Stayed here over christmas and new year. The hotel is quite pricey by Goan standards, but coming with that you get the reassurance of a more western quality of hotel. It's no Taj, but it's still of good quality. The rooms are modern style and a good size for two people.
The Hotel is located directly on the beach, access via a well-kept garden/lawn area. The position on the beach is good, it's the quieter end of Candolim (sinquerim Beach) which makes for a much nicer stay. Having said that, it’s an easy walk up the beach to be in the thick of things. The beach is well formed and has plenty of space for relaxing, great for swimming and some good shacks nearby. The pool and pool area doesn't look large, but it's definitely large enough to cool off and even at the height of the season there were always beds free and was possible to find a quiet spot to relax.
Similar can be said about its location on the main road, it's the south end of Candolim so the area is a little quieter but Candomlim isn't a large place and you can pretty much walk to anywhere within 15 minutes or take a Taxi for 100 INR. If you didn't want to walk, there's still plenty of bars/restaurants/shacks/shops within a stones throw of the hotel itself.
Breakfast was reasonable and covered all we really needed and would expect.
We only ate there one night (new years eve forced Gala dinner), the food was okay. Other people we talked to who went HB complained that it was repetitive buffet food. With an amazing amount of brilliant restaurants in the near vicinity where you can eat for a couple of pounds, I seriously wouldn't bother paying the prices in the hotel. The same applies to the bar, went once had a disappointing cocktail which took ages to come and then a very high bill as unlike most the bars/restaurants/shacks they add around 30% taxes; VAT, service taxes and then service charge (this isn't a surprise, it is in the small print that +taxes at the bottom of the menu).
No biggies, but some negatives;
The house keeping are okay but not brilliant. The two weeks we stayed there and none of the surfaces were cleaned down properly (water rings on the units, and toothpaste rings left in the bathroom from electric toothbrushes).
Wasn’t a problem for us, but if you are having 3 people in the room, then they just add a fold up bed into the same size room for 2 people. Where the room is a good size for 2, it’s not so good for 3.
The rooms had very little storage space. No drawers, little hanging space with only 5 hangers, just a few shelves to put everything on.
My biggest complaint would be the design on the hotel. Two parallel buildings with a walk way running in between them (think communal prison block from TV images) with the reception in the middle. This effectively means that at some point during the day, every person in the hotel has to walk past your room to get either to the restaurant at one end, the pool at the other or just exit the hotel – the staff also with their rattily wheeled service trolleys. You also find a lot of people congregate in the middle chatting at all times which is effectively in front of a lot of rooms. Very fortunately for us, our room was well located towards the pool end on the 2nd floor, but even then there’s quite a lot of noise from the corridor that’s create by the two buildings. So my room tip would be to try get 2nd floor rooms away from the centre (room 705-709).
Would I go back … quite probably. It was a good quality hotel that is well positioned just out of the main tourist zone but still with reasonable access to everything.
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