Out third visit here, (Feb 2009, Mar 2010 & Feb 2014).
Nice to see the wonderful staff still all here. The wonderful reception team including Janet, the security guys, safe deposit man. The waiting staff, Walter, Pretesh, Nez, Chender, Paul, David, Sam, Hyacinth etc.
The food is still very good, with a good choice, this is the only all inclusive I've ever visited where the evening meal comes a la carte from a menu and is waiter service, rather than the usual horrid buffets with an invitation to eat a la carte a few times during your stay.
You never get to finish a drink before you are asked if you would like another, or in some cases one is delivered whilst you're not looking!
Breakfast wasn't quite as good as before, however with lively Baga on the doorstep, we seldom made breakfast anyway, opting instead for a lie in (after the night before) and rising to take brunch by the pool at 11am, where everything is cooked fresh to order and the omlettes are out of this world!
This time we stayed in room 112, previously twice in the room next door in 111. We purposely asked for one of these rooms as it is away from the pool area, near the Thai restaurant/breakfast area so it is quieter and these rooms have an interupted view of chipmunks running around in the trees outside the balconies, rather than people splashing about in the pool after too many Kingfishers! Initially a little disappointed that we didn't get room 111 for a third time, with more windows/natural light 112 proved the better room.
That said, the hotel rooms have not changed since our first visit in 2009, and money being spent on them is desperately needed. They are dark and with few low energy lights, throwing out a horrid harsh light against equally dark walls and the few equally dark soft furnishings, it is a rather gloomy affair, even with windows in room 112 on three sides!
We celebrated our birthdays whilst there a few weeks back, repeating that of 2009. 2009 the hotel delivered cake, flowers, port wine and birthday cards - this year neither of us received so much as "Happy Birthday!", except for the waiting staff at the pool bless them. We hadn't expected anything in 2009 and it was such a great surprise that perhaps we were wrong to expect the same again.
One thing that has changed since we were last here in 2010 is the now obvious Russian presence in both the hotel and the area as a whole.
It'll be a few years until we return to Goa and when we do we think we'll head to the South for a change of pace etc. If you're looking for great staff and good food and can overlook the rooms, then give this a try.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just off the pulsating stretch of the Baga main road, one is transported to the palm-treed sanctuary of Santiago. Its cozy charm and superb location are a large part of its enduring appeal. Each air-conditioned room has a twin/double bed, a wardrobe and an en-suite bathroom. Other amenities include a tea/coffee maker, fridge, telephone with intercom facility and satellite TV. There is a separate living room and an attached balcony. "Las Masalas" by the poolside offers varied snacks, mini meals and beverages through the day. For lunch and dinner "Las Masalas" serves an intriguing combination of continental, Mediterranean, Goan and Indian dishes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Santiago Hotel Calangute
- Hotel Santiago Goa
- Treebo Santiago Beach Resort Goa/Calangute