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Free from russians: Valentine's Retreat

Valentine's Retreat is a nice budget hotel with swimmingpool. Althought there are many cheap guesthouses in Goa, it's not easy to find a cheap one with swimmingpool. Valentine's Retreat might be the right choice if you got children and if the swimmingpool is important for you. If you bargain, you might get a small room for 2000 INR and a big family room for less than 3000 INR. Valentine's Retreat is located in a quiet backstreet, 10 minutes walk from the beach. There are two buildings, one with small rooms and one with big rooms. The swimmingpool is between the buildings.

There are many british or english speaking guest here. You will not find russian signs in the hotel due to a deliberate act to avoid russions. As the hotel staff said, its due to their attitude.
Sorry about that, I personally have no bad feelings for russian tourist other than they don't speak other languages than russian. More than half of the tourist in Goa are russians.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written May 22, 2010
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Sunkissed resort: Sunkissed resort

Sunkissed is a large resort with 70 rooms in the middle of Calangute, 8-10 minutes walk from the beach. The garden and a swimmingpool is surrounded by the 4 storey buildings. The pink facade look nice on distance. The rooms are nice, but the bathroom could have been renovated. Price range from 5000-8000 INR, incl. breakfast. The guest are mainly families with children, arabs and middle class Indians.

The brochure and web site shows a gymnasium. Don't stay here if you want to use some training equipments, because it's just a single bench without anything and a table-tennis and (see photo).

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written May 22, 2010
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Hotel Casablanca: Hotel Casablanca

I met up personally and asked for rooms availably. They gave me high price to test me first, and lowered their price two times from 7000 Rupies to 4500 Rupies. The hotel rooms and the area was nice, but the bargaining and the attitude of the reception made me find another place to stay.
Quiet location, air-condition rooms, pool.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written May 22, 2010
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7-11 Guesthouse: Best Budget bed in Goa India

Perfect place for long term stays, this place is family run, Clean and offers a breakfast menu. Rooms are big and some include kitchen and bathroom. Balconys have hammocks and the white sand beach is only 2min walk from your door.

Located 5min away from calangute surrounded by palm trees, this would suit any travelers needs. Close enough to everything yet still in a local village surroundings. The owners will go out of their way to make you comfortable.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Backpacking, Beaches, Budget Travel
  • Written May 17, 2010

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Resort Terra Paraiso: Rip off staff

I checked in here, dumped my things in my room then went to take a look around the town. When I dropped my key at reception the guy behind the desk asked me if I wanted a taxi. I said, 'no' to which he said, 'there's one outside'. I said 'no thank you' to which he said it would take 15 minutes to walk up to the main road. I again declined. I walked up to the main road in a 5 minute stroll. Draw your own conclusion about the guy behind the desk.

When you have to deal with the person who greets you to a hotel giving you crap like this it spoils the whole mood - you only get one chance to make a first impression and the muppet on the desk blew it that day.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written April 22, 2010

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Resort Terra Paraiso: Rip off staff

I checked in here, dumped my things in my room then went to take a look around the town. When I dropped my key at reception the guy behind the desk asked me if I wanted a taxi. I said, 'no' to which he said, 'there's one outside'. I said 'no thank you' to which he said it would take 15 minutes to walk up to the main road. I again declined. I walked up to the main road in a 5 minute stroll. Draw your own conclusion about the guy behind the desk.

When you have to deal with the person who greets you to a hotel giving you crap like this it spoils the whole mood - you only get one chance to make a first impression and the muppet on the desk blew it that day.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written April 22, 2010

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Resort Terra Paraiso: Rip off staff

I checked in here, dumped my things in my room then went to take a look around the town. When I dropped my key at reception the guy behind the desk asked me if I wanted a taxi. I said, 'no' to which he said, 'there's one outside'. I said 'no thank you' to which he said it would take 15 minutes to walk up to the main road. I again declined. I walked up to the main road in a 5 minute stroll. Draw your own conclusion about the guy behind the desk.

When you have to deal with the person who greets you to a hotel giving you crap like this it spoils the whole mood - you only get one chance to make a first impression and the muppet on the desk blew it that day.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written April 22, 2010

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Sea Breeze Candolim: Nice hotel with friendly staff

Sea Breeze Candolim is a typical package tour hotel. A cozy spot in hot Goa with a couple of minutes walk down to the beach, good restaurants neary and also a big supermarket 100m away.

The rooms are OK but as a family of 4, we had to use two rooms.

Nice neighborhood with plenty of shops, fruit market, barbershop and everything you need within comfortable distance.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Family Travel
  • Written April 11, 2010
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High Tide: Beach huts on stilts!

A group of stilted beach huts in a U shape forms the core of this resort, though there are some slightly more luxurious ground-level cottages with ensuite bathrooms as well. The huts (without bathroom) were 300r a night when we were there in early April. The shared bathroom is over near reception, and is fairly basic, but remember how cheap the price is, and the fact that most of the buildings are temporary and are dismantled during the monsoon. You're not paying for luxury here, but you do get a great location!

The restaurant at the resort (in the middle of the U) does good food, or there are plenty of others along the beach. High Tide is situated to the southern end of Palolem, which means it's slightly quieter than those places nearer the main street, but it's still close to plenty of facilities - apart from the restaurants on the beach, there are more local dhabas on the road behind, as well as shops, travel agents, and internet cafes.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Backpacking
  • Written January 22, 2010
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Seagull: Great Place

We stayed at the Seagull and have just returned. I was recomended it by a friend and have to say it was spot on. The rooms were excellent and the restaurant too was impressive. Food , service, pricing ,location and cleanliness were all up to the mark. Short walk to beach, shops and markets so it had a good location. The manager Shivji did take a lot of attention to make sure every guest was well taken care of and always warm and obliging.

Have stayed in goa a couple of times but in bigger places which do not compare now in hind sight having experienced the personal touch. I guess smaller places have few guests to look after and so do a better job..

Great location, good food, Great service, friendly staff and clean environment..guess all qualities to make an excellent holiday..

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Family Travel, Budget Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written January 9, 2010

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  • Reviews: 38

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MTDC (Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation): Best Hotel in Tarkarli

Best place to stay at Tarkarli is MTDC simply because of its location. Since it is managed by our government don’t expect 5 star service.
But the location itself is so beautiful that it will take your breath away. Its almost on the beach with lots of hammocks for you to ease yourself and relax.
Other than the regular cottages they also have bamboo boat house which is on the beach and boat house which is in the back waters. By the way Tarkali has the only back waters in Maharashtra.
I stayed in the a regular cottage (What they say as a Konkani cottage) for one day and the next day I shifted to bamboo boat house. Its an experience in itself . Beach is clean and water is clear

Overall Tarkarli is good to stay for 2 nights 3days stay. People are good and friendly. Don’t forget to try out authentic Malvani cuisine. I enjoyed Tarkarli very much and strongly recommend it to everyone.
Famous 5 Star tourist Train "Deccan Odyessy" Haults at Kudal( Nearest Railway Station) and gets its tourist to Tarkarli beach to spend a day here. It comes to Tarkarli on every Friday. Arrangements of foreign tourist are made at MTDC Resort

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Beaches, Skiing and Boarding, Family Travel
  • Written December 30, 2009
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Sun n Sand: Excellent Choice in Panaji

UPDATE: THIS HOTEL HAS CLOSED

Being fans of the Mumbai Sun n Sand, we waited patiently for this hotel to open so we could give it a try. It's located in the heart of Panaji, off the normal tourist beach belt so I'd recommend that you have your own transportation if you plan to spend alot of time in Candolim, Calangute, Baga, etc. There are plenty of restaurants, shops, churches, etc. in the Panaji area though.

The rooms are very nicely decorated and the ones with views of the Mandovi River are particularly nice. There are only a total of 43 rooms and suites and the hotel has an intimate atomosphere. Room types include Superior, Executive, Deluxe, Junior Suites, and Suites. Views include Panaji city, garden, or river. All of the rooms have a refrigerator, tea/coffee maker, electronic safe, and free wifi. See the website for additional room details.

Hotel amenities include a nice pool, health club, and business center. There are 2 restaurants on the property and the food is good.

If you have to stay or don't mind staying in Panaji, the Sun n Sand offers some excellent promotions. A 10 day advance superior room with breakfast is only Rs 3600, well worth it.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Business Travel, Family Travel
  • Written October 1, 2009

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Goa Marriott Resort: Really Nice North Goa 5 Star Hotel

The Goa Marriott Resort is a great hotel. Everything from the rooms to the food to the open air lobby is really nice. The Mandovi River can be seen from the restaurants, bars, (some) rooms, etc. It's so relaxing to sit and watch the ships/boats go by as the sun goes down. It's particularly nice to have a drink and watch the sunset from the Lobby Lounge.

The rooms are extremely nice with a comfortable balcony for breakfast or dinner. The rooms are spacious with various amenities (see website) and I really loved the down comforters and fluffy pillows.

The Waterfront Terrace and Bar (by the pool) hosts the delicious Sunday Brunch, which I highly recommend. It is very popular so make reservations early in the week! (You don't need to be a hotel guest to enjoy the brunch.) The Cake Shop off the lobby has sandwiches, cappuccino, and delicious cakes. The holiday treats are really special!

There is a decent fitness center, spa, and hair salon as well as a business center, laundry, etc. Check the website for other Guest, Business, and Personal Services.

Personally I thought the only negative - which is not necessarily a negative - is the location. It is not located on the beach belt (Baga, Calangute, etc.). It is located in the city of Panaji so if you plan to spend alot of time on the beach belt, it may not be ideal unless you have transportation. Although it is not located on the beach, Miramar Beach is very close. Panaji is also interesting on its own - markets, shops, churches, restaurants.

Please note: This hotel is now smoke-free.

I would definitely recommend this hotel!

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Luxury Travel
  • Written October 1, 2009

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Taj Fort Aguada Beach Resort: A Nice North Goa Five Star

The Taj Fort Aguada Beach Resort is one of the nicest hotels in North Goa. The hotel is surrounded by tropical trees and flowers and overlooks the Arabian Sea. Although there is no direct access to the beach, it is only a short walk. The pool area is particularly nice with an outdoor bar and and an outdoor restaurant on the water (great for snacks, sandwiches, and drinks).

Acommodations range from hotel rooms to cottages to magnificent villas. We have stayed in the hotel which was nice and also in the villas, which is a real treat! Standard in all rooms: central air conditioning, overhead fans, and electronic safe, comfortable bathtubs. Color TV, coffee plungers, wi-fi, direct dial telephones, tea and coffee maker, stocked minibar & hairdryer. You have a choice of garden or sea view.

From the website, this is a description of the 1 bedroom villa: The Private Villa 1 Bedroom – Sea View, of 700-800 sq. ft, is nestled on a hillock behind the main building. It is a very spacious, luxuriously appointed, stand alone one bedroom villa with a private lawn, verandah and a view of the sea. Some villas have an attached dining room. All villas are equipped with central air conditioning, overhead fans, and electronic safe, comfortable bathtubs. Color TV, coffee plungers, wi-fi, direct dial telephones, tea and coffee maker, stocked minibar & hairdryer. Ours had a dining room and it was really wonderful.

A breakfast buffet is served in the Latitude restaurant. We have also had dinner in Latitude on nights with live entertainment, which was very noisy! The spa has a nice variety of massages but is expensive. They also offer salon services (haircuts, etc.).

The Taj's sister propery - Taj Holiday Village - is a short distance down the road and as nice as this property is, I like the Holiday Village better. Book early, especially during the holiday season, when prices really go up.

Check the website for additional Leisure, Business, and General Services available at this hotel.

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Luxury Travel, Spa and Resort
  • Written October 1, 2009
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Coco Banana: Near Calangute beach

This place is run by a charming Swiss-Goan family who have a few children so you get that family-run feel to the place. It's well located in a quiet part of Calangute just a few hundred yards from the beach. I actually had a small cottage that was nearer to the beach, not far from their main house which was fairly basic and not all that cheap at Rs850/night but it was still peak season when I stayed there in Jan 2007. My room had a smallish, high bed, large table, 2 chairs, large metal wardrobe, ceiling fan, hot water via a heater thing on top of the shower. It's a little bit of a walk to the main strip where the restaurants and bars are but far enough away to escape the noise and be close to the beach.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written September 19, 2009
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