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Hindustan Beach Retreat
Ranked #6 of 52 Hotels in Varkala
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 September 2017

I visited Varkala & stayed at Hindustan Beach retreat for three nights(Sep 6,7 & 8).Before getting into the review of Hindustan let me quickly outline Varkala for the benefit of the unacquainted,please visit Varkala only if:

1. You are looking for a relaxed,chilled out holiday(no hopping around from one place to another)
2. A holiday by the beach(& only beach) fascinates you
3. Like savoring the excellent views of the sunrise & sunsets by the beach.
4. You love terrific sea food.

If you did notice,I might have repeated beach more than once above & that's primarily what the place is about - beautiful beaches with wonderful views(from the cliff as well as from the hotel room & restaurant).

Now there is the cliff & there is Hindustan Beach retreat which is a five minutes jog down the cliff - I mention this separately because from what I had noticed this hotel seems to be the only one both closest to the beach as well as closest to the cliff.Am not sure how the resorts/hotels atop the cliff can call themselves beach resorts in the first place - now I could be slightly wrong here but a climb down the cliff to the beach takes only 5-10 mins max but the sea is rough down there(maybe that's just in Sep?,am not sure) and you can't even stand there let alone swim.

Pros of Hindustan Beach retreat:
1. Vantage location - A two minute walk to the beach(not a private beach though).
2. Excellent staff who are both courteous & helpful
3. Well maintained place
4. Excellent food with wonderful view of the sea from their roof top restaurant.
5. Rooms with a direct view of the sea(I stayed in the third floor but don't think it would be any different with other floors either).
6. Stone's throw away from Janardhana Swamy temple - an extremely beautiful temple(apparently 2000 years old) which one can visit.
7.Has a pool,a small one though but one which can engage kids - Now I really don't think its possible for any other resort in Varkala(at least those near the cliff) to have both a pool & a terrific sea view at the same time so this one is a plus especially if you travel with family(read kids).

Cons:
1. Food was slightly overpriced but I reckon given the location/excellent quality of food provided that is still kinda okay.

Room Tip: Do ensure you also visit Kapil beach - its about 10 kms away from this place.
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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hindretreat, Manager at Hindustan Beach Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Dear Guest,

Greetings from Hindustan Beach Retreat, Varkala

At the onset we are most delighted to note that you had a wonderful experience in our hotel and would like to thank you for letting us know how impressed you were with the services offered by our team during your stay.

We are glad to understand that our product and services exceeded your expectations. My team and I look forward to welcome you back for many more enriching moments.

Assuring you of our best services at all times.

Regards,

Anup S Nair
Manager - Operations

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Reviewed 13 September 2017

This hotel was a little tired. Had a problem with the AC leaking which took two attempts to fix. Most staff very helpful. Restuarant offer was limited but hotel is ideal located near other restuarants and only a half hour walk to Varkala Town. Lots of shops especially if you walk along the cliff path.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

Hindustan offers really nice and spacious rooms with a great ocean view. The position is simply perfect: on the papanasam beach, with two nice swimming pools right in front of the sea, just 5 minutes away from the cliff. The structure is a bit old but still very efficient.

A perfect solution to relax and swim while enjoying the sound and view of the sea during the monsoon period (when the ocean is too rough, the beaches are half hidden and swimming is forbidden). Staff is really nice and available, we had a great time and an oasis of peace after our touring in India.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
1  Thank giuliett
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Reviewed 23 August 2017

The winding roads of Varkala lead you to this modest place, bang on the beach. If you want easy access to the beach, while staying in a decent hotel, this is a good pick.

You are greeted by very polite and considerate staff who try to make your stay there, pleasant and comfortable. The hotel is not spread in a large compound and the property is small, but it is decently maintained. The rooms are pretty decent sized and two people will feel comfortable to move around. The balconies of the rooms give you a good view of the mostly crowded beach.

The swimming pool is small and is open. The water was not great and was a bit soapy, if you want to call it so, but demarcated for a quick dip.

The amenities in the room are good, towels, toiletries kit, tables, wardrobes all good.

The food (I had breakfast) is decent although it the service can be improved. The live counter is understaffed and there is a wait time. The spread is good, both traditional and western / continental food and it tastes decent.

The big advantage is the proximity to the beach its just a hop and jump, 25 meters walk.

Room Tip: The rooms are with balconies that face west, so the sun will be in your face in the evening, but mor...
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

We stayed at this hotel as part of our tour around Kerala. The staff are very helpful and welcoming. We were shown to our room promptly, followed by our luggage. Our room was very comfortable as was the bed and our room large, overlooking swimming pool, which in turn overlooked the beach. The pool was clean. The hotel itself is situated next to a temple. This made it interesting as both in the morning and evenings we observed the faithful practising their Hindu faith, which the hotel staff very kindly explained to us. There was a fridge in the room as well as tea and coffee making facilities, in addition there was complementary bottles of water. Please note though there was no hair dryer but an ironing board and iron. We ate on the resturant. The food was delicious and portions large. The hotel itself was very clean and well maintained. We enjoyed our stay and cannot recommend it highly enough.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hindustan Beach Retreat

Address: Papanasam Beach | Janardhanapuram PO, Varkala 695141, India
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Region: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Varkala
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Varkala
Price Range: ₹ 3,973 - ₹ 10,225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hindustan Beach Retreat 3.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Varkala. The new tourist destination in God's Own Country, Kerala. It is 55 km North of Thiruvananthapuram accessible by road NH-47 via Kallambalam. By train, Varkala is a station from where a short drive by taxi will get you to Hindustan Beach Retreat. Hindustan Beach Retreat is a venture of the reputed Hindustan Textiles Group based in Kannur since 1939. We have 27 well appointed rooms each one with a spectacular view of the Arabian Sea giving you the luxury of the solitude that you can enjoy with the sounds of nature. · Accommodation o Standard Room - 12 (6 king size + 6 twin bed) o Executive Room (Balcony) - 12 (10 king size + 2 twin bed) o Suite Room (Balcony + Living Room) - 03 (3 king size) · Food o Nothin' Doing - The Restaurant near the Pool Side o Wait'n Watch - Coffee Shop on the Roof Top o Slow motion - The Bar. O Room service - 24 Hrs.· Swimming Pool with Jacuzzi (costumes a must) · Kid's Pool · 100 Seater Conference Hall · Turtle - The Souvenir Shop · Travel Desk · Beautiful Lawn · Wi-fi Internet · Television/Cable · Mini-bar· Telephone · Library · Turtle Bay - The Spa · Coffee makers· Doctor on call. ... more   less 
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