Well, my fiance has been to Goa too many times to mention, and stayed at various hotels, so I had be warned the rooms were basic, we travelled with our 3 children. Well, we arrived and were given DDX1 & 2 rooms, which were a family room. The fans work in the rooms, whilst the rooms are very basic, they are kept very clean by the room boys. Mr James the manager & Raj were attentive, the buffet nights which the hotel put on were good. On the downside hard mattress, they drive like maniacs and the poor dogs upset me, being a dog lover. Would I return yes ...the people on a whole cant do enough for you. Check on the situation. Youngest son, picked up a bug the local doctor came to the room excellent english speaking and charged us 20 for an injection and wrote a prescription attended in 15 mins, which you wouldnt get back in the UK. And please please remember crossing the road i Goa is a art be very careful ....If the Osbourne offered free WIFI it would be better
Just got back from the Osborne great time as usual staff great do anything for you rooms clean every day back again in December see you all then hope money is back to normal by then and pool bar reopens
This is a bit of a mixed review. At first when we arrived at the Osborne, after a long flight and a very rickety bus ride with the bus provided by Thomas Cook, it was all a bit dark in the middle of the night, following the porter down the street from the main road where the bus pulled in. The porter went far too fast for my disabled partner and it was difficult to keep up. When we finally did arrive at reception, it was not as friendly a welcome as expected and we were basically chucked our keys and followed the room porter to our room. To be honest I cried when we arrived in the room (and this is coming from someone who has stayed in several hostels and is certainly not fussy at all) however, I got used to how basic it was and I started to feel find of it after a few days.
The main nightmare in the room was that there were only two plug sockets in the whole room between two of us and one of them didn't work. When we told the Thomas Cook rep this the following day, he told.us we must be mistaken and that Indian hotels have things in strange places so to look behind bed etc as they could be hidden. I was right initially, there weren't any. The only one that worked was where the fridge/mini bar was plugged in and we had to keep unplugging it and leaving it unplugged overnight to charge our phones. I never used my hair straighteners all week as that one plug socket was nowhere near a mirror so there was no point. I had to scrunch dry my hair whilst using the hair dryer (good job it is wavy) There was a pointless big sink in what looked like an ancient slab of black marble in a room which contained just the fridge, wardrobe (metal filing cabinet style) and nothing else. Such a strange waste of space. The layout was bizarre.
The bathroom was basic but functional.with a western style toilet (as all seem to be in Goa) sink and shower. The tiles looked fairly recently re done. It was clean but the niggling thing was there were big glass vents in the wall to let shower condensation out. This let mosquitos in so we had to keep the bathroom door shut at all times and if we forgot, it was guaranteed we would see a mosquito two minutes later. I got through two bottles of repellent in a week (jungle formula deet really works -I only got one bite all week) it's 5 in home bargains and 10 in Boots currently!
The beds were quite comfy. I was expecting hard slabs of back breaking discomfort and they felt like firm foam mattresses. The balcony was adequate, the guy came every day to change towels, bedding, bins mini bar. He was friendly and flexible but each room had a very loud doorbell which frightened the life out of me! The hotel needs do not disturb signs though for those who want to sleep in.
The building work next to Osborne 1 could only faintly be heard from where we are in Osborne 3. It didn't start until after 10am and it didn't affect us really. Breakfast was nice enough for free. The tea was much nicer than the coffee and the toast and butter was quite lovely. The jam didn't taste of fruit though, it was like candyfloss flavoured jam. Just sugar and not much else. Excellent if you have a sweet tooth. If you.want more than toast you have to pay for omlettes etc but they weren't expensive at about 1.
The vouchers for the free food were a nice touch and the buffet was quite nice. The desserts were too small though. Very tiny portions. The entertainment was great. Sometimes we had Indian bands doing English songs and sometimes we had traditional Indian music. It was a shame that hardly any guests stayed for the Indian night. The hotel clientele were a bit of a brits abroad type crowd with some quite common loud mouthed drunken types, clearly here for the cheap booze and to stick with other Brits and to visit to British bars whilst here. Why visit India if that is the case? Go to Benidorm! The drinks at the bar were reasonable at about 1.50 for a vodka and diet coke. Diet coke is double the price of coke nealy everywhere which is odd.
There is a lovely tailors shop that also sells diamonds outside of Osborne 2. I had a top made for me to my exact measurements. It took them two days and cost 14. What a bargain. The quality was amazing and it was really special to take it away. I didn't have the money with me when it was ready and he let me pay the next day. Very trusting people. The Thomas Cook rep Lloyd was great. No hard sell for the trips at all. We booked trips independent of Thomas Cook as they were a tenth of the price.
All in all the holiday was great. The staff were nice at the hotel and at the right price we would consider coming back to this hotel despite its flaws.
This hotel in Calangute is located little far from the beach but you can hire an auto or a bike and reach within 5-10 mins. This is a family friendly hotel. You are also provided with a kitchen. We carried our induction stove and cooked in the nights as we have 2 kids. They have an in house restaurant which servers decent food. the complimentary breakfast has decent spread. The swimming pool is also nice and clean. There are lot of restaurants and shopping places around this hotel. Overall this is a good place for stay in Calangute. Will definitely recommend this hotel.
This is a lovely hotel where the staff are so friendly nothing is to much trouble. It is spotlessly clean where the rooms are cleaned every day, food is really good and cheap as well, i would highly reccommend this hotel all day long. This was our 1st time in Goa and it certainly wont be the last, what an experience we had for Christmas and New Year