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Holiday Inn Goa - fantastic 2 weeks in the sun
We stayed for 2 weeks at the Holiday Inn for our first time in Goa and found the hotel to be excellent. The rooms and service were superb and nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff. The lovely beach which is just a short walk through the hotel gardens wasn't too crowded and was kept very clean.
We didn't bother with any of the excursions laid on by Thomson and chose to arrange everything ourselves without any hassle at a fraction of the price. Most of the tourist taxi drivers speak good English and will take you anywhere you need to go in Goa and don't mind waiting while you do all the tourist stuff. We didn't bother with the hotel restaurants either as they appeared comparitively pricey. Instead we took the short walk to Bettys Place or took a taxi to the nearest town (5 minute drive) where there were plenty of nice places to eat. Would we go back? Definitely!!
Inn of a thousand taxes!
Pleasant enough. Rooms are clean and tidy with balcony. Lots of Brits and Russians! Drink is expensive in Hotel due to taxes. Buy over the road and drink in room watching endless football or cricket from around the world or go out to numerous bars /shacks nearby.
Only one pool for a lot of people. Beach was near but sea is a hazard to all but strong swimmers and you had to cross the Hawker Line to get to the water!
Lots of crows about the grounds! It was like being Tipi Hedren at times!
Betty's Shack and Fishermans Wharf nearby are great places within short walk to eat and drink.
Mikes Place in Cavelossim is another good eatery. The Fish Grill. On the beach, a great place to eat/drink and watch the sun go down. Bobby is a star! The food is fab and done to your liking. If you like your food plain and English, talk to the chefs here and they will oblige your every whim!
Rumours of work in progress were true(ish). A new conference hall is under construction. It looks 75% done just needs fitting out. Did not see much work going on or hear anything untoward. This between 3rd and 9th April 2006.
Nice property bad staff
Stayed at the Holiday Inn Goa for 3 nights / 4 days. Took the free airport transfer in a VERY bumpy bus that did not have an adequet suspension. No one was waiting at the airport with a name sign, had to call and find out. Then the 1 hours bus ride.
After arring had to shlep bags from the bus to the bell staff, no one unloaded the bus for us. Then had to WAIT for 30 minutes before I could actually get to my room. Sat in the HOT loby waiting when this really should have been done during the hour that I was sitting on the bus ride from the airport to the hotel.
The food and house keeping at the hotel is good. But the front desk staff is useless. The next day wanted to rent a car to take the 5 of us. But no such cars were available. After much nagging they were able to say, you could take a 12 seater car for a very high price which was impractical.
Hotel staff was also not helpful describing nearby attractions and such. The restaurant had flies flying about and in the outside section there were numerous stray cats.
This property needs to have some lessons in customer service in aiding guests in ENJOYING their stay instead of being all useless.
The place to be
On 1st impressions we was really impressed by it and it lived up to the impressiveness, we visited the Leela and the Radissons White Sands and the Holiday Inn is much more relaxed and laid back like the Goan people, we had an really fab time and will be going back it was our first time but definatley not our last. We ate mostly at the Riverview and the Infamous Bettys, we preffered Riverview for the view the food was so fantastic no stomach aches or runs all holiday! we didnt have any problems with building work, towards the end of the holiday alot of indians from bombay and mumbai was staying in the hotel they are so rude and look down on the Goans and even the other guests the goans dont like them or the russians cause they are so rude. we went on the dolphin trip from Bettys and actually saw Dolphins even though they was funny looking. we will be back in March 2008 (so Pete and Val beware) Saturday night bazaar is a must but take a torch as power went off for 20mins and it was pitch black but good fun also Anjuna Flea Market is a must, No problems with the airport. we had a deluxe room, glad we upgraded cause there was more room but nothing wrong with the standard rooms, very clean rooms and hotel, very freindly and polite. The sea was very rough, we went to fishermans Wharf and it wasnt very nice, dont expect the service to be fast because that isnt the Goan way, dont try Mikes den as our friends had delhi belly from there. altogether its a really beautiful place, lovely people and really cant wait to go back.
Fantastic Holiday in Goa
We flew by Monarch to Bahrain and onto Goa. 12 hours travel by air and 11/2 hour transfers to hotel. Upon arrival, as there was a party of 8 to check in and we waited up to an hour for the rooms to be ready. The deluxe room is very spacious, with a queen size bed, dining table, tv, fridge and a safe. The rooms are well maintained, and house-keeping offer an everning service. The standard rooms offer single beds with the same facilities.
The staff are very friendly and polite. The hotel is very clean, spacious and has a casino, disco, large swimming pool with a small area for children to swim. Weather was fantastic(mid 30 degrees c) and the food was great with an excellent variety. We went for the all inclusive and enjoyed the buffet food at the Mardi Gra Resturant which also offers a 24 hour menu from Indian to English. We would dine at the Village Grill for our evening meal which again offered buffet food with a wide variety. There is also a Chinese resturant and the Fish Grill which offers BBQ food with a discount of 25% on the all inclusive.
Children are well entertainined with a variety of activities from glass decorating to painting pots. There is a beauty palour which offers a friendly service at cheap rates. A massage at the spa centre is a must. Mobor beach is within a short walking distance and is very clean. Sea was a bit rough but warm.
The flea market at Anjuna (every Wednesday) is 1 1/2 hours by taxi and is definitely a place to barter and pick up some excellent bargains from pashminas, jewellery, to silk cushion covers.
I would highly recommend this hotel and look forward to coming again with my family. Although building work was mentioned by other reviewers, it did not disrupt my holiday. I had a throughly enjoyable holiday.
Holiday Inn - Holidays in January 2006
My daughter and I have been to the Holiday Inn for two years running, in January, we also spent some time in Conny's Dream Residency just outside Cavellosism. The holiday inn is a beautiful place to stay, and definately a place you would like to be at if you want a relaxing holiday. Unfortunately this year there was building works, but hopefully next year this will be completed.
The Holiday Inn is surrounded by gardens and the hotel blocks either are opposite the gardens or overlook the pool. The rooms are as what you get in a 5 star hotel, and the staff are very helpful and friendly. We stayed on a B & B basis and this was superb.
Mobor beach is the place you want to go and just relax and unwind, the beach sellers if you politly say no thanks do not take offense, and many of them have become our friends, very interesting young ladies to talk too, and always have a tale to tell, this is a third world country and the poverty can sometimes be upsetting, but the Goan people never let this spoil your holiday, they are lovely, proud people and the reason why we love going back, they go along way to make this such a special place.
Sams Beach Shack serves excellent food, and very very reasonable in price, his staff are great fun, and love to join in with everyone on party night, even Santan was up dancing this year!
Cavelloism has also aray of eating places, no one would be stuck for choice.
If your looking for a very laid back holiday, with a fantastic beach, with lovely people this is where to go in Goa, I know you would love the holiday as we do.
Great infrastructure, Average warmth of service
I'm an Indian. Stayed at the Goa Holiday Inn in May, with my wife and 2 small kids in a club room. Here are my observations :
* the check-in was not warm and friendly. There were no smiles offered !
* the reception staff definitely needs a lot of training in handling customers.. many of them seem to be fresh and new
* simple questions could not get good answers - ex. When does the pool close ? Can I get water to get my car washed?
* staff ATTITUDE varies across the resort - reception is neutral/rude, dining is ok/good, pool is rude, security is good, housekeeping is avergae
* the pool closes at 7 pm - that is a dampener! Why can they not keep it open till 10 pm ?
* the toiletries in the bathroom are minimalist. They are not 5 star standard at all.
* infrastructure is very good - Pool is excellent, rooms are good, other facilities are good
* the beach is excellent. Calm, quiet, very sober and satisfying!
* the rates of the Fish Grill on the beach (for an Indian) are on the higher side. Not worth that much!
* Simple things make a big difference - I got my car along. They would not give my driver water to wash it! That is not done!!
* For an Indian, the menu at the Mardi Gras is Average to Good. Not at all like what they offer at the Park Hyatt. Surprisingly, chicken sausages were missing all through!
* The Fisherman's Wharf is 1 min walk from the resort. Try it for sure. Especially the Banana Ride (with the fall in the river, for sure), and the Jet Ski. It is amazing fun, and reasonably priced too
* While in Goa, there is something surprising that you can try. Go to (a) The Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and (b) Dudhsagar waterfall (both are in Mollem area of Goa - 2 hours from this resort.. no beach there!)
* These are wonderful and serene places, not to be missed at all. They can recharge you for a long time to come. Very well maintained and peaceful.
* Don't miss the Devil's Canyon en route to Dudhsagar waterfall
Overall, enjoyed this trip. Could have been better with some more smiles around :))
I spent 1 night here in Oct 2006. The only thing going for this place is its excellent staff and the fact that you have a Great Restaurant just outside the hotel called "betty's". This poperty is run down and old. Since I have stayed at 4 other resorts in Goa, a comparison is inevitable and unfortunately, this place dos not stack up with the best. The room we checked into had a damp smell and my mother being an asthametic obviously could not have managed to stay there. Anyone with a breathing or other bronchial problems must avoid this place. The staff were more than willing to change our room BUT the other room too had the same smell. Now the problem is that if you open the doors and windows fo a long time, the smell disappears BUT that means you have to stay in the room, as you cannot leave it open and wander around and secondly this means mosquitos invade the room. The approach to the beach is not well maintained with the garden in pretty bad shape. The beach is a bit dirty when compared to some others. All this sais, this place is cheaper than some of the other high end resorts and the staff is extremely helpful. One guy in particular in housekeeping was extremely hospitable and did everything he could to help us feel comfortable. His name is Jacob and I suggest anyone staying there meet him and experience his great service. All in all, I would not recommend this place unless you have no other option OR have a budget constraint. If you do stay, you must visit Bettys which is 2 mts on foot from the main gate of the hotel (take a right as you exist). Excellent Food.
A beautiful experience
Me and my wife stayed at this resort for 4 days - 3 nights/ 4 day monsoon package in September 2006. I must say that we really enjoyed our stay at this hotel. We were picked up from the railway station in a mini bus and it took almost 40 minutes to reach hotel. The check-in was really smooth. We opted for the deluxe room and was quite impressive. Our package was including all meal option and we really enjoyed the food at the Café Mardi Gras. Since it was off season (monsoon) and most of the guests were Indian nationals, majority of the buffet menu was India specialties (which was great).
We didnt go out to explore the surroundings though we went to Madgoan city to do some shopping. We hired a taxi from the hotel and found it very reasonable. The hotel staff was were very courteous and helpful.
The only minor drawback I found was with the laundry service (colour spread all over the cloth, when given for dry cleaning) and it was later corrected by the staff. Also, the sightseeing (included in the package) was tiring and I would say is avoidable.
Pros : Nice ambiance, pool, friendly staff, excellent food, the staff at Madri Gras cafe and the service
Cons : Sight seeing trip organized by the hotel and the Laundry service (could be a rare occurrance)
Overall : We were quite impressed by the service we received and I would rate this hotel very highly. Highly recommended !!!
holiday inn resort goa
Hi has anyone stayed at the holiday inn resort? if so can you tell me anything about it? or can anyone recommend a really good hotel? thanks Dislatts
Re: holiday inn resort goa
Haven't stayed at the holiday inn,but heard no negatives.We stayed this February in the Coconut Grove,at Betalbatim,South Goa.Very nice,with individual apts.in blocks of four,beautiful gardens and couple of hundred metres to the beach.certainly recommended.
Re: holiday inn resort goa
The Golden Eye is a wonderful hotel, owned by a local family. Some rooms have big decks that overlook the sea for about $45 US pernight.
Re: holiday inn resort goa
I have stayed in the Holiday Inn for the last 3 years it is very good with very helpful staff.