Kerala Hotel Booking
Economy Hotels, Medium Range Accommodation
Hotels in Kerala offer huge number of beds to suit every budget. Kerala hotel booking is normally a smooth process. But the large number of options available can be confusing at times.
The standards compare well with more developed parts of the world.
Not all the hotels have single rooms but most offer a reduced rate for single occupancy. It is also easy to find rooms with capacity for three or four people for an additional charge.
Officially, all establishments provide tariff list. However, like most other things in India, price of a room may be open to negotiation. If you think the rate is too high or if all the hotels in town are empty, try for a reduced rate.
Note that luxury tax will be applied not to the discounted rate but to the official rack rate. This is something that catches many by surprise with Kerala hotel booking.
Budget Hotels in Kerala
Accommodation prices are generally high in Kerala. There are still a number of cheap hotels and lodges. Budget accommodation tends to be cheaper when you get off the popular tracks. In well known places the charges are double or triple compared to the lesser known places.
Cold showers or "bucket baths" are the order of the day. It's not really a problem in Kerala as you're unlikely to want hot water except in hills. Moreover, even cold water comes out of the tap is never very cold. By mid afternoon it can be warm if it has been in a tank on the roof.
Even so, it's always wise to check out the state of the bathrooms and toilets before taking rooms. Most of them will be spotless.
Medium Range Hotels
You don't have to pay much to get comfort in Kerala.
A large, clean double room with a freshly made bed, cable TV, laundered towels and your own spotless bathroom that has 24 hour hot running water can still coast under Rs 1000.
Generally different categories of rooms will be on offer in any one establishment. The range starts from the most basic "standard" or "economy" option to "deluxe" or "super deluxe ".
The thing that most affects tariffs in mid-scale hotel is air conditioning which is likely to add 50% to 100% up on the "non-A/C rate". Many visitors consider air conditioning is a necessity in Kerala.
Whether to go for an air conditioned room or not is an important question to ask yourself while doing Kerala hotel booking. Heat and humidity can be uncomfortable, especially in summer (March, April, May). In smart hotels it usually comes as standard, whether you use it or not. The quality of air condition itself varies.
The bell boy ("room boy" in Kerala) should show you how to operate the unit when you check in.
Premium Hotels in Kerala
Premium hotels include 5 star deluxe to Kerala heritage hotels.
Kerala has its own way to build five star hotels. Some are built by relocating antique wood houses from the villages to luxury resorts on the beaches and the backwaters.
In the mountains of inland Kerala you'll find so-called eco resorts often consisting of tree houses or thatched , village-style mud huts.
British-era planter's bungalows on tea or coffee plantations are another way to experience the cool mountains.
Restored royal palaces, Syrian Christian mansions in the backwaters and luxury ayurveda spas provide other interesting possibilities.
Modern business hotels are usually the best options in large towns and cities.