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“Friendly Welcome and Great stay” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kingstork Beach Resort

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Kingstork Beach Resort
Ranked #17 of 110 Hotels in Calangute
Certificate of Excellence
Coventry, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Friendly Welcome and Great stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2014

What a gem and I don't want to share this as everyone will want to stay here :). We were welcomed at reception by the ever present/friendly Stanley who checked us in quickly. We were then escourt to a spotless room with excellent facilties air con/resonable drinks and pool view. The pool was cool & refreshing and always quiet and again always keep spotless. The breakfast in the restaurant was good and the service was always great from the friendly staff. The restaurant food in the evening was also great value and good.
great place, great value

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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New Delhi
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76 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2014

We decided to start our new year in Goa, so it was last minute decision and planning. I shot mails to all the available hotels, but what I had earlier suspected was confirmed this time- if you want to book a room in Goa, and want it fast then do it over phone. Goans take ages to respond to your queries through mails, perhaps brisk business makes them lethargic and complacent. Anyways, since Kingstork had affordable rates, so I called Stanley( the owner) couple of times and got the room confirmed. You have to pay one night fee as the booking amount.
Now about the hotel itself, most of the things have already been mentioned. Rates are affordable, and at the mentioned rates, the room is excellent. When you decide to take a room your primary concern is cleanliness, and in that respect it was perfect. Very clean. Bathroom is spacious, and everything inside the room is made of cane. Functional, clean and aesthetically nice.
Now few things which have not been mentioned in most of the reviews.
Hotel goes to great length to manage it at the cost. So many things which we take for granted in a typical resort/ hotel is either available on chargeable basis, or not available at all.
1. There is NO room service. Yeah, you read it right. For cleanliness reasons.
2. They do not accept credit card or cheque. Payment is accepted only in cash.
3. There is no buffet breakfast. The menu is fixed with only one optional item (choose between eggs/porridge/cornflakes). Anything extra is on chargeable basis. Standard fare- bowl of fruit, juice, toast, tea/coffee and the optional items. Service is rather slow. Sufficient quantity, fruits are fresh, but I didn’t like their tea.
4. Try to leave the room keys latest by 11AM, otherwise Alex( the attendant) will promptly tell you that rooms are cleaned when you leave the keys at the reception, in the morning by 9AM not in the afternoon.
5. They provide only 2 towels, and no hand towel. 3rd towel can be provided on request, but 4th will be charged
6. Few sachets of coffee and tea are provided but if you finish them then you will be charged for them. They are not replenished daily or during room cleaning.
7. Mini bar is stocked with water and alcohol. They provide 3 bottles of bisleri( 1 litre) at 30/- each. No free bottle of water.
8. Laundry is outsourced- at your own risk. What I actually liked was they don't provide any laundry bag, instead one laundry basket with the tag of your room number inside. Creative use of cheap re-usable option.
9. You will find foreigners smoking freely in' No smoking area ' but no one from the staff is going to stop them because they bring money( what else could be the reason?)
10. There is digital safe inside the room for every guest
11. There are enough hangers in the cupboard.
12. There are no toiletries provided except for two bars of medimix soap, best only for washing hands. So get your own stuff.
13. Split AC makes helluva noise, but you will get used to it.
14. Mattress is soft and since as Indians we prefer our bed hard, sleep quality is poor.
15. There are two beds( means no single mattress), which means if you have a kid and want him to sleep with you, whoever will sleep in the middle will get a backache.
16. There are two routers for wi-fi- one near the restaurant and the other near the rooms, but the wi-fi is very very weak. The ones at the beach shacks have stronger signals. Works in fits.
17. They have flat TV in every room, but the cable is very blurry. So take it as audio medium, and not as audio-visual medium. But then do you really want to watch TV in Goa?
18. There is a rack of books near the reception, which is available for reading if you want to lie down near the pool and read.
19. They do arrange for parties, we saw a Swedish couple celebrate his 90th b'day party which was very cute.
Despite all the shocks( like the fixed times for room cleaning and 4th towel on chargeable basis), I actually liked the hotel because they are very clean. Their rates are reasonable and it is small and beautiful, close to the beach.
What I would appreciate is that they would become warm towards their guest. No greetings whatsoever- no good mornings, no happy new year and never even once a smile on the face of Alex and Stanley, makes them rather rude. Though I did see them helping senior foreign nationals but they were frigid towards their Indian guests which I didn't like at all.

Room Tip: Every room is same- facing the pool and has lovely balcony with cemented chairs.Loved it
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Bengaluru, India
Level Contributor
40 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

I stayed here with 2 of my friends in February and we totally enjoyed our time at this hotel. The pool looks delicious from the room's balcony. The service is very good and the food tastes good as well. We were extremely happy about the fact that the beach is extremely close to this hotel so we stayed out really late in the night and walked back safely to our rooms.

I'd recommend this place!

Room Tip: Take the ones on the ground floor so that you can walk out of your room and reach the pool!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank TheMistressOfSpices
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Chennai (Madras), India
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

Its a very good resort very near to Calangute beach . Place is well maintained and hospitality is also very good . Food served in the resort is also very good . We had a wonderful time . Only problem would be location wise its not near to old goa and other site seeing places .

Room Tip: All rooms are very good .
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Adi4travel
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Kolkata
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16 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014

We visited from 12-16 December. I'd call this a mid-high range hotel (Rs 2.8k/room ). The rooms were great and all rooms are pool facing. The one's on the groud floor are great if you plan to frequent the pool. Especially with children running in and out of room to/from pool. The service is a little slow, even though the hotel has very few rooms. The wi-fi is weak. The location is great if you want to reach the beach (not calanghute or baga, but a beach spot between calanghute and candolim). Calanghute/Baga are 5-8 mins drive.
Breakfast is standard. Nothing awesome. All in all, average, because the cost isn't too low.

Room Tip: Take ground floor room for ease of pool-access. Take HDMI cable if you have a laptop and want to wat...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Mishal153
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Tampa, Florida
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

We travelled to Kingstork from Florida with our Mumbai native cousins. It was a nice hotel with a pool and attached restaurant. The complimentary breakfast was great and the rest of the menu was broad and tasty. Most importantly the hotel was clean and the bathrooms were clean with nice showers. Beach is a short walk from the hotel, about 2-3 minutes max. Was worried a bit about what quality we would get coming from the states as this was chosen by our cousins based on Trip Advisor Reviews. I give this an excellent because it met my requirements for a nice place to stay that was affordable for us and our Indian cousins that was CLEAN. Staff was also friendly and helpful!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank J I
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Mumbai
Level Contributor
67 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2013

This was my third trip to Kingstork (that sums it up doesnt it? :)).
Last year had not rated them excellent as there were still a few flaws to iron out.
Well, good new is that this time they have done so.
Firstly, there is a generator in place now. So power cuts are now survivable.
Secondly, the food quality is awesome. Do try the Goan dishes. Some of the best we had recently.
Thirdly, pool was maintained as much as possible. Cant help if dragonflies commit suicide.

And most importantly, the help and support received from Stanley and Ruena.
Thank you guys for yet another wonderful trip to your place.

And, note that there are now a couple of permanent shacks just outside on the beach. So even during the off season there are options to be had.

Room Tip: All the rooms are exactly the same in facilities. Note that the top floor ones are larger in volume...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Shayne P
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Property: Kingstork Beach Resort
Address: Gaura Vaddo Holiday Street, Calangute 403516, India
Location: India > Goa > Calangute
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Calangute
#5 Romantic Hotel in Calangute
#8 Best Value Hotel in Calangute
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Calangute
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Kingstork Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 'Kingstork Restaurant' was established in 1968 by the Ferrao family at Calangute, Goa it was moved to its present location in 1999, where it has continued to flourish as the Kingstork Beach Resort. ... more   less 
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