We stayed here for 3 nights. The rooms are spacious (we had a small living area and kitchenette in addition to the bedroom and bathroom) which was nice to spread out in after the smaller hotel rooms we'd been in during the rest of our trip.
The kitchen came equipped with a fridge that was full of bottled water, however our guide advised us not to drink it as he was unsure if it was just re-filled bottles (one of the other girls said she looked at one of the bottles in her fridge and the seal around the cap was broken). Better to buy from one of the nearby stores.
The rooms were clean and the shower was one of the best for hot water and water pressure. Beds and pillows were also comfy in comparison to other hotels we'd stayed in during our trip (we stayed mostly in 3 star accomm).
Pool area was great - get in early to secure a sun lounger though!
Hotel is about a 15-20 minute walk to Baga beach. Plenty of shops, stalls and restaurants nearby along the road to the beach (although our favourite was Baskin Robbins ;)). We didn't eat at the hotel, as there were so many other options nearby.
It was a little concerning when we arrived to be told that our belongings 'aren't safe in your room' but that they offer a locker room on the premises to store your valuables in - supply your own lock or you can hire one for 20 rupees. However, we didnt bother and just kept our backpacks locked in our room and told reception that our room didn't require cleaning and we were fine. On one hand you dont want to hear that your stuff isn't safe at the hotel, but on the other hand is your stuff really safe at any hotel? Better to be forewarned, I think. Also, wouldn't put it past them to just be trying to get another 20 rupees out of each guest either. lol
Most of the staff were pleasant to deal with, except for 1 lady on reception who was quite rude to everyone.
I realise this seems like a mixed review, however our stay was pleasant, we had no security issues and the location was relatively close to the beach. I would stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Santiago Beach Resort the rooms are spacious and have an antique feel to it, the in-room amenities include air-conditioning, a coffee table, an electric kettle, mini-fridge and an LCD television with cable/ DTH connection. The clean and hygienic bathrooms come with hot and cold running water. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Santiago Hotel Calangute
- Hotel Santiago Goa
- Santiago Beach Resort Goa/Calangute