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Colonia Jose' Menino Resort
Ranked #8 of 10 Hotels in Varca
Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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“Cheap and Basic place to stay”
Reviewed 12 April 2014 via mobile

We already knew the quiet area and liked this end of the beach, and had walked past this complex many times. From the outset you can see that CJM is very tired and needs maintenance! We chose the complex because of the closeness to the beach, it has a few little shops near by including Rosa's which sells everything from milk to nail varnish remover! Rosa also serves teas and coffees throughout the day and you can enjoy a very large G&T ! It tends to be a very popular gathering place with both expats who are renting apartments for months on end and people just passing by. There is a local bus stop at the crossroads and a taxi rank outside.
We were renting one of the private apartments at the back of the complex for three weeks and were using our stay as a cheap base, so we cannot comment on the rooms with the hotel. The private area is very quiet and has nice gardens and flowers and shrubs around ( they could do with more watering though) and the paths were keep clean and the apartments themselves were painted up together and looked presentable. It seems that a lot of the hotel has been sold privately and is used for holiday lets. Consequently it seems that the rest of the complex has not had any maintenance done for years and it is very tired looking and scruffy in parts. There is one area that used to be a massive Chinese restaurant in its day that has just been abandoned, and at the back of that it where people seem to dump their rubbish! We did use the pool ( we paid a fee for using sun beds ect as we were not part of the hotel). It suited our needs for a cool dip and swim every so often but the surrounding area has been neglected it felt like you were sunbathing in the middle of Beirut!! The pool itself was clean but the areas around needs some serious maintenance doing. The buildings overlooking the pool were part of the hotel and they looked tatty. The restaurant was a bit sad, fine during the day for a cold drink and a snack but we never really saw anyone there in the evenings, just the staff. We ate there once and were the only people in the restaurant so no atmosphere at all. They did not have available what we ordered from the menu, but what we had was very nice and cheap. We were not asked once if we wanted a drink! I think the staff were very lapse a daisy as their manager was off sick for a while. We noticed a difference when he returned, the area was much more neat and tidy and pool furniture all tidied up ect. We went into reception twice for some information and the girl in the office was quite put out to speak to us and unhelpful, this May have been because we were not staying in the hotel , I don't know, it takes nothing to be friendly. We did notice ( also from other peoples comments) that bags of rubbish were left uncollected for ages outside people's rooms. There is 24 hr security on the gate and the security men were always friendly. Yes, there are a lot of Russians staying here, but I can honestly say at the time we were there they were not a problem, some were in families and were friendly, I have seen more badly behaved Brits!!!! On one of the beach shacks we used called 'Pema Shack' there were also a lot of Russians and again they seemed to stay together and kept themselves to themselves. The taxi rank.... Well, they seem to dominate all the taxis in the area. We have been travelling to Goa for years and have always kept the same taxi driver, but here No other taxi driver can pick up up in this area, they can drop you off if they dare!!!! We had a taxi to Agonda and we wanted to make our own way back but the taxi drivers are quite assertive with you to ensure they get the return trip. It is a shame and made us not want to use them at all!
Overall, we had a cheap apartment for 10,000 rupees a night, we used it as a base, used the convenient beach and its restaurants and had the use of a pool for three weeks and we knew the area and it suited us fine. However if I had not been to Goa before and it was my only holiday of the year and I turned up at CJM I would be so disappointed as it would not be what you are used to in other resorts. A nice cheap break for us and we would return.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Surat, India
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Reviewed 22 March 2014 via mobile

It is a Russian base camp. Full of ants (big, small, red, black.... all types), spiders and mosquitoes. Pool had some kind of insects in abundance.
Room had odours of various types, bathroom was no exception. extra pain was.... no jet near the commode. No toiletries, faulty taps and shower.

I can keep going about its cons... But it is not worth the effort.... I would better forget the sufferings of that one day.

Stay away!!

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Lucknow
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2014

Colonia jose menino..Very good resort near fatrade beach..with all basic needs..like restaurant swimming pool..bar and other things..Rooms r spacious with all modern facilities.. Cable televisions n refrigerator..restaurant food was not good more options are available..restaurant manager is greedy..

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2013

We stayed for 2 days in December,2013. beach is quite secluded. Mostly foreigners. didn't see any Indian on the beach. If you want a calm quite beach with less people than this beach is a good choice.

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Pros: Hotel Location is good. Beach is just a few minutes walk from the hotel. If you want a cheap hotel with not much facility than this hotel is for you.
Cons:
No transport facility. Luckily we had rented a bike before checking in.
Although clean, rooms were pretty basic. Didn't even have a locker.
Room service on alternate days. I had to ask 4 times and had to wait for 8 hours to get the water bottles.
AC was old. AC's controls were not working. You can only switch it on or switch off.
The geyser was too old and worn out with live wires exposed. Too dangerous to use them.
The mattress was okay.
Dogs were roaming inside the hotel. Didn't feel very secure as 3,4 guys were sitting in front of the hotel all the time and were ogling at us each time we went out.

Food was too oily.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2013

we have 19 memers .we stayed 4 days in resort 1) Room service is not available .2) room serice available only for non indian .. i am asing for wate botle to one room service boy he is was told me i have no time ...... . kya aapki hotel sirf gore log ko hi service deti hai kya hum loo ko kyu nahi . kya aapke hotel ke servicer aise baat kate hai guest se ......chu**ya 3) If power cut then no generator facility available.4)Dogs are roaming inside all the places. 5) Too long to journey for site seeing because its located in south GOA end.6) gate keper not behaviour properly bc .....isse achcha to gujarat ya mumbaiki loal hotels hai and clean and service is very very very good

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

I was happy with the room we got. There were two balconies and both of them pretty decent in size . Although the view wasn't great but still it was nice to sit there. Room was clean. A/C worked properly. Bathroom was neat & clean. Swimming pool was very clean and quite large. Jacuzzi was well maintained (you need to pay extra for that). The amount they charged for Jacuzzi was nominal.
BUT, I was NOT happy with the restaurant. I had my first night dinner there but I didn't go there again. Food was not at all good.Complementary breakfast was OK.
The beach is very close to this place-- may be 2 minutes walk. Fatrade beach is beautiful and not crowded (rather secluded). Food served in the shacks is very good.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dhaka, null, Bangladesh
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2013

We stayed in this hotel for 10 days in Jan 2013. It was nice and quiet as expected. Only problem was the transport. There a few buses going and coming back from Madgoan. But the taxi service is totally under a group of drivers who controls all the taxies that are available there. No taxi from outside the hotel area is allowed to take any guest from the hotel though the guest can come back by a taxi. Otherwise the food in the restaurant was nice and staffs there are very good as well. I have a little observation about the room service.

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Colonia Jose' Menino Resort
Address: Zalor Fatrade Varca, Varca 403721, India
Region: India > Goa > South Goa District > Varca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #8 of 10 Hotels in Varca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Colonia Jose' Menino Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Colonia Jose' Menino Resort owned by the Saldanha Group, with its sales office at Mumbai "Kyle-Sal Holidays (p) Ltd". Resort has 50 Rooms, equipped with swimming pool, Jacuzzi, Restaurant & Bar, Travel Desk, Foreign Exchange, Doctor on call. All rooms en-suite w/c, hot & cold shower, Balcony, Refrigerator, twin-double beds, CTV, Cable connection, Wardrobe. ... more   less 
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