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Sonesta Inns
Ranked #11 of 66 Hotels in Candolim
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 7, 2014

We stayed in the 3 BR apartment for 4 nights over the Christmas period. It is very basic and designed for the long stay guest who brings their own mod cons. However very clean and comfortable. It has rooms on 3 different levels with stairs obviously involved so can be cumbersome when luggage and kids are involved.

We had a look at the luxury rooms and the suites surrounding the beach and they were definitely of a higher standard than the 3BR apartment and will be where we will stay next time we are there.

Great pool area. Pool is too deep for 5-6 year olds but its still a nice area and if they can swim not a problem. Kids pool is too small though and the spa is pay per use.

Breakfast is good. Otherwise food is basic and portions small and nothing to write home about given the multitude of great food choices nearby.

Staff were great particularly the lovely ladies at the reception who took my argumentative nature in their stride and provided a great service.

Access to the beach is direct but the path to the beach through the shrubbery could do with some attention. Everyone said the northern beaches were crowded but at this stage that seems to start at Calangute which is the next beach. This one was still relatively quiet and very beautiful. Watched the dolphins from he shack on the beach the first day we were there.

We will be definitely be back soon.

Room Tip: The suites are big enough for a family of four.
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Jose D, General Manager at Sonesta Inns, responded to this reviewResponded January 14, 2014

Thankyou for writing a review on trip advisor,we agree with you that the villas are basic and hence the price
We will definitely improve on the quality of food and the portioning
Jose Dsouza G.m Sonesta Inns

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Reviewed January 2, 2014

It was time to visit Goa for the 3rd time in the year 2013 as my parents really wanted to pay it a visit after a gap of 2 years. So began the search for a new property to stay in. I had always wanted to stay in Sonesta inn but somehow I would end up finding better deals at other places but not this time. So here goes my review in detail..

1. Hotel property & location: I always look for a beach side property in Goa and this one fit the bill. The hotel is located around 150 meters from the main road. One has to take the road just opposite Le Seasons hotel leading to the beach side. The main road is a good 5-7 min walk from the property. All that you need which maybe supermarket, restaurants, ATMs etc, is all within a minute’s walk once you are on the main road. There are car and bike rental people just outside the property which proves to be very convenient. We ended up hiring a wagon r for Rs.1250 a day which I thought wasn’t all that great a bargain but it would do.
Once you enter the property, you don’t really get a very welcoming feeling at the reception as its ordinary and the check in took around 15 mins which I consider long as we were the only ones at that time. The main property looks quite nice with white washed buildings surrounding the pool. The pool is of decent size, free form in shape and well maintained. There are sunbeds all around the pool with plenty of palm trees and greenery around the central courtyard. The nearby open bar wasn’t operational. We checked out the gym which is quite basic and very small but good enough for a holiday workout. The spa too was not operational which was disappointing as we were looking forward to utilizing it. There is a path within the hotel premises leading to the beach. It would take around 2-4 minutes from your rooms to reach the beach which was deserted during our visit as it was still not season time in October. Along the path you will find a lawn area which can be utilized for playing outdoor games.

2. Accommodation: We had booked two suite rooms for which we got a good deal on agoda and this was one of the primary reasons for booking this property. The suite rooms are of decent size (probably around 45 sqm) and are divided into a living room and the bedroom. I liked the layout of the room and even the interior designing. Bathroom was decent, was stocked with toiletries and had a bath tub. Bed was quite comfortable and the linen seemed of good quality. All these rooms had a nice balcony but it didn’t really provide you privacy as the balconies of adjacent rooms are close by and if you are facing the pool side, you anyways won’t have any privacy. There was a 32” flat tv with decent number of channels. There is luggage rack, wardrobe, tea-coffee maker, cups, glasses and an iron along with an ironing board in the room as well. The living room had a sofa set, mini bar and a dining table for four. Portion of the wall dividing the living room and bedroom was made of seethrough glass which was a nice touch to the room. Some parts of the rooms had bad patches where the walls were peeling off badly and this was a major let down considering the suite was nice.

3. Staff and service: The staff didn’t appear to be very friendly and hardly smiled. There was just one exception who was being genuinely nice while leading us to our rooms. The folks at reception area should really make an attempt to make the guests more welcomed. The room service was decent and took an acceptable time to get us what we ordered.

4. Restaurant and food: Neither did I try the complimentary breakfast nor the restaurant food hence I can’t really comment on it. My parents had lunch at the restaurant on the last day and they didn’t enjoy it at all saying it was mediocre at the best.

5. Overall: Though the property is decent, I don’t regard it as value for money. I don’t think I will be returning to the property though you guys can give it a try as opinions differ from person to person.

Room Tip: Get a pool facing room but book much in advance. The other rooms, north side of the hotel, face a de...
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Jose D, General Manager at Sonesta Inns, responded to this reviewResponded January 14, 2014

we are extremely sorry for your c/in took a lot of time and for the behavioural attitude of the front office staff
We have taken this matter very seriously and live no stone unturned to change the attitude and the friendly nature of the front office staff
We look forward to seek an opportunity to serve you again
With sincere apologizes
Jose Desouza G.M Sonesta Inns

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Reviewed December 31, 2013

We spent an enjoyable week over Christmas. The facilities were excellent: rooms comfortable and spacious; pool great and managed well; restaurant and bar both very pleasant and run well. Meals good and staff courteous and efficient; nothing was too much trouble. Close to good beach: golden sand, warm seas and good food and drinks.
We would return with great alacrity!

Room Tip: Some rooms overlook the pool, others face adjoining properties. All seemed comfortable and spacious...
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Jose D, General Manager at Sonesta Inns, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2014

Thankyou for your beautiful feed back and look forward to see you soon
Jose Desouza G.M Sonesta Inns

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Reviewed December 30, 2013

We are a family of two adults and two children (girls aged 7 and 8 years) we stayed for 4 nights over Christmas, We booked based on the good reviews, and we were not disappointed, rooms were big and had everything we needed for a comfy stay, the balcony was large and we had a nice view over the gardens . We used Room service which was excellent, breakfast was great, and the restaurant manager was really helpful and friendly making everyone welcome and ensuring everything was smooth running . The pool area was really nice and children friendly plenty of space and beds with towels provided. the staff around the pool were great they came as soon as you went to the pool moving beds and getting towels, with a friendly helpful manner.
The walk to the beach from the hotel only takes a few mins and is an easy stroll. the beach is nice with plenty of beach snacks available, water sports are only a short walk away, we went dolphin watching and jet skiing which was good.
Its a great place , nice staff and we definitely will return , we had a really great time.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Jose D, General Manager at Sonesta Inns, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2014

Thankyou for your beautiful review.Please keep supporting us and we will give our best
Jose Dsouza G.M Sonesta Inns

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Reviewed December 27, 2013

Me & my husband were in Goa for 4 days. The resort is definitely nice. It has all the basic comforts - big nice rooms, swimming pool, right next to a beautiful beach. For me the 'wow' was the nice room decorations they did for my hubby's b'day celebration.
The one thing they can improve a bit on is definitely the breakfast preparation.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank kanudivi
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Jose D, General Manager at Sonesta Inns, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2014

We will definitely look into the breakfast options as per your feed back
Thankyou
Jose Desouza G.M Sonesta Inns

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Reviewed December 22, 2013

We were in Goa for 5 days and this hotel has all the amenities. It is located just 100 meters from the beautiful beach and has the best staff. Restaurant is clean and food is delicious. Breakfast has lot of options for vegetarian clients like us. I will highly recommend this hotel to NRI.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Jose D, General Manager at Sonesta Inns, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2014

Thankyou for your review and hope to see a lot of NRI's
Jose Dsouza G.M Sonesta Inns

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Reviewed December 18, 2013

We had our annual November college reunion at Goa this time and Sonesta was selected purely on the basis of good reviews at Tripadvisor.
We were not disappointed, great location , no noise at all, great food, great maintained suites, great pool and a good beach Candolim..lovely beach shacks around for relaxing by the sea and water sports is nearby. The resort is around 200 meters from beach front and connected through a nice wooded , sandy walkway.
Would highly recommend food at the restaurant run by Albert. We found breakfast, though not extravagant .. was ample & just fine..no complaints at all.
Plenty of car rentals from just outside the hotel gate and they don't fleece you at all.

We would recommend this place for a quiet , relaxed holiday.. Cheers !

Room Tip: Rooms with Pool view are the best..
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Jose D, General Manager at Sonesta Inns, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2014

Thankyou and happy to note that your get togather was an enjoyable one
Hope to see you soon
Jose Desouza G.M sonesta Inns

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Additional Information about Sonesta Inns

Address: Anna Vaddo, Candolim, Bardez 403515, India
Location: India > Goa > North Goa District > Bardez > Candolim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Candolim
#7 Spa Hotel in Candolim
#9 Romantic Hotel in Candolim
#10 Family Hotel in Candolim
Price Range: $66 - $225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sonesta Inns 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 3 star resort in Goa with a perfect beachside location on the beautiful stretch of Candolim's Golden Sands, an ideal place to relax. Tastefully arranged around a vast central pool area, a gently shelving expanse of sand and garden runs from the grounds to the warm waters of the Arabian Sea, the scene of a spectacular sunset almost every evening. ... more   less 
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Sonesta Hotel Candolim
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