This hotel describing itself as a 5 star establishment is like Michelle McManus describing herself as a size 10. A complete lie. It's a 3 star at very best and the official photographs on the hotel's website have obviously been through some nifty photoshop work.
At first I couldn't decide if the general set up was so ironic that I wasn't cool enough to get it but then I realised that it was actually just terrible.
My immediate observation was that the brilliant white decor shown on the official website was actually more like the colour of white underwear someone had owned for 10 years. This gave the place a shabby and dirty feel that doesn't bode well for a first impression.
The next rather startling observation was the random artwork on the room doors which depicts "individual looking" members of the public. The image on our room door was some sort long haired, tattoo'd gentleman in caveman attire. Again, I may not be cool enough to interpret the message behind the interior design but it was really just quite creepy.
The room set up would also fall into the bizarre design plans. The room is completely open which means there is no real privacy element when showering and using the toilet. This is worth taking into consideration if travelling with a friend as it may prove a tad awkward like it did for myself and my friend.
With all of this in mind I thought I could at least look forward to the hotel's location on the beach. Sadly not. The beach are is not private and I was immediately descended upon by girls selling various trinkets. There were also cows on the beach which I don't hold the hotel responsible for but it's still rather unsettling. When on the beach it was clear to see from the back of the hotel that it is much more run down than advertised and in need of refurbishment to bring it up to the 5 star experience it boasts.
The general service was not terrible but it was not very good either and the food served was mediocre. As for the drinks, there seems to be no happy medium where alcohol is involved. Drinks were either too strong or seemed to have very little alcohol.
I would definitely not recommend this hotel to anyone travelling to Goa and if I was pushed to report on one positive....the only thing I can come up with is that the bouncer is very hot.
This hotel should be investigated by trade descriptions act. Avoid like the plague.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This seafront property features an open-air lounge where you can unwind with a frozen tropical daiquiri after a long day of touring the neighborhood attractions. Sip and take in the breathtaking view of the ocean. Count the beers, the hours left in the day while watching the sunset.Below the skybar you will find our restaurant. Savour the sight of our Chef's specials being prepared in the open kitchen while you enjoy our Bartender's classics with some chilled out music. This breezy and comfortable restaurant also gives you direct access to the beach and to the swimming pool.Stretch out and relax on the daybeds and cabanas next to the purple pool. Read a book while enjoying a delicious margarita, take a snooze after you've had a swim, or just lay back and people-watch. Treat yourself to a foot rub after a long night out, while you make plans for another one. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Park Calangute Goa