Mixed feeling about this hotel. The hotel is in a good location, great for jumping in a tuk tuk of a night to go out anywhere in Candolim/Calangute/Baga, which can easily be walked to in the daytime also. (Not so easy in the dark at night time) The bus stops to go either way at the top of the hotel road just by St Anthony’s chapel. We found no problem walking to the beach, we also hired a scooter from Zico’s – right outside phase 2. but if you like the beach on your doorstep or have any mobility issues I wouldn’t recommend it. There are a few different routes to the beach and some of the winding lanes can make it seem quite far.
Hotel gives three vouchers per week for evening meals. We didn’t think we’d use them as we like trying different places, but ended up eating there 4 evenings over the 2 weeks as food was really good.
We stayed in Phase 1 the “Classic” which is supposed to be the superior suites! We only booked them as they had a TV and OH likes to listen to a bit of news/ doc’s while I’m getting ready to go out. But the pool atmosphere around this block wasn’t as good as the other blocks. The few sunbeds there, where crammed together in a small square area and you couldn’t get any peace or have a read or a sleep, because at your feet would be tables where people where sitting drinking /talking. It was really strange. We went to phase 2, and managed to get a sunbed on a few occasions, (only after an early breakfast ) here the beds are situated around the pool and the tables / restaurant area is set out separately.
Now we can do basic, and I did get used to the rooms after a few days. But this hotel is really letting itself down, because the rooms are really quite grubby / dirty looking. The bedding is well past its sell by date, and the towels are GRIM, although washed they are a dirty mustard colour. You don’t expect luxury in a 2 star Goa hotel, but these little niggles let down an otherwise good hotel. The rooms are clean, but because of the dirty paintwork it just gives off a feeling of dirtiness. Also the lighting is TERRIBLE. I really tone everything down when in Goa, but you simply can’t see to get ready of an evening. The Highland Beach where we stayed last year had a fluorescent light in the bedroom. this hotel could really do with a bright light in a least one room. We went to Newton’s and bought a hundred watt bulb and took the lamp shade off in the living area, but even this wasn’t really good enough.
As said before the food and also the evening entertainment is a great added little bonus. And the room boys/security guards in all blocks, and the restaurant manager in phase 2 and staff where really nice.
The waiter in phase 1, (Head waiter I think) was a bit irritating, harassing you about attending their buffet night. If you weren’t hanging around the hotel all the time, he eventually lost interest in you. Not everyone likes to spend their time around the pool everyday, and I felt quite offended when he approached me one day and said “You have only had breakfast here”, but that wasn’t the case as we had bought food and drinks around phase 2, because the atmosphere was much better there.
If you can put up with the basic accommodation, this isn’t a bad little hotel. I personally wouldn’t stay here again though, but I can understand why some people love it and return year after year. Apparently people who stay regularly don’t bother with the “Classic” and I believe you can get the other accommodation for quite a bit cheaper.
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- Also Known As:
- Osborne Hotel Calangute
- Osborne Hotel Goa
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