Stayed a few places in Goa and this was by far the nicest place we stayed. The rooms are large and modern with nice bathrooms. The water pressure is very good. The room we stayed in had a small living room attached to the bedroom which could be closed off, I woke earlier than my fiance and I could close off the room and watch the news, a nice feature.
They had (like most places in India) consistent power problems, I would say the power would shut off about 6-10 times a night for a few seconds. You get used to it though the more time you spend in India.
The staff was very nice and I have no complaints. There is a no tip policy at the hotel, but they add a 22% vat onto everything so there's not much point to the policy since you're tipping anyway. The morning buffet seems to be included with every room and is full in the morning, I would rate the food average in the morning, but there are a lot of choices.
The Leela is pretty much away from everything, you can find shopping about 20-30 minutes away but there are not many places to walk. There is a convenient taxi stand out front if you need a car.
We enjoyed the peace and quite of the hotel. We stayed in a room which was pretty far from the beach and it was about a 5-10 minute walk to get there. The hotel is laid out on a very large lot (75 acres or so) with most of the property consisting of a small pitch and putt golf course (costs about 1200 to play). The beach access is nice, and the service was good. When we checked in we were told there is a bar on the beach, however the bar is not open, we were told they were trying to get a license to open it. There were a few bothersome bead ladies which try to sell there cheap beaded necklaces, the best advice is to not even acknowledge them and keep walking (don't say no, and don't look at them). The beach was private and was not crowded.
The pool area is nice, there is a smaller kid pool for infants, but it was rarely used. The service around the pool was only average, they need more pool staff.
All in all this is an excellent place to stay if you don't plan on going out on the town and just want to relax. We stayed in the Marriott prior to the Leela for about the same cost and there is no comparison, this is a far better hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Combine the opulence and luxury of 5 star hotels, The Leela Goa with the natural beauty and Portuguese heritage of South Goa for the ultimate beach holiday. The hotel is set in 75 lush acres with a pristine beach, a 12 hole golf course and world class dining making it the finest 5 star hotels in Goa. While the rooms and suites, The Restaurant and the signature Jamavar have been designed by Jeffrey A. Wilkes, the principal designer of DESIGNWILKES, the art and embellishment has been done by Mrs. Madhu Nair. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Leela Goa Hotel Cavelossim
- Leela Kempinski Goa Cavelossim
- Leela Goa
- Goa Hotel Leela
- Goa Leela
- Leela Kempinski Goa Hotel Cavelossim
- Leela Palace Goa
- The Leela Goa Cavelossim