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Hotel Sea View Palace - the beach hotel
Ranked #20 of 53 Hotels in Kovalam
Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

In kovalam, all along the beaches, there are restaurants and small lodges/ hotels. Most of them are not even online. It's best to just walk down the beach and book one alongside after checking the rooms; that is if it's off season. In season, you won't find a single room in hundreds of these hotels and hence pre-booking becomes important. Just because of location, this hotel gets it's bonus points. It's a neat, basic hotel. Issues: Rugs/ quilts are cut in two and you can't fit in it! Power failure is frequent and there are no backups. Bathroom smelled bad of sea food cooked just below it. Hot water access isn't easy, we were told they will arrange buckets on request. Rooms are pretty small. Nevertheless, we had a good time. Just we had to pay a bit high, 3500rs, due to the peak season. One important point to take care of is that cards are not accepted along the beach side so you have to carry enough cash. Or be willing for a good hike up hill to reach the ATMs or pay 3% exchange fees to the exchangers.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

Stayed at Hotel Sea View Palace for 14 days in November. Fabulous room. Clean, spacious wonderful view of the bay and lighthouse. Hotel staff couldn't have been more helpfull. Santana restaurant excellent value for money, and again the waiters couldn't do enough for you. This was our fourth visit to Kovalam, and by far the best.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank smithy_lm
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Good hotel, very near to sea. Good spacious room. Nice bathrooms. Very clean. We stayed there for 2 days and liked the stay in the price they offered...we dint order food but there are good restaurants on beach side

  • Stayed: August 2013
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2  Thank 294nishits
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Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at SVP for a few nights after flying to india. If u have never been to asia or if u are just a resort lover u will be dissapointed. For the cheap price u pay u are just dumb if u are expect a five star place. Because it is not.

its a good place for a good price. The personel at the tiny checkin lobby and bar/restaurant are friendly and welcoming. The room is basic but everything is working. Shower and airconditioning just fine.

The big plus that it is right on the beach! Just a promemade 3mtr w8de separates the restaurant area from the sand, sea and cheap beds on the beach.

again... its not the hilton, its a affordable and very good midrange indian hotel!

Be happy and friendly, and u'll get friendly. If u talk to them with a arrogance u'll get arrogance...

  • Stayed: August 2012
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3  Thank mh_1204
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

I stayed at this hotel for two weeks or thereabouts in February. Reading now some of the other comments I agree with regard to the mosquitoes and the lack of power with no back up for AC or lighting. However the biggest bone of contention was with the final bill presented to us, and from our perspective, the absolutely appalling attitude of the hotel manger and his 'get all the money you can out of the guests' attitude. On the basis of his attitude alone, I wouldn't return to this hotel, but would definitely return to Kovalam Beach which is truly wonderful. There are way way better hotels to stay at on the Beach.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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6  Thank Timothy M
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

Our agent had us booked in by mistake for 12 nights when in fact we only stayed 11. When we received the bill we paid happily as our experience was, overall good, however when we surveyed the bill we challenged the difference and were very abruptly told that this was the way it was and that no refund would be coming. The manager was an unpleasant character to negotiate with and I certainly would not go back. We paid the extra night in the end, knowing that the eror was not ours. NOT RECOMMENDED -- however, may be under new management soon we were told.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank NapierGlobeTrotter
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

- No room service -no tea, no water, no complimentary meal
- No "Sir" or "Ma'am" after your room is booked
- Staff fails to recognize you once you book their room
- Very old rooms - TV doesn't work, Switches are broken
- AC leaks( water drips all day), they shout at you if you complain
- No water heater in bathroom
- No soap in bathroom
- Nobody to respond to your needs, they flee once your room is booked
- No phone in room
- Nobody to cleanup your room, in your absence
- Quilts are meant for babies not for full grown men
- Do not stay if you are an Indian

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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6  Thank IndHotelReviewer
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Additional Information about Hotel Sea View Palace - the beach hotel

Address: Light house beach,kovalam, Kovalam 695527, India
Location: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Kovalam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Kovalam
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Kovalam
Price Range: $15 - $46 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Sea View Palace - the beach hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel sea view palace , a Budget Beach hotel in Kovalam, which was established on 1997 and lastly renovated on 2013. The hotel is located at the Kovalam Light house beach, hotel is situated right in centre of the beach with beach view rooms. The hotel is just 50 metres walk along the pedestrian pathway from the Kovalam light house . Kovalam Hotel sea view palace is just 16 kms away from the Trivandrum International Airport with less than 20 mins to reach the hotel . We are having 14 well furnished good rooms and common sea facing balcony with sofa sets . Hotel also has a traditional restaurant, Santana Restaurant with all types of delicious foods, and could enjoy your dinner in the candlelight with a romantic touch. Restaurent is designed such a way that it gives traditional kerala touch. We are also having skilled staffs and provide room service for 24*7 , which gives a homely atmosphere for our guests. Our aim is to make our customers enjoy their vacation maximum to the core and to prefer our hotel when they come next to kovalam.We guarantee a memorable vacation at Kovalam and you leave with best memories that you had with us in kovalam.OUR FACILITIESA/C Deluxe Rooms,A/C Standard Rooms,Non A/C Standard Fan Rooms.Laundry services,Sea View balcony.24 x 7 Room Service,Beach Front Restaurant,Airport pick-up and drop (On request),100% Ayurvedic treatment centre,Doctor on call ... more   less 
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