Just returned from a two week stay at the Lambana Resort, Calangute. Must confess arriving at 2.30 in the morning after a 10 hour flight, tired and emotional - my first thoughts of Calangute were Oh No - hopefully the reviews that told us we'd get over this would be true. They were - within a couple of days we had become Goa converts. The Lambana was a great hotel for first timers - ideal location - accommodation was basic but clean - and a total oasis from the chaos that is the Baga Road. It is situated on this road - but out the back of the hotel you barely hear the chaos and the pool area is great - space is limited but for a 25 roomed hotel is a reasonable sized pool - they need to update the sunbeds a bit - they were a bit tired - but the pool boy was always there to provide towels and a lovely smile and tried to please everyone. The waiters were all great - despite language barrier with some - everything was served with a smile and nothing was too much trouble. Peter stood out - this must be said - and loved when he was there - as he could get the kitchen to conjure up something not on the menu to our tastes. Overall the Lambana tried to accommodate everyone and provided service far and beyond it's star rating - patience is required because of the language problems with some and also the general Goan way of doing things - but slip in to a relaxed attitude and you will soon go with the flow. The new bar was great and prices cheaper than some of the bars in the area. The restaurant is a work in progress but we were never disappointed in anything they produced and who could not complain at the prices......
Calangute is very busy, frantic resort and would not be to everyone's taste - but there are other quieter and slightly less frantic resorts nearby a cheap taxi ride away - this being said it is necessary to haggle big style for a decent taxi price - they have- as other reviews and comments on the forum say - got very greedy and quote way above the odds - but they will give in eventually.
Overall our holiday was beyond expectations partly due to the hotel being of a better standard than expected and the willingness of the staff to make sure everyone was happy. We would all happily return to the hotel and Goa - the sooner the better
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- Lambana Hotel Calangute
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