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Sandalwood Hotel & Retreat
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

We've been there on Diwali in 2 bedroom penthouse fully equipped with kitchen accessories.If you want to be in isolated place & don't want to be in crowded place like north Goan beach places,if you like to spend time in casino as well as you want your family to be safe & enjoy their holidays then this hotel is an ideal place for you.

Rooms are neat & clean along with all the accessories like towels,bedsheets etc,staff is very polite & we always like to see smiley face when we are on holidays especially.Other amenities like swimming pool,activity are including table tennis,carom are good,gym is also equipped with latest stuff if you are health freak.overall property is very good & atmosphere is calm.

I wish & I've also suggested while checking out that SPA & Massage is must & they told me that it'll start this year & transportation is costly if you don't have your own vehicle or rented one.

I'll definitely visit Sandalwood again & also suggest all of U.

Room Tip: if you are two family then go for 2 bedroom penthouse.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Shekhar D, General Manager at Sandalwood Hotel & Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded January 26, 2013

Dear Sir / Madam,

Greetings!!!

Many thanks for your short but kind review about our hotel. The Team sincerely looks forward to welcoming you & delighting you further when you visit us next.

Kind regards,

Shekhar Divadkar
General Manager

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Reviewed January 18, 2013

Location of hotel is very good near vengunium beach. Hotel is Very good and money worth. Rooms are very clean & specious.Swimming pool is also good with attendant. Food quality is good. Hotel staff is very polite and honest. unfortunately I forgot to lock the locker with my laptop,wallet and valuables,But when i was come to my room after room service, all things are at it's place,
For family or two couple,It's very rare choice for two bed room suit at good location with swimming pool in Goa.
-Manish

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Shekhar D, General Manager at Sandalwood Hotel & Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded January 25, 2013

Dear Manish,

Greetings!!!

The Team is indeed happy to know about your good experience & delightful holiday at Sandalwood Hotel & Retreat & thanks you for your short but kind review uploaded on Tripadvisor.

We also look forward to welcoming you once again for your next visit.

Kind regards,

Shekhar Divadkar
General Manager

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Reviewed January 11, 2013

We (family with one kid) stayed 3 nights in a one-bedroom suite at Sandalwood. The cab from airport took about 40 minutes (and Rs. 560) to the hotel. The hotel is located beside a 5-star property (Cidade de Goa) and although there are no beach-view rooms, access to the beach is just a 200 meter walk away. They have a pool and a table-tennis room.

Check-in was quick and the bell-hop accompanied us to the room along with our luggage. There are no elevators, so the bell-hops are a necessity. The rooms especially the living-dining room are spacious. The bedroom has a king/queen size bed, a wardrobe and a small LCD TV. The living room has a bigger TV with a nice sit-out in the balcony accessible by a sliding door. Both rooms have split Air-conditioning units (no central AC). Living room also has a refrigerator, a counter-top (but hotel regulations do not allow bringing in outside food??!!) and a kitchen sink. WC has a clean bathroom & toilet with liquid soap dispensers and not-so premium shampoo (use your own). You will need to wait a little for the hot water to start flowing from the shower/tap.

There is free wi-fi everywhere (rooms, restaurant and hotel reception area).

Breakfast is a nice spread of Indian (happy mix of North & South), some Continental and the usual fruits, cereals etc. Lunch / dinner (as also room service) is fine if you HAVE to eat at the hotel - else go to restaurants in Panaji for your meals. Bar is nice and adequately stocked.

The staff is good and helpful. Their concierge desk can arrange for cabs and tours etc.

So, why not rate it 5-stars (Excellent)? In my humble opinion, attention to little things like better quality toiletries, well dressed staff, accurate information (laundry took more than 36 hours as against 12 given in the hotel welcome kit), good quality wardrobe will go a long way in ensuring this. Interior design does need a lift.

Overall, a good experience for a family for the amount they charged.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Shekhar D, General Manager at Sandalwood Hotel & Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded January 25, 2013

Dear Sir / Madam,

Greetings!!!

The Team is happy to note that you had a delightful stay at our hotel for your holiday in Goa. The Team sincerely thanks you for your detailed review & assures you of taking necessary steps to address your concerns.

We look forward to welcoming you once again for your next visit.

Kind regards,

Shekhar Divadkar
General Manager

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Reviewed January 10, 2013

I stayed in a 1 bedroom suite at Sandalwood in 1st week of January 2013 with my wife. It was great to be there at Sandalwood. We had extremely comfortable stay, with prompt services at all times of the day!
Moreover, it was a delight to have Vanguinim beach at just 2 mins walking distance, which made our stay extremely charming and romantic!!
Food was very good and reasonably priced, overall staff was very co-operative, swimming pool was very clean, overall ambiance was just near perfect.

I would definitely recommend this to all my family/friends who would visit Goa anytime!

Regards,

D. Kothari

Hyderabad

Room Tip: Choose a room having the pool view
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Shekhar D, General Manager at Sandalwood Hotel & Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded January 25, 2013

Dear Mr. Kothari,

Greetings!!!

We take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for uploading your short but sweet review about our hotel & look forward to once again welcoming you for the next visit.

Kind regards,

Shekhar Divadkar
General Manager

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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Had a great time of stay , we were firstly impress by the size of opulent room at reasonable rate (it was a small garden & swimming pool facing room), then along with great service it has good estate with it gardens (1 small & 1 big) & a good enough sized swimming pool to have a good time with your friends / family or partner, also having its own Gym, Bar, Billiards & table tennis and all this with a beach opening at just 2mins of walkable distance which is almost like a private owned well suited for family and a water sport location at distance of 1Km (never tried it though).

Only thing that should be well considered if planning for this property is its location, which is bit far off from hassle-bustle of city place and also in a kind-of isolated valley.
The area outside the valley is guess mostly residential area which is almost shut after apprx. 9.00 pm , so you cant find much of Restaurants, Shops, etc open in case you are late out here and nothing happening to hangout or do some shopping, except if you go towards Miramar beach & its vicinity which is still quite far from this location.

Room Tip: Rooms with Swimming pool facing in lower floors are Good ones, donno if they have beach facing rooms too
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Shekhar D, General Manager at Sandalwood Hotel & Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded January 25, 2013

Hello Kapil,

Greetings!!!

Many thanks for your detailed review on Tripadvisor. Yes we are offering a peaceful holiday away from the hustle & bustle of city life. We do provide scheduled shuttle transfers to the city & Dona Paula Circle so that our guests can indulge in as per their choice & desires.

The Team looks forward to welcome you once again for your next visit.

Kind regards,

Shekhar Divadkar
General Manager

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