We arrived at the hotel at about 08:30 to find that the room was not ready. Lorna, on reception, told us that it would be ready in about 2 hours and suggested that we went for breakfast in the restaurant and then relaxed round the pool.
Breakfast consisted of a variety of Goan dishes and freshly made omelettes and eggs in a variety of guises quite acceptable.
After a couple of hours we returned to reception to be told that there was a problem with the Air Con in the room and that it would take longer than expected to get the room ready. We were given a room to rest in until ours was available. This was dark and depressing not a good start to the holiday. Eventually we were installed in our room at about 6:00 pm. We were very glad that we had a superior room. Whilst not European 3*, it was immeasurably better than the one that we had used during the day.
The reastaurant served a good range of Goan dishes for every meal as well as European alternatives. We always found something we wanted to eat, rather than something we could get by on. I am always hesitant about ordering steak abroad but here the steak was excellent and cooked as ordered.
The pool was small but clean. Sunbeds were always available and the towels were clean and of a good quality. Service at the pool bar was very good when a member of staff was available and you ordered drinks when you found a bartender behind the bar.
The hotel is situated in Sequerium rather than Candolim. A 10 minute walk or a R150 (2) taxi ride into the centre.
Through the back of the hotel is a track directly onto the beach (about 5 minutes walk). The sand is fine and golden, but beware, it does get VERY hot. You might want to consider taking beach shoes to make progress to the sea easier. There are several beach shacks, all offering drinks and very good food at reasonable prices.
Reading this review, it sounds as though we had a terrible holiday it might make me might think twice about going. In fact, this is misleading - we had a great time, the ambiance was great and we met some very pleasant people. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a budget holiday in Goa, but do upgrade to a superior room. There is a lovely village atmosphere in the hotel. Wonderful staff who were always happy to help. The boy who serviced our room provided us with a tray of biscuits and a fresh fruit salad most days. But the rooms are tired and do need a refurbishment.
We have just returned from 2 weeks here and absolutely loved our stay. We were in room B3. Rooms are basic and dated however met our needs.
It is a 3 minute walk to the beach and plenty of beach shacks. The pool area was clean and tidy. Staff were very attentive and a big shout out to Morris!
We changed money at the Elephant Shop and I bought an Indian SIM card for Internet use and cost me around 12 for the whole 2 weeks.
Food at the hotel was lovely however we ate out several times. Tuscany Gardens next door is fantastic for Italian food, Ruffles and Fisherman cove were also good.
We done the Dolphin boat trip which was a good day out and also done the waterfall trip. It took almost 3 hours on the minibus to get there and they only allow you an hour once you're there.
Make sure you take plenty of sun cream as very hot!
The chemists are great and you can get anything from antibiotics to sleeping tablets!
We had shirts and trousers made by the tailor and were impressed...we have yet to see if they make it through the washing machine.
I had a white gold ring made for me. I didn't find the gold much cheaper than the uk as they now charge for it at international rates.
Anjuna market was an experience but they hassle you too much and you end up walking away from the stalls.
All in all we enjoyed our 1st holiday to Goa!
Just returned from 15 nights at this hotel, as other's have stated the rooms are very basic and yes I agree could do with a makeover, however they were clean, bed was comfortable, you only sleep and shower in your room so what the heck. The hotel itself is small 55 rooms, staff are wonderful and you only have to ask to get what you want. Restaurant staff are superb a special thank you to Vincent and Babu and the team who are extremely helpful and pleasant. Morris at the pool bar also deserves a mention.
Food was great and as someone who is prone to tummy upsets, I didn't get one the whole time I was there. Plenty of choice from local dishes to European, personally my husband and I liked to try out the local dishes which were superb, we didn't feel the need to eat out apart from when on trips or down at the beach, Blue Waves beach shack very good for a lunchtime snack.
Went on the Jungle Book tour which was totally awesome, spending a lot of time with the elephants was a really thrilling experience, really enjoyed staying overnight in the jungle. Also for beach lovers Cola beach is an absolute paradise, stayed in a tent overnight which was great fun.
One word of advise don't purchase any sun cream over there, we brought what looked like a reputable make and burnt even though we lathered it on, take plenty of high factor from home as it is hot, I will certainly do this next time.
Also many thanks to Lorna on reception who is very helpful.
Can't wait to return as I can't think of anything I disliked about this hotel and the place, it was an amazing experience and we will definitely be going back.
Another great holiday thanks to the staff and hotel guests. There is not much more I can say about this hotel as I've reviewed it a few times. Still love the place but again must point out how very dated the rooms are. We had a superior room but hadn't realised until after we booked. They normally cost more but we must of unwittingly got a deal. I wouldn't have paid the extra as not much different to normal rooms. Other guests were of exactly the same opinion. The place is still spotless but the owners need to invest. Food was excellent as usual and as good as any of the restaurants in the area. Special thanks to Lorna on reception and to our room boy. I came back from a trip to the Taj with the dreaded 'Delhi belly' and Lorna sorted out a local doctor to visit me.
If you want to wear a hard hat all the time you're in the hotel then this is the place to go. There are roof tiles loose just waiting to fall over the main walkway. If you're around the swimming pool in the evening you could be taking a late night dip due to the amount of power cuts and no emergency lighting. I think the staff are only just keeping this hotel together. The rooms are very dated and the air conditioning needs updating.