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The Quilon Beach Hotel & Convention Centre
Ranked #4 of 21 Hotels in Kollam
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Nice hotel, wrong location”
Reviewed May 27, 2010

We stayed 3 weeks fully expecting this hotel to be tourist oriented. How wrong we were. It stands alone just outside town, abutting a very dirty, unusable beach, which is in daily use by local fishermen, who use it for their toilet, in full view of anyone walking past! There are no gardens to stroll in; in fact we were warned by staff not to go out walking after dark. There are no tourist facilities whatever in the area. In fact we could not find postcards or souvenirs anywhere in Kollam. The staff tried their very best to assist us during our stay as for most of our holiday we were the only Europeans in the hotel. It is definitely a business hotel, with almost daily business meetings and seminars being held in the Conference Centre next door. Mercury should warn their customers of this if they are holidaying there for an extended period.

During our stay the hotel had no bar or alcohol license or indeed anywhere to sit and relax or socialise after dinner, so each evening saw us back in our room at about 8.30-9pm.

The pool on 1st floor level is immediately outside of the dining area, which has huge picture windows, so you are in full view of all who are dining. The pool man was charming and does his very best to keep everything spick and span. Unfortunately the pool abuts the boundary wall of the hotel and right next door are a couple of shed like structures with flat roofs which are home to 3 Dobermen dogs, one of whom barks at anything that moves, a number of cows, goats and chickens. Two of the dogs live almost permanently on the roof and the resulting faeces were only cleaned up once during our stay. You can imagine the smell. The rooftop pool was not a pleasant experience as initially we were attacked by the Black Kites, the pool's access was not easy and the air conditioning units housed there are huge and very noisy.

Overall not a good experience.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 18, 2010

Stayed at the Beach Orchid as our annaual conference was hosted there. The convention center of this hotel is world class. The rooms are sea facing with most rooms having a view of the beautiful Kerala Backwaters. Despite the large number fo guest who had come to attend the conference and were staying there, we faced no problems at all. The staff were ever smiling, courteous and bestowed us with personal attention.
The food served was excellent, especially the sea food. The hotel is having a live counter serving lobsters, crabs etc. where the guests themselves can select from the live counter. I also went for an ayurvedic massage which was very relaxing and rejuvenating. Although we had come for a business trip, i felt that i was on holiday, since i had such a nice time, thanks to the beach orchid hotel.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled on business
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Navi Mumbai, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed May 10, 2010

i was put in this so called luxury hotel by my travel agent and had the worst stay of my trip to keral, run down building,dirty lobby and lifts, smelling rooms and the worst food.rude manager who was more defensive than helping in nature
nothing you see has 5 star feel looks like a poor 3 star hotel

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 5, 2010

What totally captivated me about Beach Orchid was the truly incredible view from the rooms ! Most of the rooms face the sea and if you book in advance, you can be assured of a very good view.The food especially the buffet was fabulous, especially the desserts!. There are two swimming pools , one on the top floor and one near the restaurant...with a sunken bar in it. The children enjoyed their stay .There are slightly expensive ayurvedic massages you can opt for.Can get good sightseeing packages...but i think it would be better off if you 'free-lance' instead of going along with the hotel deal.All in all, a good bargain for your money.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 30, 2010

We stayed here one night and had a good experience.
Nice entrance hall, easy check in, good room on 7th floor overlooking the beach ( great to watch the fishermen in the morning), and very good buffet. The reception staff were excellant organising a car and driver to get us to Tirivandrum, taking in the sites of Kollam and a stop at Amritapuri along the way.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed April 24, 2010

Decided on this hotel for our vacation based on the reviews on the internet, and we were not disappointed. Neat and cozy rooms, excellent location, overlooking the arabian sea. We enjoyed the food and the service of the staff was excellent.Overall one of the best hotels we have ever stayed and would recommend this to anyone travelling to Kerala.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Noida
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Reviewed March 20, 2010

This hotel is located on the sea shore.and most of the rooms are sea-facing ones. Excellent Service and food.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled on business
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Property: The Quilon Beach Hotel & Convention Centre
Address: Kollam Beach, Kollam 691006, India (Formerly The Beach Orchid)
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Location: India > Kerala > Kollam District > Kollam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Kollam
#3 Family Hotel in Kollam
#4 Romantic Hotel in Kollam
#4 Spa Hotel in Kollam
#4 Luxury Hotel in Kollam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — The Quilon Beach Hotel & Convention Centre 5*
Number of rooms: 95
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The first 5 star luxury hotel in Kollam with 95 rooms, located on the beach offering panoramic view of the Arabian Sea from every room till its horizon. The hotel is an ideal host to a holiday maker as well as corporates for their meetings, conventions, weddings at a destination which is untouched by many....Providing seven wonder views of the sea, beach, park, city, greenery harbor and backwaters. It Provides 95 sea facing rooms with Multi-cuisine restaurant, coffee shop, an infinity swimming pool, international spa and Kerala Ayurvedic centre, Health Club, is well designed and managed to offer international standard amenities and services to both leisure and business travelers alike. The concept of MICE tourism is incorporated with full size international convention centre that can accommodate up to 1500 people, one of the biggest beachside business facilities in India. The other seven conference halls of different capacities provide variety to conferencing and make it a pleasant and peaceful location for conducting business meetings. ... more   less 
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