on Nov 23, 2017
2 night stay in an air conditioned room. Really comfortable. The food was lovely in the restaurant and the staff were really helpful. Only Criticism is there was no bottled water in the room which is a problem if you arrive after 9.30pm as all shops shut but you can still buy from the restaurant up to 12am. Would definitely stay again.
Nice rooms, but very basic
on Jul 28, 2017
The rooms at Spice of Life were great. It is also extremely close to the beach such that you can even get a beach view room.
Things to remember -
Internet keeps going off.
No drinking water in rooms.
No telephone in rooms.
No fridge or TV in rooms.
Staircase is small and without railing. Not recommended for old people.
Had to ask for a small table stand.
Lighting in rooms is kind of dim.
As the hotel sees mostly foreign guests, these amenities are not provided so you'll need to ask for it. The manager is quite nice. Restaurant serves great food. Market is close by.
Couple of days stay in April
on Apr 16, 2017
Had a little nose online of what Mandrem had to offer and once we arrived we went straight to SOL to check out the rooms. Compared to the rest of Goa the prices are very good and you won't find anywhere near the same quality for the same price . The rooms are clean, big and very cool. We opted for a non-A/C room and we slept like babies. Didn't get much of a chance to try the food as we only stopped for a few days but the smells wafting out of the kitchen were wonderus! The owner Carmen and her family are fantastic hosts. The Nepalese boys are hilarious once you get to know them, safe travels home boys!
Overpriced for Average Accomodation
on Apr 12, 2017
This was our third stop in Goa and can only use this stay as a comparison to the other two...
On arrival, the greeting we received was met with confusion, as the staff at Spice were unsure of who we were, even though we had booked on line! After recognising our booking, we were handed our keys and guided to our room promptly.
Our sea view room with balcony was okay. Not the clearest view, as obstructed by trees but you could just about see the sea! However, especially lovely, in the morning to draw your curtains open to...
Room was satisfactory. Beach was only seconds away!
Food was great and the staff, after making an effort to have conversation with, were friendly and polite.
Wi-fi was NOT available/connected during our 4 day stay.
Our overall stay at Spice was satisfactory but we feel improvements can be made, hence the review. We felt that on arrival, there wasn't anyone who took charge, hence the confusion. Furthemore, whether it was a lack of communication or not, we were not fully briefed, when we first arrived, on any amenities or services the hotel had to offer. Had this been done, perhaps we could've realised that we didn't have to pay each time for our breakfast, as was included in the price of our stay! However, this too was an oversight on our side, as missed on the small print that breakfast was included. Still strange why staff accepted our cash each time we had breakfast though? (A guesstimation refund of 250 rupees was made. Probably should've been nearer 1000 rupes but they had no proof of receipts, as they don't write customers name on the biils)
After a couple of days into our stay, we met a lovely lady, who apparently was in charge of the hotel's guests! Such a warm welcome! We were asked if all okay and if there was anything we needed....Oh how we wished she was there on our arrival!
Clean and basic but reasonable price and great service.
on Apr 1, 2017
Stayed here for just under a fortnight. I met one of the owners when I checked in who was ever so lovely, and all the staff were really helpful and the service was brilliant. India was a culture shock for me personally but the hotel was clean and well kept, the room fine but basic compared to western standards. Nevertheless the price reasonable and location was great, literally could watch the sunset off my balcony.