16 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
The Alor is no so Grande
" This is the letter I sent to Cosmos
We have just returned home from the Alor Grande Candolim, we booked with yourselves. On booking I requested the location of Hotel and air con, and was offered the Alor Grande as this suited my request, we expected a basic clean hotel with air con. We received an non air condition filthy hovel, as soon as we saw the room we stated to the Manager that this was not what we had paid for, due to the reception being full of holiday makers having the same problem as us, we were all told they would change our rooms the next day. We never received our air condition rooms, but they did offer us another room with no air con and it was as filthy as the one we already had. The bed was stained with urine, the fridge should have been condemned, stains on the furniture, rotting windows the list goes on. My Partner and myself both came out in a rash on our bodyâs and went to the local pharmacy, we presumed we had Nat bites although we covered ourselves with repellent every evening, We were treated for Bed Bug bites. The pharmacy asked what hotel we were staying at and did not seem surprised that we had both received Bed Bug bites? The Cosmos Rep offered us 2 alternative Hotels but was told they were on the lines of the Alor Grand and we were told we had to pay a further Â£250.00 to go to these like for like Hotels, of course we declined.
My Reply from them was.to the effect We should lower our expectations as it is only a 2 Diamond hotel. Shame on Cosmos, We expected Basic not total filth?
Shame on you Cosmos"
- Travel date: Tue 7th of April 2009
i have read many bad comments about this...
"i have read many bad comments about this hotel, i must disagree with comments made, i have styaed here twice now...this hotel is a basic 2 star for this you not only get a good clean hotel & room, which are usually very spacious, basic with beds television , shower room.. is has a lovely pool, lovely sitting area to eat, you also have access to a gym etc..
the staff are realy hospitable security are really on the ball... the hotel is very central to all ameneties... pople who book goa must go with a very open mind its not spain we are talking third world country here, and for the price of the above hotel who can grumble.."
- Travel date: Mon 22nd of September 2008
this hotel sucks sleep on the beach its...
"this hotel sucks sleep on the beach its cleaner if you do stay there ha ha ha i worned you p.s watch out for king louis the dog sized rat in kitchen"
- Travel date: Sun 7th of September 2008
We literally had a bad experience with t...
"We literally had a bad experience with this Hotel during our stay in May'08. Hygienically, it was not good and the staff attitude was pathetic. The staff were very unfriendly and do not even respond. It took over an hour for some one even to give a bath soap and drinking water..... Wont recommend to anyone"
- Travel date: Sat 14th of June 2008
Clean but very basic with lots of wandering eyes
"When we arrived we had a very nice welcome after a overnight flight so this was a good sign & was given drinks & shown to our room. Our room was very basic but clean, although we did have bars on the inside of our bathroom window & the door to our balcony was a huge black metal door with a huge bolt on it, it looked like a prison door & our balcony looked over into a local family's garden. The staff were pleasant & we soon realised that the tip we had given to two of the men to carry our bags the day before was a huge amount compared to what they got paid at the hotel, we gave them 100 rupees so just over a Â£1 each. Also alot of the local & families from North India stayed at this hotel which being a 21 year old girl I found the men intimidating at times & it doesn't matter how many clothes you wear they still like to stare!! I think you can guess I was soon starting to regret my choice of hotel but overall it was clean & the people were friendly & if its just a place to crash then it is a bargain.
There is a steakhouse just opposite called Rustlers & is owned by a really nice english family & also at the end of the strip there is a bar & restaurant called Tamarin also owned by a nice couple they do a great casserole. On the beach they have great little shacks that you can get lunch, drinks & can use their loungers all day & it will cost less than a tenner for the whole day, the one we used and who were very kind was Cafe Celina owed my Antonio & his wife Celina. You can also book trips for the day like the dolphin trip we did that including fishing & drinks all day plus a barbeque lunch on a deserted beach which came to about Â£12 for both of us for the whole day. Day Tripper who are also at the end of the strip do trips from visiting the Taj Mahal to going on a jungle trek which we did for two days. Our trip included driving through the jungle on the back of the jeep to spot wildlife & we spotted a bison, then we rode elephants & washed them in the river. We then stayed at the 'Kali River Lodge' overnight in out tented lodge then the next day we went white water rafting then we got in a small raft to spot crocodiles."
- Travel date: Tue 22nd of April 2008
Hi all, I strongly suggest everyone not...
"Hi all, I strongly suggest everyone not to stay in Alor grande, Candolim in Goa. We had taken a package to stay there for 2 nights, and the package had included pick up and drop to the airport/station, wine, bed coffee etc etc.
Please do not take this package as you will not get any of the above mentioned until you probe in and ask for, thats too at the cost of their convenience and not your convenience. The pick up and drop to the station is fixed irrespective of your train/bus /flight timings, which made us waste 4 hours. There was no wine bottle kept in the room. Room is barely clean, not worth of the money we paid for. After asking them for 5-6 times, we got the wine bottle. The manager is so rude, and he spoke to us as though he is doing us a favour by giving us a drop to the station.
The receptionist mis-guided us saying that there are no buses to the Candolim after 7pm, but there are buses till 8:30 PM from Panaji, his intention was to get a taxi for us from Panaji. People are not at all friendly in the hotel.
Most important of all is this hotel is not for family or couples. Its like a market when you enter this place. Overall, I strongly suggest not to waste your money on this hotel."
- Travel date: Mon 5th of November 2007
"stayed at the alor in calangute, exeptional value for money. very clean , fantastic staff always helpfull and courteous, clean sheets and towels everyday, good restaurant and bar, drank kings beer the kingfisher brand didnt agree with me too much glycerine, beware ! pool not so good always seemed to be in the shade from the building so the water was very cold, but with the fantastic beach and warm sea only a stroll away, through a small hamlet, it was no big deal. thought baga beach was nicest, more scenic, beach shacks are wonderful, find one you like and more or less stick to it, youll make great friends, the lads at the shack couldnt be more helpfull drink all day, eat a truly great lunch lay on their sunbeds and towels youll pay no more than a tenner. the beaches are the best ive ever walked on, soft thick sand. be prepared to star in many photos, indians love having their photo taken with their british friends ! its harmless, just a bit quirky.loads of good trips out,try palolem in south goa, beautiful.dudsagger falls is well worth a visit also. go, enjoy !"
- Travel date: Wed 9th of May 2007
Faced lot of problems
"I had booked the room through a travel agent about 20 days before travel. When I reached there I was provided an apartment which was outside the boundary of the hotel. It was like a separate house and no way felt like a hotel. We had to walk outside in the road to go to the restaurant. The staircase are not maintained and other families stayed in that hotel. I had booked a package which included airport drop. I wanted to extend my stay in the hotel by 1 day. The hotel staff told me that there are no rooms available so you have to move out. I told them that in that case I will be moving to another hotel around 200 metres from Alor and is it possible to arrange for the airport drop the next day. They clearly said NO. It was not courteous."
- Travel date: Tue 27th of March 2007
"We requested to stay at this hotel as we were close by in the Nizmar Hotel last year. As we were staying for 4 weeks, it was considerably cheaper than the Nizmar for that length of time. Next year though we will stay in the many rooms available to rent, as this is again half the price!
Location is pretty good, about 10 minutes walk for the beach. It is right next to the 'new' Calangute football pitch and close to many restaurants, although there is a lot of litter on the roads around the site with accompanying smells that go with it! The hotel has mainly Finish and Indian tourists, with a splattering of Brits. The European tourists are being encouraged to stay at the 'sister' hotel in Candolim the Alor Grande.
The rooms are generous in size, we had a lounge, kitchen and bedroom, with no less than 3 balconies. Albeit, none of them had views to speak of, but we do like our birds and had plenty of sightings of colourful varieties from the lounge balcony. So bins and book were always at hand!
Breakfast is the nomal tea/coffee, toast and jams with eggs if required. A fresh fruit platter was availble for 80 rupees.
Not a hotel if you are looking for luxury, but ok if you get a good deal and pay less than 1,000 rupees a night. The going price for equivalent rooms nearby is 700 - 800 rupees for much the same.
Swimming pool is bleak, very small and sheltered, not suitable for children. Staff friendly and overall pleasant stay."
- Travel date: Wed 21st of February 2007
Amazing place. The hotel itself was real...
"Amazing place. The hotel itself was really basic, but that's all we paid for, people were complaining but what did they expect for less than 600 quid for a two week holiday in Goa?
My partner and I only had one complaint and that was a hard pillow, sorted straight away by the amazingly helpful and friendly staff.
We only used the hotel as a base to explore Goa and thatâs where the magic of this holiday lay.
What a amazing place, beautiful beaches, amazing history, the friendliest people Iâve ever met, unbelievable markets with so many colours and sounds, temples, dolphins, elephants, 16th century churches, hints of kerrela and Tibet.
A place where you can really chill out and regain some perspective on life or rip it up on jet ski's in the Arabian sea.
The food, wow, the food is unbelievable, served again by the genuinely nicest people Iâve met. Everything's mega cheap, barter for everything, tip widely, show appreciation. The best holiday Iâve ever had."
- Travel date: Tue 23rd of January 2007
"These reviews are for the Alor in Calagute and not the Alor Grande in Candolim (previously the dom fransicso). There are two hotels and in two, very different, areas (although close to each other). I've stayed at the Alor, Calagute twice and think it's great. Staff are brilliant, evening food is great.
I agree with one of the reviews that the pool is in almost complete shade, which is a shame, but not a great problem really."
- Travel date: Mon 15th of January 2007
Clean, quiet and good location to beach
"Been to Goa twice, and stayed at this hotel twice- it is off the beaten track, so no road/ vehicle noise. You can then access a quiet part of Calangute beach in a very short walk.
The hotel staff are very friendly and helpful, and the hotel rooms are always clean and tidy. Invariably the cleaners will make nice swans out of the clean towels they bring in, a very nice touch!
There is a tailor on site, and they make made to measure clothes. For instance, in under 7 days, they made a made to measure suit for me (including adjustments etc) for Â£150.
Outside the hotel, there are always taxis quietly waiting so you don't have to walk anywhere if you don't feel like it. My disabled father in law accompanied us the second time, and he found it no trouble (he has problems walking).
The only "down" side is that the breakfast (we went B+B) was a little disappointing (in the quality of food), but this is hardly a big deal (to me)."
- Travel date: Tue 2nd of January 2007