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!
- Also Known As:
- Home Beachfront Restaurant & Hotel Patnem, Goa, India