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|Distance to city centre||0,9 km|
|Distance to airport||36,4 km|
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Location is very nice, and staff is very helpful and i also like food
The location and the view is spectacular. The service was great from Khalid, Tony and Al-Ain. We had a lot of problems checking in(mostly due to my fault, since I did not have my foreign passport and visa papers with me in hard-copy, however the staff (Aswathi A) was really accommodating and helpful.
We booked online, however we found that walk-in rates were cheaper. This defies the purpose of online booking, Pre-booking customers need to be given a more attractive rate, especially during low-season. Also, the access to the beach is narrow and the trail is unpleasant to walk through. I understand this is outside the control of Taj, however some development would be in order.
Location is fantastic. Although it is not one of those beach properties, you can still hear the distant sounds of the ocean. Service is fabulous, no doubt about that. It is one of the most comfortable Taj properties I have stayed at.
Could focus more on breakfast options; the existing choices are not value for money. Urge you to go plastic free - you are in the midst of nature and that's the least that can be contributed to. The massage section really surprised me - this is land of Ayurvedic treatments and I felt that was not evident.
I liked the warm welcome on arrival. The breakfast was very good especially the idily. The views are amazing too. The staff are all very polite and courteous.
I was asked to make payment on arrival, which was a Sunday. I said I’ll pay within a couple of days as soon as I’d been to the bank and received my PIN number for my bank card. The fact there was a huge puddle outside my door from rainwater leaking through the property roof/walls was a problem as it was extremely slippery and dangerous. The hotel resolved this issue by placing a rug in the area. The tv only had four channels in total and I asked for this to be rectified five times to which they said they would but I never received any English channels or movie channels so in the end I gave up. The telephones in the rooms are old and you loose the connection whilst on the phone. The bedding was also very old and was torn or frayed in places, not what I’d expect for a four star hotel.
i cannot say enough good things about this hotel. the staff was friendly and helpful and took care of our many requests - rides, laundry, recommendations for local venues. the chef and dining team were extremely attentive and open to our specific requests. we had the breakfast inclusive, which offered a great variety of choice. our room was airy and comfortable - great bed, linens, and shower/tub.
Be prepared for a lot of $$$ in taxes -- 28% room charge per day! -- and 18% for dining and room service, and laundry). It would be helpful if the hotel provided a daily summary of each day's costs so that we could confirm costs as they accrued.
When you stay at Gateway Varkala - IHCL SeleQtions in Varkala, you'll be in the historical district, within a 5-minute drive of Varkala Beach and Varkala cliff. Featured amenities include wired Internet access (surcharge), a 24-hour business center, and limo/town car service. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free valet parking is available onsite.
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- Friendly atmosphere
- Pleasant hotel grounds
- Great view
- Friendly service
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Most popular landmarks
- Janardanaswamy Temple 265 m
- Varkala Beach 0,6 km
- Varkala Tunnel 2,4 km
- Sivagiri Mutt 2,7 km
- Kappil Beach 5,4 km
- Kappil Lake 5,5 km