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Hill View Beach Resort
Ranked #12 of 47 Hotels in Varkala
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago
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28 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“scam artists!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2012

I was thrilled to get a great room here after staying 2 nights in an uncomfortable room elsewhere. The manager took my reservation, IN WRITING, for 9 nights. He even gave me a discount for staying 9 nights. I checked in on a Friday and was told on Saturday that I had to move out on Monday! The manager told me he "made a mistake" and that "Italians" were coming and reserved all the AC rooms. He wanted to give me a non-AC room but with the heat and humidity currently in Varkala, there's no way. BTW, this is not my first trip to India and the owner of the guesthouse where I am moving told me that what they did is common practice in India.

Book here at your own risk -- and have a backup plan! What made things worse is that I arrived at the hotel sick and looked forward to the comfortable room -- and then be told I had to move out?!?

Inexcuseable treatment of a guest!

Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

We were very lucky to find this place through our driver who arranged the booking and pick up from the Varkala station.As we were comming to end of our 3 month travels in India,we wanted to end our trip at a good location.We were delighted with the location,size of room,cleanliness and other amenities.We stayed in a spacious bungalow with balcony and surounded by well kept gardens.Our 3 week stay was magical,as we were near the beach,resturants,shops,and we even walked in to Varkala.The breakfast was included in the price which was great.We found staff very friendly,and even the manager,Sanu,[a kind young man with always a smile] welcomed us with large glass of freshly squeesed pineapple juice.No one can beat that.Their driver,Sabu,was a friendly person who drove us to hotel in Trivandrum to take a flight to Mumbai,and his price was same as any taxi driver,1100Rupees.

Room Tip: bunglow 401.cool and quiet with large bathroom,bath,shower with plenty of hot water.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Surrey
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14 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2012

We just spent three weeks in India and have waited to do any reviews until we'd done the whole trip, so we were used to Indian standards etc and could review all the places we stayed fairly.

We stayed at the Hill view beach resort in varkala and booked a month in advance via email. On the day even though our room wasnt ready for a couple hours when we initially arrived due to a late check out they said, when we did get in we were happy with what we got.
The rooms are lovely big rooms with a lovely bathroom attached, with baths big enough for two (which we used a couple of times) and showers. Loads of hot water.
Big comfortable beds, excellent TV with Indian sky type TV boxes and loads of english channels with tons of movies and sport to watch. The staff were were friendly and always available. We got the rooms for 3,000 ruppees a night and this includes a buffet Breakfast which was nice each morning with real coffee, Could order any eggs you liked. Fresh fruit, currys etc.
The bathroom was beautiful but the one issue was water on the floor didn't drain so stagnant water was left. and built up over a few days.
You get nice towels and are given beach towels as well. Its Nice that the room was detached and had a slight side view of the sea. (not exactly the sea facing you expect as as per the description) and some of the other resorts, however it was still a really Good location near the best part of the beach.
Overall one of the best places we stayed!!!!!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank LadyCSurrey
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uk
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2011

I stayed here with my family in Oct. We have visited Varkala several times before, but this is the first time we stayed at the Hill View. The location is great, right in the middle of the cliff top, but set far enough back to be out of the way. We stayed in an AC room, for Rs1800 and my daughter had a cottage in the back for Rs1400. As we had a toddler with us, clean rooms and safety were essential. I thought the rooms were of a good standard, but the bathrooms are really nice. They look new, and had tubs as well as showers, and limitless hot water. We never used the room service, as there are many lovely cafes a few steps away. The rooms were cleaned every day, with sheets and towels changed daily. We didnt have much to do with the staff, but they were friendly and really efficient. I would definatly recommend this hotel, for all types of traveller.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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New Delhi, India
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2011

We reached Varkala late at around 10 pm so did not get much of a chance to look around for hotels. Our driver initially took us to the hotel adjacent to hillview but after seeing both rooms hillview was the clear winner. A great off season rate of 1200 for non Ac rooms, after a little bargaining was the icing on the cake. The location is perfect. On the north cliff and a few steps from the stairs that lead to the amazing beach below. We got more than our money's worth as the room was clean and very spacious. Service is a bit of concern specially after 10 pm. Overall great value for money.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank sarafashish
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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2011

This is the first time that we have taken the aid of internet to plan our trip, otherwise, it had always been word of mouth. This time we combined it and decided on this hotel to spend the weekend, which turned out to be a wise decision. We had small children with us so the room size and cleanliness was on our priority. The hotel gave us two options..to choose from sea facing rooms or take the cottages which were at the back side of the hotel. there's hardly any difference in the two except for some minor difference financially(In this season cottage's cost if Rs.1500 and hotel room Rs. 1800, both AC), so we chose a sea facing room on 1st floor. It is May end and thus the rains have started in the region but we got lucky and got to spend enough time at the beach. though it is said that there is a separate beach for foreigners and family but we could see no such thing.
The hotel staff is pleasant and provided us good service.
All in all a good experience.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank traveller_india80
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Johannesburg
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54 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2011

We spent 4 nights at Hill View. The location was great, close to restaurants of the North Cliff. We had an upstairs room, with a balcony and lovely sea view. Our A/C room was large with the biggest (and nicest) bathroom we had on our trip. That being said, we had some problems with the plumbing in our room which were fixed, though our room did smell a bit wierd afterwards. All in all, the room was very good value, as we did check out visit a few other hotels on the cliff before deciding on Hillview. However, I do believe we got offered a very competitive rate as it was low season.

The staff were ok, though our rooms were not cleaned daily, nor fresh towels supplied. I had some laundry done, and they came back smelling rather smoky. The big plus was the excellent Cafe Del Mar restaurant in front of the hotel, with excellent food and free wifi. In summary, Hill View was the best value hotel we stayed at in India.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Hill View Beach Resort
Address: North Cliff, Varkala 695141, India
Region: India > Kerala > Varkala
Amenities:
Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#7 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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