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The Fern Gardenia Resort
Ranked #8 of 19 Hotels in Canacona
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
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“A short and peaceful stay”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Me and my husband went for a 4 days stay in South Goa and booked ourselves at fern gardenia hotel. Its a nice, clean and small hotel with 18 cottages. these cottages are separated from each other and gives you complete privacy. The hotel has been well maintained and the staff is really cooperative. The food though is not great but we enjoyed the complimentary breakfast which had variety.
Though it's not on the beach, but it's barely a kilometer from the famous and beautiful Palolem beach and it's the best place to stay in this area. rest are very basic with shabby rooms and bathrooms. we did check the other hotels after we reached there and was very happy with our selection. The rooms are although not very big, but enough for a couple. The batthrooms are modern and clean. what else can you expect out of Rs 3500 room rate/day.

It has a small swimming pool with a bar in the middle. So if you want to be in the hotel and relax, you have absolutely no problems.

The palolem beach has nice sea view restaurants and hence good food was never a problem during the trip.

We highly recommend this place. We are sure to visit this place again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 25, 2013 via mobile

Clean place, nice pool. Rooms are large and made of artificial wood. Giving nice feeling.
Swiming pool has pool side bar.
Bad and little varity of food. For dinner not much options for a resort in goa. Food quality is average to bad.
Zero hospitality.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

We stayed at Fern Gardenia in the month of April (which is off season). We found this little place to be excellent. The cabins were small but just beautiful, the service from staff was polite and they went out of their way to be helpful. They provided us with helpful information about the places to see and the complimentary beach drops were well appreciated.The pool and garden is just amazing. It was very well maintained. We are very much animal lovers and the little cat that was there made us feel very much at home since we are missing our pets..As never staying in this part of India before we found it confusing to know the difference between the beach areas in Goa. I didn't realize Goa was so big. South Goa is much quieter than the North. This little resort is a must to experience. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. We loved it !!!!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 17, 2013 via mobile

When we arrived at this place it looked absolutely amazing. Staff at desk seemed nice enough. However we realised pretty quickly it was a disaster. The room was amazing but after suffering the staff I'd never recommend this place to anyone.

Me and my partner went to the restaurant which was empty at 7pm which seemed odd. After we ordered I asked a waiter 4 times for an ashtray which never arrived. Then my partners food came all at once,.starter and main course mean while my food was nowhere to be seen. My partner refused to eat out of politeness so by the time my food came (20 minutes later) her food was stone cold. Then to add insult to injury the staff made us very uncomfortable by staring at us while we ate, then proceeded to talk about us. They were staring at us and talking, laughing in hindi then one got paranoid that we might understand them as my partner is indian so they moved into the shack where they prepare drinks and one of them shouted to close the door.

I was absolutely disgusted by the service here. Very over priced for being treated so poorly.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

We spent 5 days at the Fern in January 2013 and w had a lovely time. The kids love the pool area and the beach is lovely. You must visit Agonda beach when you are there. Although small, it has everything that satisfies a couple who look forward exploring south of Goa.Lovely small resort in a quiet area away from the main beaches surrounded by lush tropical (fern?) Loved the breakfast..

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

We stayed here in the month of Sept for 3 nights. Overall the experience is fantastic. Although small, it has everything that satisfies a couple who look forward exploring south of Goa. This place is conveniently located off the main highway connecting south of Goa to Karwar. A 2 km drive from the highway takes you directly to this place. The theme of the resort as name suggests is Garden, lush greenery all around the wooden cabins well-appointed around the nice little swimming pool. We loved everything, the pool, the cabin itself, proximity to beaches etc. The staff was courteous, well behaved and very responsible. The only minuses if i have to mentioned are
1. TV didn't have too many channels, my favorite new channel was grainy and i missed regular 10 mins new updates before retiring.
2. Since our room was located well inside far away from reception, we hardly got covered by WIFI, the signal strength was so bad that we couldn't use WIFI at all.
3. Considering it was off season restaurant missed usual crowd hence food was so so ..

Other than these everything else was fantastic, the arrival & check-in formalities, breakfast buffet, room service everything.. One thing worth mentioning was during checkout the lady staff visited our room for helping us with luggage movement, checked for additional cables connected to TV & got us back our forgotten camera cable. This kind of service is truly amazing and frankly unheard off. I like to appreciate every staff of this resort and i really wish to be back here this summer.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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New Delhi, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2013

Well Friends, After doing lots of online research,

Finally I’ve booked one of the best resort in South Goa “The Fern Gardenia Resort” for my memorable Honeymoon trip in February 2013, Believe me that was truly an memorable trip for both of us. As the name of Resort "The Fern Gardenia" itself describe about the Resort which is beautifully covered with blanket of natural greenery in each & every place.

We have booked Fern Club Cottage for 5 Nights. When we reached resort me & my wife was quite tired after the long journey but after seeing the resort & specially our beautifully decorated cottage we're totally surprised & felt really special & refresh. The cottages were very clean and spacious, permanent AC, clean washroom & nice Jacuzzi. Each & every Resort staff are very disciplined, loving, polite & helpful.. Keep up the great work team.

About the restaurant part, They offer excellent buffet breakfast, delivers some great mouthwatering dishes with best in class quality. We really enjoyed their Special Sambhar Vada, Cheese Omelet, Red beas & other dishes as well. They also offer great restaurant services throughout the day till 11pm @ night. Guys specially Reena/Gary at Resort Reception helped me in arranging 2 wheeler, info. about some great places/beaches in south/north Goa etc. Guys I am short of words to express my wonderful experience about the Goa & specially about "The Fern Gardenia Resort".

Looking forward to re-visit Goa & Fern very soon.. Keep up the Good Work Guys.. Kudos to you :)

Room Tip: Wonderfully designed Wooden Cottage, Privacy, Location & Great hospitality.. Great Place for the...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Fern Gardenia Resort
Address: Palolem Agonda Road Devabag | Near Dhavlikar Hospital, Canacona 403728, India
Location: India > Goa > South Goa District > Canacona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Canacona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Fern Gardenia Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Fern Gardenia Resort is a unique Eco - Sensitive Resort at Palolem beach in South Goa. Apart from being the only hotel in Palolem with a Swimming Pool & Pool Bar, the hotel aims at providing Luxury accommodations to the budget sensitive travelers, which is a first for Palolem beach. Located 1KM from Palolem Beach in South Goa’s Canacona district. About 60kms from the Airport, 2kms from the Canacona Railway Station and 30kms from Margao.The Palolem beach, also known as Paradise beach is one of the most picturesque beaches in Goa with crystal clear waters and white sand. This beach has fast become the best alternative to the crowded beaches of North Goa.As of now, accommodations in Palolem were restricted only to the shanty coco huts or guest houses along the beach belt or to the only expensive Star hotel in Canacona which is way beyond the reach of many. The Fern Gardenia is the only hotel in its category which sports all the comforts and amenities of a Luxury hotel but fits in the budget of the average traveler visiting Palolem and Agonda. ... more   less 
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