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“Very Good place to stay if you follow my tips”
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Dona Julia
Ranked #13 of 206 Calangute B&B and Inns
Kochi (Cochin), India
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Very Good place to stay if you follow my tips”
Reviewed December 2, 2011

I was there in Dona Julia last month and i enjoyed the stay at this place. Its a beautiful hotel with required facilities. small and beautiful shaddy swimming pool is awsome... located near to the beach but away from crowded calangute junction. Delicous food and small and clear resturant.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed November 7, 2011

This hotel is ill-maintained with inexperienced staff. Surely this was not designed as hotel rooms but something else. Door locks and latches were in bad shape. Was shocked to see a new food menu on second day, with rates upto 50% higher. The bed sheet and towels were not so clean, even though rooms were bigger. The pool and its adjoining green area with trees was provided only comfort. This place has all the potential to be a great relaxing resort, but with only good management & service, which was missing.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Lloydsouza, Owner at Dona Julia, responded to this review, November 9, 2011
we thank the review of our guest. it would have been a lot more useful if the feedback was given during your stay as we would do our best to make your stay more comfortable.we are a budget hotel where we do our very best to provide maximum comfort and facilities to our guest at real economical rates. that even includes facilities like refrigerator and free wifi to all our guest. we are very particular about cleanliness and bedsheets , towels are double checked prior to usage by our guest. i am surprised that they were not found to be good. infact if a guest has a complaint he has to inform housekeeping and we would have ensured a prompt change. we are here to help. but, if things are not brought to our notice , we are simply unable to do anything about it. Infact our rooms are the most comfortable in the locality among all the budget hotels around. the actual pics are seen on out websites.
we will take up the issue of restaurant pricing with the management as the restaurant is outsourced and not operated by us. thanks for the feedback once again.
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Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed October 17, 2011

Hi, I am one of the guests staying since 10 years at this lovely place.
All the years I had nothing to complain with the staff or the facility. I like the warm hospitality and friendly athmosphere. Helena, Lloyd, Lucinda and the staff doing everything to make the stay more than worthfull.
Of Course it is not a 5 Star Resort, but its a really cosy place, where you can recover from the stress. The staff is not harassing you. Also not the outsourced staff from the pool bar/restaurant. The outsourced pool bar is the reason for four points at service. They sometimes didnt clean the table after other guests leaving or it took much time. And unfortunately some guests were not the tidiest; I will not go into greater detail about it - loosing my belive in human behavior.

Coming to the end: In german we say: "Wie man in den Wald hineinruft, so schallt es heraus!"
What goes around, comes around.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
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Hyderabad, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed July 10, 2011

We had a supreme experience staying in Dona Julia. It was quite near to the Calangute beach and had a serene surrounding. The best part of the resort was the well maintained swimming. It was perfect for relief in a lazy after. Enjoyed staying in the pool. The rooms were clean too with geysor facility and nice air conditioning. Lack of availability of good food was the only deterrent for this resort. Being little off from the the central Calangute and not much resources available around, would have appreciated with choice of good food.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed June 3, 2011

This place is a cosy shelter 5 minutes away from the sandy beach of Calangute. Houses basic clean rooms - all you need when you're holidaying in Goa is a bed to sleep in, so Dona Julia makes us more than happy. Breakfast can be ordered in, but the service is a bit slow. During the season, there are many shacks around to fill you up with fresh seafood. Their pool is great for those lazy afternoons when it's too hot to set out to the beach. Great location and also many bike hire shops around to ride around town.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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Udaipur, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2011

hi i am sundeep from udaipur. me & my wife arrived there on 21st may. they give us a pool view room as i booked. after that i ordered some break fast at pool, but they said that the cheff is not awailable at that time so they cant give. the woman & whitish guy kishore is quite good but the another kishore the black guy is so rude & dont have atigate, how to talk with guest. the last day is horrable for me. i checked out on 4th day in noon & i asked the lady that i need a room in evening only for wash & change for 15 minutes, before this hotel all hotels provided a room for wash & change for guests. the lady said me that we proivide u a room in evening but when i reached over their to collect my luggage in the evening & asked for room,kishore the black guy is send us on the backward bathroom & said that we dont have any procedure to provide wash & change room, if u want to change then just do in that bathroom only which is back side of the hotel. me & my wife shocked from this irresponsible behaviour of hotel staff. we refused to use that bathroom & collect our luggage, then again we will shocked that he is not looking on us & not ready to talk with us. nobody is there to carry our luggage to the car. sorry lloyd but u r staff is not good. if u want to know more about that just ask to u r neighbour leo at rising star bike corner.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Lloydsouza, Owner at Dona Julia, responded to this review, July 7, 2011
hello,
thanks for the review on tripadvisor. we appreciate the feedback provided. i am glad you had no problems with the rooms and the hotel property as we do take a lot of care to make your stay comfortable.
we do apologise for the inconvenience caused due to the issue of the restaurant and changing room. i will take up the issue with the restaurant which is actually outsourced and not managed by us.
I dont know about other properties, but most according to me do not provide a full room for freshening up after check out is done. they all have wash room facilities. we have a special guest bathroom which has been newly constucted specially for our guest to enable them to change and shower if needed after check out is done. this is in our new superior block and i am surpried you did not find it comfortable or useful.
i wish you would just contact me if there was a problem and i could have assisted you in a better way at that time. here at Dona juia the environment is very casual as we deal with our guests as friends more than clients.
thanks fot the review. regards, lloyd
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San Diego, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2011

Review Dona Julia Trip Advisory - Found this place by accident and we're so happy since the LP guide did not have it listed. Dona Julia is a lovely hotel, on a terrific street just a block from South Calangute Beach. The owner, Helena and all the staff are amazingly hospitable. We booked online through their website and the son, Lloyd confirmed our reservation within 3 minutes! The attention given to us was impeccable. Our room was kept spotless on a daily basis with a never-ending supply of TP, towels and sheets. We stayed in the standard A/C room for 1500 rps and were upgraded to the Deluxe room at no cost due to construction noise coming from next door and without having to ask. All the rooms have a large balcony overlooking a lovely garden and shaded pool. They also have a restaurant that serves food all day.
Overall, we stayed here two weeks and enjoyed every moment!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Dona Julia
Address: Gaura Waddo Holiday Street | Gauravaddo, Calangute 403516, India
Location: India > Goa > North Goa District > Calangute
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 206 B&Bs / Inns in Calangute
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Dona Julia 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
3 minute walk to the beach - swimming pool (please carry appropriate swimwear) -Garden bar serving your desired beverages - bed & breakfast service available - self-contained rooms (attached bath & balcony) - air conditioned & non-air conditioned rooms - refrigerator, TV & intercom phone in all rooms - mini pantry facility in deluxe rooms - 24 hour hot / cold water - situated in lush green surroundings - parking facility - laundry service - doctor on call ... more   less 
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