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San Joao Holiday Homes
Jönköping, Sweden
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59 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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“Not the best place to stay in”
Reviewed December 8, 2012

Stayed here a couple of nights in the beginning of november. We were the only guests on the hotel at the time. Several rooms were undergoing renovations (very much needed) during our stay there. The air con didn't work in our room and it was so hot during the night. We were moved to another room that was a bit cooler though. The sheets and towel weren't cleaned (or they appeared dirty after wash) and there were holes in them. The rooms weren't cleaned properly and it was really dirty in the closets. The owner told us that the beach was 10 minutes walk, but it's more like a twenty minutes walk. To get to an ATM it takes about twenty minutes up to half an hour. The food wasn't so bad but we had to decide in the morning if we wanted to eat in the evening - we don't like to plan our days like that.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 17, 2012

We booked this accommadation for 1 month.Immediatley we were shown our room, we asked if they had something better. They didn;t, this was the best room. The equipment in the kitchen was non existent, no crockery, no cutlery, no saucepans, The air con unit must have been 20 years old, noisy and useless, all of the fans were noisy too. Big damp area in the so called kitchen, No food in the so called restaurant, no safe in the room as advertised.No wardobe at all just a bit of wood nailed to the wall for clothes storage.Dark dirty alley to our room.We went straight out and found cleaner, better value for money accommadation. We were then charged for 1 week and told we were lucky that we werent being charged for 31 nights. We booked this expecting a relaxing 1 month stay, forget it book elsewhere.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bangalore
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59 reviews
50 hotel reviews
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Reviewed February 16, 2012

Visited this place alongwith my family in Jan 2012 for 4d/3n.

The outer appearance of the place is OK but the rooms badly maintained.. It was smelly and dirty esp the bathrooms.. We had to request every single time for cleaning. there were tooooooo many PESTS (many of which i had seen for the 1st time in my life) around the place. Continuous water logging in the Bathroom made the holiday even more unpleasant...
Even the water supply to the taps were missing....

Though the ppl there were friendly n humble.. service was bad..

The breakfast provided (complimentary) had only tea/coffee n EGGS.... thats it...No restaurant around.

The beach is almost 2kms and auto charge was Rs. 150/- both way... :(
The shacks around the beach were good...but missed relaxing at the hotel during a meal time... had to travel other places for food... :(

Dont expect much when u book this place...it has only a quieter version of South Goa.. unlike the hype n noise of North Goa..

In short, the service provided by Mr. BRICE was not worth the PRICE.. hence think TWICE about this place...

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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stockton on tees, england
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Reviewed January 19, 2012

I originally booked for 5 nights basing my decision on the previous reviews. Unfortunately these reviews do not compare to my experience. The pictures of the hotel must be 15 years old as the property and fixtures/fittings are now in a very poor state of repair (eg curtains hanging off). The room we were given was on the ground floor, looking onto the rear of the property - well it would if you could see out of the filthy windows. It was a dark and dreary room with sofa and two chairs and non functioning TV - not at all comfortable. We threw a towel at a mosquito on the wall in the bedroom and the towel came down BLACK! The a/c unit was also filthy. However, the bed was clean and the bathroom was clean, but windows would not shut in lounge or bathroom due to rot. We did get hot water. We were told the hotel was not full, but from the standard we assumed we had been given the "emergncy use only" room. The manager was very helpful and friendly but was not surprised when we checked out after one night. I agree that it is very very overpriced for the standard of accommodation provided.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed January 22, 2011

- only hot water in one washroom, cold water would not work despite complaining twice.
- service is extremely slow
- some items on menu were not available for few days
- location is quiet and nice, just about 10 - 15 mts from beach
- people are friendly and nice
- breakfast at 8 a.m. ? sometimes we had to wait till 8.30 p.m.
- no wifi or internet service available but Manager was kind enough to share his laptop
- no credit card option available to pay food bill, had to pay cash

  • Stayed January 2011
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London, United Kingdom
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26 hotel reviews
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Reviewed January 7, 2011

The apartments are nice, comfortable and spacious and the beautiful beach of Benaulim is within easy walking distance. Guests are mainly families but also large groups of students/youngsters, which may lead to some noisiness. The staff are friendly enough but the restaurant is understaffed and service therefore very slow. The kitchen consists of a fridge and a sink (no microwave, stove, utensils, cups or anything else) and cooking is prohibited, so these are not self-catering homes (the website could mention this more clearly!). All in all, a nice enough place to stay but for the price asked (especially in the high season) one could expect a bit more (for example a properly equipped kitchen).

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed October 17, 2010

Although, I arrived in Goa during the monsoon and thought that I would be stuck in my room all day, I was pleasantly surprised how enjoyable my holiday was at San Joao. I was greeted at the reception with smiling faces and the staff here are absolutely incredible.

The rooms are spacious, comfortable and cozy. The apartment consisted of a living room, bedroom and a kitchen area, typical concept of "Home away from home".

During my stay I had an ayurvedic massage and some beauty treatments at the spa which in itself was an experience for me. I did manage some sightseeing but to be honest I still prefered to just be pampered at the spa and be treated like a Queen. I would surely go back to this place in the future and recommend the same to my fellow travellers.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
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Property: San Joao Holiday Homes
Address: Near Holy Trinity Church | Mazilvaddo, Benaulim 403716, India
Location: India > Goa > South Goa District > Salcette > Benaulim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 37 Specialty Lodging in Benaulim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — San Joao Holiday Homes 2*
Number of rooms: 28
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