I returned to Chera Rock Beach House for the third time as the previous stays had been very pleasant. Unfortunately this last one turned out to be very different.
The beach house has an excellent location on a secluded beach, the Keralan food was still very good and Mr Ali served us well as usual.
However, the main fault of the place is uncleanliness which you don't expect if you pay such high price. As long as the place was new it was probably cleaner but by now it's run-down... On our arrival in the room we were greeted by a stink, which, as we discovered by the next morning, came from the utterly mouldy beds and mattresses. Equally mouldy and stinking were the wardrobes. Windows and curtains were unwashed and the once white walls were all covered with stains. One has the impression they hardly ever clean the rooms after visitors except changing bed linen...
You'd also expect the beach house owners to clean at least that part of the beach which is right in front of the beach house. Even after a notice some of the rubbish out there was not removed during our whole stay, although it could have taken 15 minutes.
Basically, you are left with the impression the owner (and his son) just don't care much. They explained some things had not been done because the season had not really started. But didn't they have visitors?! There was also one Austrian couple staying, and as one can read from their review in German, they were as disappointed as we were.
After having cleaned the mouldy beds ourselves (which didn't help much) we spent 4 stinky nights of bad sleep at Chera Rock and decided to leave earlier than planned before. On top of all things the owner charged us full high-season price of 5000 Rs/night.
This was outrageous. It is sad our last stay turned out to be a disappointment. For other travellers I would suggest to stay either at Ocean Hues Beach House which is right on the same magnificent beach but seems to have cleaner rooms, or at the nearby Seashell Beach Resort, where you will get a better value for your money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chera rocks, the real lonely planet, a complete contrast from busy city life, has no sounds of modern world. I am sure, before you leave the place you will learn to identify different types of natures sounds and also to enjoy the healing effects of these sounds. You will be amazed to find a empty seashore with no sales person or masseur.....You and your gorgeous sea alone! You may be surprised to see the easy accessibility to road, railway and international airports while Chera Rocks remains as a lonely planet.....That's the way God has created it....Come and celebrate your holidays and make it unforgettable.... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chera Rock Beach House Hotel Kannur