema
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Property: Hotel Sea Face
Address: NUP Beach Road, Kovalam 695527, India
Location: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Kovalam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Kovalam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Sea Face is a 3 Star hotel with world class facilities and is ISO certified.Hotel Sea face is situated right on the Beach at Kovalam. ... more   less 
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