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The Gateway Hotel Varkala

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Let me start with the positives - good location, walking distance from the beach and the cliff, good rooms Now the worst part - the service in rooms and the restaurant are horrible. The staff have no clue as to what the guest wants - we ordered red wine and the wait staff brought white wine (thats after we double checked the name of the wine while ordering) - the wine looked not genuine (as if diluted with water) - food is ok, but it is better to eat out - at the cliff

We were a group of 8 army couple who thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality and facilities of Taj group who have lived up to their image. our room was sea facing with large beds ,very well maintained with clean environs. The hospitality and courtesy of the staff is appreciable.or rooms were cleaned twice a day and refills of water ant tea stuff was as many times as we asked. The swimming pool was well maintained,chlorine-free and clean with beautiful landscapes. The hotel is located 10 min from beach and connected well the the most happening areas of North Cliff. Thank you Ratan Tata dor the defence discounts.We really had a memmorable vaccation

Hi, I had just stayed one night, But,I would recommend for the one who want to have relaxing stay away from busy life.Good place with beach and tourist attractions nearby...... hotel guys are receptive and friendly.

We just finished our stay in gateway varkala and to sum it up it was excellent , the location is quiet and very close to beach and driving distance from papanasam beach . This was our first outing with our two year old son and we were taking this trip with lot of fear but the hotel service towards meeting our need for kid was excellent especially in food where our son is choosy, they ensure baby meal suited to taste , the only complaint being no kid friendly chair was available which the general manager promised to rectify . I would definitely recommend this hotel for people with small kids and infants . The food was very good though th variety could be better especially in North Indian , would recommend the Italian dishes they were excellent , the breakfast is excellent and they also have good South Indian dishes . The overall service quality was also very good . A must stay for anyone who plans a trip in Kerala

A very calm and serene place to stay with awesome staff which made the stay memorable. It has great amenities like Foos Ball,Carom,Chess,Table tennis,Lawn tennis and much more.Kids enjoyed the Swimming pool thoroughly. The restaurant was great with mouth watering meals.It was a very memorable trip to Varkala.

The hotel is in a quiet location (which is what we like) with the beach just a short walk away down a path. Pool was excellent, room was spacious and clean with a really good bathroom & shower and the bed was super comfy. Restaurant was lovely. Staff were helpful The pool setting is also excellent, overlooking the sea. We ate at the GAD restaurant one evening, which was very high quality.

My friend and I stayed here when we decided to spend a weekend in Varkala. The property is beautiful with a very good sea view from the pool side restaurant. The beach itself is only a 2mins walk from the hotel. You can also walk to the cliff if you walk along the beach in another ten minutes. The staff was helpful and courteous and the room was comfortable and spacious. Would definitely recommend this place.

I stayed at varkala the gateway hotel from 28 Sep to 2 Oct with my wife and daughter. We had the most amazing stay on our first visit to God's own country. The hotel is an oasis of calmness with the hospitality of Taj and a homestay combined. Breakfast was great, our room with sea view even better and the polite ever smiling staff members the best. Varkala is heaven on earth... And my earnest thanks to the staff at the hotel for making our stay memorable

Nicely located on a cliff overlooking the sea. The rooms are spacious and well planned. The staff is friendly and helpful. The food in the restaurant is tasty - especially the local fare like kappa (yucca root). The surroundings are green and lush. Nice and airy lobby The property requires better maintenance. there are hints of mildew in the rooms and the lobby furniture. The access to the sea goes through public property which is poorly maintained and dirty. When we were staying there, there were a bunch of folks who were using the pool without proper swimming outfits. not sure if they were hotel guests. maybe need better control of such stuff.

Excellent maintained property with way to beach from the hotel itself. Rooms are adequate & not very small like Gateway Kochi. Wifi speed is only enough for basic tasks like email as in all Gateway Hotels. The views, hospitable staff, way opening on beach of South cliff & 5 minutes walk to North cliff are few gems below the belt of the Hotel. The gate opening to beach closes at 1900 but staff was hospitable enough to leave it open upon request. If the door closes its 3/4 kms through road & have to use local auto. North cliff Beach was cleaner & better than South cliff. For eateries on North cliff found Tibetan kitchen better than Abba. Rest is personal choice

Near Government Guest House Varkala Kerala

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free valet and self parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool

Within a short walk of Varkala Beach, The Gateway Hotel Varkala is within a mile (2 km) of Janardanaswamy Temple. This 30-room, 4-star resort welcomes guests with conveniences like an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free valet parking. It's in the historical district and also within a 15-minute drive of Kappil Beach.


Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with 24-hour room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café. Start each morning with breakfast, served for a fee from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM.


All 30 air-conditioned rooms provide minibars, coffee makers, and free newspapers. Guests can expect free WiFi and TVs with satellite channels. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, free toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. Free bottled water, safes, and phones are also available.

Property features

The Gateway Hotel Varkala offers an outdoor pool, an outdoor tennis court, and free WiFi in public areas. Free valet and self parking are available—or if you're not driving, take the airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for INR 2250 per vehicle roundtrip. Front-desk staff can answer questions 24/7, and assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this family-friendly resort include a meeting room, a 24-hour business center, and free use of bicycles.

Room options

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed, Garden View

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Superior Room, 1 Queen Bed, Sea View

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Deluxe Suite, 1 King Bed, Sea View

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Superior Room, Sea View

Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

83% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 774 reviews