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“Terrible and doesn't recommend for families.” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Golden Sands
Ranked #36 of 51 Hotels in Kovalam
Bengaluru, India
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Terrible and doesn't recommend for families.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

There is NO approach road to this hotel, 3ft walk way next to 4ft deep open drianage, dogs and drunken people is dangerous with kids, ladies and elders.
Reception guy was very un-polite and kept arguing that my booking which was changed from non AC to AC And have confirmation emails from both makemytrip and hotel is not changed and it is my fault that I booked hotel from makemytrip instead of thier website. Calling makemytrip support did not help, and the customer support person prpmmised me to call back with other hotel options did not call back.
There is no car parking in this hotel, you havecto drop the car in neighborhood place which in not guarded.
Room doesn't have hot water, staff kept lying tthat the hot water will come waste few buckets . I tried in multiple rooms non of them have hot water.
No telephone in the room unless you specifically ask for it. No one at front desk even if you walk down the stairs.
No toilet door bolt to lock it from inside., it was pretty embarrassing situation when kids open door not realizing that some one is inside the bath room. Mascqittos were very big and looks dangerous. And again no mosquito repellent unless you ask.

This hotel Rented it to 50 school kids, who kept knocking at the door throughout the night, could not sleep peacefully. Driving next day without good night sleep was terrible.

Food service was very late, took 1 hour to get it , waiting in restaurant with Mascqittos biting was very unpleasant. Even the curd rice tastes soar with two days old curd.
Finally after getting AC room for second day, realized that the AC temperature control does not work.
This hotel stay was a nightmare for my family and spoiled my holiday.
I will not recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

I stayed at Golden Sands for about a week in january 2013 with my wife and baby (10 months).

The hotel is an excelent choice for families. The rooms are spacious and - by indian standards - clean. The decoration of the rooms is pretty odd, and pålain white sheets would be a big improvement from the floral patterns and Mickey Mouse sheets that they mix. But these are small details.

The pool is clean and nice, which is a big advantage when you are travelling with small kids. Hard to find elsewhere in Kovalam for the same price!

Food is decent, but service takes a long time.

The infamous walk from the beach is just a few minutes. We had no problem to walk with a stroller, even though there are a few steps at some places. Don't let that scare you - the location is good.

We will probably go back next year.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Aligarh, India
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30 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

The location is not at all good. Its almost you had to trek to get there. Will take at-least 5-10 minutes to get to beach. Also your car can't go at the hotel so shifting luggage is a problem. The hotel rooms are not that good. They are big but cleanliness is an issue. Pool is fine. however what stands out is the food. For vegetarians I strongly recommend have all your meals here. Food is very good. Plus the management is good and hospitable.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Munich, Germany
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

A great place to stay at kovalam away from all disturbances. Nice management, staff and super location, but the location is not advisable for very old and physically challenged peoples as they have to walk a bit to reach the hotel. But when you reach there it is an awesome place fell like heaven..

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bengaluru, India
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

Back to kovalam again for a short vacation and stayed at goldensands. Awesome !!!

The management is doing a good work to keep up the beauty. Wow !!

Didn't feel that I came to this place last time all together a new feeling.
Thank you very much for the warm welcom

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013

We stayed here for two weeks in an AC room one groud floor easy to get into the pool. Our room large and very clean. Just ask the ladies they will be happy to clean your room when ever you want. The guys who run the place are great, very helpful. WiFi can be spontaneous. In all we had a great stay and your only a short walk from the beach and restaurants. :-)

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Malcolm54
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Bengaluru, India
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

We had been here with 7 of my family members and had a very pleasant stay. This resort is not on the beach, one has to walk a distance through a narrow pathway. If you have considerable bags it will be tough to carry all of them, ask the hotel guys to help in carrying these bags.
Rooms are large, clean and well managed. Food is normal, if you are having food in the hotel, tell them the order in advance as they take atleast 30 to 45 min to prepare food.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Golden Sands
Address: Light House Beach | Thiruvananthapuram, Kovalam 695521, India
Location: India > Kerala > Kovalam
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#14 Spa Hotel in Kovalam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Golden Sands 2*
Number of rooms: 27
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