Stayed here in March and immediately wound down and fell into relaxation mode. Staff were warm, friendly and welcoming. Our comfortable twin room was a little minimilistic with white walls and dark wood in a contemporary Keralan style. The shower room was very smart, ultra modern and possibly a little bit kinky. The separating wall to the bedroom was floor to ceiling glass so all would be revealed if the blind wasn't pulled down! We had a small verandah with chairs looking out over a terraced garden (all lush and green) and the pool on a higher level just beyond.
The breakfasts were good. We ate our evening meals down at one of the beachside restaurants, just a 10-15 minute walk away through the hotel grounds and a series of steps, out through the gate and down eventually to the road and beach.This gate is locked about 7.30PM so you have to get a taxi/rickshaw back (Rs 50) as it's too far to walk by road at night (and much too dark!) These restaurants serve delicious food (especially fish) and there is much more atmosphere to be had as well as a whole lot cheaper!
We enjoyed our stay and felt vey comfortable here.
- Also Known As:
- The Gateway Hotel Janardhanapuram Varkala Kerala
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It is set amidst tall, swaying palms and is 60 ft high on a cliff, Varkala is located 55 kms (1 hr 15 m drive) from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. The railway station is a 5 minute drive from the hotel. The hotel offers a choice of 30 elegant rooms including 2 suites. A multi-cuisine restaurant and 2 bars, meeting room, Ayurvedic center, WiFi and indoor/outdoor sports facilities makes the hotel an ideal getaway for the discerning leisure traveler. ... more less
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