13 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
My 6 year old son doesn't want to go anywhere but Sunkissed
"I visited Sun Kissed along with my husband and son in March 2009, and we wanted to make it our holiday destination again. This year when we were coming to Goa and not yet finalised where to stay, my son who is 6years now, said very strongly that he would not stay anywhere other than SunKissed. We were surprised that he remembered the resort name, visited when he was 5. We went there and had a great stay. The resort is a very clean and peaceful place, a perfect location for a family holiday. The cleanliness (which is one of the most important criteria for me to decide if the place is worth staying), the ever welcoming, friendly and courteous staff, the excellent food make it a great place to have a wonderful holiday. "
- Travel date: 5th May 2010
Cant wait to go back
"I went to goa with friends and was not booked into the sunkissed hotel but a different one which we asked to be moved from along with the other guest who checked in thee with us. we were moved to the sunkissed and from the moment we arrived loved it, the staff were friendly and helpfull and did everything they could to help us. while we were there they were still building parts of the hotel but none of it was intrusive and eveywhee was still clean and in no way spoilt our holiday. the hotel food was to die for and the pool was always clean and pleasant. the hotel is placed in the center of calangute and is a ten min walk from the beach and along the way you will pass local shops and such like. i loved my stay at the sunkissed hotel and cant wait to return."
- Travel date: 7th April 2009
"Overall we really enjoyed our stay in the Sunkissed resort, but our holiday was tainted by the time we left. We were itially placed in room 811 however this was quite disappointing, so we asked to be moved. Staff was very helpful and was told we could move rooms that day - we were put into 721 over the looking the pool, which was a vast improvement. The room was much brighter, larger, beds more comfortable (slated base, not boards) and had a modern bathroom. The pool area and hotel grounds were well maintained and situated a stones throw from the hustle and bustle of Calangute. During our stay we came across a few abnormalities. In the evening we would go out for meal and double lock our room door, but when we returned it wouldn't be double locked. We then had a look around our room and everything appeared to be as it was (nothing moved or topped up, towels etc). This happened a few times, so we informed the hotel management, who seemed to think it was an impossible for someone to be going in. Once we had brought this up it didn't happen again. On our last night when it came to packing up it came apparent that someone had been coming in to have a look around and taking things as a brand new bottle of Dior perfume and makeup had been stolen. We also opted to hire a safety deposit box for 50 rupees a night, but when we took out our belongings a credit card was missing! We had it out with the hotel management who was extremely uninterested and was adamant that it was impossible that his staff had been going in our room or safety box. Not even an apology was given, we were furious! If we had noticed earlier we would have called the police, but as it was our last night hours before we was being picked up to go home we just wanted to get out and get home. When we was leaving we got speaking to another couple we found that the same thing had been happening to them. When they would come back from a night out they would return with draws left open and lights left on. We would never go back to this hotel due to the untrusting staff and the blasÃ© attitude of the management, which is a shame as it is one of the nicer hotels we have stayed in GOA. "
- Travel date: 4th April 2009
Sun Kissed was great!
"My partner and i have recently returned from our first trip to Goa. We were quite concerned about the hotal after reading the reviews on trip advisor but luckily these reports are not true. This hotel is lovely, the rooms are large and clean and well equipped with fridge (restocked each day), AC, Ceiling fan and views of the pool. The restaurant is one of the best in Calangute, lovely pool area, cleaned every day and all of the staff could not do enough for you, room boys, reception, bar and waiting staff. The taxi rank outside the hotel is great and you always get a good price. If you book through Thomson, DO NOT BOOK their excursions, have a look around in Calangute or ask the taxi drivers in the front of the hotel, you will get a much better deal. Everything is allot closer than you think, take a walk along the beach to Baga instead of a taxi ride. Calangute is a noisy, busy place and the Sun Kissed is a great haven from all of the hustle and bustle. We are already planning our trip for 2009!"
- Travel date: 5th April 2008
"Having just returned from Goa on honeymoon, I can give a recent rewiew of the Sunkissed Hotel. There are no further building works and the hotel is complete. On first impressions of the hotel I was pleasantly surprised, especially after walking down the side access road. The reception is modern and there are safety deposit boxes to hire. The grounds are well kept with attractive lawns, flowers and impressive palm trees. The pool is a good size and is cleaned each morning and throughout the day where necessary, sunbeds are plentiful and comfortable with complimentary clean towels to use. The rooms are basic, but this is India and everything worked, hot water A/C fans, mini bar, and cleaned each day, with the fridge stocked each day. Hotel staff are impeccably mannered and can't do enough for you , and not just for tips! There is also a security guard on the gate 24hrs, which makes you feel safe. The gym is equipped but basic. Hotel food is excellent from the menu and waiter service is available throughout the day. Breakfast is tea coffee and toast, which is unlimited. The area of Calangute is very busy and following a good meal out and saying no to the 20th taxi driver we found the Sunkissed Hotel to be a veritable oasis of 3* calm & quiet."
- Travel date: 20th March 2008
"Sometimes i just don't know what people were expecting when they booked an Indian holiday. OF COURSE there's work being done at the hotel, that's a given anywhere in India. OF COURSE the street outside was dirty, that, too, is a given in India. The Sunkissed hotel is a place to rest your head after a wonderful day at the beach, or shopping. In fact, the hotel itself was a quiet haven after the chaos of Calangute itself. In future, i would not stay in North Goa, but if the sunkissed resort had a location in South goa, I would not hesitate for a moment to stay."
- Travel date: 26th January 2008
Sunkissed is nice
"We stayed two weeks at Sunkissed, just before the actual tourist season started. Due to the iron in the water we had some problems with the shower (very little got through all the rust), but it was mended in five minutes after we informed the reception. Our room was at second floor and spacious enough for three persons. Rooms were cleaned daily and and we got no small guests except a couple of locusts and after we bought a small gadget to prevent mosquitos, we could sleep our nights in peace. Air conditioning was fairly noisy, but it worked. This hotel was actually built already ten years ago, but the previous owner died and the new owners started to renovate only last year + built a new wing with a couple of shops, reception and a room for indoor games. The personnel was very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was coffee/tea, toast and usually poori's or other Indian food. We bought usually a fruit platter and omelettes - no bacon, as the new owners are moslims. We ate only once supper in the hotel restaurant and it was ok, but we got a lot better food from some small restaurants very close to the hotel. The lane is still filthy, but India is not known for efficient waste disposal system :) We would have appreciated a little less stinking water, but fortunately saw no dead rats (probably hidden under the plastic bags). I would recommend this hotel."
- Travel date: 13th December 2007
Not a 3 * (AVOID)
"After contacting thomson before we left the uk we were told that the hotel was finished and no building works were takeing place.We were dumped in the middle of Calangute and had to find our own way to the hotel(with help of the locals)The road to the hotel is full of rubbish and stagnant water.very unpleasant.Our room was basic and not very clean.Blood all over the walls in the bedroom that had been there a while and not cleaned off.I cleaned it up with baby wipes.The bathroom had clear glass so anyone sat on there balcony could see us and us them.A towel over the window did solve the problem but no light and air in the room then.There is paint all over the windows over tiles and has been rushed and poorly done.The pool has many cracked tiles and makes it very sharp in places. Also only 14 sunbeds and at times 100 people plus at the hotel.They had lots of parties of school children 60 at a time visiting the hotel for 3 days at a time so made the hotel very noisey.The only positive about this hotel is the friendly staff.They cannnot do enough for you, which preety much sums up the goan people. WE HAVE VISITED GOA MANY TIMES AND THIS IS THE WORST HOTEL I HAVE STAYED IN.THERE ARE MUCH NICER 3* HOTELS TO STAY IN.Avoid this one as you will be dissapointed."
- Travel date: 19th April 2007
"Arrived home from Goa on Sunday 25th Feb 2007,having stayed at the Sunkissed Hotel, Calangute. After reading reports about this hotel being unfinished, with building work going on, we were rather worried. True enough, contrary to what the tour operator said, there is work going on. Most of it is occurring out of sight, but they were doing some painting in the stairwells. The smell of paint was quite strong but didn`t last long. We were put into a room on the third floor with a rather unpleasant view overlooking someone`s back yard. After complaining to the rep we were swiftly moved to a ground floor room overlooking the pool. This was great until we discovered (day before flying home) that the windows had no locks on them, and that you could slide them open from the outside! However, overall we had a great holiday. once we had gotten over the culture shock and settled in. Breakfasts consists of toast (only 2 toasters), juice, tea and coffee. Anything extra you have to pay. Eg- 2 rounds scrambled eggs on toast with brown sauce 30 rupees. The curries and snacks were delicous, and the waiters friendly. The rooms are spacious and clean with tv showing live premiership football. The pool is cleaned daily, but there are only about a dozen sunbeds around it. The lane leading up to the hotel, is filthy with rubbish dumped into stagnant water, and yes, the dead rat is still there!"
- Travel date: 28th February 2007
Goa- sunkissed hotel
"We stayed at Sunkissed studios in Calangute fron Jan 21st. Firstly I would like to say the hotel was perfectly ok to stay at. The rooms were cleaned every day with sheets and towels changed, The rooms were a decent size with tv, air con and a fan. Shower worked perfectly well as did the toilet. Room service if you wanted and a great location!!! close to the beach, baga, local stores and restaurants we couldnt ask for more. Yes there is a busy road at the bottom but its far enough so you are not aware of it also this captures the essence of goa!! With hustle and bustle lots of fruit stalls etc Prior to our stay I looked at other reviews so was aware of the building work once we reached Goa we didnt even notice it!! We slept in until 11am and our sleep was never interupted by building work. Free breakfast was limited but anything extra ordered was not expensive, as food is very cheap in goa. As I mentioned if you want a quiet holiday Kerala is better to go to but if you a are looking for Goa with Hustle and Bustle not to the extent of Bombay but a taster than Calangute is fantastic not too far from restaurants, night life and markets everything a girl could ask for !! I will be going back next year and we will be staying at the sun kissed."
- Travel date: 28th February 2007
"We stayed at the Sun Kissed first half February 2007. The hotel was a bit of a building site with 4 of the 9 buildings which make up the complex unfinished. Work was ongoing with plasterers, painters and tilers working on the unfinished accommodation blocks and on the health suite, sauna and steam room - all of which were unavailable.The hotel is situated about 180 yards up a lane leading off the very busy main street in Calangute. When we were there a storm drain in the lane was constantly blocked with garbage and foul smelling water. This might have been the cause of a rat infestation in the lane and it was not unusual to see the odd dead rat in the lane. The hotel frontage is not at all welcoming with rusting roller shutter doors over the shells of what will eventually be the souvenir and tailors shops. Breakfast consisted of coffee or tea, orange juice and toast. Full breakfast service was available but at an extra cost. On the plus side the rooms were spacious and well appointed with a separate sitting area and fridge, kettle, telephone and sattelite TV. The pool area was pretty good but with only a dozen or so sunbeds. This was not a problem as most guests opted for the beach in order to escape the ongoing building activities. I have no doubt this hotel will justify its 3 star rating when completed but until the building work is complete I do not see how this rating could possibly be justified."
- Travel date: 21st February 2007
"The hotel accomadation was booked through Thomson. The hotel is advertised as a brand new hotel this is not true it is a hotel that has been stood for about 10years and is just being painted over, and presented as a new hotel , the rooms are advertised a modern but they are actually very dark and basic the windows are painted over with a blackout paint which makes the rooms very dark, the pool has cracked tiling the restaurant is very baisc the only thing new in the building is the receptiobn area, the location of the hotel is the back of beyond. This was my second visit to Goa so i know what standards to expect but this this hotel is awful i would advise people not to book."
- Travel date: 20th February 2007
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