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Shirleysbeach Hotel
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Shirleysbeach Hotel
Ranked #29 of 84 Kovalam B&B and Inns
Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Welcoming, helpful and caring!”
Reviewed July 31, 2012

I was doing my first solo travel in 2011 and the trip to Kovalam and the hotel was very stressful. As soon as I arrived Shirley sensed my unease and worries and from then on she literally took me under her wing! She looked after me so well, kept checking up on me to make sure I was okay and even spoke to my mum when she rang!
I couldn't have asked for a better person as a host! She was so wonderful and helpful - like a mother!
The room was very nice, good location and they provide services if you need them (i.e. they arranged a car to drive me to my next location for a decent price).

I'd recommend this place to anyone - purely on how welcome and safe Shirley made me feel when I arrived all shaken up and teary on her doorstep!

Kovalam was a very nice and relaxing place.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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Udaipur, India
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Reviewed June 29, 2012

Our room at Shirley's was very nice - clean with a balcony which gave us a great place to sit and relax in the mornings an evenings. Location also perfect. Shirley and her son went out of their way to make us feel at home; they helped us find a hotel for our next stop and booked it for us over the phone and when we said we were having trouble booking transport online, they took our info and cancelled and rearranged our bookings over the phone, all free of charge.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2012

Shirely came to pick us up from the airport at 3.30am, which says all you need to know about the quality of service. As the price was much lower than others in the area, we were not expecting much - but we were pleasantly surprised. The room was huge, and spotlessly clean with a balcony. Only a few minutes walk from the beach.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank jakeg82
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Cracow, Poland
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44 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed February 5, 2012

Nice place.Comfortably clean rooms, easy walking distance to beach.I can recoomend this guest rooms for everyone.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank Darek-Cracow-Poland
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Zagreb
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2011

Greetings to you all,
for a long time we wanted to write this letter. We are old travelers through India and over the years found places and met poeple we fell in love with. So we always return there. One of those special places is little family Hotel "Shirley's Beach" in Kovalam-Kerala. Situated only a minute from the beach it is surrendered by palm trees that provide great shade from the hot sun. Coming back to our Shirley (Mrs.Mary Koshey), brave women who smiles all the time, is like coming back home to a dear person, a friend always ready help. What a great experience! Besides friendship and hospitality you will discover also that the place is run very professionaly with a great sense for cleanliness and hygiene. Milions of people travel but just keep moving on. However, those who once meet Shirley as they arrive tired from a long journey to the airport in the middle of the night and are greeted by her with a wonderful smile, those will surely come back agin. The sense of saefty cannot even be spoiled by a flat tire in the middle of the night thanks to Sambath Shirley's son who solves all problems. We write this as a sign of appreciation for Shirley and her son.

We wish all the best to you and hope that our paths will cross and we will find some of you there.

Asia and Vesna

Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
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Hollesley, United Kingdom
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166 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed March 6, 2011

My wife and I were lucky enough to stay at Shirley's Beach Hotel for 8 weeks from January until March. The hotel is a budget hotel but has a huge heart with the proprietor Shirley and her son Sambath looking after us better than a mother, pandering to our every need and want. I can only describe the place as a perfect base and would unhesitatingly recommend it to anyone. They also organise any tour you could wish for with skill and expertise, and have many contacts with ayervedic treatments. Also can refer you to high class Dental care. First Class stay at economy prices. Brilliant.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2011

Shirley's Beach hotel is great value. Shirley and son Sambath will go the extra mile --Sambath met our 3:45 am flight into Trivandrum--they are also great with advice, tours, etc.

The hotel is very simple, but for a budget hotel the location is very convenient to the beach. It is great value in that it is safe, clean, quiet and cheap. You can certainly get better hotels in Kovalam, but not for the money and as a bonus you get Shirley.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Shirleysbeach Hotel
Address: Temple Road, Near Avaduthura Devi Temple | behind Coconut Groove Restaurant, Kovalam 695527, India
Location: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Kovalam
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 84 B&Bs / Inns in Kovalam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shirleysbeach is a perfect budget seaside getaway to rejuvenate your mind and body. The excitement never ends in Kerala from the lush green forests, enchanting backwaters, dazzling waterfalls, splendid beaches - an experience of a lifetime. Ideal location at beautiful Kovalam beach, just 10 feet from the water, makes us the guests' favorite! Shirleysbeach blends the traditional hospitality of a Kerala home with modern facilities. Truly, a home away from home. Cozy and comfortable with a homely atmosphere to help you unwind, relax and pamper yourself and make your journey an unforgettable experience. ... more   less 
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