We were attending the Goa Project un-conference (my wife, myself and a friend) and decided to stay here as the rates seemed reasonable and the resort was close to the venue.
On the outset, this would be one of the less expensive places that I have stayed at - and I wasn't expecting any extraordinary service. I would have rated this place higher if the basic amenities were taken care off - which were lacking at places.
Overall, we had a nice experience and no major complaints. The staff informed me that they would be tearing the place down this summer and rebuilding it and I hope they do a nice job at it - because it is really a lovely location and a 2 min walk from the beach.
First, let me start with the positives:
1. The resort looks very pretty once you enter and the landscaping is done nicely.
2. It is literally a stone's throw away from the beach and you can walk in / out anytime.
3. The management promised peace and quiet and no weird crowds - and they delivered. It was actually very peaceful.
4. The caretaking staff was super helpful (a couple of boys) and they were quick to respond and help out. They made our stay worthwhile actually.
What I didn't like about the place:
The resort is advertised as an eco-village - where everything, including the material for the construction of the huts is supposed to be ecological / bio-degradable. The place is also super economical and we paid around Rs. 1800 / night.
However, the quality of construction and maintenance had a lot to be desired.
1. Our bathroom doors did not latch as they did not close properly - no matter what you tried.
2. We did not have hot water for a day and a half and the water pressure was too low to take a shower. Had to resort to a bucket bath.
3. Toiletries were not given and were only available on request.
4. We stayed for 4 days and they give you a complimentary bottle of water only on day 1. Apparently, you are supposed to make your own water arrangements (there are no shops close by) or you can buy a liter of water from them for 30 bucks a bottle. I found this extremely weird.
5. A mosquito net is needed to sleep at night because the place is susceptible to insects and mosquitoes. (We also noticed a couple of lizards and huge cockroaches in the bathroom).
However, the mosquito net provided by them was of inadequate size and could not be tucked in properly.
6. The bed is a mattress on a low-lying concrete slab - so you are sleeping pretty close to the ground.
7. I did not feel completely safe as the resort only has a bamboo gate and no security personnel as such. However, a person does sit at the reception throughout the night and I was assured that the neighbourhood is extremely peaceful (which it is).
8. The lighting in the room is extremely dim. I had to use a torch to look into the cupboard to find some stuff at nights.
I understand that this is a budget hotel - but I am sure all the points that I made can easily be taken care off - if you are charging 1800 / night.
Overall, I had a pleasant experience - and no major complaints.
But I was a tad disappointed.
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- Also Known As:
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