Hi Ive just returned from Dona Paula, and a two week stay at the O,Pescador Hotel, before going i read the comments on Trip Advisor, and i have to say i was a tad worried by some of the negative comments, My holiday didnt cost a fortune so i wasnt expecting the Ritz but at the same time i didnt want to be staying at a place that wasnt clean, friendly etc. But i have to say i was so impressed with everything there, the hotel was clean and the staff very very helpfull and friendly, Derick and Ashis in particular were so attentive and simply couldnt do eneogh for you, The location is about 40 minutes drive from the popular Anjuna Baga and candolim beaches, but if you ask Pedro who runs taxi's next door to the hotel he will run you there and pick you up later for 1000 rupees, which is very cheap and this is how we got about, there is also buses that run to Panjim just up the road for aprox 30 rupees which i also did a few times, there isnt much to do at Dona Paula but to be honest i was glad to leave the madness of the more popular beaches behind and return to the tranquil surroundings of O' Pescador, and believe me relaxing by the pool at this hotel is wonderful, If you have children i would advise a diferent hotel as there is no amenaties for children, but for me and my fellow travelers this was great as we didnt want to be surrounded by children all day long. I met some great people who were also staying at this hotel, from various parts of England, Manchester, Wales Devon and London, all age groups and all without exception loved this hotel. Check out the local boat owner called Dominic, he will organise a great boat trip for you, take you fishing and possibly if you are lucky like we were you will see dolphins, he finishes your day out with a fantastic BBQ on a beautiful secluded beach, all the food delicious and there was mountains of it, fresh fish rice etc. Dominic has lived in England and speaks very good english, he is a lovely chap who is very helpfull, he will make phone calls for you to get taxi,s and also is a good piont to do sterling - rupee exchange, he will give a good rate, dont get him confused with Dominic the Thomas Cook rep, who is also a lovely chap, but the local Dominic will organise much cheaper trips for you. The whole experience for me at this hotel was brilliant, yes the beds are a bit hard, yes the rooms are basic, but if you want 5 star then pay 5 star i had a good time at a very reasonable price, and the only reason i had a few restless nights was because it was quite hot at times, but hey i was in India it is hot! i sugest that those who slate this hotel are too tight to pay for luxury 5 star and yet expect it anyway, my advise...save your pennys you stingy lot and pay for what you really want or shut up. Personally i will be going back and i think i speak for my 3 companions and the 10 other Brits staying there at the same time.
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