Celebrate my 50th Bday
on Jan 15, 2020
Booked for a group of 40+ friends to celebrate by Bday. Location is awesome with direct access to the beach. Rooms are spacious and clean. Staff are very friendly , they even got me a cake for my Bday and made me cut it with them :) We took the Presidential suite for our group pre and post party. Would leave it a mess but they never complained about us making a mess there.(Great service). Food was good and ordered a lot of late night meals to the suite. Overall , you cant go wrong with a stay at this hotel. Thanks guys
Great hotel, great Location and friendly staff
on Jan 8, 2020
We Stayed at the hotel for 1 week and found this to be a great hotel.
The room was comfortable, clean and spacious.
There was tea/coffee making facilities in our room. A fridge stocked with mini bar drinks including bottled beer but no bottle opener.( luckily had 1 on my keychain)
The breakfast was very good, with a mixed offering. I had the Indian breakfast items and was happy with the food.
I also ordered the omelette ( freshly prepared to order) and it was excellent.
I did not try the cereals, sausage or other options available. (really love South Indian food) Various hot and cold drinks were available and fulfilled expectations.
We were at the hotel on New Year’s Eve and the hotel provided a Gala dinner. The starters were outstanding and cooked to order, especially the tandoor cooked dishes, which were tasty and succulent. The hotel made an amazing effort for the guests to experience an amazing New Years Eve.
The pool looked adequate, surrounded by a large number of sun beds, tables and chairs set in really well presented gardens.
We did not use the pools because the beach was so close and the hotel provided towels for the beach.
A pair of sun beds on the beach could be rented for the day for 200 Rupees (£2.00) or at the nearby Fishermans Hut Beach Shack (free, difficult to get beds if late). This beach shack is the best shack I’ve experienced, good food, great service and the cleanest toilets.(showers available)
We had one evening meal at the hotel restaurant, and again the food was amazing. The waiting staff in the restaurant for breakfast,evening meal and Gala Meal were very friendly and attentive. I would happily say that the waiting staff provided the best service I’ve encountered.
When I next visit Goa, I will return to this hotel.
I would happily recommend this hotel, it’s a gem.
great location and great staff
on Jan 8, 2020
We stayed at the O Hotel over new year
.The rooms were of a good size and everything was in working order.
We had 2 evening meal (1 meal we won as a prize) at the restaurant which was absolutely superb and very tasty...compliments to the Chef.
The Gala dinner on New year eve was again was delicious and so much variety, however the seating was terrible.
From where we sat we could not see the singers or the dancing so did feel isolated and they would not let us move to other empty tables where you can see the band and feel the vibe.We could not understand why they would not let us do this as we would have stayed and bought more drinks, we went next door to the Calamari for the countdown to 2020
Our package included breakfast which again consisted of Indian food and continental, the staff at breakfast were all excellent nothing was too much for them.
The Spa was OK I had a luxury pedicure, however did not really enjoy this.
The access to the beach was great, the hotels provided the beach towels, the lad in the booth giving towels was very helpful also.
We did not use the pool, the gardens in the complex were stunning...compliments to the Gardner, we enjoyed walking around.
We used the Room service, the food was good and we were satisfied although was a bit pricey but it was 1 am and it was room service so I would expect this.
We have already recommended this hotel to friends in the UK and would if back in Goa use the hotel again.
on Jan 7, 2020
It’s a old property in North Goa. The location is outstanding with direct access to beach.The property has become a little jaded. I visited 6-7 years back and that time it was in great shape, needs renovation. Breakfast is ordinary, rooms are big but dimly lit. Everything about the property is ordinary now. The staff is excellent and courteous.
Still our favourite.
on Jan 2, 2020
This was our fourth stay at the O, so we knew what to expect from our favourite Candolim hotel. Our room was identical to last year, (908 instead of 910), but with the addition of chest of drawers which improved the storage space considerably. I had to ask for a bed side table, but this was provided swiftly. I think we had a better plug in the sink this time, but the shower in the bath really could be improved, especially as they have walk in showers on the lower floor. The aircon, fan and fridge all worked well. The daily free bottles of water were a nice touch, as was topping up the coffee and creamer.
We still love the pool area, and Bhagwan the pool attendant was as reliable and attentive as ever. The "beach shack" at the end of the garden has gone now, increasing the feel of a wide open space. Even without Bhagwan, we would have never struggled to get a bed in the sun, or shade if required.
The only complaints with the pool area were much the same as last year- the pool needs a real make over, with tiles missing and the grouting a bit mucky. And while the slippy and rusty ladder of last season had been replaced, the new ladder was very wobbly, and had very low rails. We were assured that a replacement was on it's way, but we never saw it. My OH struggled getting out of the pool, and at one stage we considered using the hotel next door's pool, as it has steps. In the end we worked out a routine with me assisting, but really a high class hotel's pool should not be so difficult to use.
A minor issue was the room cleaning service, which used to come around between 3 and 6 in the afternoon. As our usual routine was sunbathe till around 1.30, go for lunch to one of the nearby restaurants, and then go for a siesta around 3.00. This meant we were always in bed at cleaning time for the first few days, so missed out, and had to request water, towels and toilet rolls . Fortunately, when I asked if we could be cleaned earlier in the day, they changed the routine, and we were not disturbed for the rest of the holiday, and supplies were more than adequate.
We were B & B again, and not much had changed at breakfast time. A new 6- slice toaster was very slow, as it only cooked on one side at a time and it took 5 minutes to get good results, which led to queues. Last year there were some home made jams, but not his year, which was a shame. Service for coffee or tea was a bit erratic, but we always got drinks eventually. The freshly cooked eggs or omelettes were fine. The big disappointment for us was that despite the manager last season assuring us it would be improved, most of the food in the buffet was lukewarm at best. Maybe the Indian selections were hot, but European items like wedges, beans, pancakes, fried tomatoes or french toast were not. There were burners under the serving trays, but they never seemed to be lit. In the end we got so fed up with the slow toaster and cold food, that we gave up and just used the bread to make cheese and salad sandwiches!
But we don't go to Goa for breakfast. so it was only a minor gripe. We still love the hotel's position, with shops and restaurants just outside for lunch (The Curry House being our favourite), and an easy stroll in to Candolim for night life. Or we caught passing buses into Calangute when we fancied a change. To be honest, we hadn't intended to return to the O, and had chosen another hotel with a better pool, but losing our TC holiday meant we came back with Tui instead. We still had a great time, and would recommend the O to anyone. But we might have a season or two break now, and hopefully a few issues will be resolved when we next visit.