9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
heavenly location beautifully maintained resort by the sea
"probably the best location in the popular calangute baga region, Chalston is a beautiful well maintained resort bang on the beach. Our room was very spacious and tasefully decorated, with a balcony facing the path to the beach restaurant and then the sea. we could even see parts of the sea sitting there. even in the midst of the tourist season we felt completely safe and enjoyed the sea (felt like a private beach early mornings).The food was average though and breakfast standard. Room service was not available but enjoying the sea from the beach restaurant was a treat.sunbeds were in plenty and the staff helpful. It was a great stay and we would recommend this resort to all those who want to be in the most happening part of goa yet enjoy some peace and private time with family."
- Travel date: Tue 2nd of February 2010
"Staying with chalston was simply superb,The experience becomes beyond expectations when you can watch sea directly from your room, when you enjoi live music with dinner when service becomes exclusive for you :) Chlaston is the best property on calangute beach and it provides all the necessary comforts what you expect out of beach resort. Cleanliness is embedded in every inch of it and daily cleaning of pool states that they are too conscious about their guest's health, I loved my 5 night stay there and looking forward to stay with them next year."
- Travel date: Thu 28th of January 2010
In the heart of Goa
"It's location is reason enough to stay at Chalston...Located at happening North Goa, Chalston is right on Calangute beach, and is walking distance to Baga 'party' beach. It is also walking distance to the many small market places in the vicinity. The hotel itself has a lot to offer. It's done up like a huge red-brick villa, and has individual cottages too. The rooms are comfortable, though the bathrooms are ordinary. There is no lift in the premises, but it does boast a lovely swimming pool, pool bar, library, games corner, massage corner, and its very own shack, that leads right up to the beach! The food too, is very good!"
- Travel date: Mon 25th of January 2010
"We had gone to Goa during the August monsoons. Fortunately, it didn't rain even a single day we were there. We had decided on a few hotels and were checking them out to finalise the one to choose and book. Since it is lean season in Goa during August, we were confident of getting an excellent deal .
Chalston beach resort was no. 3 on our list and the moment we saw it, we had decided to stay there. We didn't see the rest of the hotels, and got ourselves a pool side room.
Nice spacious room with TV, fridge and clean toilet, we were relieved to have decided on this.
The restaurant is right on the beach and we enjoyed all our breakfasts right next to the sea in the amazing breeze. We lounged away in the private beach area, enjoying the sun and wind. Every evening, we would swim around in the pool and feel refreshed. It had huge parking area and was located almost in the middle of Calangute and Baga beaches. So wandering off anywhere was never an issue. Excellent room service and courteous staff, this family owned hotel gives you a very cozy feeling."
- Travel date: Thu 10th of December 2009
Best Holidays in Goa
"It is a good place for living & dining.
The resort is located on the beach. It has a pool, 2 restaurents, sunbeds & bar. Mostly live band plays in the evening.
Rooms are quiet good & very clean. Sizes are not bigger but very well to stay in. This hotel being on queen of the beaches -- the calndgute beach, is most famous in the area.
I loved to stay there. The hotel has comfortable shower points, sunbeds & benches in the premises."
- Travel date: Tue 8th of December 2009
I think the Chalston is an excellent choice.
"Stayed at the Chalston last year and we are returning with family this November. I also visited the hotel for meals whilst staying elsewhere previously. It is a good meeting place and brilliantly located on the beach.Have stayed elsewhere in Goa and to me the location here is just right and the ambience friendly and comfortable. Unless you want to pay very high prices for luxury then this is the place to stay. Another plus is that it is not overun by one nationality with all their idiosyncrasies - the clientale is very varied which is super. It may not be perfect in every way but hey what do you want and it is in Goa after all. We are very much looking forward to our trip in a couple of weeks."
- Travel date: Sun 8th of November 2009
Excellent - probably best for value in Calangute!
"We stayed here in Aug09 for 13 days, had a bad time at the earlier resort for 2 days and then went to visit some places to stay, Calangute seems to have a shortage of proper 3-4 star hotels, we almost decided on Lemon Tree in Candolim for Rs3000 per night and then my uncle told us about Chalston, that it was right on the beach which was what the kids wanted.
Excellent value for money. For less than Rs1400 per night, we had a large ac room ( the villas we stayed in are much more private and greener outside than the main hotel), the room had nice cane furniture, a large sofa which could have been used as a comfy bed probably, dressing table etc etc, exactly what the pic shows on the site.
The pool was very clean, we walked past it and some well maintained expanses of garden to get to the restaurant overlooking the sea (like Souza Lobo's without the food!). Having said that, the restaurant does serve some very nice simple food, the kids loved the chapatis and potato veg/dal and had it almost every day.
Breakfast was included in the price, consisted of a 2 egg omelette, paus or bread slices, jam, butter, juiceand tea/coffee. The restaurant staff were very friendly and helpful.
None of the hotel staff ask for tips as is pointed out somewhere.
Bookings at this family run hotel seem to be managed by the Swedish wife of the owner (owner's son?). Maria is extremely helpful and willing to make adjustments.
All in all, we had an extremely pleasant 13 days, Anthony at the reception is a gem, very good at his work, my son cut his hand on the raw glass on the coffee table and Anthony sent someone round to change it in 5 mins.
Highly recommended, its out of the way of the usual tourist crowds in Calangute, gorgeous restaurant view, literally on the beach location and a pleasure to stay in!"
- Travel date: Sat 29th of August 2009
great value for money
"We simply enjoyed our stay here. Location is great as its near the two busy beaches, yet away from the crowd. Beach facing rooms are luxurious. Swimming pool is small but well maintained. Staff is polite & friendly."
- Travel date: Mon 29th of June 2009
A disappointing experience
"We stayed at Chalston for a couple of nights last winter after having booked on the net. The booking was easy and the secretary very friendly, which made us expect the same of the hotel and its other staff but that was not to be.
The room was pleasant and quite large with a good balcony with a great view of the sea, but to get some of the things fixed (such as the TV, which never worked) was an ordeal. The pool, which is the reason why the hotel is pricey, is extremely small and shallow.
The hotel seems complacent as it has enough package tourists but that adds to its laxness. The breakfast which was included in the price was the worst we had ever had and just included a measly piece of âpavâ (local bread) with jam and coffee/tea. That made us decide against having any of our meals there.
The hotel is certainly overpriced and itâs not a place one would visit again."
- Travel date: Sun 24th of May 2009