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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Colonia Jose` Menino Hotel Varca
- Colonia Jose' Menino Resort Goa/Varca