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home Beachfront Restaurant & Hotel
Ranked #17 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Patnem
London, UK
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
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“Could be so amazing but needs a bit of work”
Reviewed April 19, 2012

This place frustrated me. We stayed at the end of the season 2012 (i.e. coming into monsoon time) and it felt like everybody and everything was tiring. The rooms were cleaned only on request and then badly. The rooms lack AC, but have a fan and mosquito net, with requisite large holes of course. The bathroom needs some investment - dark and windowless with no hot water.

But that said, it is great value and it's kind of beautiful. We stayed in a room for 1000 rupees (c20USD. The rooms are basic but with some nice touches - candles, decoration etc. And the restaurant area is beautiful - fairy lights in the canopy of the roof, drapes hanging down to shade the sun, great music (which is chilled out, without being typical palolem beach chill out music) and good food.

The place could be stunning with a little investment and love. For instance, it lacks anywhere to wash off your feet, so you always track sand into the rooms (all the other beach huts we stayed in there gave you water bowls and changed them through the day). It's mosquito net had big holes in. There was only one plug socket (fairly common actually). And the bathroom was dark and windowless. Our room was next to the kitchen, so seemed to have all the kitchen heat and noise.

That said ,the restaurant is one of the nicer on the beach and a welcome respite from the generic north Indian fare that most places serve up in Patnem or Palolem (god awful). Vegetarian only with great salads and awesome bruchetta.

The owners have created a great place with great ambiance. But it could be the best place on the beach charging double or more if only they put a bit of investment into the place and spend more time on the hotel side (you get the impression its a restaurant with rooms rather than vice versa....).

For all that, it is still beautiful and as currently priced, excellent value. If it hadn't been for the lack of AC and the 35 degree nights we'd still be there and very happy!

Room Tip: Ask for ones on the left hand sidebut further away from the noise and heat of the kitchen.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ubud, Indonesia
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Reviewed April 18, 2012

I am not sure who is writing these "Excellent" reviews, but I am skeptical given that Home has two listings in Tripadvisor.

The atmosphere is delightful; not exactly hard with a beachfront cafe. The menu seems creative and different from all the other restaurants along Patnem Beach. Sadly, the food is very ordinary.

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-- The muesli was either shop, or made to taste shop, in other words tacky. Think cornflakes, oats not toasted, hardly any dried fruit (and Goa has loads of fruit -- dry it on the roof or in the oven);
-- The 'Chef' Richard or whatever his name is needs baking lessons. The bread was doughy, what I would call damper. As a baker, restauranteur, and foodie this is a glaring fault;
-- My hollandaise eggs with spinach was disatrous. The spinach was left cooked in water, probably overnight, most likely uncovered (so smelly, I had to return it). The hollandaise tasted like vinegarette;
-- The coffee is acrid;
-- Their lassies were the most expensive along the beach and half the size -- no love at all; and
-- For a self-described vegetarian place, given all the wonderfully fresh fruit around, their doughy toast (barely toasted) was served with cheap conserve, the bulk tinned variety. Horrid. Make some marmalade or pineapple/papaya/ginger jam, for Pete's sakes!

Seriously, I am writing this review because Julia and Richard need to ask themselves why and what they are trying to do with Home. Their food needs a complete overhaul and a whole lotta love!

  • Stayed April 2012
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Cumbria
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45 reviews
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Reviewed March 20, 2012

AS someone has mentioned before Home is in two parts. One side run by a english couple who also run the resturant, the other side is run by a very nice indian family. We stayed on the side run by the Indian family. The first few night we stayed in a room near the beach which was clean and comfortable but a bit noisey (due to alot of familys with young children staying close by)so we moved to the the recently built rooms behind the main house. The room was very spacious and comfortable,clean with good hot showers and set in beautiful gardens teaming with wildlife. The owner was very helpfull and egar to make your stay as pleasant as possible. We had breakfast in the resturant most mornings and the food was always very nice and freshly made. Most of the resturants and bars along the beach served good fresh food our favorate was Namastie for evening meal and Hare-rama for lunch.
The beach is very laid back with security to keep hawkers off the beach. The sun beds are all free to use. There are quiet a few dogs on the beach, but they are friendly and do occassionally bark (when one barks they all start). Over all we enjoyed our stay at patnem beach and are already planning our next holiday there.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
Reviewed March 15, 2012

Nice ambiance with nice view of beach and pleasant relaxing music on a quiet beach (compared to Palolem Beach).
Vegetarian with a nice twist. I had the excellent panini with sundried tomatoes, pesto, basil and tomatoes. Lassi was not quite as good as elsewhere (tasted more like a milkshake).
Carol had Penne arrabiata and it was excellent. Chef and owner is a very pleasant expat from London.
Only possible downside is that they had no wifi, but overall it was very relaxing and enjoyable.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 28, 2012

We stayed here for 5 nights after at the end of a three week trip around India. The location of home is magical, it's very laid back, the beach is beautiful and literally on your doorstep. The vibe at home is very laid back,the staff are very friendly and the food is fantastic. It's all vegertarian and it is delicious. We had breakfast and lunch and coffee and cake here every day and the wandered down the beach for dinner. Rooms are all ensuite, basic but have nice touches which make it feel like home, the only negative thing is the beds are a little hard hence 4star. But value for money is excellent, we will be returning!

  • Stayed February 2012
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Richmond Surrey
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46 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed February 17, 2012

Stayed for two nights during a trip starting in the north and ending in Madras. Couldn't fault it, sadly the RG prices were way out of date, but was great. Only problem was the beach dogs fights most of the night, both nights, outside our door, neighbours are locals (furthest rooms from the beach) they were noisy too, could live with that, thought we'd escaped the awaking call to prayers of the North, dogs made that seem tame.
We mentioned it and was told the night guard was sick, next day mentioned it again and was told he must've been sick. Dogs are a general problem in Goa, just honest feedback on a great couple of days.

Room Tip: Closer to the beach, more expensive but we only had the option for the furthest away, dogs would'...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 16, 2012

I arrived with my 20 year old daughter to a wonderful welcome.

We stayed for 10 days and had a brilliant time, rooms freshly painted very very clean, we had hot water!!!

Food was freshly prepared everyday and cooked to order, cakes and puddings delicious, very relaxed and children friendly.

Highly recommend, Richard and Julia were lovely and very helpful. Can't wait to visit again!!

Sarah Bone

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Property: home Beachfront Restaurant & Hotel
Address: Patnem, Patnem, Canacona 403702, India
Location: India > Goa > South Goa District > Canacona > Patnem
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