Hotel Oceanic is a wonderful hotel to relax. Set back from the beaches along a quiet road, it is away from the Palolem buzz. Palolem beach is a 20min walk away or 50rupees by tuktuk – slightly expensive considering you can get a bus outside the hotel to Margao for 60rupees. Patnem beach is about a 10min walk by taking the shortcut through Goyam Huts. If you miss this shortcut, it is another 12min walk to the main road onto Patnem beach. Colom beach is a 10min walk away and another couple of minutes to Silent Noise (clubbing on the beach with headphones after midnight. They also do screenings of western films there also).
We were welcomed by such friendly and attentive staff. Our double bedroom was very clean equipped with ceiling fan, hanging area for clothes, TV, shower and mango trees at the entrance. There was plenty supplies of toilet roll and the hot running water comes after afew minutes. The hotel itself has a wonderful home from home feel. The swimming pool is well used not just by the hotel guests but also by other tourists and the expat friends of the owners who party into the night. Now and again monkeys would come to visit the pool area and eagles / hawks fly above. There is free wifi and you can also find internet stores closer to Palolem and Patnem beaches.
Walking to Palolem is lovely however we wouldn’t recommend walking after sundown as it is very dark. We were lucky to have a torch on our mobile as it warns the tuktuk and other drivers where you are.
The stars of Hotel Oceanic are Sarvanand (who deals with front of house) and Urmila (behind the scenes). These two are the real hard workers of Hotel Oceanic who sustain the upkeep and running of the hotel. They were so attentive and very much the hub / cogs of the hotel. Their service to the guests are what you would expect from a 5star hotel.
Hotel Oceanic has a wonderful and reasonably price restaurant. It certainly has some of the best food we have had in Palolem and the biryani is a must. The restaurant serves a mixture of Indian and western style food and alcohol is available here.
We loved our stay here and should we come back to Palolem, we would definitely stay here but perhaps in a bigger room with air conditioning.
- Also Known As:
- Oceanic Hotel Canacona
- Oceanic Hotel Goa/Canacona