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Hotel O'Pescador
Ranked #5 of 16 Dona Paula B&B and Inns
Bromley, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“great relaxing holiday”
Reviewed 8 April 2013

Fantastic staff nothing is too much trouble. Great location and the hotel restaurant serves great food visited this hotel twice in the past and would thoroughly recommend it. The staff are friendly and fun as for the hotel resident dog 'mougar' what a lovely pup is he !!

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 March 2013

We stayed here for two weeks with a Thomas Cook package holiday.
The gardens and pool area are superbly kept and are tranquil and clean the only shade is from the beautiful palm trees and a few umbrellas wouldn't of gone a miss, the sunbathing deck over looked a beach which was pretty but not the cleanest.
Rooms are basic, but large and clean and serviced efficiently every day ours (room 10) overlooked a rocky bay towards Dona Paula jetty and the sea was literally outside the patio.
Most the staff were friendly and helpful but the prices for luxuries like air-conditioning at £25 a day was ridiculous. On our last day we had to check out at 10am our flight wasn't until 01am the next morning -there was no curtesy room so we had to pay £22 to keep the room till the evening.
A friend was staying in a nearby hotel and used O'Pescador's pool with us, he was charged IR300 every day despite spending money daily in the hotel restaurant - speaking of which a service charge was added everytime you bought something a bottle of water went from IR30 to IR35 because of a service charge, and then the staff wouldnt have 5 rupee change so would charge 40 rupees-small amounts but frustrating as the service wasn't that great in the bar.
The restaurant was adequate but not great and there was no consistency in food quality and portion sizes and was expensive for India.
Loved the hotel and the peaceful location, but the constant over charging and almost begging for tips on our last day will prevent me from using or recommending OPescador until they overhaul their policies and charges....
Thomas Cook need to buck their ideas up too - a rep who you have to ring if you want him to visit not on....

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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MUMBAI
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Reviewed 19 March 2013

The resort has a very calm and relaxing location with a private beach and access from a good swimming pool. The resort has very well laid out rooms and restaurants, promising to give a great experience, but, all the infrastructure has old furniture and fixtures and amenities. The resort charges a good amount but doesn't provide facilities comparable to other hotels and resorts in panaji offering similar rates. The rooms don't have rugs or mats, the locks are old, the closets and cupboards are old. The bathroom doesn't have latest fixtures and fittings. The rooms can be more hygienic and clean with better upkeep. A small and very good resort with a amazing locale, let down by the resort's services and facilities, which can be much better, at the rate they charge.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Yorkshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2013

This is the our third stay at the O'Pescador, which speaks for itself! The hotel is small and friendly, clean and comfortable. The staff are always on hand to help and have a friendly chat. Food is reasonable. The gardens are outstanding and the view of the small beach stunning. As the pool area is small it presents the ideal opportunity to chat with other guests, relax and take a leisurely swim and top up your tan. The bar/restaurant is small and intimate and at times can be quite lively. Thankfully it is not full of drunken revellers! There are quite a few very good restaurants close by, unfortunately the most popular 'Pebbles' has let its standards slip, this year we found it to be a bit hit and miss. However, the staff there are lovely and very friendly. Have even managed to get some fantastic recipes from the chefs! Most of the staff go down to the beach near the hotel in the afternoon for a game of cricket and are really pleased if you join in! There is a small village which is perfect if you want to go and have an evening stroll and a chat with the locals who are really friendly and often invite you for a drink in their homes. We were invited to join a Communion celebration which was great fun. Joseph a local man provides a boat trip and beach bar b q which is excellent value for money and a wonderful day out.

Finally if your looking for a lively holiday then the O'Pescador is not for you....on the other hand if you want peace and tranquility then I suggest you make reservations asap!

Room Tip: All the rooms have a good sea view, some have air con avoid room over the restaurant /bar
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

The resort has excellent location. Good infrastructure but the resort service is very bad. The complimentory breakfast is not good at all. The rooms can be made more hyginic and clean. They are still using CRT TV which do not work. Overall it was not so good stay at the resort. Whatever good rating we can give is only for the resort location only.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 March 2013

We have now been to the O' Pescador for the last three years having originally booked it just to take the flight and go elsewhere on arrival. However we decided to stay a week just to see what this part of Goa was like and we were very pleased and pleasently surprised with what we had found. The O' Pescador is a gem being a small traditional Goan hotel with spacious rooms and an excellent pool set in well maintained gardens. It is a 'Little Paradise' away from the mahem of Indian life which can be found just outside the hotel in Dona Paula. The area is more popular with Indian tourists and day trippers visiting the monument at the end of the jetty. The majority of visitors buy a hat (including us) to walk the prom and visit the monument where the Indians want their photos taken with us. This is not a touristy area as we would know it and is not for the squeamish including rubbish, toilets, hygene and poverty. The hotel and area is not really suitable for the elderly particularly if they have mobility difficulties or children as there is nothing for them to do here. The hotel does not have any entertainment but that suits us as we mingle with other guests at any time including at the cosy little bar/restaurant. The food in the hotel is excellent with a good selection on the menu including specials considering the size of the hotel. There are probably two other good restaurants outside with a number of other bars which also provide reasonable food. Alternatively the capital Panjim is only 7km away by local bus or taxi.
The sea and a little black sand beach are directly accessible down some steps from the hotel pool area and is shared with just one other hotel although it does also have public access between the two hotels. The beach varies in size with the tide and can disappear altogether with the sea reaching the steps of the hotel. Although there is some disgarded rubbish to be found the sand and the sea are a welcome alternative.
All the rooms have a sea/pool view with a balcony which is really relaxing and great to sit on at any time with a cup of tea or beer. Idealy air conditioning is a must but is a really expensive extra and we have always manged with the ceiling fan and open windows/doors. The room has tea making facilities and a good tv and is cleaned daily with changes of towels and bedding. The shower room is also a good size and is light and airy.
All the staff are genuinely friendly and the service is excellent although at busy times expect things to take a little longer.
We have stayed for a week on three occassions now after which we get restless and go elsewhere to the South of Goa. However if you just want to 'crash out' and relax to recharge the batteries, a fortnight here would be an excellent choice. If you really want to keep in touch with the rest of the world and home there is also a good free wi-fi service.

Room Tip: All rooms are good having a sea/pool view (or both). However the best rooms are set high on the head...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

A very beautiful, small hotel. All the staff were very friendly and could not do enough for us, especially Derek and Kumar.
We found the food in the hotel to be very good and did not have one bad meal. It was much better than the revered 'Pebbles' restaurant nearby (we sent back 3 meals). If it's steak and chips that you want, North Goa is for you.

The first two weeks we were there only eight couples were staying so it was almost like having your own holiday home with waiting staff at your beck and call. What more could you want!



The rooms were basic, a bit tired but very clean.
Room no.s 24 and 25 are above the restaurant bar which could be a little noisy, depending on who is drinking in the bar. We asked to be moved from 25 and without any fuss were given room 21, which was above the kitchens, very quiet, great view but rather hot as the heat from the kitchen heats up the floor.

We asked for air con for the third week. The manager wanted to charge us nearly £400, so we stayed Hot Hot Hot. Other couples also asked about air con and it seems the price varied depending how the manager felt on the day (cheeper to book a/c with Thomas Cook before you fly).

There is no money exchange at the hotel, although the taxi driver next does change cash at a poorer rate. We changed our money in Panjim. Taxi to Panjim was 300 rupees so we took the bus which runs very regularly and cost 10 rupees each to take us there and back (12 pence) and drops you at the fish market which is very near the Thomas Cook office where we changed our money.

There are ATMs locally, some charge you a withdrawal fee (they have to tell you this on screen before you ask for the withdrawal) HDFC charge 200 rupees with poor exchange rate, the Bank Of India we found to be the best for exchange rate, with no fee but it is nearly always empty as everyone tries to use it.
The ATM charged us £3.25 to withdraw 10,000 rupees (£114) compared with £1 for £300 at Thomas Cook in Panjim.

The local beach looks lovely but does not have golden sand and has greenish sea which is fairly clear. But keep in mind that there are a few locals we saw every morning that use the rocks on the far side of the beech/cove as the local toilet!
About 40 minutes walk to Vainguinim beach, so much cleaner.

If you want a very quiet beach holiday head for south Goa. Local taxis charge about £18 to take you for the day to southern beaches and about £3.50 to take you to local restaurants at night that are just a bit too far away to walk to.

To sum up, all in all for what we paid. it was a very good holiday. We stayed for three weeks and spent in total £1000 on food, drinks and two trips with Thomas Cook at £102. We bought no clothes, trinkets etc., so not as cheep as we expected, but it is cheeper in the north, but you have to be a Benidorm lover to go there!!

We will go back to Goa again may be further south next time as we don't usually go back to the same place twice. The world is a big place!

Room Tip: Not room 24 or 25, they are over the restaurant bar
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel O'Pescador
Address: Near Dona Paula Jetty | India, Dona Paula 403004, India
Region: India > Goa > North Goa District > Dona Paula
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Dona Paula
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel O'Pescador 2.5*
Number of rooms: 27
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