This was our first trip to Goa and at first couldn't understand why people return year after year but we may visit again in the future after getting used to the culture. The hotel was brill and deserves more than 2 stars. Yes the breakfast was basic but there was something for everyone. The rooms could do with updating but they were roomy and everything was clean and working. We had a lake view and appreciated the fact that the sun didn't get onto the balcony, although the room looked a bit gloomy at times it was a welcome break from the scorching heat. I don't go on holiday to watch TV so can't comment on that. I thought the bed was a bit uncomfy, my hubby thought it was great so it's a case of you can't please everyone! Lots of happy smiling polite workers who would do anything to please even fetching ice cream from the restaurant to the poolside. We didn't have a problem with sunbeds but it is getting towards the end of the season. Food in the hotel was good, we went to the Thursday sizzler night twice and the bill was no more than when eating out and the entertainment was very good. Nearby Saturday night bazaar was awesome with great music into the night. Last day bonus was the Happy Holi where everyone was celebrating by covering everyone in paint, great experience although there were some odd coloured people on the trip home! The Thomson Dreamliner was a joy with no need to book extra leg room, great journey both ways spoiled by being ripped off coming back at Goa airport. Before going to departure we were told we HAD to exchange our leftover rupees as we couldn't spend them upstairs. We had about £18 left (1810 rps) , and were given less than £12 hubby kicked up a fuss and was told it was because of the tax! they gave us another £4 when he demanded the rupees back. Upstairs a small bottle of water was 30 rupees but they equated it to 60p to pay in stirling! Lesson learnt, hang on to your few rupees to spend upstairs or you'll end up paying £5 for a manky box of pringles like another fellow duped passenger. The Russians are O.K they are just a bit misunderstood, we had no problems with them ( a polite good morning goes a long way). Many of the British visitors are from the older end (like us) , the Russians much younger and will still be going in years to come and unless the cost of the visas for the U.K is reduced Goa is in danger of losing out on U.K visitors in future years. If we return we would stay at the Marinha Dourada, we saw some of the other hotels on route and this was a good choice and worth paying for the taxis and Tuc Tucs to get to the other nearby resorts.
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- Resorte Marinha Dourada Arpora
- Resorte Marinha Dourada Resort Arpora
- Marinha Dourada Hotel
- Resorte Marinha Dourada Hotel Arpora
- Resorte Marinha Dourada Goa/Arpora