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Yesterday was our last full day in Goa, and it really earned its reputation as a paradise. We started the morning during some "final" shopping (LOL!) and then re-visited the Basilica in Old Goa due to the mysterious loss during our first Old Goa trip of what we called the "relic." Actually, this was not relic at all but a quite inexpensive …
Early start-- very early this time, around 7:30, we set out to catch the boat for a day trip to beaches and a market North of Goa. A fairly basic boat was loaded with about 30 tourists-- mainly Brits, and set off for the Anjuna market. This place is the site of the 1970's hippie invasion of Goa, and there are still many "die-hards" in the area, …
Today we got started early (after a run on the beach by Mary and a killer workout in gym by VJ-- why we don't know...) and took the complimentary bus to Punjim. It was an open air bus, and a lovely ride. India in all its contrasts was apparent. Beautiful gardens next to shanty towns, well surfaced roads, but cars and scooters had to share with …
Today, Jan 4, we flew from B'lore to Goa on Jet Airways (my favorite carrier!). We were pleased to see Anu who came by this morning to our hotel to give us a nice send-off! Everything was on time and we got to our hotel here before 3 PM.
Goa reminds me of the Mayan rivera in Mexico, particularly Tulum area, but with an Indian and Portuguese …
... pakora, chicken tandori, and the list goes on and on. We were also lucky enough to experience incredible Rajistani dance show with dancers from North India. We also met 2 dear friends from Turkey who will be in our lives forever, Sadek & Larissa.
Thinking of everyone back home and wishing you were all here to experience these little moments with us. Life is good.... Life is so very good.
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Room service
Historical Traveler Reviews Cidade de Goa Beach Resort Vainguinim
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.