There isn’t much to add to the 200 or so reviews already here, but it’s probably worth separating out the opinions and values of Brits on a cheapo package winter sun holiday from native Indian holidaymakers. As the former, with Thomson on B&B basis, and with lots of experience of India, the Marinha Dourada entirely lived up to our expectations. It is indeed a bit shabby, but it’s clean enough and the rooms are large. Not everything works; we had no expectations for a better Western breakfast (go out for that), or a working gym, or a decent restaurant. Just treat it as a comfortable cleanish place to sleep and to laze by the pool.
For eating out there are plenty of reasonable options close by without going into Baga, tho it is a bit dark walking along the road at night. The night markets are also near. For Baga, however, you do need to take the hotel’s ancient but quite serviceable minibus shuttle, which will drop you wherever you want on its run; getting back requires a taxi. Goa is unlike the rest of India, of course. Taxis, particularly the cartel company ranks in front of the hotel, are all (ridiculous) fixed prices. For our days out we negotiated directly with guys along the main drag through Baga.
Otherwise, what’s not to like about the MD? It’s silly-cheap for what it offers, and clearly has loads of loyal UK retirees returning year on year (I wonder what they pay for longer stays?). The pools are nice. The staff are friendly. There’s free (supposed to be paid) wi-fi in the lobby if you don’t hog it. It’s quiet – at least unless there’s an event. We had a wedding party one evening which was very noisy indeed, but it stopped by midnight.
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- Also Known As:
- Resorte Marinha Dourada Arpora
- Resorte Marinha Dourada Resort Arpora
- Marinha Dourada Hotel
- Resorte Marinha Dourada Hotel Arpora
- Resorte Marinha Dourada Goa/Arpora