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Like chickens we ran from the city , back on a plane heading for Goa , we decided to stay in Calangute , which was the easy option , its in the north and is long established .We expected it to be a bit like Spain was maybe 20 years ago as its been around in the brochures for a bit , however we were quite shocked when we got there , there are no big …
We took a trip to Mapusa to research my great, great grandfather who was sent by the Portuguese government to govern Goa. His photo on the conference room wall was all we found because the library was closed. Will try again next time.
Only go to north Goa if you must for some reason, like being gawked at by large groups of men, are part of the hippy/cave woman subculture, like dirty beaches. Instead go straight to south ...
... hallucinations became more extravagant as the night went on, one involving a bacteriologist coming into our beach hut, taking swabs and telling me I'd ingested a microscopic worm that would be present in my gut forever, growing off what ever I chose to feed it. I hoped it wasn't a premonition.
In the morning, I attempted to accompany Vaila for breakfast at the bar about ten steps from our hut, but trying to put a bra on almost destroyed me and I ...
... a few hours. He told me all about Goa and taught me some of the language. After only just arriving in Goa I was already falling in love with the place. It has such a cool chilled out feeling to it, a stark contrast to the rest of India. Later in the evening we headed out to grab some dinner in a place called Taste of India. We both had steaks, and although they weren't the best steaks in the world I enjoyed mine immensely, not having seen steak for about 6 ...
... managed to produce a towel which doesn't absorb any water. Instead it somehow just deflects it to somewhere else. Quite the achievement... I wouldn't know where to start to make such a useless towel.
We bumped into some young, random English bloke in town who was looking very much overwhelmed by all that is India. He'd only been in the country for a couple of days by himself and was, shall we say, slightly out of his element. I think I saw a nugget ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Osborne Hotel 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.
Loved every moment of goa
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.
The pool area was kept clean and tidy. The reception staff and waiters were attentive and polite. We only used the restaurant a couple of times but it was ok.
To sum up, it was difficult to fault the place or it's staff and I would recommend it to anyone unless you want 5 star luxury...but then you don't choose a 2 star hotel.
It was great
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.
overall i would give te osborne hotel 8 out of 10 and the roomboys are great but you shouldnt leave anything valuable out as it could mysteriously dissapear.cant wait to return to calangute and see some familiur faces
Dont let my Negative points put yu off
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!
Positive: Although I may have put you off by now, I stayed again December 05 as I could not bear to go anywhere else!!!! although the staff were not the best, the people surounding the resort were fantastic. To name a few Sam the Taxi man who would take us anywhere anytime, never ripped us off and even took us to his village and showed us one of his friends houses which I think was the best in the village!(He did try to sell it to us after mind!) Ricos restaurant is a good place to go to when you have had your night out, the little shop connected to Ricos, always full of laughter! and of course Johnny the tailor!! Made some fantastic clothes for us, even got my builder boyfriend to purchase a pair of leather trousers!!!
The Osborne is perfectly located when you consider that Cabs are so cheap, Although the obvious restaurants to recommend would be Little Italy/After 8 etc do go to the Plaintain Leaf for an amazing Masala Dosa this is a little more of the Goan atmosphere that you would not get in the more "upmarket" restaurants mentioned above!!
Overall, if you got a deal like we did over Christmas, you can not complain!!!
Stayed Jan 04- enjoyed it so much I booked and stayed Jan 05 + have booked for Jan 06!
Stayed in a family room [ 2 rooms joined together ] with my husband and children aged 9+13- room very basic but clean [ most are in Goa ]
3 phases to this hotel - phase 1 the oldest + not really my favourite. phase 2+3 have bars- but didn t cause a noise problem- usually quiet by 11/11.30pm.
The location is ideal - just a short stroll from the lovely beach in Calangute
( make sure you find the nearest exit from the hotel to the beach - there are 2 and one cuts the walk to beach in half at least ) Everything is on your doorstep- chemist,bakery, cafes, restaurants, supermarkets etc etc.
The staff at the Osborne are very friendly ( but to be fair all Goans are very friendly ) and if you have children -you ve no need to worry at all- they love the children + the bar staff entertained my children every night!!
All the staff respect your privacy + they're not in your face. My only gripe if I was forced to make one is that the room staff are sent daily to knock on your door with the mini bar bill !! I guess this might be because people have not paid their bills in the past?but once/twice a week would be better,for me anyway.
Found a brilliant shack on the beach -just walk on at St Anthonys Chapel down to Empire Beach- shack is the Buddha Bar shack - very very nice staff + the owner is married to a Liverpool Lady- who is lovely.
Great hotel [ unless you're looking for luxury- then you ll have to pay alot more ] recommended.
Friendly staff, nice pool, but glad to get back to my own bed
Just returned on 6/3/05 from second trip to Goa with Monarch airlines.
Checked in about 3 1/2 hours before flight and had the opportunity at check in to upgrade to premium class for £80 one way. This gave you more leg room, personal tv screen, upgrade of meal and free bar...well worth it even for one way, I thought.
no big probs. with flight delays.
Stayed in Candolim last year (the Prazeres) which i really liked. The Osborne was VERY BASIC and i did not sleep very well but could not fault the room for cleanliness. The room boys were great and very efficient.
All the staff (apart from some surly receptionists) were great and as a single female traveller this was a nice welcome. The restaurant food was good but one night it took over 45 minutes for the meal to arrive. I did put a suggestion in the box at the bar!
Recommend a little cafe/restaurant opposite osborne 2, called Zico's where most mornings i had beans on toast and two lovely runny poached eggs on top for breakfast!! it's very much a family business and they seem to work round the clock.
Recommend Charlie Ola tours for spice plantation, Palolem etc, he usually hands out leaflets on the beach, reasonable prices, please mention Joanne
Osborne Resort - Fairly Good
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.
Firstly, when I arrived I was fairly pleased with the hotel, not because it was particularly brilliant but because before I went to Goa I read reviews on a number of hotels and got the impression that most hotels in Goa are pretty rough, the Osborne thankfully was fairly decent.
I stayed in Osborne II, which is the main building and houses the reception, there are three buildings in total and two swimming pools, so it is a fairly large hotel. The room was okay, it is very basic but is quite large, there was a main bedroom, a kitchen/dressing room, bathroom and a balcony. The rooms were clean and everything worked, however as I said before it was basic. The mini bar was well stocked and reasonably priced and saved having to go out and lug drinks back to the hotel every day. All the staff in the hotel were fairly friendly, some more than others, they also got things done when asked without a problem.
The two pools where clean and of a reasonable size, there was also plenty of sunbeds available, I never actually spent more than 10 minutes by the pool as I prefer the beach.
The bar served reasonable drinks at reasonable prices, however I had a couple of the cocktails on offer and they were not particularly good. I also tried a club sandwich one morning when we got up late and decided that I wouldn't do that again, the chicken was some processed junk and the bread was some airy wierd stuff, oh and it also came with chips! I hate chips, why go on holiday and have chips when there is so much more on offer to try.
The bar stays open until about 1 am, one thing I didn't mention was that the bar is located in Osborne II right next to the pool so it was right below my room. The noise generated from the bar is very loud, there is not much sound proofing in the rooms so if you are a light sleeper and want to get to sleep before 1 am you will need to make sure you do not stay in Osborne II, ask to be moved to one of the other blocks.
The location of the hotel is fairly good, it is in South Calangute so it is in a slighty more quieter area. The beach is only a 6-7 minute walk away and there are four nice restaurants nearby (Au Reviere, Little Itlay, Utopia and After Eight). The road that leads to the beach also brings you out to a slightly more quieter bit of Calangute beach than some parts, in general the more north you go the busier it gets until you hit Baga beach which is deckchair hell! There is a good supermarket, a decent bakery, a chemist and a good place to change money just at the bottom of the road.
Overall, the Osborne is an average hotel, it is ok for a package deal over christmas when it is hard to find much else but to be honest I wouldn't stay there again. If you are going to Goa at any time other than christmas then just buy a plane ticket and get accommodation when you are there. I stayed 2 nights in a Rajasthani tent (Luxury tent with double bed, shower, toilet etc....) on Morjim beach and it was beautiful and far better than staying in the Osborne in Calangute, package deal central!
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