Travel Blogs from Calangute
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 …
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We are in Calangute now, we have met these two people and are traveling south with them. nice here, but its where all the indian holiday makers go and is like an Indian St ives!!, but still pretty cool.
Last night was heavy!!! we went to this bar and after a random thunderstorm the owner came and sat with us and kept giving us free beer, ended the night with ...
... in Hindi) vibe. We stayed at a cheap guest house on the beach, filled with Israelis, other young travelers, and an excellent staff who catered to us for 10 days.
New Years Eve was quite an experience. There were fireworks and parties along the beach until the morning. We tried to follow traditions from each of the countries represented in our group: wore white and jumped 7 waves for Brazil, kissed on the cheek three times for Belgium, drank lots of champagne and ...
... seen so much and have already had an unbelievable experience; we still have so much of the world to see! With this in mind, we are looking forward to recharging our batteries in the coastal resort region of Goa, just an hour flight south of Mumbai.
The small province of Goa encompasses a long area of coastline that would take approximately 3 hours to drive from the south to north. Two major river deltas divide the region into ...
... fair amount of spice in their food but in India, I may as well just drink water and call it a day because I'm convinced that everything ese is going to set my tongue on fire. While this might be a slight exaggeration, I have gone from being someone who buys spicy salsa to the girl whose eyes are watering before the food even gets to the table. Don't get me wrong, the food is delicious, but I may have no taste buds when we leave ...
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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.
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