Travel Blogs from Candolim
We had another day at the pool, by accident. Thursday was going to be a day at the beach but Jason convinced meit was Friday, a pool day. I rummaged in the wardrobe for some likely books for Jason but he said he wasn't interested so I started reading an Andy Mcnab book, my 14th only for him to nick it half way through. Had the simple but nice buffet lunch at the hotel..& ...
... to drink with dignity. I absolutely love it when Kanu makes a reservation for dinner. Being the kind of guy to not even plan moving to the UK, instead opting to rock up with just a university course booked and no place to stay, I am always bowled over when Kanu 'books' something. Did he have a reservation- the waiter we greeted asked- yes we bloody did (for once!) The bistro didn't disappoint, I had the largest red snapper the sea had to offer and went to bed very full and very ...
... water created almost a kilometre long wall and in the middle of it there was a rail track and we were lucky enough to actually see the train passing by. Amazing!!! But the best thing of all about that place was the fact that we could have a swim in a little lake at the base of the waterfall. OMG!!!! How fantabulous was that?!? The water had a perfect temperature - colder than the sea but not too cold at all. Bear in mind that it was something like at least 35 degrees outside so ...
... and photographs taken of us in our bathing suits. All in all, a great first day.
We were told immediately that the only way to get around Goa cheaply was to rent our own scooters for the week. Neither Jess nor I had driven a Scooter before, and this would be on the other side of the road (colonized by the British) and with numerous obstacles in our path. Cows, stray dogs, people, large trucks and vans, it was quite daunting. ...
Delhi alone old delhi
Following a day or two of not venturing too far from the hotel, one of the members of staff there, Javed, was kind enough to take me to the local market in Delhi. This being my first real Delhi outing and the fact that it was not really what I would call a market, it was actually an ok experience! The market was about 1 mile long and we walked up one side and down the other. The street was crammed with people, poor people, not so poor people, rich, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Prazeres Resorts Candolim
we went to goa in in december 04, it was our first time and we really did not know what to expect at all, but we had a fab time it was great the people are really friendly and the prazeres hotel was brilliant.we could not really fault it at all it was always kept clean and the staff were second to none. the resort was ideal too and there was plenty to do.
Beware of the waves as they can be dangerous the current is just so strong as i found out when i was out there and got caught but that was the only bad thing about the holiday.
we are going again for 3 weeks in novenber but are having a change of hotel not for any reason other than a change the prazeres was great and the entertainment and staff made the holiday even better.
Another trip another doller
Back at the Prazeres Dec 2004. The Bread for breakfast is the worst in Goa. I do not believe one word of the write up that it was so fresh and wonderful, that is total make believe. Most of the staff are really great,
Amon on reception is the man to 'trust' Manuel the Manger is a Good Guy. young Anthony on the bar tries his best and needs rewarding. The Toast makers for Breakfast would be refused by 'Oxfam'. Steven and Julie are a Great couple who have bought a Flat in the complex. The Taxi boys have improved a great deal over the past few years. The hotel is very good value for money, of course there are a few bad points but overall it is good value. If I had a bad room I would ask to be moved etc.etc. There are bad staff and totally usless staff in any hotel, ignore the bad ones and pick the good one, one does not have to know a rocket sicence to know this. After three years there I avoid certain bar staff and go for the genuine ones as one does in a Pub in the Uk. If you have a problen see Manuel dont speak to the 'Oil Rag' get real and sort out a Hotel problem there and then not on this site.
Hells bells its Goa not the south of France where one spends more on a coffee then two weeks wages in the Prazeres Hotel. I have had my rucks there but will still go back there as it beats the others I have been to for the last ten years and for more years then I care to remember. Overall the staff are 'Honest' but I dont vouch for all, my rooms have been good, All staff, but 3 no more, most of the Taxi drivers, and my 'Mate Amon' Manuel and the Boss Rauel are Great.
Remember this is Goa at a Penny a go to be real, so cheap its embrassing for one to know where to hide ones twenty pound notes.
Come on the moaning minnies one get what one deserves, and for a fiver for weeks to have total care and attention from ones room boys, hang your heads in shame. YES we wont stand for the rip off no way I wont so pick and choose your servers and who you tip. So simple. Rember its GOA not London and there is some rubbish in London let alone the rest of the UK. All round the Parezers is good value, the Bread is Rubbish, but man can not live by bread alone, Only two Jags out of wales can complain. Once again Pick your staff to serve you and treat your room boys good and its great. I heard one party of five got 2 room boys up and down for 40 minutes, getting their luggage etc. then gave them 20 rupees, then wrote and complained. I will go back in December for one big Booze up so Single women join me for One big Party. This is one of the best sites on the net. Best Wishes to Steve jJulie Mick and family from shefield and the Good staff. Barry from London.
Staff were good
we stayed they 3 weeks found the staff very good the rooms could do with better furnishings, the steps of the pool were hard to climb up but we spoke to the manager about this and asured us that when we go back in jan 29th that they will be better,he also listen to what we said and is doing everything to get the place as best for hoilday makers.as for cleaning the place was done every day the pool aera had a lady that walked round all day picking up any papers ect from 7am till 4pm every day. people left bottles glassess ect and they were cleared away right away.we were given nice clean towels at the pool side every day. we enjoyed our stay there in nov 2004 and just waiting to return in jan 2005
As I do agree with the review from Jan 2005 regarding the beds and the linen, I must say that the hotel itself and the staff were exceptional.
The staff couldn't be more friendly, and the restaurant had a variety of foods and was very reasonably priced.
I suppose if i had paid £3000 for my holiday I would be fed up. We were lucky and had a good deal, so at the price we paid we were quite happy.
As for the staff uniforms, they earn 50 rupees a day and are expected to wash and look after their own clothing and supply their own shoes.
We had no problem with the toast, there was always fresh loaves of bread for us to use, perhaps we could talk further sometime.
I must say that I was very disapointed with the Prezeres, and especially after reading so many of the reviews. My family and I were quite horrified with our accommodation. The first smell to hit you which was most overpowering were the mothballs which were scattered around everywhere. The mattresses were very badly stained as were the pillows and was absolutely vile. I could not believe what I was seeing. The sheets did not even cover the whole of the bed, we slept with towels over the pillows. We paid over £3000 for this holiday and expected at least cleanliness and hygiene. Whilst I understand that India is a poor country living in poverty, who rely heavily on tourism, more money should be spent on the basic's in the hotels, i.e. mattress pillow covers etc. The gym was an absolute disgrace, it was down in the basement in a dark hole which was a death trap. The staff were friendly, however their uniforms were terribly worn and could have done with a wash. The bread for toast was always stale, and the cutlery and teacups were always only half washed. I would never again stay at the Prezeres.
Fantasic Everything! Couldnt recommend it more
Stayed at Prazeres for around a week in November and was amazed. Staff the friendliest I have come across, the room was enormous and clean and the general atmosphere of the place was supurb. Dont stay anywhere else in Goa!!
The Prazeres is the only hotel to stay in at Candolim, The staff cant do enough for you. We have been twice in Feb 03 and Feb 04 and the staff remembered us and treated us so well.
The rooms themselves are basic ( as are all goan hotels ) and kept spotlessley clean. Aircon was available to but we were happy with the large fan that hangs from the roof. Balconies spacious and very pleasant to sit out on in the evenings.
The food at the hotel is adiquate but we preffered to eat out. Floyds and Cicelia's deserve a mention as the food & service was second to none.
We met a beach guy called Surindra ( he is in front of the White Horse Shack ) and he couldnt do enough for us. Even washed our towels after a day on the beach & organised for his brother to take us back to the airport on the way home.
Try and get out and about, there is so much to see.
As I said earlier in my review, The Prazeres is THE BEST hotel in Candolim, dont bother with these 5 star all inclusive places, enjoy the real Goa by eating out and meeting people. I can honeslty say that we can not wait to go back......... Roll on Feb 2006 !
Where else would you want to stay in candolim
+we had the pleasure of staying at the hotel over the christmas period in 2003/2004. we had a wonderful time .the staff were wonderful and thenguys who cleaned the rooms everyday .... Well you went out in the morning and you wouldnt know what to expect when you arrived back after a day on the beach its amazing what can be made out of a few towels and discarded clothing ,,, All the staff were very pleasant and nothing was to much trouble ... a more pleasant place would be hard to fine ... The quality of serwice and the quality of food would be hard to beat . we are retuning in 2005 with 10 people this time so .... hey it must be good ....
If you have been to Goa a few times. This hotel is a little Gem
A peaceful location, friendly staff. Many hotels can disappoint you but not this one.
Wow, what a great place
for the price we paid, we expected a little board house, what we got was a wonderfully clean and vibrant hotel. The staff werte friendly and we are still in touch with 2 waiters 2 years on. in a perfect setting if you like some peace and privacy, just a 3 minute walk to the beautiful sandy beaches, where you will not be interupted by many of the 'sellers' as candolim is one of the quietest Goan resorts which holds onto its primitive and magical ways of life which I found other resorts had lost. there are plenty of restaraunts within walking distance of the hotel, though the food in the hotel is fantastic, the way they do their 'english style' pizzas is a little strange, but try it . The hotels pool is fairly large and very clean and wonderful to dive into & cool down after spending a day on the beach or visiting some of the wonderful sights in and around Goa. taxis are on hand 24/7 outside the hotel, these are the best taxis to use as they wont rip you off because they get good wages from the hotel and generally Goan people are very honest. The manager of prazeres (who's name I've forgotten) interacted with guests constantly and was very entertaining, always ensuring guests had a pleasant stay. We fell in love with Goa the 1st time we went there in1999 and in 2001 we fell in love with the Prazeres resort and its way of making you feel on top of the world day and night, tipsy or sober, just stay away from the underground nightclub, the music is extremely cheesy!