This was my first visit to Goa and I chose the Osborne in Calangute after being given 2 or 3 other similar hotels to choose from. I always try to be fair and honest with my reviews.
Location is pretty good - well away from the main road, which really is a bonus because this road typifies India's roads - chaos. The exhaust pollution is terrible and is compounded by the humidity and heat. I considered myself a mild asthma sufferer but my symptoms were magnified enormously when near this road. As you would imagine, there are few pavements and little by way of traffic management, so have your wits about you. The Osborne is located away from the main road. Also beware that tourist coaches are not able to drop off or pick up at the door - it's a fair walk with cases if the porters aren't around.
The Osborne is split over 2 phases, I was in Phase 2, block C on the ground floor. The room was poor. I can accept dated and aged fixtures and fittings. I can't accept poor cleanliness. If someone is going to go to the trouble of swatting an insect, please clean it off the wall! Also, the solution to dirty window panes and dusty frames is not to simply close the curtains - clean them! 5 minutes of a job.
The room was of a good size but poorly designed - no lamp by the bed for instance. In fact out of 6 lights in the room, only 2 worked. The lamp socket had a poor connection, so if you could figure out the right position, it did work. There were twin beds. The mattresses are 3 inches thick. Not good for those with bad backs.
The room had selection of dated furnishings and a fridge (very noisy).
The bathroom again was very poor. No attention to detail when cleaning. Dated, stained and poorly decorated. Window opening onto courtyard shared with neighbouring bathrooms - not a pretty chorus at times!
I didn't eat dinner at the Osborne but the breakfasts were simple but more than adequate. The reception staff and waiters are very helpful and friendly.
In all, it is a typical budget hotel. I saw other rooms and they were better by far than the one I was given. Perhaps I was unlucky but on the positive side, the staff are good as is the location.
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- Also Known As:
- Osborne Hotel Calangute
- Osborne Hotel Goa
- Osborne Resort Goa Calangute