Osborne Resort Goa
Travel Blogs from Calangute
In an amongst the usual activities of going to the beach and grabbing some lunch we managed to do our emails and Alice managed to Skype her family which happened to include the whole of the computer room as she talks so loud. However the main excitement of the day was I decided to get a clean cut throat shave. Having entered the store I was reclined on a ...
... who keep warning us that Vagatar is something like a black hole… once you arrive you never want to leave, many have extended their rooms for weeks longer than planned… we will see what happens with our plans over the next few days. As of now we are booked in for 3 nights, but it may turn into a few more. Just waiting at a restaurant for our first Indian meal to arrive, we can not tell you how excited we are about the food. More to come soon!! Xoxo Sarah (and ...
... English normally to us she had quite a good accent. After buying nothing from her shop she continued to walk with us, Laura having a good chat with her and me and Tash being wary of our belongings, wondering why she was coming with us! As soon as we entered a clearing and could see the lake! she said “you come and see my shop” and there was why she followed. As soon as we came round the clearing we were confronted by numerous women and men offering ...
... For nearly two weeks after we arrived we almost didn't move from the beach and the restaurant, we really started relaxing and have enjoyed the downtime more than we could have imagined. Still now though, most days we can't work out if we are tired, relaxed, overwhelmed, bamboozled or still just trying to adjust to a very different way of life. Its strange getting used to not coming home and back into the ratrace!!
We've been doing some exploring closeby inbetween taking it easy ...
So after a 3 month hiatus we are back on the road again and it feels good!
When we were investigating flights back we got a better deal through
a package deal than a normal flight including 7 nights acco with a
swimming pool too so we thought, hey, why not! It did mean that we
had to spend a week in Calangute though. Calangute is the Costa del
Sol of India where most package holidays converge alongside Indian
tourists making it overcrowded and quite ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Osborne Resort Goa Calangute
Osborne - good hotel!
We were told to expect a basic type accomodation but, as someone who's done greece on the cheap, I'd say this was anything but. Definately a good 3* hotel. We stayed in Phase II, big room, seperate kitchen/wardobe room, spacious bathroom. Housekeeping staff were great, waiters very helpful. Pool's lovely and tidy, lots of loungers. Food is nothing special but reasonably priced for hotel fare. Don't be put off by location as 'Calangute' - it's actually right on the border between Calangute and Candolim - near enough but far enough away from the (immense) hustle & bustle. Would stay here again.
came back from the osbourne 2 days ago and we are still on a high. after reading reports i imagined the worst.The room was spacious but basic with no trimmings. it also had a funny room that had a mini bar and wardrobe in it attached to the bedroom that can be used as a dressing room. very handy for cases clothes ect. the bathroom was a goood size and the shower very good. the ceiling fan was great and sometimes to cool! the balcony overlooked palm trees and shacks where people lived and children looked up and waved to you.the house boys who cleaned your room were fantastic and the rooms were spotless with fresh towels and sheets everyday.nothing was to much trouble and all staff were freindly and helpfull at all times which is abit overwelming at first. taxis are waiting outside for you and will take you anywhere you wish for the day. Big Dave was especially helpfull as he also acted as a personal guide all day if you wished. but all of the drivers were polite and helpfull.the hotel was also in a good position off the main road and was guiet at night so you got a good nights sleep. the free breakfast was fresh juice, tea/coffee and two slices of toast each with jam. they also sold extras and the quality was good. i would recomend this hotel to anyone looking for a freindly allround hotel. i have definatly stayed in far worst 3* accom in greece.
We stayed at the Osborne from 15/12 to 30/12/05 and found it to be much better than we expected from a 2-star rated hotel. Our accomodation was in phase2 where the main buildings are situated, and consisted of a large living room, shower/toilet, and separate bedroom with 2 balconies. We have stayed in Greek apartments that would fit inside the living room alone...so very spacious. The ceiling fans were more than adequate to give a cooling breeze at night. The room boys were brilliant and kept the place spotlessly clean with fresh bed linen and towels daily. Each day they arranged the towels into animal shapes and we looked forward to seeing what today's would be! The mini bar was kept topped up with drinks and bottled water at normal bar prices.
Me and a few members of my family went to the osborne hotel in calangute.it was basic but what else could you expect in a thirld world country,i thought it was great.all of the staff were great especially raj and hillary.most of the nights there is something going on like singing,barbecue ETC.i loved it so much that i would have gone back out there to live but i am only 14.my big sister has gone out there to live with her child and he is at school picking up the language.i have been back out there once since my first time and will be returning at the end of november 05.the food isnt excellent but the drinks are very fresh and nice.a few nice places in goa and calangute are paolem beach where you can spend nights and and lovely days and also banana moon a bar in the sunflower hotel and everyone is invited.there is good taxi access outside the hotel and some of the good taxi drivers are andu,perer and preshan they are great.
Negative :My partner persuaded me to stay here as an alternative to the Taj that I so desperatly had my heart on! as we went at Christmas and were only planning on staying here a few nights as we wanted to travel to Arumbul (North) and Palolem(South). For me the people made it, the accomodtaion was very VERY basic, I only ate the food on the rare occasion that we would chill out by the pool and that too was very basic, no different than what you would get at home(Toasties, Chips etc) and even when you would try a Lassi it would not be a touch on any other Lassi you would try. I actually thought the staff within the resort were not very helpful or friendly which was a bit surprising as EVERY where else we went the Goan people were absolutely brilliant. The boys who clean your room (Salvador particullary) were brilliant, he would have us in stitches with his bed designs(making dolphins/elephants out of your sheets!) and do, if you can bear to leave behind any belongings give them to these guys as they deserve it!
Stayed Jan 04- enjoyed it so much I booked and stayed Jan 05 + have booked for Jan 06!
Just returned on 6/3/05 from second trip to Goa with Monarch airlines.
I stayed at the Osborne resort for 2 weeks from 18/12/04 and I would like to share my thoughts on the hotel in general.
stayed at the osbourne hotel in march 2004 it was great, it had basic rooms which where cleaned everyday. The staff were wondrful they went out off their way to help. the hotel entertainment was ok in the evenings but there was none of a day time which worked out to my advantage as a sun worshiper. It was a great holiday that myself,boyfriend and the family are going back !
Very good service and friendly
fantastic service food great very basic rooms but very clean and tidy nothing to much trouble .
can recomend taliors and jewlersno problems with any you get real thing i have been back 2 years running and i never go back to same place. cheap place to go and great pepole i would go back to same hotel again thay also rember you if you go back mrs ca lovett