Stayed in Fidalgo after a long time recently. Purely out of habit. This used to be a very conveniently located hotel for the casino lovers. You could just walk off either Pride or Royale, and just have a nice stroll to Fidalgo. This hotel is situated in the heart of Panjim, surrounded with nice restaurants, places to buy cashew, curios and yes...Feni too. But that's just about it. The moment I entered the hotel yesterday, a flashback started playing in my mind. Flashback, that reminded me why I had stopped staying at Fidalgo, Goa.
1) First things first. If you get a room on the first floor ( still not refurbished ), you are royally jacked. The rooms are plain bad. Beds, mattresses, towels, soap, shampoos...everything. The rooms have a musty odour, and staying here is really painful.
2) The corridors have jaded, faded, smelly carpets. Look disgusting, and smell bad too.
3) Elevators are slow. And to add insult to injury,have faded and stinky carpets. Just like their cousins in the corridors.
4) If you happen to use the spa, they have real soothing spa music playing. When I entered, the music system was blaring Hava Hava, E Hava...by Hassan Jahangir ( of early 1990s fame)
On the positive side, the staff is real helpful and warm. I would especially like to compliment the person at checkin counter ( don't remember his name, but was from Arrah, Bihar ). Rest of the staff was helpful too..always smiling and cheerful. The location is central and prices are reasonable. Overall, just average. I don't think I am returning to this place in a hurry.
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- Also Known As:
- Fidalgo Hotel Panaji
- Fidalgo Hotel Goa
- Hotel Fidalgo Goa/Panjim