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“Boutique Hotel, Kovalam” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Molly's Retreat
Ranked #10 of 82 Kovalam B&B and Inns
Croydon, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Boutique Hotel, Kovalam”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

We booked 2 weeks at Molly's Retreat Kovalam having read reviews on Trip Advisor.. It is a charming little hotel where the staff are kind and thoughtful. The rooms are spotlessly clean with as many clean towels as you need. The thoughtfulness is indicated in so many little touches for example a proper kettle with tea, coffee, and fresh milk supplied daily. Bottled complementary water each day, a mosquito net on the bathroom window, a fan on the balcony as well as air conditioning and bedroom fan, rechargeable electric lamp in case of power cuts etc. The facilities are good. A lovely swimming pool and delightful garden area with comfortable sunbeds. The breakfast was excellent. The bar/restaurant area was pleasant and was well used by residents, local people and refugees from the larger local hotels who were looking for comfort and atmosphere. Laundry was delivered clean and ironed either the same day or next morning and minimal price.
I celebrated my birthday during our stay and without any fuss a lovely cake with candles appeared while we were enjoying our nightcap.
Thank you Heather and Dharma for a great holiday

Room Tip: All rooms face north so remain cool all day. You have the choice of ground or first floor depending...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 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
      Service
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1 Thank Diana A
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

I stayed at Molly's for 10 nights in early January 2013 - my third stay - which says it all really. If you're looking for a reasonably priced hotel to chill out and relax in comfortable surroundings Molly's is hard to beat. Attentive and friendly service from Heather and Dharma, the owners, as well as their hard working staff. The rooms are huge, as is the bathroom/wet room. All the rooms have air conditioning together with an electric fan in the bedroom and on the balcony. I'm already thinking about a trip next year to get away from the English winter for a while.

Room Tip: There are only 8 rooms, 4 on the ground floor and 4 on the first floor. I usually have a ground flo...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Susan R
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Holbeach, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

This hotel as per all the other reviews is beautiful.
The rooms are large, clean with a comfortable bed, wardrobes and huge bathroom with a walk in shower. Clean towels every day not just two but four. Tea and coffee making facilities with fresh milk each day not that powered stuff that takes a day to dissolve in your cup! The balcony in each room is large with two chairs a large chest to rest feet on and a fan which is a stoke of genius. There is a fridge in each room which you can store any drinks you purchase for those warm nights sitting on your balcony

The pool area is clean and a good size with plenty of very comfortable sun beds

The restaurant on site has superb food serviced by the equally superb staff, you will quickly regards them as your friends as nothing is too much bother for them they are lovely, they are a reflection on the owners Heather and Dharma whose personality and warmth makes this such a wonderfully run hotel making you count the days until you return.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kneepads
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

This hotel is perfect, 8 rooms with an enormous swimming pool.All immaculately maintained.The rooms are large and airy with simple but exquisite furnishings, especially the beds. Air-conditioned rooms with fans including a fan on the balcony which we thought was inspired. Both the owners are on hand to deal with any queries you may have, a very sociable couple who are happy to advise regarding trips, outings and even other restaurants to dine at, although the restaurant in molly's serves fantastic food and has some wonderful staff. The tandoori was one of my favorites. What we appreciated most was although they organised a couple of outings for us there was no hard sell, very laid back and of a quality that we found hard to beat elsewhere.

Room Tip: We had 2 nights on the ground floor then moved up once a room became available, both were immaculate...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Thank edward t
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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

This small family run hotel is perfect if you want peace and quiet.
It is pristine. My wife and myself looked at one of their rooms.
Spotless ! The walk in wet room was like a small bedroom in u.k.
The hosts ,staff were helpful friendly, charming really.
I would recommend this small hotel to anyone. I'm just afraid that by doing this review I might not be able to book a room?

Room Tip: Can not comment on certain things like sleep quality as we didn't stay there. Wish we had. Staye...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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1 Thank Jimbo240518
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2012

Peace and tranquility from beginning to end; recommended to us by friends it does what it says in the brochure, extremely clean rooms, wonderful ambiance, particularly the restaurant in the evenings,, days by the pool ,, A gentle saunter by boat on the lagoon followed by the most terrific Kerala lunch,, only wish we were able to take the staff home with us,, many thanks to Darman for a wonderful time. Will be recommending this to everyone.

Room Tip: As all the rooms are the same, any, up-stair ceilings are a little loftier ,all overlook the pool
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank louise p
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Cork, Ireland
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42 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2012

Lovely accom and reasonable restaurant. Stayed for 3 nights and found the rooms clean and comfortable.

Room Tip: First Floor best!
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank LiamHowe
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Additional Information about Molly's Retreat

Property: Molly's Retreat
Address: GV Raja Road, Samudra Beach,, Kovalam 695527, India
Location: India > Kerala > Kovalam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 82 B&Bs / Inns in Kovalam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Molly`s Retreat Hotel Kovalam
Molly's Retreat Kovalam, Kerala

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