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“Simply Superb” 5 of 5 stars
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Om Shanti Restaurant & Huts
Patnem Beach | Patnem Beach, Canacona 403702, India   |  
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“Simply Superb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2010

We just came back from our trip to this lovely beach and a wonderful place to stayin
I would Rate 5\5 for its Location. 4\5 for Food. The huts are cosy and the location is just perfect.

The Staff was hygiene conscious and hence we doing the best they can to keep the place clean.
The staff was very supportive and informative. we also rented the bikes and had no problem with our experience staying here.
I would highly recommend it to everyone.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2009

We stayed for seven nights here in their beachfront hut. The location is fantastic. To sit on one's own balcony and watch the sun go down while local boys play cricket on the beach and then in the morning awake to see a herd of cows relaxing on the beach directly in front of you is wonderful. To experience this view however we had to put up with a lot of negatives.
Now I realize that the hut is exceptional value at R1000 per night (discounted as we were very early in the season and the first guests this season). For that you get a hut of very poor construction. The water from the shower (cold water only) pours straight out through the linoleum floor (if you are lucky - my Husband had to make the hole larger as the water kept getting held up and make another hole as the floor was inclined in the opposite way to the hole). It was definitely a 'wet room'. The sink was full of mastic glue, the tap did not turn off properly and there was no plug. The shower generally worked well except when the water had been turned off somewhere else. In other words the bathroom left a lot to be desired.
The bedroom is supplied with a double bed with one not too bad mattress and one really bad one. I did not fancy putting my head on the pillow but, luckily, had brought one of my own. There was a clean bottom sheet but no top one and a very old heavy blanket for when it got colder at night.There was a mosquito net, but thankfully, we never saw or heard any mozzies and an overhead fan. The only other piece of furniture was an old chest for a few items. A hook on the wall would have been handy. There were two electric lights but only one light bulb.
Now I am sure that a lot of people are thinking that I should not expect much when I have paid so little but it wasn't the rusticity or basic nature of the hut that I didn't like it was the complete lack of attention to detail.
There were two nails on the balcony floor which had not been hammered down properly. When walking around in bare feet it hurts to tread on proud nails. We asked on our first day if somebody would hammer them down or if we could borrow a hammer. We were assured that they would be hammered down, but it never happened all week. We were given beach towels which we were told would be refreshed every two days as they served as our bathroom towels as well. After the first two days a cleaner swept out our room but never replaced the towels. On the third day we asked and they were replaced, after that we gave up and just endured sandy towels after showering. The cleaner never returned either so sand got everywhere in the hut. If a brush had been left I would have had no problem sweeping the hut.
The hut is basically made out of plywood and erected and taken down every season. It is in a lovely position on the beach near the restaurants and little village street where you can buy all your necessities. The restaurant at Om Shanti was not in full swing whilst we were there as the chef had not arrived from Nepal so we ended up just eating breakfast and a couple of lunches there. The staff was very friendly but not particularly switched on in comparison to some of the other places like Papayas, Tantra, Boom Shankers (on the way to Palolem) and another restaurant behind Cuba where we enjoyed some great food.
Another annoyance was that the staff would just sit all day long and not undertake little tasks such as clearing up plastic litter which would accumulate just in front of the restaurant. Some cow manure was never picked up the whole week right in front of the restaurant. There is laid-back and just sheer laziness.
We previously stayed at the nicer huts of Papayas for two nights, so will be writing a review about them.
I would certainly recommend Patnem beach but if you choose Om Shanti go with an open mind and take your own bath towels, soap and toilet paper. A hammer, sink plug, bed sheet and light bulb might also come in handy. We were lucky enough to be the first people to stay in the hut this year I would love to see how it stands up to a season of wear.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2009

Have just returned from a 9 day stay in a beachfront hut at OmShanti with some pros and cons.
The absolute top was the beachfront location, best view ever and what a treat to have your own terrace overlooking the beach.
The hut itself was very simple, a double bed with a mozzie net, rather hard pillows and a thin blanket, a wooden dresser with built in safe and a basic bathroom with sit down toilet, washbasin and cold water shower. Everything worked, it was okay clean but it was sort of tacky; the decor, the lino on the floor, mish mash of paint, wood etc. The hut could have been lovely inside with not much extra doing to it, but the way it was done up was a little dissapointing. BUT, you do not go to Patnem to sit in your hut, so never mind the interior, that would just have been an added bonus.
The view, the staff, the price were all big pros and therefore I give OmShanti 4 stars, but the hut itself was the only the con and I give it 2 stars.
We were cold at night, we got extra bedding. They swept the hut, got rid of the wastebin, extra toilet roll etc. every 2nd-3rd day. We had a bottle of Champagne we wanted cooling down for a birthday celebration, they did this and dug out their finest glasses for the occation. The staff were really nice and helpful and we ended up having nearly all our meals there, both due to quality of food but also because they were so smiley, nice and easy going.
With regards to price, we booked in advance because we wanted that specific hut and it was Christmas / New Years, the internet price was INR2000 (which was INR2500 cheaper than what Cuba offered over the peak season, read INR4500!!!). It is of course a lot cheaper if you just turn up, but from checking the price at the other huts, i.e. Goyam, Cuba and Casa Fiesta, OmShanti is still cheaper. So if you don't mind not getting insense sticks and a rug in your room, but just want an ensuite bedroom, then....
I can highly recommend Patnem Beach and OmShanti. The huts are basic but ambience, food and friendly staff all make up for it.

  • Liked — The view from the front porch
  • Disliked — Odd decor of room
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Patnem Beach | Patnem Beach, Canacona 403702, India
Location: India > Goa > Canacona
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant
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Ranked #37 of 95 Specialty Lodging in Canacona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
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