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Don Hill Beach Resort
Ranked #67 of 82 Candolim B&B and Inns
Lancashire
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40 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Good budget accomodation”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2009

We got a really cheap deal from Teletext Holidays (online) £450 each from flights with Thomas Cook (way, way better than Monarch!! miles more leg room in cheap seats!! - but ask for meals and extra baggage allowance at the time of booking as it's much more expensive later on) and 15 nights B&B. Having been to Goa twice before, it was a change that the baggage handlers are no longer allowed inside the airport, but are gagging to carry your bags (for a small fee - they like £1 coins - alot of money in Goa - and although I say no - they actually have to PAY to work there and earn their money back - so dont begrudge it if you do use them)...

Arrived at about 6am and stayed up for a change (have to say it really helped to get used to the time difference as I usually give in and go to bed). You are about a 5 min walk from Sinquerim Beach (turn left out of Don Hilll and take the footpath just after the Kingfisher). The quieter and less-equiptped shacks are down this end of the beach, lovely walk (if a bit scary due to rocks!) to Fort Aguada and the lighthouse to the left up the hillside and right up to the fort...or turn right towards the ship and Candolim Beach. Due to the Mumbai bombings, there were less tourists this year, and we found a shack where we were mainly alone (joy for us, but felt bad for the Goan shack owners).

To walk to Candolim by road takes about 20 minutes, but expect to be asked if you want a taxi/tuc tuc or have a look in the Kashmiri shops along the way! A tuc tuc should cost about 60 rupees (they HAVE gone up in price) but dont be scared to haggle, or walk away if too much. The bus to Calangute (to the fantastic Tibetan silver and crafts market) is 5 rupees. (And I even got an eye level experience with a passing elephant!).

Turn right out of the hotel to the Tuscany Gardens - really lovely authentic Italian restaurant - quite pricey, but good for a treat!. try Chocolati for a late breakfast/afternoon snack - left out of Don Hill..walk about 10 mins or so...it's on the left...amazing muffins, waffles etc in gorgeous gardens, good music (Zero 7, Massive Attack type stuff) and polite but chilled-out Tibetan staff.

The food at Don Hill is really nice, we got given two 350 rupee food vouchers on arrival and used them. Unfortunately we didnt eat there more as the entertainment wasnt our kind of thing (the usual Goan singer playing old English music), but I felt bad for them as they really did make loads of effort. The staff could be a bit over-friendly at times, if you just wanted to chill out as a couple, but that's alot better than being miserable!! Overall, I thought the staff were good, especially the room cleaners who kept the place spick and span and were extreemely polite and friendly. The manager was a bit annoying as he just talked about himself the only time we got into conversation with him!! We had a leaky sink which took 5 days to get fixed, but not a big deal really. I also heard other people had their cuppa pinched by monkeys in the afternoon - but I didnt see them!! (we are out most of the time anyway!). We hired a fridge and safety deposit box for a small fee.

Breakfast is toast and tea/coffee, and I asked for honey as Indian jam isnt very nice. I was happy with this and timings are 8 - 11 which is great if you like a sleep in!

I would recommend Don Hill as a budget accomodation. Basic, outdated but clean and friendly. Good if you like it quitet (no road traffic noise and away from the busier part of Candolim).

  • Liked — Good budget accomodation
  • Disliked — Staff need to know when to leave guests in peace!
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2009

Unfortunately this well rated hotel has undergone a change of management in the past months and the bar/dining area has been renamed as Sebastiano's Tinto (Tinto being Goan for meeting place)and unfortunately all signs naming the hotel as Don Hill have disappeared.

The new manager told us that he was not interested in the winter tourists and was concentrating on developing the out of season trade.

Shortly after arrival we decided to upgrade the room to one with air conditioning - the original room - 210 - being next to the kitchen cooking extractor duct and too hot for comfort.

No problem with changing - £80 for the fortnight including fridge & safety deposit box but as we had not changed any currency at that point we agreed to pay next morning. However every time we passed reception and twice on the stairs to our room we were harassed for the money. Next morning we changed some currency and paid the charges - we weren't really bothered as it was a large sum so we could understand their anxiety.

A couple of days later we bought 4 bottles of water at the bar - 120 rupees - and signed for it as they could not change a 1000 Rupee note. 10 minutes later they asked if we could pay the 120 Rupees but as they still had no change at the bar we went to our room. Next morning at breakfast they chased us for the money (nearly £1.50) and when we handed in the room key.

Naturally we paid as soon as we had change at lunchtime but we were made to feel like criminals!

My partner only had breakfast about 5 times during the fortnight - preferring to sleep in the mornings. Unfortunately the plane flight was delayed by 5 hours so we did not leave the hotel until 9:00 am rather than 4:00 am as intended. We decided to have breakfast before leaving but were surprised to be told when breakfast arrived that we would have to pay, Since breakfast comprised a cup of coffee and a piece of bread and we had only had about half the breakfasts that we were entitled to, this was the final icing on the cake!

The hotel itself is good, rooms are clean and it is ideally situated for beach access. We have been to Goa about a dozen times but this was the only time when we were made to feel uncomfortable.

  • Liked — Clenliness and closeness to beach
  • Disliked — Management hareassment & attitude
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank traffic4biz
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Bedford
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2008

The accomodation is basic and dated, but the hotel is under new management and they are determined to bring the place into the 21st century, at least in goa style. They've started with the basics and assure us that it is a work in progress that will continue to improve. Our room was spotless when we arrived and was cleaned every day, when I remembered to leave the key behind. Clean towels every day and clean sheets every 2 or 3 days.

They introduced the out door dining area during our holiday which was lovely. Breakfast was dire as promised, but they are in India, the restaurant menu is extensive and good. The waiting staff couldn't cope with more than about 6 tables, hopefully they'll get better as the season progresses with practice...

The pool was lovely and clean, a great place for an early morning swim.

They also introduced live entertainment for most nights of the week, and providing they can actually get the volume right, it was OK. They tended to be very loud and therefore we were unable to think, never mind talking with my husband.

They also installed a very large genarator to eliminate the power cut issue, from what we saw it worked, but it was only working the last 2 days of our stay
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The whole I think the hotel was value for money, go with an open mind and you will have a lovely holiday.

  • Liked — Clean room
  • Disliked — Entertainment too loud
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank mjclbattle
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Sheffield
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2008

We loved the Don Hill.We were a mixed age group 30-64 and were looked after extremely well,may be due to the fact that for most of our first week we were the only guests,had two waiters each.
The Hotel is now under new management and they are pulling out all the stops to upgrade the hotel it does need a makeover.
The staff were excellent even the new ones .
As for Goa its not for everyone but it is for me,I loved it.The place the people the beaches,the food,even the hair raising taxi rides.
Eat at the Calamari on the beach,the sea shell,the flambee,and so many others all stunning food.I was worried because I don't eat spicy food but all tastes are catered for.
Go to the jungle ride the elephant,sleep in the tents with the frogs and open air loo and shower.experience it all.
Back 5 days and so wish i was going back........if your reading this because you are going LUCKY YOU>

  • Liked — staff
  • Disliked — power cuts
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
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3 Thank peapod1989
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Blanchardstown, Ireland
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51 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2008

If we had to give advice it would be not to stay here in Don Hill Beach Resort.

Room was basic with no air conditioning (and in April when we stayed here that is not a good thing!!). Room was not cleaned or towels changed for 3 days of our stay. We would not normally complain about the towels, but the weather was so hot and sticky, they would not even dry over night.

Pool area was small and not particularly nice (even thought the water was cooler than the sea)!!!

Breakfast was included, but was tea and toast only.

The building, particularly at the back, was in dire need of decoration.

Overall, not a great stay, and not recommended.

  • Liked — Near beach
  • Disliked — Everything else
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank TravellingBoys
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Kent
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18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2008

Arrived at Donhill about 9.30 am following a surprise trip to Manchester Airport courtesy of Monarch. Initial thoughts were 'I don't like this' But it didn't take long to adjust to this new world. The room was small and very basic but comfortable and a place to sleep. Our room was at the back of the hotel and reasonably quiet. The staff were always willing to help and there was always someone about to tend to your needs. Rooms are cleaned every day (If you leave your key, the managment don't let the staff have a master key) even if you don,t go out until after lunch. Food at the hotel is of a very good quality except for the complimentary breakfast which consisted of two slices of toast (Normally Chewy) a small glass of juice and a bowl of flakes. For a very reasonable price omlettes are available and the fruit salad is great. Sam, behind the bar will look after you inthe evenings under the watchful eyes of Andy and Michael. Peter will teach you a word or two that you won't find in the guide books. The pool is surrounded by walls and does not get a breeze but a great place to cool off after being on the beach for the day. We used Angela's Dolphin Inn, the first shack you get to when you walk to the beach. we were looked after very well by Shanker and Abbi. Here I recommend the Haka Noodles, Seafood fried rice and toasted sandwiches. Other places to eat are The Curry House (Does what it says on the tin) Flambee's for a great sizzler, Fisherman's Cove in the centre of Candolim and Inferno's on Candolim Beach road. If you want a Fan-Tas-Tic steak then The Spice Garden is the place to go. Looks like a carpark with tables but the steak is to die for. Newtons supermarket is airconditioned and prices are fixed but you can get most of what you want at good prices. Next time we're on Goa This hotel and Candolim are on the list of places we definitely want to visit. Not Five Star Luxury but Definitely a Five Star Service

  • Liked — Very Clean and good food
  • Disliked — Power cuts and surges, no back up generator
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank KentKirkster
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Tipton
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2008

This was our third time to Goa, and we go with an open, laid back mind.
Don Hill was really clean and the rooms were immaculate, staff were great and bar staff in particular really looked after us.
I love Candolim and the location of the hotel was super.
My only gripe was the power cuts.
We go to Goa expecting a daily power cut, it normally lasts for 10 mins and then the back up generator kicks in - not in Don Hill - no back up generator.
13 hour power cut the night before Christmas eve managed to rob me of sleep - it was too hot! It actually turned out to be a hotel problem rather than a street problem.
Daily power cuts followed, varying betwen 30 mins and 6 hours.
After New Year - everything was hunky dorey, and we were told by our (rather useless) Airtours rep that it was all the christmas lights that were causing the power cuts.
Power cuts aside - we had a fantastic 3 weeks in Goa, seeing the same people we made friends with last year.
Candolim is fantastic if you are a happy - go - lucky open minded person, if you are looking for 5 star luxury - its not the place for you.
We took MP3 players this year for the kids on the beach and the look on their faces when we gave them to them was priceless. The memories I take home from Goa keep me sane until the next time I go back. It really is an amazing, cheap place.
Our favourite place to eat was Bom Successo - really fantastic food, clean kitchens and great karaoke nights. Dominic and Eric who run it are lovely and Ajeet - our waiter couldnt do enough for us.
We spent daytime in Rams shack on the beach - we love the people and the kids there. Loads of work going on with the River Princess although the shack owners reckon they will be working on it for at least another 2 years.
Our best night of the holiday was New Years eve - spent on Candolim beach with all the friends we have made over the last 3 years. Fireworks are amazing and everyone was so happy.
This is the only place in the world I have ever been where I actually sit on the beach crying on the last day, because I do not want to come home. We love Candolim and the power cuts didnt ruin our holiday, although they were annoying.
We will deffinately be back next year - and I would stop in Don Hill again - come January onwards, avoiding all the Christmas lights causing the lengthy power cuts.

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4 Thank Jen40rd
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Property: Don Hill Beach Resort
Address: Next To Kingfisher Villa | Candolim Beach near Sinquerim Beach, Candolim, Bardez 403515, India
Location: India > Goa > Bardez > Candolim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #67 of 82 B&Bs / Inns in Candolim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Don Hill Beach Resort 1.5*
Number of rooms: 26
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