We booked this hotel in Internet after reading many good reviews. It was a very big disappointment as we arrived there. The room was supposed to have a garden view, but the Garden was under a construction site. Additionlly, it was not a clean place at all. After paying some penalty we cancelled the room and moved to another place. Do not book any room at anywehere in Varakala online, the quality changes everyday! Just go and see everything available and then check in the one you liked the most otherwise you end up paying money for rooms you do not stay...
This hotel got relatively good reviews on TA and its advantage was that it could easily be booked online before our trip. But the actual experience was rather dissapointing. Its courtyard was turned into a construction site, so no nice views from our window, bed sheets and towels were stained. We stayed for two nights and there was no room service, the breakfast in a nearby Apple restaurant was not good at all and left us with upset stomachs. There are certainly nicer places in Varkala for the price we paid in Signature.
room is very clean and price of the room is very good,i love staying in signature.people are very kind n nice.signature is little back side from the sea view but to stay perfect place.there are many places along the cliff some places 250 rupees some places 500 rupees some places 3000 rupees but signature is best price.
We hired a tuk tuk from Varkala village and were actually aiming for somewhere else. The tuk tuk driver decided after a while of looking that rather than backtrack and help us he would stop in the middle of nowhere and chuck us out in the middle of a thunderstorm. We found signature residence and they helped us with our bags, gave us an umbrella and checked us into what they described as "just a hut" for 400INR (as it was near the end of the season). We had an image of a ricketty wooden shack but we had a beautiful room, banana leaf roof, ensuite with a terrace. It was non-ac but the thunderstorm had taken away a lot of the heat.
Fantastic service and great value room!
5 minute walk to the front and all the restaurants, shops and spas that Varkala has to offer.
To Trivandrum airport, 51 km (auto driver says 60)
Varkala Railway Station 4-5 km, website says 3.5, auto drivers say 5.
Quiet place - wonderful. No television in room - positive for some, not for others. Loved having a Big quiet room but at hostel backpacker prices.
+ large room, large bathroom, large bath towel (albeit well used with small stains, small holes, but thick and clean), clean white sheets, hot shower. If you're on the second floor, it takes a while for the water to heat up, then it's very hot. Multi-level ceiling fan over bed . Comfy chairs on balcony overlooking beautiful grounds. Short easy walk to wonderful view of sea and steps down to beach. Short walk to local chai shop with apom for breakfast, Thali for lunch (staff can point you in the right direction)
- Internet access often down, but then, when it's off, it's off everywhere in town (internet cafes, restaurants, hotels), not just at Signature.
Signature Residence Lobby: a few German books, yoga from local teacher, Tuesdays with Morrey, DVD about Kerala
Check out Varkala Shiva Giri and
Varkala temple on beach