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Alor Grande Holiday Resort
Ranked #52 of 67 Hotels in Candolim
Reviewed 23 March 2008

This was the second stay at Alore Grande for me and this time there was a group of 11 of us, some first timers to Goa and other who have been visiting for 20 years. In Goa, 3 star isnt what you get here when you book a 3 star and this hotel has all you can need...... A bed, hot showers and a pool!!! When we arrived we couldnt get into the room either, but we were on holiday so left our cases, had breakfast the headed into the town - why waste time!!! As soon as we returned we were all into our rooms and had made the most of our morning. The pool was cleaned everyday ( have seen the review stating they didnt see it cleaned once) and we should know, we were up everyday on the balcony first thing with our room service coffee watching them do it!!!
The staff, many of which we had met last year were as usual more than happy to help with whatever we needed. The guys were always smiling and maybe this is because we arrived with open minds and also respect for the long days they work for not much money!! If you are visiting Goa, then this is what you get. Goa is a placee to relax and enjoy the culture of an amazing place and all 11 of us did that without any problems at this hotel. Take it as you find it and just enjoy it. If you want delux then you need to up the budge for your holiday!! We have all come back and are booking to stay here again, so dont be put off - the holiday is what you make of it!!

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 March 2008

The resort is not at all a 3 star resort but at the most can be rated as 1 star resort. The location is excellent. The room is provided with A.C., 24 hours hot water. Very close to the beach. There are good number of food joints in Candolim and calangute. The Baga beach is located just 2.5 kms away from the resort and it is a wonderful location with many restaurants and shops. Restaurants we liked is Infantaria and Chick n Fish in Calangute.

Stayed: March 2008
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Reviewed 17 March 2008

(VISIT TIME: March 14 - 16, 2008)
It was my first visit to Goa and was a little concerned reading all the reviews. so, reached the hotel with "open heart" - but found nothing bad. if anything we must complain about, it will be the speed of service. maybe there were less number of service people.
the rooms were big and had two balconies. toilets were clean and well lit. the swimming pool is nice - would advise to carry swimsuit since no "rent-a-swimsuit" is available. the pool side restaurant is a nice place to sit and talk at night. food is okay, but would have liked more local food and live music. we had our dinners at Mago Grove - amazing food and amazing people there. DO visit.
beach is about 10 mins walk from the hotel. you'll get all sorts of shops on the way to beach. there is also an Axis bank ATM and a health center (in-case).
taxi/ auto/ private cars are readily available for trips. do bargain. there is also a bus stop near the health center.
and yes, if you are travelling to Goa by train, DO NOT GO TO MADGAON. get down at Thivim.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled with family
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2  Thank crak_in
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Reviewed 10 March 2008

Me & my boyfriend and 3 friends stayed at the Alor Grande for 2 weeks end feb/ begining of March, and have to say that having read reviews on here before we went, were a little concerned but not overly worried, as last year we stayed at the Highland next door and there are bad reports about that, and believe me that place was top notch. After all how long do you spend in your room anyway? The place is old and needs a bit of tlc, but it was all really clean, rooms cleaned every day, along with clean linen and towels. The staff can't do enough for you, we even asked for extra matresses and they appeared an hour later, at no cost apart from a tip to the lads who sorted it for us. How many European hotels would you get that in?! Breakfast is typical Goan, toast , jam, eggs, juice, tea, curry etc, but its so cheap to eat in Candolim we often just had food outside. Also don't be put off by the amount of Indians staying there, they don't want to sunbathe, so your not fighting for sun loungers the way you would be if there were as many europeans! Also the security staff are fantastic and really friendly. It can't be so bad, one english couple we spoke to had stayed there every year for the last 8 years. If you want the Ritz, Goa isn't a place for you!!

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled with friends
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1  Thank kirco
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Reviewed 19 February 2008

We stayed in the Alor end of Jan beging of Feb.
I had read the reviews but thought some were a little picky but know i wish i had taken note.
Arrived at 07.15 and didnt get the room till 12.30 and it was bad.Not basic but dirty,dark with an overpowering smell of mothballs.The bathroom was terrible with stained tiles and wash basin. Had a good balcony though and sheets appeared clean.
We were moved the next day and in all fairness that room was a lot cleaner but had an area attached to the bathroom were the waiters were washing pots! not very private and also the room was divided by folded back wood doors and we could hear everything including the neighbours snoring all night.
The last room was part of the new block and was bright and clean but there was an awfull smell in the bathroom. We discovered that the stench pipes terminate right at the window. We overcome this by sealing the window with a black plastic bag and loads of duct tape.
We didnt find the staff helpful and in fact found the desk manager on the morning of our arrival quite abrupt.
The pool looked nice but the tiled pool area was filthy with coffee stains and all sorts on it and was not cleaned to our knowledge the whole 2 weeks we were there.
We loved Candolim itself.The weather was great the food was amazing, there are so many lovely places to eat and watch the world go by all very cheap.The waiters loved to talk and the service was top class.
We spent alot of time on the beach and found various shacks with good food.
We would definatly go back but never to the alor.
If you are thinking of staying there please think again, there are other reasonable price places nearby ( we actually went in to have a look at some ) that are so much better.

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank MEK2511
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Reviewed 16 February 2008

A very bad experience..Sttaf was not helpful at all.Took 2 hrs to give a room to us.We waited at reception for 2 hr.Rooms were in very bad condition.Bathrooms were worst than the room.We booked the room much before the arrival date,still inplace of A/C they had given us non a/c room. I will never suggest anyone to go there.Bad bad and very bad experience :(

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank nikhil87
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Reviewed 6 February 2008

alor grande, is very very basic, good size rooms for 2 but no more than that,we stayed in one of the back rooms, quite noisey in the mornings as some of the other rooms people live in them . towels and bedding are clean and changed regular.Decor and furniture need attention.shower good always hot water, electric goes off most days for a bit. Air conditioning is an extra cost about £3 a day.fridge in room old and tatty. Sockets in rooms not always have a good connection, The pool area is short of sunbeds and is very shaded during the day, the beach is far better as is only a 10 minute walk and beautiful. The staff are ok but not over helpful,breakfast is basic toast and jam or eggs juice tea and coffee , you can choose indian food but didnt fancy that for breakfast, most of the cups were chipped or cracked , recommend take you own . Hotel guests were mainly english and indian.reps daytrips at the hotel are expensive book outside the hotel and haggle.The jewellrey shop in the hotel is expensive look around outside much cheaper and more choice.Buy mosquito plugins and cream from the supermartket you will need them .The lady gardeners work very hard tip them if anyone they work far harder than the waiters.The security guards are very friendly.would not stay here again but it did not spoil my holiday i will be returning next year and staying somewhere else, candolim is lovely.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled with family
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Address: | near Health Centre, Candolim, Bardez 403515, India
Region: India > Goa > North Goa District > Bardez > Candolim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #52 of 67 Hotels in Candolim
Price Range: £24 - £142 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Alor Grande Holiday Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 125
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