Goa Marriott Resort & Spa
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGoa Marriott Resort & Spa Panaji
The location of the Goa Marriott is ideal if you want to get away for a quick break. It offers sea facing rooms and the spa and gym are well organsised. Service is friendly but the restaurants are a little expensive when you add in the compulsory Service Fee that goes to the establishment and not the service staff.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Goa Marriott Resort & Spa Panaji
Loved the goa marriott
a group of us visited goa in nov 2005 for 4 days.
We had experienced a hectic, exhausting but exhilirating time in bombay and gujurat and were so lokking forward to some relaxation. that is exactly what we got.
the service was absolutely impeccable. Service with a sincere smile, not 'have a good day' when they really dont mean it!!
people bent over backwards to make your stay good.
the facilities are very impressive, with an open air foyer, gym, spa, pool that abutts the sea.
the rooms were very impressive, clean, had a balcony(excecutive room).
the location is pretty good- it costs 2 us dollars to get to the city center.
do not try the sea food restaurant near the hotel on the main road---not worth it at all.
What a wonderful hotel!!
Everything about this hotel is truly first class!!
The reception area, the gardens, the rooms, the restaurants, the pool, the staff are immaculate. You're made to feel welcome from the minute you arrive until the minute you leave.
The rooms are very spacious with a wonderful bathroom with a walk in shower. The rooms are tended twice a day by the maids and it is not unusual to have presents left in your room such as baseball caps, bottles of beer, chocolates, etc.
The pool is a bit on the small side but for the size of the hotel and the occupancy it is more than adequate for that much needed dip to cool off from the sunshine & to enjoy a refreshing beer or 2 at the swim up bar.
The prices in the restaurants and the bars are very reasonable and especially considering it is a 5* hotel.......80p for a pint of Kingfisher!! Although some brits staying at the hotel thought this was steep as you could get a pint down the round for 50p, need I say more!!
Breakfast is served in the main buffet restaurant from 6.30-11am everyday and has more choice than you can eat. It is never crowded and the staff are on hand with fresh tea & coffee whenever you want it and always a smile.
The chinese restaurant, which is air conditioned is a must, look out for the 2 guitarists who play easy listening music, Simon Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra, etc.
We were at the Goa Marriott for a 2 week holiday and did intend to see some of Goa but after an unsuccessful trip to a spice plantation & elephant sanctuary spent much of our time in the hotel and enjoyed every minute. There is plenty of room to sunbath and completely chill out!! The pool staff are on hand to bring you drinks and food whenever you want.
There are a couple of restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. Mum's Kitchen is a traditional Goan restaurant which serves excellent food, is fully airconditioned and has the most attentive staff who treat you like a long lost friend when you walk through the door. There is also Edu's which some people used from the hotel but was not for us as you were virtually eating at the side of the main road into Panjim. Other than those 2 though you have to go into Panjim itself.
The Goa Marriott is perfect for either a hotel based holiday or a great base from which to explore. We would recommend if you want to go and explore Goa then either go with a taxi & guide from the hotel or one of the guys at the bottom of the exit ramp. They will take you anywhere you want to go for very little and stay with you for as long as you want.
We have done some travelling over the last few years throughout Europe, America and the Carribbean and have to say this is the best hotel we have stayed in.
Tipping is not expected by the staff but bearing in mind these guys work an average of a 14 hour day for around £30 per month, then a few ruppees at the end of your stay goes along way!! Believe me they look after you all the way and it is genuine, friendly, exceptional service.
Goa itself was not quite the paradise we were looking for, we may go back one day but it would be to the south which is still unspoilt.
Do not have any hesitation about staying at this hotel is you want to experience the 5* treatment without parting with the 5* prices when you're there.
Its a Goa!
Fantastic hotel and excellent staff who really couldn't do enough for you. Food was way beyond our expectations and extremely cheap considering this is a 5* Hotel. The rooms and grounds were continuously being cleaned and we had a suberb first time experience in Goa. The location could be better as no beach but we knew this before we travelled.The swimming pool is very small and could be much improved. The only other critism we had is that the hotel caters on an almost daily basis for conferences and outside events, which do inconvienence you if staying in a bayview / riverview room as the sunbathing area is restricted and is extremely noisy at night and into the small hours. However, overall would highly rate this hotel but not if you are beachlovers!
Holiday of a lifetime!!!
I stayed at the Marriott for two weeks from the 3rd November 2005 and had the most amazing experience of my life. On arrival to the airport, the Marriott's private bus came to pick us up, the journey took around 40minutes. The bus was clean and tidy and the driver was very friendly. On arrival at the hotel we were greeted with complimentary drinks whilst our rooms were being sorted out, initially i was disappointed with the room as it didn't have a balcony but i soon came to realise that i didn't want to waste time sat in the room anyway, there was too much to see and do. The veiws from the lobby bar are not to be missed, the pool is fantastic but not very deep and the swim up bar is phenominal. The pool staff are perhaps the most helpful, pleasant and polite people i have ever come accross in my entire life, they work so hard all day long in the sweltering heat (hello to Milroy, Anthony, Maclon, John and all the other boys). Also the lobby bar staff are fantastic too and work equally as hard (hello to Agnelo, Diogo, Anthony, Jolan, Elton and everyone else). Our room was cleaned every morning and the cleaner would usually leave us some sort of design made from towels on our bed, then in the evening they would come in and have a tidy round whilst you are out at dinner. The restaurants in the hotel are excellent especially the Chinese but try not to get sucked in to eating there every night. I would reccomend eating at Dehli Darbar and Zen (chinese), the simply fish restaurant at the hotel is not to be missed, i had the best meal of my life in that restaurant. The only thing i will say is that if you don't like birds then this isn't the place for you, there are an awful lot of Crows about and they wouldn't think anything of landing on your bed and stealing whatever you may be eating, however when i was leaving i think they were putting up some sort of netting. If you are lucky you will see the dolphins swimming past the hotel almost every day. If you want to visit a beach, i would reccomend that you visit one to the south such as arumble, panolim or just ask your taxi driver as he will know where is best. Candolim, Calangute and Baga beach are very crowded. I would reccomend Goa to anyone, to be honest i don't think i will ever have a holiday that compares to this one!!!
We travelled to Goa for the first time at the start of November and had booked the Marriott on recommendation from friends. It was an excellent hotel with good facilities. The room we had was a garden view which was kept spotlessly clean by room service, who also called in the evening to ask if you wanted your bed turning down! The bathroom facilities were also good. The amount of staff employed cleaning the hotel has to be seen to be believed, there is always someone polishing cleaning and generally maintaining the place. They all stop to speak to you and are courteous to the extreme.
The pool is excellent and great for a dip although I have to say the amount of shade around the pool makes it difficult on occasions to get a suitable place to spend the day. The pool staff are very attentive. The restaurants are good quality but prices are on a par with European prices so don't expect a bargain if you eat at the hotel the same applies to the drinks but they are not expensive by European standards just by Goan standards.
The only drawback I found that going so early in the season the hotel was still gearing up for the season and there was quite a bit of maintenance being carried out, which on occasions detracted from the hotels restful qualities. It is not a hotel to stay at if you are a beach lover and want one at your doorstep but as a base to explore Goa. I do not think you will not find one better with its central location and the cheap taxi prices. In relation to the taxis do not use those at the hotel-overpriced and even those just outside the hotel charge inflated prices, there is a guy at the end of the road Francis who will do any taxi ride 200-300 rupees cheaper than you will get near the hotel and is very reliable taxi (reg 1818!) For those who like a change in surrounding from the hotel there is a small bar on the main road about 400 yards towards Pamjim called Edu's it is good of its type and you will find many local Indians stop and eat there. It doesn't look much but I and my wife had some of the best laughs and nights out in there thanks to the staff and the food and drinks. The Marriott it aint but at those prices with those guys there it is a must for at least one visit. If you do go ask for Naresh he can usually sort out most things that you maybe in need of sim cards etc and some things you hadn't thought of!
Goa Marriott Resort
Stayed at the Goa Marriott Resort in August, 2005 and had an excellent experience. The staff, from bell boys to managers, is extremely friendly and accomodating. It was probably the best staff I've encountered in my recent hotel stays. Not even the staff at Peninsula in Bangkok can match. Close, only the staff at the Chedi in Phuket.
ROOMS: Big, but starting to need some renovation. Bathrooms are a bit small for the size of the room and have no bathtub.
RESTAURANTS: The restaurants are beautifully decorated and the food top quality. Ate there for breakfast, lunch and dinner and when back in Goa I will make sure to stop by even if not staying there.
AMENITIES: The pool was under renovation; the gym is quite small, but well ventilated. Does not have elyptical machines and lacks some of the most common weight training machines. The steam rooms were closed and the sauna was not working properly. I did not use the Spa.
OVERALL: Excellent property if staying close to Panaji is a must. The only drawback is the location as the hotel does not have a beach. It is located on the riverbank. During this visit to Goa I also stayed at the Intercontinental, which has a better location, but is quite far from town and the airport. The restaurants at the IC do not compare in atmosphere and quality to the one I frequented at the Marriott. They are worlds apart!
I will strongly recommend this hotel!
Wonderful stay at the Marriott
My girlfriend & I stayed at the Marriott in February 2005 for 2 weeks. It was a wonderful vacation. The staff were always pleasant and so helpful from the beginning to the end of our holiday.
On arriving at the hotel, we were given a room which we didn't like very much - noise from a nearby air conditioning unit was loud. When I told one of the customer relation executives, she immediately showed us an alternative room which we preferred and our bags were transferred to the new room straight away.
The location of the hotel is convenient for access to Panaji. It will take at least 30 mins to walk into town. The market just behind the Thomas Cook building (on the main road into town) is worth visiting. It is vibrant and colourful. Edu's restaurant on the main road near to the hotel offers great value tasty food.
The hotel has a wonderful view over the Mandovi River. Don't miss the sunsets..
The smiles of the friendly staff at the Marriott Goa will ensure that your holiday is an unforgettable one..
This hotel is absolutely fantastic and I have to say that I do not think the brochures do it justice. The reception is gorgeous and so spacious the rooms are huge with 2 double beds and are kept so clean, the pool is beautiful with the most comfortable sun beds I've ever laid on. The food is great with a wide range of cuisines available. The best thing about this hotel has to be the staff who are so friendly and will do anything for you. If they haven't got something that you need they will even find a way of getting it for you. The hotel is also in a great location if you want to visit other parts of Goa as it is central so you can travel north, south, east and west easily. The best way to do this is by cab which will cost you around £10 for the day which means they take you to your destination, wait for you for however long you need and then return you to your hotel. All in all I love Goa and this Hotel and will definatley be returning.
My husband and I stayed at this hotel in March 2004. On entering Goa we initially thought "what had we done" as did many others on arriving. However once we were away from the airport and on route we were starting to feel slightly better.
The overall feel of the hotel was fantastic. The staff went out of their way to help you in any way they could. Once the bar staff knew what you were drinking they would often offer you one whether it be by the pool or in the open air bar in the evening. The pool was clean as was the surrounding pool side. In fact I don't think there was anything untidy about the whole hotel.
We stayed in an upgraded room with a sea view. This was a large room with two queen beds and had a large bathroom.
This hotel also has a gym and a beauty saloon - very good.
There are many good restaurants in Panjim and also just outside the hotel itself. You didn't have to eat curry all day long if you didn't want to.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone wishing to have a luxurious holiday. We loved it so much we are going back in March 2005 for three weeks!
My husband and I stayed at this hotel in November 2003. Stunning hotel. Beautiful open air reception. We stayed in a basic room. It was fantastic. Huge bed, nice seating area, excellent bathroom facilites, lovely view of garden and river.
Excellent breakfast buffet, everything you could want. Very good restaurants - chinese,fish, mediteranean - yummy cake shop.
I suffered with a bad back whilst there, my husband asked reception if there was a doctor available, they immediately rang a doctor, my husband spoke to him. The doctor arranged to send some painkillers to the hotel. By the time we had had a drink and got back to our room the painkillers were on the bed. Excellent staff.
The hotel advertises there is a beach . It isn't really a beach. The hotel is based on the mouth of the Mandovi River - so it is really a stretch of sand on the river banks. Did not swim in it - did not look appealing. Excellent restaurants in Panaj - Must try the Delhi Dharbar. Edu's restaurant outside the hotel on the main road to Panaji is an excellent basic restaurant. We ate there several nights.
If you are not really looking for a beach holiday and the pool will do - I would definitely recommend this hotel - It was fabulous There are of course wonderful beaches a cab ride away - did not want to go home.
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