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“Great place to stay when in Goa!” 4 of 5 stars
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Sandalwood Hotel & Retreat
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Vainguinim Valley, Vainguinim 403004, India   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Vainguinim
Pune, India
1 review
“Great place to stay when in Goa!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

This was our second visit to Sandalwood, Goa. We were at Sandalwood during the Diwali week. The rooms are pretty good, comfortable, and quite well maintained. They have a complimentary breakfast, with a nice spread. They keep altering the menu as well. The staff are very courteous, and comply with your requests. Their travel desk is also very helpful, and easily answer your questions, as well as take care of your travel needs.

We checked in on the Diwali Day (Laxmi Pujan day). The hotel had organized fire works on the occasion, which was quite exciting.

There is small beach attached to this hotel, Vainguinim beach. This is a pretty good beach. It's not crowded whatsoever! So, you can really enjoy yourselves. We enjoyed ourselves in the water, and collected a large number of shells!

The location of the hotel is fantastic! It's almost a stone's throw away from Dona Paula. Panaji is just about a 15 minutes drive away.

It's definitely a great place to stay when you visit Goa!

Room Tip: The Deluxe Premier room is good for a couple. The 1 bedroom suite is ideal for a family with childre...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Shekhar D, General Manager at Sandalwood Hotel & Retreat, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
Dear Manjiri,

Greetings!!!

Our Team sincerely thanks you for choosing to stay with us once again & are happy to note that we were able to make your stay with us a comfortable & memorable one.

We look forward to give you many more delightful occasions in future too.

Kind regards,

Shekhar Divadkar
General Manager
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Pune
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We had booked 1 bedroom suite for 2 nights. The room was spacious and had one hall, kitchen space and bedroom. This room is ideal for a family of 4. The room was clean and well kept. All basic needs were provided for. Breakfast was sumptuous, tasty and had lot of variety. However, lunch and dinner at the restaurant, I feel was highly priced. Though the resort provides free WiFi connectivity. However the same did not work at all during our stay. Maybe this is something the management should look into. Ambiance at the lobby and garden area is very clean and well maintained. Swimming pool was clean and well kept. Kids enjoyed a lot. Resort also has a gym and game area. Access to beach is just a 2 min walk, though the walk will not be to your liking as the path run next to the sewerage and stinks. The resort also provides shuttle service to Panjim Market everyday. You have to inform them a day in advance. Staff are very courteous and are ready to help.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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Shekhar D, General Manager at Sandalwood Hotel & Retreat, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
Dear Sir / Madam,

Greetings!!!

Your review on Tripadvisor is greatly valued by our Team. We sincerely thank you for your frank appraisal of our hotel.

We look forward to your next visit & another great experience once again.

Kind regards,

Shekhar Divadkar
General Manager
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Our experience in Sandalwood was simply great.The rooms were clean and well maintained and so were the entire premises.The staff was best compared to other hotels we have visited.The food was
excellent.Only the varietys available were a bit less only if compared to 5 Star hotels.There is a small Vainguinim beach just a short walk from the hotel which is almost like a pvt beach.The pool was clean .I AM THANKFUL TO MAAM VIDYA SUTHAR AND CLANSY FOR GIVING ME A PERFECT PACKAGE DEAL SUITABLE FOR MY FAMILY. RSW

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shekhar D, General Manager at Sandalwood Hotel & Retreat, responded to this review, November 18, 2012
Dear Sir,

Greetings!!!

Our Team at Sandalwood Hotel & Retreat are focused on Guest requirement - understanding their needs & working so as to be able to not only satisfy them but delight them as well.

Our sincere thanks for your kind review. Looking forward to your next visit.

Kind regards,

Shekhar Divadkar
General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

place is really close to the beach ,very peacefull, away from the overcrowded and mad beaches in the north, lovely big rooms , very clean ,nice staff,and near the capital city. had a wonderfull time.
the ambience is good and there is live music,in the evenings. the best part again is being as close to the beach without the noise, and the big rooms.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Shekhar D, General Manager at Sandalwood Hotel & Retreat, responded to this review, November 18, 2012
Dear Doctor,

Greetings!!!

We at Sandalwood Hotel & Retreat were happy to note that you had a peaceful & delightful holiday at our hotel in Goa. We sincerely thank you for your kind review & look forward to your next visit.

Kind regards,

Shekhar Divadkar
General Manager
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Nottingham UK
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Hi all,

We would definitely recommend this hotel, we stopped there from Oct 29- 8th Nov.

The check in was swift and painless, all the staff had a smile on there face and willing to help with anything that was asked.

The food was excellent, although when we had room service it was a little cold, but i will let that slip as everything else was superb.

The travel counter helped and have lots of options.

The restaurant manager talked to all couples at every opportunity and that helped with the friendliness of hotel and atmosphere.

Thank you

Room Tip: Pool view overlook the outside bar also.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shekhar D, General Manager at Sandalwood Hotel & Retreat, responded to this review, November 18, 2012
Dear Sir / Madam,

Greetings!!!

Your kind review is a moral booster for the Team. We at Sandalwood Hotel & Retreat would like to sincerely thank you for the same & assure you of our our all out efforts to do even better in future. Looking forward to your next visit.

Kind regards,

Shekhar Divadkar
General Manager
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Bangalore, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

I had stayed with my family and 2 yr old kid for 3 nights which was pretty relaxing. This hotel has an advantage of being close to most of the tourist places if you are having own vehicle, and easy access to Panjim. Staffs were good, friendly and spread of breakfast buffet was excellent. Rooms and whole campus is kept pretty neat and clean. Nearby there is a small beach with less crowd. My son missed kids play area badly though. The evening time loud music can be disturbing at times if your room is close to the open air bar.

Room Tip: Choose a room on higher floors if you want to stay away from loud music in evenings.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Shekhar D, General Manager at Sandalwood Hotel & Retreat, responded to this review, November 18, 2012
Dear Sir / Madam,

Greetings!!!

The Team has taken note of the points mentioned in your review & would certainly work on the same. We sincerely thank you for taking time out & uploading the review for us. We look forward to your next visit.

Kind regards,

Shekhar Divadkar
General Manager
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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

We stayed in the hotel for 3 nights and 4 days. The hotel rooms are cleaned and they provide lot of compliments like free Wi-fi, toiletries. Breakfast buffet is excellent. Swimming pool is cleaned daily and it is very nice. The staffs are nice.

They have to improve on providing good dinner as the dinner is so-so. Also, they took more time (more than half an hour) for serving the dinner after the order.

I will recommend others and will visit this hotel again in future.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Shekhar D, General Manager at Sandalwood Hotel & Retreat, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Dear Sir,

Many thanks for choosing to stay with us & giving us an opportunity to delight you. Your comments are of great value to us & we as a Team would certainly work on to iron out any deficiencies whatsoever.

We sincerely look forward to your next visit.

Kind regards,

Shekhar Divadkar
General Manager
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Address: Vainguinim Valley, Vainguinim 403004, India
Location: India > Goa > Vainguinim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Vainguinim
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sandalwood Hotel & Retreat 3.5*
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