This hotel, is yes not in the throng of Calngute, but a short Taxi or Scooter Hire away..The middle of Baga Beach is less busy, and Ashwem, Morjim,is within a Taxi journey..
Right the Hotel is absolutely great, we had a great room, a great warm reception and a surprise Birthday greeting from the Hotel. The place is clean, the service is attended to, and the multitude of languages the staff get requests in, are met with help and courtesy. The room has a fridge, a mini bar, still reasonable prices ( small tax added ). The breakfast caters for Indian and western appetites, or both. The cereal, fruit juices, and tea, both normal, and chai, and of course coffee, and hot and cold milks. Service and waiters are there to please. There is a great kitchen staff, who do cook extras that are shown with a price on a chalk board ie ( Nutella Pancakes, Fruit Salads, yogurts and/or anything cooked, like certain foods from your own country ). The eggs are included with the Breakfast at no extra charge, and can be requested to be cooked how you like, as it is done in front of you in the restaurant, on gas and Guerridon Service .. So it's Omelettes, again Indian with all the spice, or just plain, or a pinch of whatever combination you would like added. Scrambled eggs are easily made, poached, hard boiled, etc etc...The toast machine keeps churning out the hot toast, the butter is on ice, and the Jam and Marmalade a plenty.. The Indian choice breakfast is interesting, ranges from home made Hash Browns,or Puri, or a mild curried type potatoes, and as you help yourself why not try a bit of all..
Our room and how often we wanted it cleaned and replenished with fresh towels, including changing the bed sheets (every other day), was also down to us on how regular you wanted house keeping to come in, by way of a do not disturb sign..The balconies are nice, again cleaned down. Any extra attention to detail if needed is always addressed when asked about. I have stayed all over India and I was pleasantly surprised how well the Hotel ran..There is a BBQ and some entertainment on certain nights, and they are ticketed..The evening food menu is reasonable, so a main meal £2-£3, but there are loads of restaurants within 5 -10mins some cheaper, some exotic and even gastronomy standard ( at a price ).. The pools are clean, and are maintained, a main pool ( with baby bit too ) and a smaller one around on the rural side of the hotel. Excellent for relaxing as a waiter will walk round and wait for a signal, unlike Hotels that constantly ask/pester you to buy. If you charge food, drinks to your room, it is the same as room service, ie a small charge and Tax on top ( this can cause confusion ). The pool was open from Sun Up, BUT ONLY UNTIL 7.30pm. Strictly enforced, as this becomes a danger, due to drinking etc. There are games of Water Polo in the front pool, there is a games room, free to use and well equipped. This type of Package Tour or otherwise can have the Reps being overly involved, with entertainment, games, music and drinking, this Hotel is the Opposite, the rep comes and greets just the once, he gives a leaflet with tours ( I objected to the SLUM DOG MILLIONAIRE EXPERIENCE' but the Waterfalls, or Hampi, etc are competitively priced.. On the Palmarinha complex there is a Tailors, who will make, adjust, and will haggle fairly. A jewellers ( again haggle and shop around ). Also very useful is a lady onsite who rents Scooters, and sells fuel in litres ( 20p more than the garage, normal in Goa ), the Scooter is the going rate in Goa, £3.00 a day 300rps, if you take for longer, then a haggle to £2.50 is achievable.. Remember the taxi's outside, are separate to the hotel, ( its important to agree the price with them before hand, to not be intimidated by them, they are a lively lot all over India ). Why not share with other guests...The Hotel has a running Shuttle to take you to the Beach, and it will collect, ( it is a small mini bus, FREE so is very popular ). When you check out, often you may need to rent the room for half a day until your later pick up and flight. This isn't a must, but it is cheap and alternatively the Hotel will lock away your luggage for saftey to allow you freedom on your last day, either by the pool, or last minute shopping...
The price of this Hotel is so reasonable, it is safe and has security ( tuff ). The pick up at the AIRPORT is a godsend, and the return for homeward bound flights are fed to you via a Chalk Board in the Games/Info room. I simply relaxed at this Hotel, I slept well, the AC worked, the fan was ample. I am not long back from a 12 day visit with my partner. Breakfast included was a bonus, and eating inside or outside was great. Onsite is a Spa, it offers Goan treatments, Ayurverdic medicinal treatments, a steam room. The prices were very reasonable, £13 for an Hour body massage, and a little chat will get you a discount im sure, or at least a free half hr in the steam room..So there were no green swimming pools ( as I read in a review before ), no ants in the room, and actually very little insects, and I wasn't bitten, which is a bonus ( it is Asia after all). a 3* Hotel. Just remember, what is it you expect for your money???, a kettle is a small extra charge, and the large 5ltre Water was 10p more if bought in the Hotel, so that stops you having to carry it for one.. The receptionists will aid you with whatever they can, Internet- WIFI is 100rps for 1 Hr and available only in the library type room, its handy but there are plenty of free Wifi bars/restaurants..There is the ability to phone the UK or any country and it is clearly displayed how much you are spending ( digital clock ). A local call is usually possible via reception and usually free, or maybe a small tip... I give this 9/10...I was pleasantly surprised..
Great place, would visit again...
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