March 25, 2006
This is a small hotel situated a little off the main streets and therefore offering a more peaceful setting. However, it's only a 5-minute walk to the beach, a15-minute stroll to the centre of Calangute, and a 10-minute wander to the Baga Road with its wide choice of restaurants.
It can never masquerade as a five-star hotel, just a basic three-star. Nothing pretentious, but a straightforward, clean accommodation in a friendly, almost family–type setting. Our room was on the first floor overlooking a small road. The room was not huge, nor was it claustrophobic. It had sufficient storage space, a couple of single beds, a table, chair, and a basic en-suite bathroom. A small balcony, on which we enjoyed the late afternoon sun, was great to watch the comings and goings of the locals. The pool area was perfectly pleasant, but there was a marked lack of sun beds. It had in total 10 sun beds, and 4 of these were in poor condition and remarkably uncomfortable. As early risers, it wasn’t a problem for us, but it was probably the worst equipped pool area that we’ve experienced. However, as most people spent the day at the beach, there was never any real competition for the beds. The pool was clean, well maintained, and a pleasure to swim in. Towels were provided for use around the pool.We did have a number of "difficulties" whilst we were there, but none of them were too problematic. Firstly, the pillows were flat and unsupportive–additional pillows were provided within minutes of asking. I found the mattress too hard and was surprised when, quicker than the additional pillows, a second mattress was brought up to our room. Thereafter, I had no complaints about the softness of my bed! Our final problem related to the central ceiling fan that was crucial for our nighttime comfort. On our third night it started to groan and creak and at one point it was so noisy that I was convinced it would unscrew itself from the ceiling and skewer us to our beds. The next day I referred the problem to the receptionist, and within 10 minutes one of the staff appeared at my door. A quick listen and he disappeared only to re-appear a few seconds later with a feather duster and a large roll of masking tape. The mattress was cleared off the bed and the table lifted onto the bed with a dining chair placed on top of that, and then the "technician" balanced on top of this shaking pile. He prodded a plastic cover with the feather duster and then wrapped loads of tape around the supporting rod. The problem had been a rattling cover, and within moments the remedy had been executed. Like the hotel–this was basic, straightforward, but effective. A friendly and clean basic base for our Goan holiday. Good basic cheap food was available from the bar area. A good experience.
From journal Life on the Beach