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Hill View Beach Resort
Ranked #14 of 50 Hotels in Varkala
Certificate of Excellence
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“Nice place to stay”
Reviewed 3 May 2011

Moved here after two very uncomfortable nights at the Akhil Beach Resort.
Rooms were large as was the bathroom and were a good standard (for India and the price we paid)
We had a seaview and the balcony was nice.
Staff were generally nice and the attached Cafe Del Mar was one of the best restaurants we tried in Varkala.

A good place to stay which I would recommend.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 March 2011

Stayed here for 3 nights in first floor room 101 our son had lower one opposite, room cleaned everyday, clean sheets and towels, great view from balcony, breakfast included, 2500 rupees per night per room. Highly recomended.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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scotland
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Reviewed 27 February 2011

We thought this was a good budget hotel, we stayed in one of the cottages, which was clean and comfy, own terrace to sit on and was just what we needed. We stayed here for 4 nights and were very satisfied. Down side was the manager guy, he was so sullen and passed by on numerous occasions without a goodmorning, evening etc. The young boys who cleaned and serviced the hotel were different they all greeted us and seemed keen to help if you required anything. The other negative was the taxi driver come travel agent, this guy was so pushy he was unbelievable, my husband eventually had a word with him as he pestered the life out of you to hire his cab, his trips etc. On leaving and settling up the bill, the manager reminded us that we had not paid for breakfast that morning , this was clearly an oversight and we paid in full. after that he did not bother to thank us or ask if we enjoyed etc, so we jumped in our taxi and he told us he was coming too as he was going into town! dont think so pal!!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 February 2011

After walking the strip and checking out all the bungalow like hotels we liked the look of, the Hill View stood out as the best of the bunch. We stayed for five nights. We love the beach but like a measure of privacy and quiet for hanging out as well and the Hill View provided this. We had an upstairs room with a peek a view of the sea. The room was large with a fridge (big bonus for us) and the biggest bathroom I've ever seen in India. Optional (and very pricey Rs 3500) air conditioning would have been nice be we opted for the cheaper fan - they just don't give you the air conditioning remote (Rs 2000) and tho it was a little hot, it was bearable. Breakfast was included and okay, but not as good as ordering off the menu at their cafe Cafe del Mar (which was excellent), so consider this when deciding on included breakfast options - there were nice rooms at the back without the view that were less expensive and didn't include breakfast (Rs. 1500) All in all we were happy with the Hill View as a pretty good mid-range option.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 May 2010

I stayed here initially for 3 nights and ended up extending my stay to 6 nights. I stayed in the a/c room with a balcony view of the sea. The room was spacious, has a tv and fridge which is a great addition especially as your drinks tend to heat up so quickly. The bathroom was large and clean, the shower isn't brilliant but you do get hot water. This is one of the best hotels I've stayed in this price bracket.

The hotel restaurant is a popular choice and is always busy. The food is delicious especially the Odiyam Prawns, a definite must try. The staff are attentive and helpful.

The hotel is at the top of the cliff and the steps to the beach are just to the left of the hotel. Its a great location as you are in the middle of all the shops and restaurant.

Would most definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with friends
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Indialantic, Florida
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Reviewed 22 February 2010

I researched on Trip Advisor for a good hotel with good location and found that Hill View was the best (wrong!). I called the hotel and wanted a deluxe A/C sea view room . When we arrived, we had a peak of the sea through the trees from our balcony. We looked at another room with a better view but it was very small, so we stayed at the first one. We didn't have water most of the time and our bathroom was grubby and moldy. There are so many nicer hotels on the North Cliff area for the same price or cheaper, look around before committing! Some hotels that we looked at while walking around said they didn't have a website. We liked the balcony outside our room and the hotel restaurant had good food but it was always very crowded and very slow, which most places in Varkala are.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 February 2010

We doubled our time here as we liked it so much. The sea views - with dolphins and sunsets thrown in (though not arranged by the hotel) are a highlight and the restaurant is fantastic (probably the best in Varkala and one of the best we went to in all of Kerala). Try the Odayam Prawns for the best dish you will eat in Kerala and the tandoori chef is an expert.

The hotel included breakfast which was great for the coffee alone and you can get wifi whilst sipping your latte.

Hillview is very close to the beach (though we would recommend walking up to a quieter swimming place further north) but set back so it's not disturbed by music in other places.

Finally, the rooms had AC and fans so sleeping in the heat wasn't a problem.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hill View Beach Resort
Address: North Cliff, Varkala 695141, India
Region: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Amenities:
Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Varkala
#9 Romantic Hotel in Varkala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our family run hotel is beautifully located on top of the spectacular and unique red cliff on the seashore with magnificent views, offering comfortable, clean, quiet rooms and independent cottages, nicely situated in a tropical garden setting with small pond. ... more   less 
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