great time in Mandrem
on Dec 19, 2013
We stayed in the Urmila Palace for a couple of weeks. The rooms are very nice and clean. The people are great and helped us with all our problems and questions. The best is the food. You can order every single dish from the menu, it will defintly be fresh and delicous. You can also have a look into the kitchen and try to learn how to prepare your favourite meal.
Helpful staff- basic accommodation but clean
on Feb 24, 2013
Stayed 4 nights in one of the cheaper rooms(450rp) and was completely satisfied. 2 mins to the beach, decent shared bath facilities (option of en suite) and decent bed and clean linen. Mosi nets provided and needed and optional breakfast which was very good. Would have stayed longer but this far north everywhere tends to be aRussian enclave and it becomes tiring
Exceptional Food but Rooms in Need of TLC
on Mar 21, 2012
We stayed here for three weeks over Christmas and New Year with two friends during a three-month holiday in Goa. This simple guest house is situated at the head of a t-junction so there was some traffic noise, especially over the holiday period (and often entertaining manoeuvres!). The lovely beach was just a few minutes stroll away but, unlike other resorts we stayed at during our time in Goa, there was a constant stream of hawkers and beggars throughout the day.
We occupied two of the three rooms on the first floor and enjoyed the use of a large balcony overlooking the road. The spacious rooms with ceiling fan were basic and in need of some Tender Loving Care, the bathroom particularly, although we did have regular hot water. The furnishings were ‘tired’ and the mosquito net extremely dirty. We did ask for the pillows to be replaced – they were badly stained – but a second pillow case was fitted instead.
Having said all this, the owners and staff were extremely welcoming, helpful and courteous. The highlight of our stay at Urmila was undoubtedly the exceptional food. It was so good we enjoyed breakfast there every morning and only ventured out to other restaurants on two or three occasions for an evening meal. The staff provided us with a table for four on the first floor balcony which, fortunately, exclusively available to us most of the time. There are also several tables at ground floor level serving snacks, meals and drinks throughout the day. I visited the kitchen to order or discuss dishes with the staff and everything was extremely clean and well-organised.
Many thanks, Karmu, Ajeet and Sanju for a wonderful culinary experience.