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Santa Claus All Seasons Village
Ranked #45 of 52 Hotels in Varkala
Reviewed 22 July 2010

The staff was attentive and polite. Rooms were clean, with AC!!! - and they were really cheap including AC and other facilities.
Not more than 5-7 minutes to the ocean. Nice stores and restaurants not far.

  • Stayed: November 2009
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Reviewed 20 January 2010

This hotel looks like a 70s ski cottage, there are even pine trees in the front yard for heaven sakes! This is the tropics guys! Big pathetic Santa Claus at the entrance didn't help much either.

Rooms are dark and bathroom was not clean, and we got one of the best rooms overlooking the sea, I can't imagine how dark the other rooms might be. It is way overpriced too, 2500 Rupies is way too much for a place like this, even in super high season in late December.

For some strange architectural bad taste reason, they built a pool inside the building. The water on the pool is dirty, so dirty that even the illegal brazilian manager confessed she would never use. It seemed it was proper enough for Indias to use, since there were a couple of Indian kids swimming there. The internal rooms overlook this unnecesary and ugly pool, so be ready to hear some noises. If you like silence don't even think about getting other than a sea looking room (even better, search for another hotel).

Breakfast was terrible. Dry bread, melted butter, ugly jam and worst off all, the fruit salad they gave us was copletely soggy and acid like it had been prepared 48 hours before and left outside the fridge. Coffee was VERY bad also.

The pictures you see are not updated. They have built a shop on the gardens which partially blocked the sea view from our room. View is also blocked by a gazebo on the other side of the front yard.

Overall the Varkala cliff is a sad and overpriced place. A profusion of overpriced restaurants (served by illegal Nepali immigrants), souvenir shops, travel agencies and Internet shops. Ah, the pleasures of mass tourism.

We hated the cliff so much we adventured ourselves further north, were we found several very nice hotels on the beach, which is what I recommend you to do too. Better and cleaner beaches too.

Don't go to this hotel.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 January 2010

We stayed at Santa Claus Village for 4 nights in December. Karla, who seemed to be managing the place, was very nice and helpful. We had one of the sea view facing rooms which had a little porch on the front. The rooms were set back just far enough from the path that we couldn't hear people passing. The only problem we had was that the AC in our room kept tripping the circuit and it would have to be reset, a lot. But I think only our room had this problem as the other three sea view rooms didn't have the issue. I got an Ayurveda massage from the place in the back of the hotel and it was interesting to say the least. I would not suggest a massage for anyone who isn't comfortable getting a totally nude massage (no sheets).

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 December 2009

Definitely what we were looking for ;)
Nice hotel, well located, excellent relation price quality.
Without a dubt the staff is the best value.
If you can ask for Carla, she is very friendly and can help you whatever you need in Varkala.
Thanks Carla !!!

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 December 2009

It's close to the beach. The workers are very nice and they give you very good advices. The room are very clean and comfortables. You have to go!!! don't miss it!

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Santa Claus All Seasons Village

Address: Thiruvambadi | North End Cliff, Varkala 695141, India
Region: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Amenities:
Room Service
Hotel Style:
#15 Top resorts Hotel in Varkala
Price Range: ₹ 1,743 - ₹ 3,615 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hotel is located right over the cliff and offers direct views of the Arabian Sea. We guarantee you a relaxed holiday amid peaceful environment. The building is made of ecofriendly materials and resembles a typical ancient Keralan building. This budget resort offers you clean and affordable rooms. The Papanasam beach, medicinal water spring, Ayurvedic massage centers, variety of restaurants and bars, shopping centers, ancient temples, etc are within 2 to 5 minutes walk along the cliff pathway. ... more   less 
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Santa Claus All Seasons Village Varkala, Kerala

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