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“Good value, convenient location in downtown Panaji for sightseeing rather than beach”

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Hotel Aroma Executive
Ranked #21 of 47 Hotels in Panjim
Chicago, Illinois
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342 reviews
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“Good value, convenient location in downtown Panaji for sightseeing rather than beach”
Reviewed 7 February 2014

The Hotel Aroma in downtown Panaji (Panjim) Goa is a good value for tourists who prefer to enjoy sightseeing rather than lying on a beach.

The hotel is located on the nice municipal market, just a 5 minute walk to the Residency Hotel (run by the Goa Tourism Development Dept.) from where daily enjoyable super-value tours depart at 9am (see their website). I recommend their all-day south Goa loop as a starter for only 3 USD plus lunch cost, but also enjoyed the north Goa loop and the more expensive backwater boat ride and Dudsagar waterfall bus and jeep tour.

The hotel is also just a 5 minute walk to the old Portuguese quarter in Panaji, which is just beyond the Cathedral and is best enjoyed on a quiet Sunday morning.

A prepaid taxi from the Goa airport in Dabolim to the hotel is 700 rupee (exit the terminal and walk across the courtyard to the government-run taxi dispatch booth). The return taxi can be booked by the hotel, but make sure you are charged only 750 rupee for the return -- some drivers may try to mark up the price.

My single standard room at the Aroma Hotel had twin beds, somewhat dated décor, an efficient but slightly noisy A/C, a nicely tiled bathroom with good towels, and good free wifi reception in the room (get the daily user name and password from the front desk).

My room faced the back, but front rooms face the garden across the street. It is a quiet area and street noise should not be a problem. There is a very pleasant open air lounge on the third floor.

Inexpensive bottled water is available at the pharmacy next door. I did not try the Punjabi restaurant inside the hotel -- it opened at 7 pm and I was asleep by then after busy sightseeing each day.

A light and tasty in-room breakfast is included in the price (order the night before), which came to about 32 USD per night including tax for my peak-season (mid-January) single room. I booked it on the internet. The hotel is very good about answering internet queries.

I think Goa is a nice way to start a tour of India since it provides a transition between western and south Asian cultures. I would happily stay at the Hotel Aroma in Panaji again. Nothing fancy, but comfortable, conveniently located, and a good value compared with other Goa (and Panaji) options.

Room Tip: Front rooms face the pretty municipal garden. All rooms are quiet. Third floor rooms are near the p...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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Reviewed 23 January 2014

The hotel is centrally located in Panjim opposite a well maintained garden. At a price you pay for this this is a decent option. Rooms are cleaned everyday which includes change of sheets, towels etc. Staff is nice and service was quick. Hotel has a lift, no complimentary pickup/ drop from airport but the taxi charge for airport drop was 750 only which is less than other options available near the hotel. Breakfast is served in a room if you let them know by 10 pm of previous day. You can select one option from few predefined ones. Bathroom was clean and hot water was available 24 hours. The hotel is just approx 100 meters from offshore casinos & river cruises.

Room Tip: Garden facing
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Bischofsheim, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2014

Nice 3 star hotel, right next to the beautiful muncipal garden, easy to get around and no problem at all if taxi or rickshaws required. Staff very friendly and courteous. Excellent restaurent in "Classic" situated on the first floor serving delicious food at prices that one would expect for a good quality restaurent. Rooms clean and comfortable and cleaned everyday.
The room prices are reasonable.

Room Tip: Ideal place to stay if one is looking for a down town 3 star hotel with all amenities and easy trans...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Pune
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2014

I stayed in the hotel in 2004. The rooms were adequately good with all the amenities at such a low price. The hotel staff was responsive. The hotel has a very good location bang in the middle of the city near the church. The Hotel has a ' Sher-e- Punjab' restaurant which serves very good food, however the prices are little high.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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delhi
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

Only the location of the Hotel is good otherwise its just an below standard hotel. Staff is very rude and doesn't care about guests. Rooms are not clean and need major work to be done. There are many other better options available in the close vicinity. Does't recommend at all.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Navi Mumbai, India
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2013

It is very clean, Supportive staff and centrally located hotel in panji ie in the heart of capital city of Goa. Though Room size is small but in the quoted rate it is the best at Panjim. Shere punjab restaurant within hotel premises is great attraction.

Room Tip: All rooms are similar
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Pune, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2013

Well dnt know where to start.
Father has been staying here for the past one decade or so.
Stay here every time I'm in Goa at least for one day.
Must have stayed here umpteen times then ! :)
Staff and especially the manager MR. Deepak is extremely cooperative. Rates are extremely well maintained and so are the rooms .
The deluxe rooms on the upper floors are the ones which are worth the little extra.

Please also note that the location is extremely nice for a tourist and business traveler being in the city of Panaji.

The breakfast being one of the few vegetarian options here is nice !

The on site Punjabi restaurant is a boon !

Housekeeping is cooperative and extremely standardized.

The hotel is like a home to me now and I love it here !!

Room Tip: Take up rooms overlooking the city !
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Property: Hotel Aroma Executive
Address: Rua Cunha Rivaram | opposite Municipal Garden, above Hindu Pharmacy, Panjim 403001, India
Region: India > Goa > North Goa District > Panjim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #21 of 47 Hotels in Panjim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 27
Also Known As:
Hotel Aroma Executive Goa/Panjim

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