The Bedbugs story
Spent a bombshell to book this resort , first thing i noticed was the phone in the room , which had 2-3 small brown coloured insects crawling inside the phone buttons. I said EEEHHH !!! I touched the table. It was wet . Soon i realised the room was so humid , that the desk , the Sofa cloth all were having moisture. I kept a paper in the night on the table and voila it was wet the next morning. Same happened to he biscuits as well.
Yes me and my wife were given a room which was too humid , no direct sunlight , and their were bed-bugs . I will post a proof of my hands having the spots and still after 3 days we both have itching. I plan to go to Doctor if the itching persist for few more days.
As i said earlier , there was humidity , because of improper ventilation , no sunlight , A/c cause lot of humidity. Ultimately it was a breeding ground for the bedbugs . I got the bed-linen changed , but me and wife again got the bites whenever we were inside the blanket . Initally thought it was mosquitoes , turned on the mosquito repellant , kept it on for hours , but how the damn mosquito will come inside the heavy blankets . Yes it was the bed bugs only. I still have the marks on my hands and legs , which gives an itching sensation every now and then. USually mosquito bites go in 1 or 2 days, but even after 3 days , me and my wife have the marks which grow big and then turn small every now and then. We are totally screwed up.
--> Had to tell them 3 times before calling to reception to get my room cleaned. The other day they cleaned it while we were not there . Then we got our check-out extended till late evening , and the house keeping did not come till afternoon.
After request they just did some broomimg , and were not willing to change the bed-lines and pillow covers . And they didn't change also .
The Bath Room:
Very humid and no ventilation. It was like a dark room . The bath tub closing was very very tight. The MUG had a hole , i had to get it changed immediately. Since no ventilation , they will put heavy spray in the morning to subside the smell.But for how long ????
Location :- South Goa near a lesser known Utorda Beach. South GOA is a must no-no for the first time visitor , unless you want to forget that you are in GOA , and want to limit yourself to few small beaches with some dirty shacks around.
The only place in my itineary which i reached in comfirtable time was the AIRPORT which took only 20-25 mins.
A visit to Tito's and Mambo's from the resort costed me 1800 Rs ( 40 USD ) ( Non a/c ) as it is 110 kms to-and-fro
A visit to the Old Goa church and some sub-standard Cruise ( booked by resort itself) took the whole day itself .
A visit to even the South Goa beaches say Colva beach / benaulim beach took 1200 Rs ( 26 USD ) ( Non a/c )
GOA is big , but it's better to stick in a place , which is near to most places that you plan to frequent , rather than being in a corner place called South Goa , and spent an equal amount in the travel ( both time and money ) . It was so odd to return back at 2: 30 AM from Tito's to resort back in the wee hours. The party starts at only 12:00 so u would like to stick around for at least some time before you decide to go back. It took 1 hour back to the resort . I would have been better off staying at Calungate or Baga , so without having this distance concern in my Mind.
The places near the hotel :
The hotel is at such a corner that there are no shops in at least 5 miles . After that u can spot the village and some small mom-pop stores . I bought a Dura-cell battery from 1 such shop which lasted for only 5 shots in my digital camera. Great!!!!!!!
The Taxi Stand outside the hotel:
For conveyance , taxi is provided by the hotel , which they order from a small taxi stand just outside the resort gate. The taxi charges 4 times the charges which otherwise you would have paid elsewhere ( even from the GOA standards ). They have monopoly of the rates , so they charge high.
I used to pay 250 Rs , when i stayed in NORTH GOA for an effortless pick-up drop . Now for the same i have paid 900 Rs here !!!!
My hotel room: ( The truth of the garden view )
They gave me a room on the First floor ( the lobby level ) as i had booked a garden view. When i opened the balcony , there was a view of just an abandoned land with some green bushes around . There was no scope for direct sunlight in my room.
The garden view as i had imagined ( what they display in their website ) was in the rooms on the opposite side of the lobby.
The Watersports and distance from the beach:
The back side opens towards the beach . ( It's not the private beach but the backside opens to a beach ) . There is one shack which is dirty even by indian standards. The hotel says , they have watersports. Yes you can avail it right there at the beach . What happens is they call the water sports guys from a nearby beach . They will come in 5 mins , but they charge you 3-4 times because you stay in Kenil Worth.
I will put the scanned copy for your reference , but you can even confirm the same from the resort itself.
1) Para-sailing : 1800 Rs.( 1 person ) vs 500 Rs. ( 2 persons ) in Baga/Colva
2) Jet-ski : 1200 Rs vs 300 Rs in Baga/Colva ( 2 persons ) in Baga/Colva
3) Water scooter : 1000 Rs vs 300 Rs ( 2 persons ) in Baga/Colva
The site-seeing arrangement by Hotel:
A/c was a must , it was given. First we sat on the 4 th row in the bus , It was too shaky. Shifted to 2 nd row , it was fine.
They will take to the OLD goa church , hand you over to the guide there , who will be able to explain only in Hindi language , not the English.
Then they will take you to a unknown temple. I have faith in GOD , but don't know why they included it in itineary.
Then the cruise , some third grade ( duplicate DJ is better word ) , will present three dances from the crew and for rest of duration asks the passeneger to dance themselves.
Most Important , the FOOD :
Breakfast was included for all days. If you are not from South-Asia , you are bound to suffer a lot on this front.
First the breakfast will have all south indian delicacies. The only option suitable for you may be Bread / Butter / Omlette / Juices ( not fresh juice but packed one )
Lunch and Dinner used to have only 2 food items kept in a corner which wll be made from HAM or BEEF . I never understood the names , but the count is correct , only 2 items , except the Indian delicacies. Food was good if you forget the OIL content in it. The only other place i have seen so much OIL in India are the road side Dhabbas , but that is not heart burning as they charge you 50 times lesser. I am tired of giving the figures , but spending ~ 50 USD per person ( without the drinks ) is too much from even from the star standards.
Only a staff of 2-3 waiters for some 30 tables. Have to call them a lot of time before they actually turn-up.
they expect everyone to take a Buffet . If you want to order seperately , you got to wait a lot..yes a lot.
I sat once in the garden to listen to the guitarist , but the mosquitoes took so much blood off me , that i had to come inside. The food even from Indian standards was very very oily.
RED: The so called dance floor
Nothing inside except for the few bottles and a bartender. Yes u can dance your self on the floor if you like but no DJ ( first thing told to me by security)
As for entertainment only 2 carrom boards , 1 snooker table , 2 sofas ..that's all.
For a handkerchief , they expect you to pay 1 $ . In india you will not find even the best branded handkerchief costing so high. Why not buy a new one , than to get it washed...
They have many bars here and there , one besides pool , they call it sunken bar. ok not bad
Then one besdies the lobby , another one besides the pool itself . But drinks are damn costly,
The internet :
It costs 10 $ an hour !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ok enough beating. The good things :
Well maintained Garden as well as Pool.
Guitarist plays well.
Staff told to always do a "namastey" to everyone they see.
Nothing else that i could remember .
My Conclusion: Never in South Goa because of the Distance and cost of travel.
Never in Kenilworth because of the above reasons.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Kenilworth Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect place for a tranquil retreat surrounded by the pristine beaches and exotic tropical beauty that Goa - the land of sun, sea and sand - is known for. The rooms of this 5-star property are beautifully designed to reflect the by-gone Portuguese era. Tradition seamlessly blends in with all the comforts of modern day luxury to make for a highly relaxing and comfortable stay. Step out on to a private balcony over-looking the Arabian Sea and the beautifully landscaped swimming pool. With impeccable service standards, water sport activities and luxurious spa treatments, The Kenilworth Beach Resort & Spa is a delight for business and leisure travelers alike. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kenilworth Resort & Spa, Goa Hotel Utorda
- Kenilworth Resort And Spa, Goa
- Kenilworth Beach Hotel
- Kenilworth Beach Salcette
- Kenilworth Beach Resort Goa
- Kenilworth Resort & Spa Goa/Utorda