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Lotus Backwater Resort Aronda
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Sawantwadi
Reviewed January 24, 2012

We had been to Lotus Aronda in November 2011. The good thing about Resort is its location. We had stayed in the Floating Cottages but visited the Heritage and Deluxe Room. The Floating Cottage has a good view of the Backwaters. The Staff was very cooperative especially for the Room Services. The floating cottages are quiet isolated. The food was good although there is no liquor and other stuff on menu. Yes.. they don't serve liquor. The breakfast they provide is quiet sufficient in case you have plans to roam for the entire day.

One thing we observed that if you book the room online they offer discount which is not the case for normal telephone booking. Also, the entire package might be a little costly affair considering that the resort doesn't provide any other facilities besides kids play area and fishing.

The location of the resort is quiet unique, you can reach Arambul Beach in just 15-20 mins through Ferry Boat.

Overall a good place if you want to stay near Goa but away from the buzz...

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Swati S
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Reviewed December 12, 2011

Stayed at this "luxory Resort" for two nights with my husband and a friend from Europe. In short: nice property, but kept very bad, with unfriendly, least bothered staff.
We stayed in the floating cottages, because regular rooms are not facing the backwaters (very intelligent architecture) and payed 1100 Rs extra per room per night. Backwater was very dirty, bottles and other garbage floating on the surface.
Room not kept well. Water from the tap was brown, my husband had to remove the filters and clean the dirt himself, because the staff was incapable or unwilling to do it. I had to clean the toilet and washbasin, so we could use the bathroom. Shower drainage wasn't working properly.
Food: I can't prove that it was due to the restaurant's food or the dirty tapwater, but second day I puked at night. In any case the food is not suitable for an international traveller.
Service: they give you the impression, that they are doing you a big favour in serving you.
Else: the resort is located on the Maharashtran boarder, in the middle of nowhere. You need to higher a car to go anywhere. This was the only thing the receptionist could organize for us. Backwater tour, any other attractions? No, not available. Basically they themselfs don't know much about Goa, likewise the driver who was not capable of taking us to a proper restaurant where it would be safe to eat.
Considering that this is supposed to be a luxury resort with rates starting from 6000 Rs and not a cheap backpackers hostel, I would say they just cheat their guest and make money. Better not to come here and stay home, would be more relaxing.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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16  Thank Liz_Vienna
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Reviewed November 9, 2011

we had booked the floating villas .but we were totally disappointed with them. the villas were stinking .... the staff even didnt bother to provide room freshners.... food quality....poor.. half of our group members developed diarrohea after eating there.. overall.... A BIG NO NO ....they dont have swimming pool ... no indoor games....no gym....

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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14  Thank furer0000
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Reviewed November 7, 2011

We had a group of 5 families (18 in all) visiting Lotus Backwater Resort Aronda for a stay of 2 nights. We all had a wonderful time at the resort. Both Azhar and Shailesh were extremely courteous . They went out of their way to ensure that everyone was comfortable and were available to sort out our concerns.The surroundings of the resort is very picturesque. A great place to visit especially if you visit it in a group.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank HirenD73
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Reviewed November 6, 2011

am just back from a days stay at lotus backwater resort, aronda. the experience was in two words disapointing and disgusting. first once we went to see the rooms we were told that there are standard rooms availabe. i just went to check out the room which included heritage and floating rooms and to my surprise found the standard ones the best amongst the rest, but to my surprise when i came back to the counter i was given to understand that the standard rooms are not available. so i choose heritage. i still dont know why they are called heritage -- maybe because as a doorbell they have the antique screwed bell which rings only after you pull a string. the room was dusty, the linen stained, the ac not working, no place to hang clothes, no hangers and worse the toilet was stinking.
the hardest shock was when the time for lunch came along -- and since i had optedfor the AP which is all inclusive, breakfast, lunch and dinner -- i was given to understand the starters , beverages and deserts will be charged and from the main course you can choose ANY TWO vegitarian or non-vegitarian items. imagine you pay a thousand extra for this choice? i changed my plan and just booked the rooms.
we got the room cleaned but inspite of that the toilet still stinked. after many calls they finally at 10pm sent a person to sprinkle a room freshner. The night was ok but the day brought the stink again.
i had plans to stay for 2 days but after one day i was just waiting for breakfast and to run away which i did.
so my honest advise to all and sundry is PLEASE stay at home instead of spending a day at the lotus backwater, resort. and why is it the backwaters because the sea is in the background? the floating cottages should be called island cottages because they are not floating but are built on concreate foundations and are not floating in the water.
....and even if you go by chance to this place, please check the Amul milk sachets they provide, i got a 2006 pack which refused to stir in my cup.
a terrible, horrible and disgusting experience and i hope i never have to go there even in my worst nightmares.
P.S. the rooms on the website are shown with blue backdrop, i just couldnt find one with that backdrop.

Room Tip: if you want go choose the standard rooms please and dont opt for the A.P.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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15  Thank avinashpereira
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Reviewed October 30, 2011

During our 4 days of the stay we were very well looked after the food quality was also excellent also the room was spacious and well kept cleaned.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Rahul R
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Reviewed October 5, 2011

I stayed there recently for 3 days in end Sep 2011 and let me tell you all that what matters for me in such places is the attitude of its people. Could be that some guests had some bad experiences, but I give full marks to staff who a) acknowledge that there was a mistake b) take steps to correct the mistakes. This is what has happened at Aronda Resort. The manager and management there at least took the feedback and complaints seriously. What do you do of the vast majority of managements in India who don't even acknowledge that they made a mistake?
Sailesh and his staff were excellent hosts during my stay. The resort is on a journey of improvement and if encouraged properly, it is a property with immense potential for any type of guest. In my opinion, they need to upgrade the infrastructure and maintenance. Also, the lack of balconies does injustice to its location at a splendid waterfront. In totality, location wise. attitude-wise and service wise, it is an excellent resort. If you want to compare, just go to Arambol on the opposite end and feel the difference in everything. You will appreciate Lotus much more then. sharma

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled on business
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Address: Kiranpani Aronda, Sawantwadi 416513, India
Location: India > Maharashtra > Sawantwadi
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Sawantwadi
Price Range: $46 - $75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Lotus Backwater Resort Aronda 4*
Number of rooms: 21
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