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Viva Calangute
Ranked #53 of 113 Hotels in Calangute
Hyderabad, India
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Just what it says on the tin!”
Reviewed December 7, 2011

After trying our luck with hundreds of hotels in goa for a vacation;
(mostly bad hotels / exorbitant rates). We eventually stumbled upon Orient,
initially we were a bit apprehensive as it was our first time to book a
place online, pay the full money upfront however we had to do it as the
other options were either terrible or very expensive. I had booked my
package directly through reservations@orient (Marjorie was very helpful
with all our queries). I must say it turned out to be a good one

However, after we reached the place, we were really impressed, as it looked
way better than the listed photos and definitely above our expectations.

After seeing all the places that were available to us before, we realized
that we took the right decision.
My stay at Orient Royal turned out to be quite a pleasant one . clearly, it
is a budget hotel - a value for money proposition. The Rates are very
reasonable. Now, if you are used to staying in the lap of luxury, this
place is going to disappoint you. It is a clean basic hotel with basic
amenities. The rooms are big & clean. As far as the basic hygiene level
goes, it makes for a decent option. During my stay, I was pretty content
with food, room service, location. I had breakfast and dinner included in
my package. Hotel does okay on Room service front, too. Location of the
hotel makes it an ideal choice for budget travellers.

Decent room, comfortable bed, good bathroom with provision for 24 hrs hot
water, fridge and tv.
No cutlery or crockery were available in the room. The staff in the restaurant and house keeping were
really nice, helpful & honest.


Overall:
We didn't have any problems through out our stay except for power cuts
(they have no back up) which we were told happen all over Goa.


Will be back here for every trip we make to Goa... :)

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Belgaum, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 30, 2011

Clean basic but very spacious rooms with clean bathrooms ,with the
touch of little delights for the Budget-conscious traveler: is how I would
describe it

I camped here for 7 days with my friends as we had a college reunion and
we just loved the place.

The Room was spacious , bed was good and comfortable, although the AC was a
bit moody . The morning breakfast was filling .

The room charges are reasonable and anyways when you go to Goa the idea is
to enjoy the beach and not stay full day in the hotel. Besides it was in
Calangute . So i would definitely suggest you to check it out.

Tip - try to book in advance with the Hotel ( at least 1 month) to get fab
deals

We sent an email and got very good deals

Jf you want to stay at a nice decent hotel with no frills but with all
basic facilities ..go there.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Pune
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed November 24, 2011

Do not go if you expect 5 star facilities but the hotel does claim nor charge you for them .Very good value for the rates they charge
This is a very good budget friendly hotel .
This is the 3rd time I visited this hotel , the last time i went was when I availed their Monsoon package. At that time renovation work was going on in the sit out area in front of the restaurant. This time it was completed , I was amused to see a few passers by stopping and clicking pics
The reception was also very helpful .i simply Love the small hotel ambiance and courteous staff. . The Rooms are very spacious and clean ,the breakfast is good too.

The only drawback I found was that the hotel did not have a power Back up and the lift is not working.
Being from Pune we visit Goa very often and this has been our choice for the last 10 months.. We will surely come back for another experience.soon.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Nagpur, India
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed November 22, 2011

Just visited this hotel... Couldn't believe the state of the hotel looking at the previous reviews.

Pros:
Rooms were clean

The staff were helpful for the most part.

The manager was kind enough to give us a discount on their usual rates of extra person due to a mixup on our travel agent's part.


Cons:
The bathrooms were dingy with the minimum of luxury. The gaps between the tiles had turned red-black.

Distances have been grossly underestimated on their website - The hotel is quite far from everything. Don't expect to walk back after "a night out" even from Calangute.

The hotel entrance is shabby, through a side lane besides the "garden restaurant"

The lobby is unimpressive

THE LIFT/ELEVATOR DOES NOT WORK. - EVER

The air conditioning installed in the hall of your "suite" is just for show. It is not functional. On purpose.

There is no generator backup in case of power failure

The mattresses seem to be made of soft stone, so do the pillows.

We asked for the bathroom to be cleaned on one occasion, thrice. But was only done the next day when the room was due to be cleaned.

One of the locks on the bathroom was faulty. Workable, but faulty. The key to the bathroom had to be at hand, otherwise we could not close the bathroom.

No view, whatsoever from the room.

The breakfast was a very small menu, upma, chole, that kind of breakfast. We did not have breakfast there at all.

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The hotel is too expensive when compared to other hotels/lodges in comparison. We know as two of us had shifted out to a serviced apartment just down the road for less money and a whole lot more of convenience, ambiance and facilities. AFTER THE FIRST NIGHT.

If you have any sort of expectations of luxury and ambiance from your hotel, don't stay here. If you don't, then stay somewhere else which will be much cheaper.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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delhi
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 7, 2011

the stay was truly awesome .....we went as a group total of 4 couples....the hotel is centrally located in calangute...near to all the happening places...sea food is superb...the hotel staff is very courteous and prompt...special thanks to the manager Mr Simon..he really looked after all of us very well....the beach is close by 5 min through the pathway from the hotel.....really had a blast in the rooftop pool...the view of the beach and sea from the rooftop on a full moon night was enchanting...spacious big rooms..and great service
highly recommended by all of us
Abhi,Deepti,Ravi,Preeti,Vikas,Ruchi ,Shreya and Arun

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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4 Thank bugzzme
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Hyderabad
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2011

We went with our families – 4 families to be precise .
Had a great time at the hotel , the beach was at a 3-4 min walk .The kids had a gala time in the pool . The food was fabulous –specially pasta soup , and also the Chinese cuisine . The staff was courteous . Only a slight botheration was there due to the renovation work going on.
We would definitely like to go back again ……

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 25, 2011

"Well after 6 miserable day in orient royal in calangute , i must say this is the bst hotel i evr stayed at...... nice breakfast, lunch, dinner "n" how can forget pool side ....... nice pool,...with rocking service :D..... this is ol bcoz ,my were thr with me ,....n the hotel staff .....thnx all u ppl to make my trip .......

thanks
saumitr sharma

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Viva Calangute
Address: 155 / 9 | Near St Josephs Boys Home, Calangute 403516, India (Formerly Orient Royal)
Location: India > Goa > North Goa District > Calangute
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Family Hotel in Calangute
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Viva Calangute 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled amidst the pristine surroundings of Arabian Sea, Viva Calangute caters to business as well as leisure travellers. The hotel offers one and two Bedroom Accommodations . Well furnished, fitted with modern amenities. Our warm staff will ensure that you have an unforgettable and pleasant experience. Viva Calangute offers you the location to give you another reason to celebrate Goa at its fullest. Located at walking distance from the famous Calangute Beach (Queen of beaches in Goa), 10 min from Baga Beach & 10 min from Anjuna beach & It is also near to all the happening Hot spots of Goa - Tito's, Mambo's, Butter Lounge are all located nearby!!. The water sports facilities are located within walking distance & so are the famous shacks.... We want Viva Calangute to be your place...a space which is very close to your heart, where you would like to come again & again & again... So come, Plunge into a world of azure waters, glistening sands and majestic beaches!!!.... ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Orient Royal Hotel Calangute
Viva Calangute Goa

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