We have just come back from Gorgeous Goa after staying in this hotel fro a fortnight. As we were in Goa before Christmas we went to the hotel to check it out as we had booked it without checking the reviews. All seemed well and I asked for a room on the first floor, preferably a quiet one. On arrival on 3 Jan we had been put in what must have been the dirtiest grottiest room they had on the 4 floor (418). There was 2 bottles of water in the fridge - refilled, no labels and no seals, no way were we touching that! Next morning we asked to be moved and were to a second floor pool facing room, which was a lovely room, clean and spacious - with 2 bottles of sealed water in the fridge. Babu kept our room lovely and clean. For the first 2 days we never seemed to time our showers right, always getting just lukewarm water, so after speaking to the manager we were told hot water is available 24 hours, so there was obviously a problem. Maintenance came up and fixed it that night. The hottest water we have ever had in Goa for the rest of the holiday. Brilliant.
The T.V had english channels with at least 2 showing films in the evening if you wanted to have an early night in.
We were unable to sit on the balcony most nights because of the pigeons, the hotel obviously has a problem as they were on our balcony making a mess and building a nest in the light Although on one evening we just wanted to sit there and watch the entertainment so housekeeping came over and cleaned the balcony for us. There was never an issue with them.
The entertainment was typically goan, but having eaten one meal at the hotel's grill night we decided it was enough. The breakfasts are average. not a lot of choice but eggs cooked to order daily, cornflakes and toast. Dinner, well the best I can say is you can buy a meal for less than half the price which is of much better standard and quality, If you don't want to eat too far away, walk to curries. Less than five minutes walk from the hotel, the food was lovely, the staff attentive without being in your face and the owner will always ensure you have a good experience. It is beautiful so much that when we return in March (stayin in Baga) we will be back. Why not Tashi is another restaurant within a short walk, this is also a very nice restaurant, but if you go later on or on a quiz night, bingo night, you will have a wait. It is good entertainment and worth the wait - my husband loved their fish and chips with real mushy peas!
Anyway, I digress, The hotel is cheap and you get what you pay for. The staff seem to have difficulty in understanding English, although you think they understand. The safes are only accessible between 9am and 9pm, so if you are planning on going out early and back late the night before it could be an issue. You also need to supply your own padlock. The shuttle bus to the beach is small and often people had to wait for a second trip. It goes into Calangute every hour between 9 - 12 then stops until 3 - 5 . There is no return journey, although you will be told they are available on request, I think they forget to tell the driver and the bus only goes into Calangue if someone is leaving the hotel. A tuk tuk will cost you100Rs from Calangute, as will most taxis but the taxis outside the hotel are charging more. There is a price list up in reception so check it before you use them.
All in all a clean budget hotel worth what we paid. A bit out of the way but only a short taxi ride or a nice walk away from the hustle and bustle, so could be quiet in an evening.
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- Palmarinha Hotel Calangute
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