I am from Brazil and live in India. I was happy South Goa and was amazed with the people and the place.
This hotel was good and is a very nice place in South Goa. Easy access to the beach and close to restaurants and local shopping. Very close (exactly opposite) to one of the best restaurants I have ever visited in India: Temple Tree.
Housekeeping twice a day, good accommodations in a different way: like four rooms in a building like a house. So it look like you are in a village. Nice feeling!
Only think that doesn't make me to give an EXCELLENT to this hotel: I was there with my family and we didn't join the (so called) complimentary Xmas Dinner. At the time I check-out I came to know that we had to pay the complimentary dinner. Yes, it is complimentary... but you have to pay extra for it!!! So be careful if you are visiting in holidays, because they will say the party is complimentary but you will have to pay extra for it! Consider this cost on the of what you think you will spend!
This is my 3rd or 4th visit to Goa and so far my best stay there. I thank the staff of the resort starting with executive chef Mahesh and his team including Martin, Pankaj and
Rajendran from f and b. They ensured that we did not have to leave the resort to eat authentic local cusine. Diksha and kamal from front desk ensured that the initial hiccup at the time of check in was forgotten and we were put up in a very comfortable room. The resort was very crowded as some corporate event was on (am told this is common) but we had a lovely time inspite of this as the staff seem to be trained to give personal attention To all guests. The ambience is wonderful and we had a lovely time. Must stay for anyone who wants a quiet calm holiday that is also a culinary delight !
Hello everyone! I booked a surprise holiday for my Dad's birthday as we have never been anywhere apart from my parents home town Punjab in India. I've been wanting to visit Goa for a long time and eventually had the funds to arrange the holiday. I have been to a few Radisson Blu's all over the UK and had high expectations. We visited from 20th December to 26 December.
- We get to the hotel at approx 3am, the guy at reception was slow, we were offered juice whilst waiting to check in and 10 mins later, we were shown to our rooms. Our 2 rooms were located on the 2nd floor in the hotel and came with a balcony which overlooked the pool and fabulous greenery!
- The bathroom was spotless although the shower head could have been cleaner. The sleep was comfortable however it felt as if the mattress had a dip in the middle as if they were quite old. There was self control A.C which was good. Our mini fridge was leaking every day and I'm sure housekeeping knew but just ignored it.
- We had a breakfast buffet which was superb, it had every type of food. My parents loved the fresh Dosa and pranthas. My sister and I loved the fresh fruit they would cut in front of you. The breakfast staff were super polite.
- The pool area was lovely, comfortable sun loungers! But the poolside staff were really slow at delivering food to the sun loungers.
- There is a 5 minute walk to the beach which is lovely with all the green plants, it really is lush! There is also high security at the hotel which was really good!
- We visited the Sangres restaurant which was lovely food, the staff could be a bit more nicer though and look like they actually want to be there. Also there was a Male singer at Sangres for entertainment and i have to say that he was a very bad singer!
- We also went to the Xmas gala dinner, it was such a lovely set up and the food was amazing! The entertainment was slightly cringe as there was a band who sang old songs in the 80s and disappointed that there were only a couple desi/ Punjabi songs as we are in India! I felt it was more catered for the non-Indian visitors.
- Last but not least was the total of our bill at the end. The guy at reception had only totalled the bill for one room and assured us this was the total. But I explained this doesn't make sense as we have had 3 massages and they way more than he billed us, so we had to wait half an hour and he comes back and explains how he has made a mistake and forgot to charge us for our other room. The end was time consuming as they had gotten confused.
Overall the entertainment could have been better in the evenings such as different performing acts like classic indian dancers, Proper singers, fire performers, maybe hold Henna/Mehndi services near the pool side, etc. Also our rooms were cleaned daily which was a lovely touch. But we had such a lovely relaxing time and would come back to this hotel with more of our family for sure!
Thank you (Sorry for the Lengthy Review lol)
Stayed at Radisson Blu Goa Cavelossim over Christmas 2016 and New Year 2017 with family. The location of the hotel is good being near a quiet and a very nice beach. There are a number of shacks on the beach with good food, some even with wifi. As other reviewers mention guests staying at Radisson Blu would need to go through their sister hotel, Dona Silva, adjoining Radisson, to get to the beach but that is not a long walk. We didn't mind that.
We paid a lot of money for our stay at the Radisson as it was over the peak period Dec - Jan. However, with our package we had to compulsorily purchase Christmas Gala meals and New Year Eve Gala meals which made the whole thing much more expensive. These Gala meals (not inc even a soft drink) were not worth what we had to pay for them at all, even pricier than what we would have paid in London! The hotel went for quantity rather than quality on food. Music was so so.
The property itself is tired looking and in need of a good renovation. Definitely should not be described as 4 star. Pool is nice and we very lucky to get sun loungers as, surprisingly, there were only a few guests about for the time of the year, however, they would struggle to provide enough loungers and towels should there be more people. One day they did not have any towels and we had to wait until later on in the morning to get them.
We had booked and paid for a club room with the usual Radisson Blu benefits which were promised at the time, such as a free drink and canapes in the club lounge (they don't have a lounge but promised we could have the same in the bar). We had some problems initially trying to convince the hotel staff about the package agreed by the booking agent despite it being in writing from them. They said they had never seen such a deal!! I wonder what the point was in paying for a club room then!! We had a booking for 3 people but upon arrival there was only one king bed and they had to arrange for a 3rd fold away bed. Also part of the package was an offer of 1000 gold points per night credit on our Carlson Club account which the hotel has so far FAILED to do despite emails from myself and from Carlson Club agent in their head office. That is a breach of contract as I have it in writing from them on my booking. I didn't feel that we were treated any differently for being Carlson Club member even though the hotel had a separate check in desk for the members.
The breakfast was superb though with plenty of freshly cooked food and we love south Indian food. It was mostly vegetarian but that we didn't mind. Some of the staff at the breakfast were not service focused and failed to bring over things which we had requested. Eventually we would just give up.
There is a Spa in the hotel with a gym, sauna, Jacuzzi and a steam room. Frankly, I wouldn't bother with the Jacuzzi as it never had any hot water and the staff didn't quite know how to work it. Steam room and sauna room are small but good. There is a lack of attention by the staff in that area as not always you had towels or gowns available. Also one needs to be careful getting in and out of the Jacuzzi due to shiny marble floor and stairs without any non slippery mats. We didn't use the massage parlour as it was quite pricey when compared with the one across the road at the Haathi Mahal which we did use several times. The notice says shower before entering Jacuzzi but the shower actually does not work and only drips due to low pressure there.
Housekeeping was a bit random. We were 3 adults and sometimes they would leave only 2 sets of towels or gowns. Provision of toiletries was pretty good.
One tips for future guests is that Cavelossim area is a very quite one. If you are looking for lots of things happening (clubs, bars, shopping, etc) then this hotel is not the one for you. Go to North Goa. We heard some guests at the hotel wanted to transfer to a property in the North as they found this hotel too quite. In the evening there is no entertainment as such, just a solo guitarist or violinist in the bar who comes at around 7.30 - 8.00pm.
We asked and got one way free courtesy bus from the airport to the hotel. Taxis are just outside the hotel so you can simply go direct to them and bargain with them. It will be cheaper than booking from the reception.
Loved it , made our holidays memorable ,staff was very helpful, food was awesome and beach is just so near !! It was great , loved the property ,The room Wer also grt ,housekeeping services were also good .