Well, this is my twentieth consecutive Western Tourist Season staying with the Fernandes family, at their Guest House, Rosario's Inn, off of Beach Road, Benaulim, which has got to say something about the place, no? Possibly, the fact that the Goan Winter is warmer than our warmest Summer, and coincides with our Winter?
To be fair, the reason that most of us come back, year after year, is to meet all of our lovely friends. Friends we do occasionally see when we are back in our home countries.
The room rates are reasonable, and offer basic accommodation. In the main, twin-bedded rooms, with en-suite bathroom (wet room/shower room with WC, c/w solar panel heated water).
All rooms have ceiling fans, and a veranda, if on ground floor, or shared access balcony if on an upper floor.
The property is walled, and a night guard and charming well behaved dog named Blackie provide static security at the entrance throughout the hours of darkness.
The "Restaurant Shack" is run by Nickael and her husband Santana, with help, as and when required, from an Indian cook.
Santana's background was working for an international hotel, hospitality, and cruise group, latterly based permanently ashore at one of their properties in Bermuda. This has guaranteed a very high standard of international cuisine, in addition to the Indian staples. So, excellent breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.
Free Wi-Fi, for customers, and TV in the restaurant shack, which has recently had the ubiquitous plastic chairs upgraded to nice bentwood cane numbers. The restaurant is also a bar, with the usual range of water, soft drinks, and liquor.
the place is situated right adjacent to a football field. So, all football freaks, like me, can watch the lads play and even join them at times. Having said that, the rooms are pretty decent, with airconditioned rooms also available for comfort. the housekeeping is excellent. and the place is surrounded by palm trees which provide the necessary shade around the rooms from the scorching sun.
It was alot harder than expected for us to find a room for one night suitable for backpackers, most places were full, didn't want to accept one night, or were over 1000rs a night. This place was in our guidebook so we finally decided to check it out after being refused by so many.. They said yes and we got a room for 600rs which I think she said was 800rs originally. The room was fine but nothing special. Relatively quite and away from the road but the bedding didn't smell clean and didn't seem as though it had been changed. We thought maybe the discount was because the room hadn't been changed over.
For backpackers, generally we've found that the south of goa is more expensive than the northern beaches, however we have just been exploring places by the beach.
Tucked away behind the junction of the beach and main roads. Big rooms with good bathroom facilities. Only a short 10 min walk to the beach. Staff seemed nice enough. A sign claimed there was wifi but this idea was instantly rebuffed by a boy who appeared to work there. It's seems most of the guest houses in benaulim are a similar standard and in pretty much the same place. Great fan action at rosario's though.
Rosarios is a perfect place to stay if you want clean and basic accommodation at reasonable rates. The family are very friendly and will organise anything you need. We arrived at 4am, no problem at all. Hot water, wardrobe and comfy bed. The Inn is a good 5 min walk to the beach, and is close to the crossroads in the village where there are plenty of places to eat, drink, shop and so on. There is an Internet room, and a restaurant for breakfast and evening meal. Many regulars uses the Inn year after year, including my mum as there is always a friendly welcome from Rochas and Maria.