Group Booking Terms and Conditions

Because you are making a Group Booking, there are additional Terms and Conditions that apply. Please read them and click 'I Accept' below to continue with your booking

General Group Booking Terms

By making a group reservation through you agree to the following terms and conditions as set by and as set by the hostel in question.

  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

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  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

Zostel Varkala is a mere 15-minute ride from the railway station and sits right by the Black Sand Beach, which is a 3-minute walk from the hostel.

Only 1 hour from Trivandrum and 4 hours from Kochi with Alleppey falling on the way, Varkala is one of the rare beach towns of India, in terms of topography and charm alike. It brings with it a fine platter of beaches along with a lighthouse, a fort, and umpteen roads laced with coconut and palm trees. Surfers and parasailers make its shores an aquatic playground, whereas jolly backpackers and hippies linger over by the cliff, trying scrumptious seafood and shopping dreamcatchers. Sunrises and sunsets bring out the violets and crimsons in otherwise shy skies here, whereas night-time is a treasure trove of constellations. A quintessential trait of this town is to always smell enchanting, which is credited to the many renowned Ayurveda and Yoga centres of the country that find a home here. Varkala is neighboured by short escapes.

Zostel Varkala provides dorm room as well as private room. Free wifi features the whole property. Our friendly staff is always there to help you. For any travel questions, please feel free to let us know. We will give you suggestions accordingly.

Zostel Varkala Terms and Conditions:

1. Cancellation policy: 3 days before arrival.
2. Check in from 12:00 to 23:00.
3. Check out before 10:00 am.
4. Payment upon arrival by cash and card.
5. Reception working hours 24 hours.
6. Age Restriction. Guests must be 18 years or more, regardless of whether they are accompanied with adults or not. We do not recommend our hostels to families.
7. No pets.
8. In case of a group of 4 or more, you would be purposefully allotted different dorm rooms.
- We strictly DO NOT allow a group stay of more than 8 people at any of our hostels.
- If the group behavior is deemed unfit at the property, the Zostel Property Manager, upon subjective evaluation, retains the full right to take required action which may also result in an on-spot cancellation without refunds.
9. Please carry a valid Govt Photo ID card for verifying the reservation. (PAN Card is not accepted as a valid ID)
10. Local residents/guests carrying a local ID would not be allowed to check in.
11. You are required to make a 100% pre-payment at the time of your check-in.
12. Lockers for your valuables are available in each dorm room, however the hostel will not be held responsible for any lost/stolen/damaged luggage.
13. Non-resident guests are not allowed inside the property.
14. Alcohol or substance abuse is strictly prohibited in the hostel premises. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.4

  • Security 9.3

  • Location 9.6

  • Staff 9.1

  • Atmosphere 8.9

  • Cleanliness 9.7

  • Facilities 9.2

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    21 Feb 2020
    I was in Varkala for a period of three days in which I had decided to leave the Zostel after the first night as it was a little further away from restaurants (15 min walk, I'm lazy I know) as per my preference — I CAME BACK. THAT is how good the Zostel is. Everything, from the rooftop, to the staff, the clean rooms, to the breezy location by the sea makes this a perfect & luxurious stay for someone looking to relax in Varkala! BEST HOSTEL IN VARKALA — trust me, I went to the others *shudder*.
    India, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    22 Dec 2019
    Perfect Stay. One of the cleanest hostels I’ve seen so far here in India. Staff was super friendly and the facilities were so clean. Can definitely recommend this!
    Germany, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    03 Mar 2020
    Really clean living space. Very user friendly bathroom and sleeping area, and again very clean.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4


    15 Feb 2020
    The staff in zostel was super especially jappan who was a volunteer over there. The black beach is very close by. The hostel was clean. The only negative side were the food prices. They were on a higher end and the guest's cant cook themselves.
    India, Male, 25-30
  • 9.4


    27 Dec 2019
    Zostel Varkala is so far the best property we have ever been, I really enjoyed. Just 2 min walk away from the black sand beach. We would definitely recommend other's to spend some day in Zostel Varkala.
    India, Mixed Group, 18-24
  • 8.9


    27 Dec 2019
    A great place to hang out with friends on a weekend. The place is right by the cliff and the staff takes care of every concern raised. Extremely neat and would highly recommend to everyone who looks for a stay in Varkala
    India, Male, 25-30
  • 8.9


    23 Dec 2019
    Not a ton of international travelers here, more locals on vacation. Hostel is about a month old and is really nice. They’re still getting their programs up and running, but they’re doing a good job so far. Building was really nice. The location is at the far northern end so i always had to walk 10-15 minutes to get anywhere I wanted.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 8.6


    01 Mar 2020
    I am a big Zostel Fan owing to its cleanliness, and amenities provided. This time the location was also perfect. You can see the see while relaxing at the front of your room or the rooftop. The common area is quite large the property itself was quite beautiful and lavish. The staff was cooperating but the cafe was mostly closed owing to the renovation going on. They said the cafe will be open for the whole day in a week or so. Its calm and relaxing, just best for me. I felt at home.
    India, Female, 31-40
  • 8.0


    01 Feb 2020
    Like a fancy hotel converted to a hostel by the beach. The location is absolutely perfect. Facilities are brand new. Staff could be way more welcoming and friendly. Water takes forever to heat up BUT that’s honest all I can complain about. I rebooked here do I could stay longer!
    South Africa, All Female Group, 18-24
  • 8.0


    03 Jan 2020
    Great hostel near the beach. Excellent surf school located next door. Dorms were clean, great communal area on rooftop but there is not much atmosphere. They layout is not conducive for social engagement and there were not activities so drive any. Would recommend as the place is great value for money, just not a very social place.
    England, Couple, 31-40
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  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Common Room
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Security Lockers
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Express check-in / out
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Cafe
  • Board Games
  • Games Room
  • Wi-Fi