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Dona Sa Maria
Ranked #6 of 10 Hotels in Cavelossim
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

We are regulars & stayed for 4 weeks.had a great time.met old friends and new ones.everyone is made to feel welcome here.a 20 minute walk to the beach or hire a cycle or motor scooter.nothing changes much here which is great.why change anything when its the ideal family run 1star small hotel.anything that doesnt suit you is soon put right.so as usual no complaints.only praise for owners and staff.( no he isnt selling up)

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

Me and my partner visited the dona sa maria 31st of jan until the 14th feb the hotel is very friendly staff are very nice , rooms are basic but thats goa ha ha , the food was very good , I have been to goa 3 times now but my first time to dona sa maria the other guests make you feel very welcome and at night they all sit around the bar area for a chat and a drink I realy enjoyed it and met some realy nice people , the walk to the beach is about 20 mins down the lane and is wonderful we spent a lot of time in the seagul shack where the owner gloria is lovely and ive used his shack everytime I go if you visit colva which is about a 20 minute taxi ride visit a restaurant called jamies its excellent , overall a lovely hotel and good value for money and realy nice friendly hotel .

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

This was our 7th time met some lovely people and caught up with some of the regulars. Enjoyed the quiz nights Jeff and Nora organise and money raised goes to help locals or staff. Had fab night out at the jazz bar with Mo John Ian Lyn Bob & Lyn lots of dancing and good music food average. Bettys kitchen still my favourite food fab and service the steaks are excellent - fillet and for less than £5. Hired a taxi from Joe again very good value £2.50 a day just be careful as not insured for accidents we travelled alll over and felt safe. Taxi from airport 800 rupees per car approx £10 very good for distance. Went on train to old goa not much to do but worth the train journey 12 rupees need to get taxi back approx 1000 rupees.
Now for the down side there appears to be alot more rubbish as everyone dumps their rubbish along the road side, there are alot more dogs but they generally just ignore you. I did feel this year that we were not treated very well by the owner Serafino as when we arrived six of us 4 were shown to their room at 4am but we were given a sheet and sun lounger as the room wasnt ready we didnt check in until 10am tired and bitten by mosquito's we nearly went else where and someone took our room key by mistake once again the owner was not bothered as repeat guests we did expect a little bit more than a shrug of the shoulders it turned out that keys to another room opened our door!! Will we return? probably not to the dona sa maria time for a change - oh and rumours that Serafino is selling up are untrue as confirmed by the man himself.
Flight with Qatar - not very good dont know who gave them the title of 5 star airline 2 at a push entertainment was not working in our row on journey out food below average never came round with drinks boarded early because of pending snow only to sit on plane for over an hour on run way without drink or anything. Return journey sat on plane for nearly hour before take off entertainment worked on return but food average and yet again no drinks. When they come round with drinks with food I asked for tomato juice told there wasn't any?? only to see when waiting for the toilet that they indeed had 5 cartons

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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank brooksbjcheshire
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

why do people allways complain abaut the dona sa maria some people are just full time moaners you should do your homework before booking. If its not about the half board allowance its about the breakfast my god what do people want if you want better go to the leela and you will see about value. Yes it is out on its own as it says in the brocure just read it before you book you can get a taxi into cavellosim for £2-00. I know some of the people complain when they get home instead of just going to the management and telling them about their gripes. I love the location of the hotel as do many more peace and quite its lovelyand about the regulars thats true i've been a few times and i dont mix with them you do what you want to do. And lastly its about the people that leave the hotel saying i have no more money to pay the bill well make sure you have money left or dont order meals and drinks. And if you want to complain about the insects-bugs- ants-frogs i suggest you go th skegness for future winter holidays.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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4  Thank jongee
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

Loved the place. Met many lovely interesting people. would certainly go back.

lots of long term people here. many of them elderly. would agree with rg82's comments to some degree.

good pool and pleasant bar area.

rooms typically indian. well maintained and spotless.

main attraction is waiter savio, lovely man, but all staff pleasant and helpful.

half board idea works well food is typical basic indian. we ate there most nights as we were so busy in the day. Walking cycling and swimming.

Good for birders i feel, because of the nearby lakes. Saw kingfishers, bee eaters, herons, eagles and many more.

be warned. don't mention anjuna market. i love it but many regulars frown upon it as "too touristy". We are all tourists though aren't we.

another word of warning, the owner appears to be selling up and so there may well be changes at some point.

Room Tip: we had room at the rear looking out onto pleasant garden area and fields beyond.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

This is set in the middle of nowhere. We were supposed to be in a room with aircon.The hotel, in our opinion, was overbooked and were were put in the building (other residents call it the cell block) across the road. It has a/c, ants and a variety of bugs.We complained and were moved to a room at the back of the main building with ceiling fan for the rest of our stay. The pool area is nice and the staff very obliging. Forget 15 mins to the beach. It's double. There is a path at the back of the cell block which no doubt is a 15 min walk, however it belongs to the Indian Navy. Whilst we were there they had 3 days of bombing and strafing runs. I reckon you could get to the beach in 15 seconds. Cavalossim is a taxi ride away. Not much there really. A few decent restaurants sums it up. Don't try walking back at night. The dogs roam in packs and can be aggressive.ditto on the beach. We went for new year and the sea is definitely no go. There's not much culturally in the whole area, so if you just want to eat, drink and lie on the beach this is for you. About average for a 2 star.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

The hotel is great in terms of basic facillities, has a lovely pool and is in gorgeous surroundings. The area is v quiet in terms of activity so as long as you like that and appreciate nature and peace you should be happy. We were happy to hire bikes and get out and about, it's possible to cycle easily to different resorts along the beach and to get to the river ferry in Cavellosim. No complaints at all about the room or food but the guests are largely regulars who can be a little stand-offish if you are not "their type of people"!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Tamborim, Cavelossim 403731, India
Location: India > Goa > South Goa District > Cavelossim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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#1 Best Value Hotel in Cavelossim
Price Range: $12 - $97 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Dona Sa Maria 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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