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Resorte Marinha Dourada
Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Arpora
Reviewed 20 November 2013

We booked this resport during our Diwali vacations from 5th - 9th Nov. Its the best example of a great place being wasted!! Below are the key points which are tempting me to say this:
1. Pathetic food. Its one of the worst food we have ever had at any time. The guys cant even prepare a sandwich, forget the Goan delicacies.
2. A hotel staff is best known under pressure and this staff doesnt seem to be trained in PR skills.
3. If you plan to chill out in the room and watch TV, FORGET IT!! Coz the cable has ONLY DD channels which are not viewed by people even in remote villages nowadays.
4. Basic necessities like Wi-fi not available (they are available ONLY at the reception and chargeable).
5. Boat ride was promised but was closed.
On top of that the owner is totally non receptive to any feedback you wished to provide, esp since he is doing good business. He doesnt care for what you think and has no time for a feedback from the guests.
For the cost of 30000 INR, i vowed and promised myself that i will never do this mistake again in my life and spend an additional 10K more to get myself in a hotel as good as the Radisson Blue. At least worth the money.
The location is the ONLY respite and the resort is blessed with a wonderful location and vast land available to have 2 pools, 2 lakes, however, seems much more like the one for people who are looking for less time to spend "Inside" the resort.

Room Tip: DONT GO HERE AT ALL but if you go, select a room which is near the second swimming pool.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Amit P
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

We stayed in Marinha Dourada sometime in Sep 2013. It was a nice experiance and the rooms were good and just enough to enjoy the place. They have a private lake with chargeable boat rides accompanying the swimming pool. The bar is small but enough to hang around. The rooms have a swimming pool facing view and are good to spend some time.
The food in the resort is very costly than you can expect and is not so great. We ordered for Chicken Scz fried rice but it was very plain to taste inspite of asking it to be spicy. The restaurant charges for watter bottle as well which is not expected. The staff are good and polite.

Room Tip: All rooms have the same view
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank selva_murugan
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

Service was good..rooms were clean...swimming pool....shuttle service to beach... Private lake...u can do fishing...pool side restaurant...4diff bars...live band...too good service...reasonable prices...good service

  • Stayed: November 2013
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4  Thank RBComments
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

Looks more beautiful than seeing photos on web. surrounded by beautiful lake, good activities for children. All rooms with balcony that I liked the most. Balcony towards pool side made the stay even better. Rooms are also very nice and clean, very well maintained. Looks nicely renovated, still somework has to be done with bathroom and some extra amenities were also missing. Restaurants are fine with good food. Breakfast needs to be improved. People were nice at hotel and reception and very welcoming. Bit inside and far from main city. Very calm and relaxing atmosphere..Baga beach is very near by. A nice Resorte to stay and relax...will come for sure.

Room Tip: Pool facing room / request for Ground floor
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank Hemans9706
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

Avoid the property if you can. It is dated property and old construction which requires serious renovation and interiors. It is definitely not a 21st Century Hotel!

Food: Average

Rooms: Not up to star standard. There are better properties in Goa which are available at Rs 2800/- per night. This is not worth Rs 2800/-. Good LED/LCD TV but pathetic channels. So there is no use of a TV. Horrible 70's or 80's Air Conditioner which does not work properly. No AC Remote available in the room to adjust temperature. Interiors are poor and not well lit. Bathrooms have smell because of drains. They do not provide Shampoos or Bath Gel or Shower Gel, please make your necessary arrangement should you decide to book this property. You will get only MEDIMIX soaps only if you call up reception.

They have notices all over the room which read like below:

a. Save Water (Next to the taps. You do not have to advertise, the guests understand)
b. Save Electricity (You do not have to advertise, the guests understand).
c. Pull the curtains when the AC is ON
d. Do not smoke on Bed.
e. 2 bottles are complimentary and for next one, refill the water yourself by visiting the pool and pay Rs 10/-. How rude is this? If we have to fill water, then it should be free.
f. There are 3 towels provided to you. Check if it is in the bathroom and ask Housekeeping for same. If 3 towels are not found in the room, then you will be billed. How rude is that. Please have your Housekeeping do the necessary checks before guest checks-in.
g. Many other rules put up in the toilet!

HORRIBLE HORRIBLE TOILET and BATHROOM. FILTHY TAPS, LEAKING SHOWERS, LESS LIT AND STINKING DRAINS / BATHROOMS, STINKING TOWELS (BLUE COLOURED)... yaakssss!

Fridge: Please remove the fridge. It is a 70's style fridge which is not even clean...

Location: Good location and good view of the lake. But far off from the beaches.

Breakfast: Not up to standard.

Parlour and Massage: They do not have a therapist available at property. They need to call someone from outside for male therapists. Why have a parlour? Does not make sense.

Blanket: Just one blanket and dirty one kept in the cupboard.

You have to call up Reception and Housekeeping for everything.

It is not a 3 star property as advertised in Trip Advisor. This property reminds of some Government Guest House or Circuit House which has Medimix soap and just clean sheets to sleep on.

I can surely recommend Living Room, Vagator at the same price and amazing 4 star experience. Unfortunately this property was sold out and we had to settle for less.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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barrett4, Manager at Resorte Marinha Dourada, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2013

Dear Sir/ Mam,

The review is over exaggerated, and complete fake. The resort has won 10 major awards in our 18 years of service, which speaks for itself. If the guest had decency he would have revealed his Identity. Ours is the only property where our room balcony door or window does not open into the view of their neighbour's property. Besides our resort is not confined in a closed environment, but every room has an excellent view of natural settings which no other property has.

Kind Regards

Edwin Dias
General Manager
Resorte Marinha Dourada
Arpora, Baga -Goa

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Reviewed 16 October 2013

I was impressed when I saw the pictures of the resort on the website. But I must say the actual place is way better! The awesome setting of the property, with rooms overlooking pools and lakes and the refined maintenance are top class. The proximity of the place to key beaches in the area is a huge plus. We could only imagine how the place would roar back to life in peak season. Overall, the staff at the restaurant and around the place are quite friendly. The food I guess can be a little better at the restaurant and the staff at the reception in my opinion can be a bit more friendly. Thank you Marinha Dourada, you are indelible in our memory.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank maximlobo
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

Room Tip: Lake facing rooms are under renovation. If you need to stay, ask for Lake Facing rooms.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Resorte Marinha Dourada

Address: Tambudki | Anjuna Beach, Arpora 403518, India
Region: India > Goa > North Goa District > Arpora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Arpora
#4 Romantic Hotel in Arpora
Price Range: £35 - £67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Resorte Marinha Dourada 3*
Number of rooms: 206
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