We stayed at the Kingstork hotel at Calangute from 8-11 June 2010. The hotel is a small 10-room affair which was squeaky clean and quite comfortable, and hardly a resort as the name conveys - but it was an excellent experience for us.
First, the booking process. The owner, Mr. Stanley Ferrao, had been prompt in responding to my emails, and accommodating enough to adjust for the one day of delay I had in reaching Goa. He did not ask for an advance (though I specifically asked whether he needed one), and offered me a good off-season rate of 1200 INR inclusive of taxes and complimentary breakfast.
We arrived at the hotel somewhat late in the evening, and had to locate the place. We called Mr. Ferrao a couple of times, and when we took more than our fair share of time to reach, he called back himself.
About the hotel: A 10-room affair. The southern part of Calangute beach is accessible by a 2-minute walk along a road behind the hotel - you can hear the sea from the hotel lawns though. The split AC works well (though voltage fluctuation is a problem and it trips occasionally), the toilet is sparkling clean with running hot and cold water, and there's a stocked fridge in the room too.
On the negative side, there is no room service, and in fact one is dissuaded from eating and smoking in the rooms. No electric kettle or provision for bed tea either. The restaurant part is outsourced to someone who doesn't do a very good job of it - the crockery is dirty and cracked, and the feel-good factor of the rooms is a big contrast to the not-so-good restaurant experience. It's also open-air, so humidity is a problem at this time of the year. The breakfast is minimal - option of "1 serving of cornflakes/porridge and milk" or "2 eggs as you like it and 2 slices of toast", plus coffee/tea. Mr. Ferrao gave us to understand that the restaurant would be run better, and personally by him, from next year. Given the quality of the hotel overall, I'd say he'll do a far better job than now.
The swimming pool is clean and well-maintained, and apart from a good swim, you have the option of being served refreshments at the bar counter alongside too. And it is quite a pretty sight at night too - all rooms face the pool.
One doesn't get free drinking water - you pay for the Bisleri in the fridge @ 25INR/bottle. And the car gets to be parked on the road in front of the reception, though there's someone there all night to keep an eye on it.
My take: It's good value for money overall, but we preferred other places to have our meals.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 'Kingstork Restaurant' was established in 1968 by the Ferrao family at Calangute, Goa it was moved to its present location in 1999, where it has continued to flourish as the Kingstork Beach Resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kingstork Beach Hotel Calangute
- Kingstork Beach Resort Goa/Calangute