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The Fern Gardenia Resort
Ranked #8 of 19 Hotels in Canacona
Goa,
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“the worst place ever”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

we were on a 10 days holiday witch started in ooty then maysoor and banglore.all the hotels we stayed in were great accept this one ,no service terriable food . at 10 am breakfast was finished when asked they told they can give only omelette.wanted to stay for two days but because of terriable service and food checked out in one day dont reccomand it to anyone.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Mumbai, India
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

Great rooms.... small yet clean and nice washrooms... personal cottages and the highlight is the pool....where they have a bar ... amazing setup... all in all a pleasant stay... great value for money... Highly recommended

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

Visited South Goa with a couple of friends for a couple of days in Dec 2012 and stayed at this resort. The property is well located - a convenient walk from Palolem beach with the option of availing a courtesy drop service as well.

Given the fact that we had booked the place directly from their website, we were keen to compare the physical place against the virtual display online. And we weren't disappointed.

Positives:
- Awesome swimming pool. The resort was nearly full during our stay yet the pool never seemed to be crowded
- Clean rooms, comfortable beds
- Cheerful service, typical Goan style - special mention of the restaurant staff
- Reasonably priced restaurant

Could be better
- Restaurant menu very basic. One felt that there was a lot more scope with a little bot of imagination. Thankfully, the beach area more than makes up for this.
- Rooms (we had the most basic accommodation) a little small. Not really an issue since we spent most of our time outdoors, but it would have been nice to have a little more space on teh sides of the bed

Must do
- Patnem beach. This is much better than the crowded Palolem. One can walk down to the market at Palolem beach and rent bicycles for the day (we paid Rs 80/day to a friendly guy called Amarinder)
- Try the seafood - freshly caught and cooked
- Try the Italian food (sorry, I forget the name of this fab place run by an Italian family - located on teh left of teh road as you walk to Palolem beach)
- Visit Agonda beach nearby (disclaimer: this is based on accounts of other visitors, we couldn't make the time or effort to do so)!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

Fern Gardenia is one of the few "resorts" in Palolem as the rest of the accomodation available in the area is more on the lines of beach cabins. Perfect for travelling with family.They have nice wooden cabins around a decent pool. Staff were very friendly and efficient. The food was good if you like basic Indian and chinese. Menu is a bit limited and I preferred the numerous restaurants located close by. The beach is about 2 km. Overall a very pleasurable experience.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Avignon, France
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

I decided to stay at The Fern Gardenia because it was away from the "busy" beach area. A good situatioin a short walk or free courtsey car ride from the Hotel and you are on the beach surrounded by shops looking for hippy customers to sell their quite horrible Junk. Some very nice places to eat there (Banyan tree) and some to avoid (dreamcatchers).
A very warm welcome to this nice resort. Staff in large numbers for the few clients. Room was clean with a great bathroom. A fridge in the room which was to be a minibar I found out later, but they "forgot" to fill it.*
Pool need to be maintained, tiles missing and pool bar stools quite frankly dangerous with razor sharp edges.
The pool bar was well staffed......3 guys for 5 clients. Indian services. meaning very slow, and to be quite honest the bar was empty of all drinks and the poor guys had to go back and forth to the restaurant.
No bar service after 11pm.If you want a drink after FORGET IT.
The hotel is quite disorganised and needs management. There is no leader here to direct these very Young inexperienced staff.
The hotel is clean and comfortable. But for the price should have had better service.
A good resting point toi visit the area, take a taxi from the beachfront for the day to visit the surronding beaches " Niki taxi " is a great guy and loves his region, excellent English.
I do recommend this hotel, but with big réservations about the service and bar hours.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Once past the reception area the entire property is a paradise. The pool is well maintained and quite an attraction. The bar is well attended but the same is not true for the food! I found the restaurant service spotty and the menu without imagination. Head to Palolem beach for your meals. The rooms are very spacious and the internet access was a great feature as I needed to work throughout the stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Pune, Maharashtra, India
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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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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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