Cidade De Goa
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Goa is great!
Our first trip to Goa was marred by a 12.5 hour delay on the Monarch flight. Upon arrival (in the early hours) we were greeted by hustling porters 'helping' us to push the baggage, ours was holding out and kept asking for £5, we gave him a pound coin and told him to sling his hook! The trip to the hotel was by taxi so we didn't have to drive all around the resorts dropping other people off.
The brochure states that all rooms have a balcony and a sea view, we had neither, but after producing a copy of the brochure and making a complaint we were soon moved to a room with both. The staff in the hotel were helpful and friendly.
Vainguinim beach suffers a little as it is situated in the river estuary, and opposite the port, often having a problem with oil. We were told an oil spillage had occurred a couple of months ago, and therefore both the sea and beach were not as clean as we had expected.
We had read a good few reports before we travelled and took others advice on walking up the hill (which is actually just the hotel drive), and speaking to the local taxi drivers.
We used a great guy called Luciano (taxi number ----, mobile -------.) He took us out to both the north and south of Goa at very reasonable rates. The taxis stay with you and wait until you are ready to return. Luciano was full of information, we learned about politics and history alike.
The food in the hotel was excellent but rather expensive (comparitively), we went to several restaurants in Panjim. Some recommended by other guests, some by Luciano. Our favorites were Sea Pebbles in Dona Paula, where you could get a whole Tandoori chicken for less than £2!, Delhi Darbar, Goenchin (chinese), and Sher-E-Punjab all in Panjim. We went to Quarterdeck which had a fabulous setting over the river, but the service was appalling. Mum's kitchen provided a medium spiced curry which numbed my tongue and lips for about an hour! All in all the standard of the food was excellent.
The shopping very good value, we bought jewellery, designer suits, as well as cashew nuts and a couple of sari's!
We visited Velcao beach, which was unspoiled and almost deserted, except for Peters beach shack, and a few locals. The spice farm, Anjuna market, Baga beach and also made the long trip down to Paradise beach at the southern tip of the state. All our trips were worth doing.
We had a fabulous time, the Goans are fantastic people and we will definately return.
Fab hotel, but conferance men leering at women..goa is fab
well, myself , hubby and 2 daughters has returned from a months trip, goa , mumbai , then dubai. fab all round. cidade de goa is a fantastic hotel. the staff cannot not do enough. we went as the 1st lot of the season, and business confrences were on daily. the men were constantly looking, leering, and generally perving at myself, and 12 yr old daughter. 1 man actually touched me on the 1st week, and on the 2nd, my daughter was touched. elizabeth the hotel childcare lady(whom is a treasure)tried to beat the guy up, and then made it her business to find him...he was sacked, and sent home on the next plane. hotel owner is female, so had a good chat with her, and has assured me, next yr, they will not be booking confrence .roger at the pool bar is so fab. food is no 1, and is so clean. beach is quite dirty, we ended up bathing a cow in the sea wit locals, and found a hugh snake on the beach. no mozzies, so no prob there. did not take tabs, but fine. monarch are the worst airline going,, that is official..came home with emirates...heaven. bring a few pens, and bits for kids. nixon our taxi guy is a star. he is at the top of the hill outside the hotel. hotel taxi is expensive, walk up the hill, 2 mins, and it is 1/4 of price. taxi took us to dinner, waited 4 hrs, it was 200rs(£3). please go to see the spice plant, and elephants. we payed 300rs for spice ..inc dinner, then washed and rode elephant for 1000 rs. the rep wanted £79 to do the same thing. just ask the top of hill taxis,(nixon-say raj and rebecca-miah and megan )he is so very well educated and mannered.he will go out of his way. you will adore goa. make sure you try to see the local life, it is amazing..cows in the road, 6 people on a scooter....enjoy..email me for any email@example.com
Nice place to spend 4-5 days
Its a very nice place to spend 4-5 days, good view of sea from the rooms. I guess the best part is the food at this hotel. The buffet at Azul is great, I stayed there for 4-5 days and they created amazing variety of food, salad and deserts. Even after eating at the same place for 5 days, I still had an apetite.
The beach is small, but reasonably okay.
Rooms are not the best in the town, but average, there I would rate it less.
Room service is okay.
we visited the hotel at Easter this year and I can honestly say it was one of the best holidays we have ever had. I cannot believe the bad review I have just read........did you stay at the same place?? The staff were great, nothing was too much trouble, the food was exeptional, we had no problems at all. We were all inclusive and it was good value. We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary while we were there and were given flowers, cake and wine, delivered to our room, courtesty of the staff who were some of the nicest people I have ever met. All I can say to the person who wrote the appalling review I have just read is........you find what you are looking for. I would go back tomorrow
Hotel staff are very pleasant and very helpful. The actual hotel is very tired in places. The swimming pool could do with a good clean around the mosaic tiles. The first room we were put in was awful, with just a "Juliet" balcony, you could only fit 1 plastic chair on it. No room for any smalls!! However, we were given a new room upon request which seemed better. It was right at the end of the old buildings. We had a large balcony with amazing views across the sea. On my third day, I was hit with a horrible tummy bug and couldn't stop being sick. My husband informed me I was constantly sick and the other!! for 36 hrs. The previous evening we ate at the Fantan, so make your own mind up. The Dr was called out twice and he told me I had food poisoning and if I didn't stop being so violently sick and the other, he was taking me into hospital!! No thanks. However, he gave me an injection and 24 hrs later I felt almost normal again. This put me off eating in the hotel again. The beach was not perfect, on the day we decided to venture into the sea, we came out covered in oil which had leaked from a tanker further up the coast. Not impressed! The sea is murky and very polluted. If you want entertaining in the evening, don't stay here as the entertainment is zero! We spent most evenings in our room watching the movies on the tv. The cleanliness of our room was very good. This hotel is advertised as a 5*, but in our opinion, it probably just makes a 3*. Disappointing 2 week holiday in what we thought was a 5* hotel!! The one good thing was the jewellery shop at the very end of hotel. Their jewellery was gorgeous and they could make up your own designs for a fraction of the costs at home.
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we have just returned from two weeks in goa at the cidade de goa hotel.well were do i start the front of the house and the recreation areas are 5star as the hotel was supposed to be but the bedroom were awful 2 star is giving it some.
they have just impossed vat on all the food and drinks so to eat in the hotel was expensive considering that the staff only get 100 rupees a day wages someone is getting very rich. all the staff were lovely but the hotel did not want to know if you had a problem. we eat in the hotel for dinner once and we had to get the doctor out the next day as my husband had food posioning considering were we eat the day before at extorsionate prices i will leave it to you to guess were the food posioning came from.
we travel far and wide yearly and we have never been to such a poor place and i can state that we will not be going again
Either pick north or south
Disappointing 5 star hotel - some rooms are excellent but the back rooms are not up to standard. (Refurbishment of all rooms to take place this year) The hotel is situated where the two rivers meet, with lots of ships ferrying iron ore, hence unclear water and not the white sands you expect from Goa. Hotel is a little isolated, not for those who like an evening walk.
A special hotel
We have just returned from our 7th trip to the Cidade and have had another fabulous time. The hotel is very special with wonderful staff, notably Yvette, Elizabeth, Manjula,Clement to name but a few.
The beach rooms have just been upgraded so there is an extra charge but it is worth it for the proximity to the beach plus the daily new baked cookies and cashews in the room.
There are many restaurants to choose from in the hotel. The Goa Azul by the pool provides a superb breakfast, ranging from curries to porage, pancakes to omelettes, fresh papaya, pineapple,breads and cakes. It is also open throughout the day and evening for a la carte.
The Al Fama is worth a visit and i would recommend the thali meal.
there are plenty of themed nights if you wish to see traditional dancing and eat authentic food. The beach bbq is worth a visit , the food is delicious and you can have a go at the limbo!!!
There is a fabulous beauty parlour and Elizabeth is an absolute gem for booking you in. I would thoroughly recommend eye brow shaping with thread, massage especially the head one which really softens the hair after days in the sun,and the khizi ayurvedic massage--you will float back to your room. this place is so good we have just booked to go back again.
My fiance and I stayed at the Cidade de Goa hotel in March for one week and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The hotel is lovely we especially enjoyed the Alfama restaurant the food here is superb also the Barbeque restaurant was fantastic especially if you like fresh fish as you can pick from the fresh catches of the day and have them barbequed. We ate our lunch each day in the Lagoa Azul which was lovely and try the fresh fruit juices they are wonderful! The beach is nice and is kept clean although I agree that sea is not very clear but was so warm like a bath - we had to frequently dip in the pool because it was so much more refreshing. I would not recommend the Chinese theme night - there was no entertainment just a chinese buffet and the Indian/Goan nights looked much better. Also I must say that there is a tailor on site and we had my Fiances suit made for our wedding for this October - we were thrilled with the result, you will find cheaper tailors in the local town but the quality on site was far better and still reasonably priced. The rooms were clean, simple but perfect and the minr bar which is replenished daily is handy. I would definately recommend this hotel the staff here were wonderful we had a fantastic holiday! :0)
Been 6 times and I'll kepp going back!
As my parents originally hail from Goa, I visit this beautiful place at least once a year. And I have tried many hotels in Goa, but this surely is my favourite. I'll be honest with you, this is no way the most luxurious hotel in Goa. If you want pure luxury, you will fare better at the Leela Palace, Hyatt Regency or Taj Exotica. However, if you stay in these places, you could be anywhere in the world. Goa has a rich history with over 450 years of Portuguese rule (up to 1961) and if you want to immerse yourself in that culture, the Cidade de Goa is for you. The hotel has done everything possible to try and put that Portuguese colonial charm across through its accommodation. Public areas are colourful and bright, with painted murials depicting images from Goa's colonial history. The lobby is spacious and airy - as it's open plan you get the sea breeze wafting through! You can sit at the lobby bar with a tropical cocktail with views of the pool, beach and the warm Arabian Sea.
There are 2 wings in the hotel, an old wing (1980's)and a much newer wing. Take the older wing if you want a quieter room away from everyone and a breathtaking view of the sea. But take note that these rooms are quiet old, with wooden furniture and most rooms dont have bathtubs, just showers. However, the view is worth it in my opinion and these rooms are definitely more traditional. The newer wing has rooms that are better decorated and a few of them have bathtubs. These rooms generally look over the pool and you can see the beach too. It's a bit noisier here as there's a lot of to-ing and fro-ing at the swimming pool, but not that noisy at all. Warning, some rooms actually face inwards, not out to the sea and some of them are a lot smaller - if you get one of these, ask reception to see another room. They are usually very accommodating.
The food in this hotel is consistently excellent and there are an array of restaurants to choose from, including Chinese and a fabulous Portuguese restaurant built just like a town square in Lisbon! Also many theme evenings during the week, including a Goan night and the famous beach barbeque on a Saturday night - dont miss it even if the entertainment is a bit corny! Watch out for the fire eater and the limbo dancing!
Breakfast can be had in 2 restaurants but most people plump for the poolside cafe which is much nicer as you catch the breeze in there. The other restaurant is indoors.
The only reason I give this hotel 4 stars is the beach. It is, in fairness, a private beach, so you get no hawkers bothering you to buy something when you sunbathe. However, it's quite small and the sand is not perfect. Nor is the sea a clear blue but you'll find that in most places in Goa. The beach was perfectly adequate for me but if you are coming to Goa for a beach paradise holiday, this beach wont live up to your expectations. Fabulous sunsets though.
The staff get 5 stars. Every time. They are so so friendly and nothing is too much. The waiting staff would even get those Goan delicacies that weren't on the menu for my mum when she told them how terrible homesick she was for Goa when living in England! Grab a delicious cocktail from Augustine at Bar Latino, have a chat with Kikim, she has the most infectious laugh! Benedict, so much poise and grace. Vivian, Clement, Surekha, Ignes...the list goes on and on. And of course Glafy, for giving me such a gorgeous room!
If you want to feel at home, come here. You'll never want to leave. But do me a favour. No matter how nice your Goa hotel is, please go out and see all the treasures that Goa has to offer you! It is not to be missed. If anyone wants more info on this hotel, other Goa hotels or just Goa in general, contact me on the above email address and I will be happy to help you. Cheers all.
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... chapter - I had everything i could have ever asked for.
The flight was booked for late afternoon so knowing i had ample time, I thought I'd comfortably chill at beach side cafe we had taken a liking to, before comfortably catching a taxi to the airport later in the day.
As I'm sipping my banana lassi feeling like a total tourist enjoying the sea view, which had been a while since I've been in that holiday mode, I overheard a conversation about ...
... chicken lollipops' which made us laugh. We had to buy some to find out what they actually were, turns out they were chicken drumsticks! They also asked if we wanted to order lunch but we didn't, when the lunch came round though we were very jealous as people were eating their tasty noodles and biryani. Luckily they had some left over so we soon snapped them up. We arrived at our hotel ...
... photos to add, we realized that we forgot to mention the cows. Cows roam the streets and beaches of Goa like stray dogs. They essentially have free reign of the place. They tend to beg for food and gather around picnics on the beach hoping to get scraps. We also saw one pop right into a shop… see photo below… the majority of them are harmless, but there is the odd cow that seems a little crazy.
We have on more day here in Goa and are ...
... to question if it was bloody worth it. It levelled out and we could here the sea and some trance music and figured we were close. 9pm we finally arrived, we started to worry when we didn't see them, what if they got here waited an hour and left? We ordered drinks and agreed that they wouldn't let us down. We should have known, Indian time! They strolled in at 9:20pm having only just arrived, brilliant. Dinner was great, the absence of those that had ...
well, the journey continues. we,ve arranged arranged for a long time friend to take us on further south to palollem beach,which is supposedly a mile lo mg beach of golden sands blue sky and crystal clear waters.We will be sleeping in pre booked beach huts. for the next three nights, before we move on to more uncharted waters in Kochin in Kerala. Surely this would be an hassle free transfer, although nothing major did occur, as is the way here in india,it ...