Stayed here for just one night to experience the Old world Charm while doing a cooking course conducted by the same people at their other property ( little Siolim) - my review on the cooking course is given seperately. The property is on a quiet road opposite the Siolim Church and we were the only guests. The poperty has been painstakingly restored and impressive for a 400 yr old building. My Room was huge and except for a TV, had all the other comforts - a huge 4 poster bed, tea and coffee making facility, a good a/c and the room overlooks a small courtyard. It also had the biggest bathroom I have ever been in ! I found the service though very slow and I guess thats becoz its off season and we were the only guests. The food cost is a bit pricey, but delicious with very limited choice. We wanted the prawn curry, the said they didnt have, we wanted the grilled fish, they said they didnt have, so we settled for the only thing they had - Chicken Xacuti and Rice with vegetables and though it was one portion, the two of us shared as my wife is a very small eater so the cost of Rs.350 for Rice, delicious boneless chicken and ample veggies was great value. What was unreasonable was the cost of alcohol - Rs.100 for a peg of Cashewfeni ( you get a bottle for the price) or Rs.200 for Honeybee brandy ( you get two bottles for that cost in a liquor store). In the evening we wanted to watch some news, so we went to the TV lounge upstairs which also has a library sadly the signal was so bad, we couldnt see anything and came down after having our dinner there. Breakfast the next day was good. Bread, butter, jam, tea, a place of fresh fruits, eggs of your choice and goan sausage chilly fry ! There is nothing around the hotel, but I guess if they had more food options, cheaper bar and if the Pool was used and if only there was TV in the room, it would have been a great place ! For those looking for quiet, good rooms, a heritage property, then this is an excellent place. I couldnt afford this during the season, but at its off season price, its excellent value to experience the Old Portuguese ambience.
I did a cooking class - 2 sessions, taught by their local chef Jane Fernandes in Goan Cooking and I must add it was excellent and I would strongly recommed it to anyone who loves good goan food. I will write a seperate review on this.
The only annoyance was the black dog there.... My wife is scared of dogs after being bitten once, and I found it nice and quiet during the day wagging its tail around us while we had lunch, but god know what happened to it after sundown, it used to just come charging at us which was pretty scary. Repeated requests to the staff to have it chained evoked no response. All they said was, it wont do anything just say blackie, blackie and it will be quiet..... but a dog suddenly charging at you in the dim light is no pleasant affair. Not everyone are dog lovers, and I feel the staff should take some care in keeping the dog in its area. On account of this, my wife stayed most of the time in the room to scared to come out as every time she peeped out of the room it barked at her !
Other than this, I must conclude, its a lovely Property and worth every penny!
Be careful of the dog, and carry or buy your own booze !
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