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“Amazing Santana”

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Santana Beach Resort
Ranked #3 of 64 Hotels in Candolim
Certificate of Excellence
New Delhi, India
1 review
“Amazing Santana”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

Amazing hotel to stay at. The best part of the hotel is its awesome location. From the room to the sea shore is just about a 2 minute walk. The hotel has its own beach shack named Calamari which, I hear, has received national and international accolades on the quality of its food. Again, the shack provides amazing views of the sea, while you sip on chilled beer or have a sumptuous lunch! Even otherwise, the hotel is conveniently located alongside a quiet market place very convenient for shopping and full with options to try out various different cuisines.

Inside, the hotel has two small swimming pools (they could have one good sized swimming pool for adults, but that's a minor point). The hotel also serves a reasonable English breakfast (which could be a disappointment for vegetarian Indian families who aren't used to western style breakfast). The hotel also provides a good collection of fiction and non-fiction books to all its guests on a complimentary basis, which I find to be a very "novel" idea.

The behavior of hotel staff is extremely polite and welcoming. They go all the distance to make sure that you have a splendid trip.

Overall, I would seriously recommend this hotel to anyone with a limited budget but looking to have a wonderful time in Goa.

Room Tip: First floor rooms are better off.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

The staff at the Santana make this a great place to stay. From management to the gardeners,pool attendant, room staff and waiters. Oh and not forgetting the security guard who helped me after I fell into a road guttering and needed hospital treatment. When we checked in at 4am we were given our room and straight away realised it was on the side road going to the beach, where motor bikes parked outside our window. We asked at reception after breakfast next morning if we could move to a quieter room and were transferred without any fuss.The rooms were basic, but have everything you need. We enjoyed relaxing by the splash pool and down at the shack, just a short walk onto the beach. Breakfast was great if you like eggs, but I stayed the the toast and lovely filter coffee. If we do go back to Goa (visa prices are set to rise again!) we will stay at the Santana.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

We've stayed in the Santana Beach Resort several times sice 2007 and just love it. The resort ist beautiful, the rooms simple but very very clean. The personnel, from the owner and manager to the gardener, everybody is just outstanding, friendly, competent always helpful. Loved a bigger choice for breakfast in 2013. Great choice for Lunch and Dinner, in the Resort but also at the nearby Calamari Beach Shak.
We will be back for sure

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

Just back from 2 weeks at the Santana. Great position, excellent staff, especially the restaurant and room boys, and best of all lovely relaxing gardens where the palm trees provide natural shade from the beating sun. There are 2 pools, one lovely and quiet (smallish but fine) and a more traditional pool with music, swim-up bar and sunbeds around it. We stayed mostly around the quiet pool, but in truth both are lovely. The only criticism we can come up with is that the water in the pools needed cleaning. I went to Reception about the small pool, and fair doos, within a day they were scrubbing it and it was crystal clear afterwards. Been to Candolim 6 times in different hotels and this is by far the best (Sonesta runs it close). Would definately recommend this to anyone.

Room Tip: We had room 517 which was close to the swim-up bar, but nice and quiet. Kitchen was great for tea...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

We arrived at the Santana Beach Resort today and are loving each and every moment since we came. Its location, service and the totally relaxed ambience is just what we were looking for in North Goa. Though we have been to Goa a few times earlier but the congestion around the more popular beaches of North Goa always made us choose South Goa as our point of stay....but after coming to Santana we couldnt have been happier that we chose this property, (totally basis the reviews posted on Tripadvisor). Its bang on the Candolim beach... the rooms are spacious, clean...the pools are not too big but good enough for some fun time ....we are yet to sample the breakfast so looking forward to it. On the whole...a very very good value for money stay.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the big pool are extremely spacious and seem to be new.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

Stayed at Santana in Mar 2013 for a weekend trip. We were three adults and had told them about requiring an extra bed in the standard room we had booked. We were pleasantly surprised to get a room an extra bedroom (both rooms were a/c) which was fantastic.

I have stayed at Santana several times in the past and it's one of my favorite places to stay in N. Goa. One of the main factors is that it is on the beach and has it's own shack (Calamari) which is elevated on Candolim beach (Dando part) which makes Santana a great stay for a beach holiday. The rooms are nice and big - have an attached kitchenette (with fridge, kettle etc.) and some (the ones facing the pool on one side and the road on the other) even have this extra room - v. useful for families with kids.

The staff are great! TStayed at Santana in Mar 2013 for a weekend trip. We were three adults and had told them about requiring an extra bed in the standard room we had booked. We were pleasantly surprised to get a room an extra bedroom (both rooms were a/c) which was fantastic.

I have stayed at Santana several times in the past and it's one of my favorite places to stay in N. Goa. One of the main factors is that it is on the beach and has it's own shack (Calamari) which is elevated on Candolim beach (Dando part) which makes Santana a great stay for a beach holiday. The rooms are nice and big - have an attached kitchenette (with fridge, kettle etc.) and some (the ones facing the pool on one side and the road on the other) even have this extra room - v. useful for families with kids.

The staff are great! The service during the breakfast is good - the breakfast itself is fairly basic (cereal, eggs to order, cold cuts etc.) - but great value given the low room rates.

The only small negative thing on this trip was their inability to give us a late check-out - they kept insisting that the were fully booked and we had to check out at 11am (even though we weren't sure how many people would check in on a Sun). But am giving them the benefit of doubt.he service during the breakfast is good - the breakfast itself is fairly basic (cereal, eggs to order, cold cuts etc.) - but great value given the low room rates.

The only small negative thing on this trip was their inability to give us a late check-out - they kept insisting that the were fully booked and we had to check out at 11am (even though we weren't sure how many people would check in on a Sun). But am giving them the benefit of doubt.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

First of all, this is not a place for you if you're looking for atleast 3 star experience. The USP of this resort is its location & value it offers. Trust me for the place this is located one could easily charge 200% of what they charge but the way this resort rooms are priced, it offers you a great value. The room are equipped with slightly old furniture (fridge, TV, tables, etc). By old i mean atleast a good 10 years old. Even the toilets are simple but clean. You will not miss anything but at the same you won't feel that you're in a resort built for 2012 guests. The breakfast buffet is included in the price and it’s simply awesome. Couple of things i didn't like, first & foremost is the arraignment for car parking, it’s hard to take your vehicle out early in the morning (early by goans standard, i mean 10 am), secondly the swimming pool, it’s so small & located oddly in a place that’s always crowded. I don't think anybody used that.

Other than these small things, I think this is one of the best places to choose if you're looking to stay in north Goa close to calangute.

Room Tip: Stayed in 1st floor, no room is overlooking beach as far as i know. Should be OK if your prefer any...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Santana Beach Resort
Address: Sinquerim Rd Dando Beach | Dando Beach, Candolim, Bardez 403515, India
Location: India > Goa > Bardez > Candolim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Candolim
#2 Romantic Hotel in Candolim
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Candolim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Santana Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 50
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