Overall experience was good. Will recommend this hotel to others.
Thu, 30 Jan – Fri, 31 Jan (1 Night) | 1 Room | 1 Guest
Overall experience was good. Will recommend this hotel to others.
We actually checked out just after an hour after checking in. We were given the Cottage room on first floor that could also be used as oven to bake people. The excuses given for AC not working by receptionist were such that we decided to leave the hotel. Room ambiance is like an old cottage but toilet was in extremely bad shape with shower not working.
rooms very small, price of rooms are lower at the hotel. Hardly any parking space
It was great staying experience. We have stayed here before too. Very decent property. The room quality and the food was good too.
Overall experience is good. Some issues with the hotel are:- 1. No power backup. 2. Room was not carpeted. 3. Room service was chargable when it was told that the package includes unlimited bevrages and food.
(based on 708 reviews)
I cannot speak highly enough about this hotel. I visited for a week with a friend and we had an incredible time. The hotel is set up like a Portuguese village and each 'room' is like a small apartment with a balcony which is really lovely. The pool is lovely and refreshingly cool after a day in the sun. The beach is a 5 minute walk on a private path and it's fantastic. We paid 1 for 2 sun loungers and 2 bottles of water. Could have happily spent the whole week there. Location is truly fantastic- a short walk from plenty of shops and restaurants and lots of taxis outside to take you further. I have to say though, don't bother going to a restaurant because the food here is fantastic! We loved every bite we had. The real highlight of this place is the staff. Everyone is absolutely lovely. All the staff take the time to introduce themselves and learn your names, they great you warmly everyday and the bar staff will remember you orders and keep you very well watered!
Hotel is located at a spot where number of restaurants and shopping places are nearby and Sinqurim beach is few hundreds meters away. Parking place is too tiny and actually entrance of hotel is used as parking. Its a nightmare. Room is big and good. My room had water clogging problem in bathroom which took them 2 days to solve. Breakfast is Ok, nothing great to mention. Lunch buffet is not good and looking at the options I didnt even try.
We booked this at short notice, simply wanting a week in the sun before Christmas. What we got was a week in a lovely hotel with fantastic staff in a comfortable environment. Many other reviews have detailed the accommodation and food so I will hold back to some degree. We liked the fact that the evening meal was a la carte on 3 occasions, much better than a buffet. It was easy enough to get the local bus to several places but we did benefit from help from a couple who have been here many times. If you dont fancy the bus it would be easy to arrange your own driver / taxi which would certainly be cheaper and more convenient than paying the extortionate prices for Tui trips. We enjoyed walking along the beach and visiting our favourite one Coast Cafe , especially good for a sundowner. If your idea of an all-inclusive holiday is lots of cocktails, entertainment by the pool and cabaret every night then this is not the hotel for you. If you want good food, a nice pool to sit around or go in and to be well-looked after by brilliant staff then you should love this place like we did.
Hi there, hope this review is useful if you are going to this particular hotel, I have highlighted the good and bad, the good outweigh the bad's, so enjoy, here we go.. Eight hours flight time from Manchester see's you in the Goa International airport, we came on Tui all inclusive 2 week package. Before you come do not forget your visa, you can do this online and costs 20, its very straightforward until you come to downloading your photo, this is for some difficult and will require some computer knowledge. From arriving on the ground to leaving the airport took a little over fourty minutes, well manned passport control, where both your photograph is registered and also fingerprints,well ordered and disciplined procedure.Baggage claim are official porters who will pick your bags up and transfer to bus for 1 per bag, the walk from arrivals to bus takes about 5 minutes avoiding the many manic taxi and private cars en route. Journey time to hotel was just over 1 hour, arriving at 3 a.m. hotel porter will help with the luggage from bus to room via reception and if you are the upper floor then he is invaluable as the steps can be steep. Leave passport at reception and you are good to go. We has room H3 on the main walkway in, yellow building 1 minute from pool,bar and restaurant. The room is more of an apartment consisting of main lounge,kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. There is a very welcome fridge in the room well stocked with water,beer,and soft drinks, there is a kettle and tea/coffee making materials, so upon arrival at least you can have a cooling drink whilst you sit on the warm veranda and take it all in. Both the bedroom and bathroom are modern, walk in shower ( the plumbing in the bathroom is reversed, so turn the tap to cold and you will get hot and vice versa, maybe it was just our room ! ). White fluffy towels , plenty of soap and toiletries. The double bed is more of a super king size, again very white duvet and cool sheets, our bed had a brand new mattress so firm and comfortable. Much needed air conditioning and overhead fans in the bedroom but only fan in the lounge. Keep the bedroom door closed at all times or else the a/c will not work. The hotel is an old colonial Portuguese establishment, made up off 2 storey bungalows with 4 rooms per bungalow, very lush with palm trees and national trees, plenty of bird life and one or two type squirrels, monkeys had been seen if the hotel so leave nothing on the balcony over night it may be gone in the morning. Plenty of pigeons cooing during the day and nesting in the eaves. I hope you like Indian food ? as breakfast is limited for English guests, with either cereal or porridge,Fried eggs or omelettes, there are beans, sausage and bacon, but they may not be to your taste, 4 choices of Indian food available. plus toast tea/coffee, really the food is very good. Lunch time is Indian vegetable curries, rice, soup, you can ask for a toasted sandwich and chips,there is also an ala carte menu available. Evening meals are again Indian in flavour, alternate nights are themed buffet with the other evening being A La Carte these have a choice of Chinese,French and Indian dishes to chose from with a large array of accompanying sides, very rarely do they serve chips, and never pizza, fruit is also a scarcity. Everything is prepared from fresh, nothing frozen,you will see the carts arriving with the vegetables daily. sweets are usually ice cream based, no cake.... Drinks served from 11 a.m. to 11-30 p.m. all local alcohol, no imports , Kingfisher beer, the usual spirits (served in huge measures) wine and soft drinks oh and of course the all important water. The ice served comes in sealed bags so not made on site so is fine to have in your drinks, you can make your own in the fridge in you room, as we did daily, If you have drinks on the beach, then in your hands be it, we saw the ice delivered once and it was scary.. Entertainment in the evening was mostly singer and backing tracks, some very good, others not so,there was also a dance evening,a musical evening and a fire eater, so something for all. At this time of year mosquito problem is limited, you will need protection so buy it here, the cost for a spray on Odomos for 60 pence, do not buy off Ebay as could be fake ..Mosquito are active from 5 p.m. onward, so spray yourself before heading out also buy a mosquito coil and burn it in your rooms, you can get a pack for 3 in the UK, probably cheaper here,do not come without. DO NOT drink the tap water even if boiled please, make your tea/coffee with bottled water Sun cream, as the temperature is on average 34 degrees during the day and 24 degrees at night, you will need at least factor 30 for the 2 week, it is silly to wear anything less, you will burn and burn badly, plenty of shade around the pool area, on the beach there is no shade save for the cafe's, that will give you free sunbeds and parasols, as long as you buy drinks from them. TUI trips are hugely expensive with the cheapest at 54 each person for a day trip around the area up to 1300 for a 5 day trip, try local travel agents as they charge at least a tenth of the price. TUI do a free trip to the local market,via there own local shops then drop you at the market for 90 mins. My advise is for 20 pence local bus ride,which is an experience in it self will take you direct and you can spend as little or as long as you want then jump back on the bus back for another 20 pence, look for the only bus that has an English sign on front all the rest have Indian script. The bus stops outside the hotel at a bus stop 20 feet out side (left side ). The market is busy but do not get alarmed, you will probably be guided around by a local stall holder, but it is part of the experience and who knows you may pick up bargain. Candolim town is a mess, with litter piled high, cows wandering around the streets, stray dogs everywhere, the traffic has no rules and cares little as to pedestrians, no pavement so keep on your toes. Masses of shops selling everything you may or may not need , you can buy beer, wines and imported spirits everywhere and if you care to eat out, then a main meal can be bought for 90 pence. Apart from the beach or a trip to the market there is very little to do, if you are sun worshiper then you are blessed, if you like to explore then you will a problem, yes you can hire a car or scooter, but once you see the traffic you will think twice. Staff in the hotel are amazing and will do so much for you, your room is cleaned daily, if you leave the key at reception, they have no pass keys as all the locks are different, clean bedding and towels daily and room spotless. Safe deposit boxes are free just bring your own lock with you. As you will see there are no negatives as to the hotel, if you are on a late departure flight home then for 30 you can keep you room all day up to departure, and it is a blessing no hanging around in day clothes plus all the food and drink in between, in my opinion a bargain.
Our first time in Goa and we could not have chosen a more beautiful place as our base. A beautiful hotel for 3 star, and the pool area is just lovely.The food was amazing, every meal was fab, the best I've ever had for all inclusive. The staff, well I can honestly say they make this place shine, they are the blueprint for what hotel service should be, everyone plays their part to make your holiday special. Our special thanks goes to Sukamar who never let our drinks run empty (but neither did anyone else for that matter). I'd go back tomorrow, and I can honestly say I think it's one of the prettiest hotels we saw while we wandered around, it is at the bottom end of the main road, a 10/15 min walk to the main bars and shops or 150 rupees in a tuk tuk. If you're thinking of booking this place don't hesitate, you won't regret it.