11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
We were ROBBED here!! No security here!! Worst experiance ever!!!
"Hotel Palmarinha redefines all the definitions and rules for the hospitality industry.Here you do not have the rights to complain about anything and if u do ,u had it !
We had taken their best suite room which was a 2 BHK costing highest among them all. Apparently, the ventilator above the balcony door was broken due to which a theif got in and stole all our cash, digi cams, watches and other valuable.
When we complained the next day, Giles Saldanha, the manager said they couldnot help it. and did not compensate in any manner
while it was deir mistake to give us a room with a broken ventilator and to be so irresponsible about their service and security.
The staff's ego is hurt ..Instead of being receptive or logical they resort to AGGRESSIVE means to prove their point.
They charged us for using EMPTY PLATES AND SPOONS!!!
The food here totally SUCKED!!!!!
Breakfast had only 1 dish per person
even coffeee was charged
this place ruined the trip completely!!
DONT EVER GO HERE!!"
- Travel date: Tue 23rd of August 2011
"Having been to Goa twice before, i would say that the Palmarinha was by far the worst hotel i have stayed.
The website through which i booked said that the Hotel was in Calangute, my partner and i walked from the Hotel to Calangute beach and it took over 1 hour. Other hotels in Calangute would take you 10 mins.
The first room we were offered was Dark, Smelly and Dirty, the toilet when flushed was disgusting.
The restaurant, was average, i ate there only 3 times and each time it was dissapointing. All food and drink had tax added, making what you thought to be a reasonable price, to being double when the bill came.
I like to walk to beach on holiday, but because the Taxi drivers knew you depended on them they did try to take advantage EVERY DAY.
We managed to get a waitress to smile after being there a week.
I love Goa, but after coming home this time i was disheartened. If i do go back to Goa in the future, i will not go to this hotel but will stay in the real Calangute, much research is needed before booking here! :-)"
- Travel date: Sat 21st of April 2007
"check in on the 20thFeb for 7 nights, had a great stay in Palmarinha Resort and a great time in Goa.
Room - Average in size with tv, ceiling fan, air conditioning, phone, table with 2 chairs, a small couch, balcony, fridge with drinking water inside and a comfortable double bed. new towels everyday.
Food - Breakfast was poor, not a lot to choose from and need to pay extra for bacon, sausage and pancake. didn't have dinner in the hotel so can't comment but did have room service one night. very cheap for a hotel and only took 20mins for the food to arrive.
Pool - 2 lovely pool but not enough sun lounger and without umbrella.
Location - a little bit out of the busy part of Calangute but not necessary a bad thing because you won't hear the car horns all night. hotel have a hourly free taxi service for Calangute beach between 9am to 11am and 3pm to 6pm. taxi only cost around 80p if you can't be bother waiting.
Staff - everyone seems to be very nice and would say hello at every opportunity. there is also a couple of security guards at the front gate and they would patrol the hotel at night.
The hotel is basic and only just passed for 3stars but it is India after all. don't expect too much and you'll have a great time in Goa.
p.s. don't book any trips with your tour operator, get in to Calangute and there is loads of travel agents who charge 40% less for the same trip."
- Travel date: Sun 4th of March 2007
"you get what you pay for"
"We booked through Thompson, which when all considered was good value for money although we would never settle for 3 star accommodation again. We stayed at the Palmarinha, which in it self is an okay hotel. Even though the hotel was fully booked, the 2 pools very empty most days. The main problems with this hotel is that all the 'action' is a taxi ride away (200 rupees) i.e. Calangute and Candolim. Also, unless you stay in a room at the back of the hotel the rooms are seriously noisey from the traffic to Mapusa, that passes the hotel pretty much all night. Lastly, the breakfeast at this hotel is absolutley shocking - stale toast and a poor selection of fruit, generally covered in flies; which is another problem this hotel suffers with due to it's location next to rice fields. We will not be returning..! If your budget can stretch a little further, my reccomendations are The Lemon Tree which opened Jan '07 and looks great or the fabulous Taj Village Resort - which gets better and better every year. A must for good authentic Indian food is the Stone House - great atmosphere!"
- Travel date: Sat 3rd of March 2007
"We have just come back from our first trip to Goa, we stayed at the Palmarinha and would stay there again without a doubt. We booked with first choice and the flight was comfortable with no problems on the way there and a bit of a delay on the way back of 1 hour or so. the seat back screens really helped to pass the time on the way out there but on the way home it was all the same movies etc
We had a room overlooking the second pool and the fields which made a lovely view. the grounds are attractive and well kept.
Overall we were well looked after here, the room was cleaned very day, even when I left clothes all over the place, I came back to find them all neatly folded and put away. we were left without any drinking water one night though when the fridge hadn't been restocked and the aircon was too noisy to leave on at night, but the fan was enough anyway.
I never saw any mozzies in the room but we lit a coil each night just incase, I had 2 bites the whole trip and they never bothered me at all. I used avon's skin so soft spray and a 50% deet mozzie spray, and we took lariam one a week tablets.
The staff are all very friendly and helpful. You can get beach towels from the desk beside the pool but they like them back by 6pm and there wasn't always enough sunbeds for everyone. we had a relaxing massage at the the beauty parlour, I had a headache at the time and after the head massage the headache was gone, an hour long massage cost 700r.
We used taxis and tuk tuks all the time with no problems apart from scaring me to death with their mad driving!! we tried to walk back from town one day and got lost so hailed a taxi going the opposite way and he braked so quickly the motorbike behind him smacked in to him and knocked the two guys riding it to the floor with the bike on top of them!! they weren't hurt though as far as we could tell.
We used the taxis just outside of the Palmarinha too, mostly Vinnie, he was great, very knowledgable and a nice guy, he didn't let us get ripped off and he would take us to beautiful beaches each day, wait for us and take us back to the hotel each evening.
We visited Calangute beach on day one and found it very busy, we then tried Ashwen, Coco and Mandrem and one other which i think was called turtle beach, but not sure. loved Ashwen the best, quiet, beautiful beach.
We went dolphin spotting off Cocoa beach and ate lovely food at Blackys place.
We also had a fantastic day with the elephants and bathed one of them in the stream and she showered us with cold water from her trunk.
We ate at 'after seven' 'east to west' 'Brittas' and 'kim faa(sp) chinese place in Baga' all very nice, also Viva Goa for proper Goan food, really nice food and very cheap. we also had fantastic meals at lots of different shacks.
I loved Goa, our time there went too quickly, I am missing the lovely weather and wish I was back there now, I am sure we will go back, maybe for christmas."
- Travel date: Wed 28th of February 2007
Great rooms, great staff
"Stayed here over Christmas with my partner and 2 kids.
The rooms were spacious and airy with fan AND air -conditioning and fridge and sat. t.v. Very clean, hardly any mosquitoes. Both pools were great. The buffet breakfast was adequate and the bar/restaurant clean with a lovely cool terrace. The drinks were a bit pricey but there are a few small bars just up the road that are cheaper.
The staff were absolutely fabulous in the bar and restaurant and they really looked after the kids, but with all those fantastic restaurants, like Fiesta, to compete against, it is always going to be quiet there.
I've mostly stayed in cheap guest houses before in Goa and for the price this was exceptional. Definately worth 3 *.
Yes it is away from the beach but that has its advantages. Very quiet at night. Calangute centre is 20 mins walk away. Taxis outside the hotel will take you to Baga beach (cleaner than Calangute) for around 80 rupees (Â£1) or take the free bus service to Calangute beach from the hotel. The taxis are also much cheaper than the excursions the holiday companies will try to sell you. Make friends with them, but haggling is essential, as it is everywhere in India.
I've been holidaying in Goa every year for 15 years and this is one of the nicest places I've stayed at. I would definitely stay there again."
- Travel date: Sun 18th of February 2007
We loved this hotel
"We visited Goa in January and stayed two weeks at the Palmarinha resort and had a wonderful time. The hotel is a little out of Calangute but this was great because after spending the evening in the bustle and noise of the town, it was nice to jump into a tuk tuk or taxi and take a short ride back to peace and quiet. The Palmarinha is in an ideal location as it is central to the different markets and beaches. The staff at the hotel couldn't have been nicer, everyone went out of their way to make us comfortable. The room was large with air con' and a fan, overlooking one of the two swimming pools. It was very clean and even the towels were laid out in a different design each day. Occassionally the electrics went off but this didn't cause a problem for us. They have an onsite spa where I had the most amazing relaxing facial. We had our own taxi driver for the two weeks who gave us lots of good advise and took us to quiet beaches further north when we wanted a change. I would definately go back to Goa and stay at the Palmarinha again as it was a fantastic experience."
- Travel date: Fri 16th of February 2007
"Just returned on Tuesday from the palmarinha, the rooms are very large, clean with air con, fans, tea&coffee. At night we heard no noise what-so-ever from horns etc. Yes it is a taxi ride into calagute which cost around Â£1. We did not use the hotel bar very much so cannnot comment. But it has two lovly swimming pools. We will be returning to this hotel in November 07 and would highly recommend it."
- Travel date: Thu 15th of February 2007
shoddy service at new hotel
"The Palmarinha is a new hotel in Calangute on the road to Mapsa-too far to walk to the beach & we found the hotel taxi`s offering inconsistent & inflated fares. Whilst the rooms were very well furnished, well decorated & clean, the waiters & bar staff appeared to have had little training . I often couldn`t find staff to serve me! There are 2 lovely pools but I found the bar & restaurant areas lacking in atmosphere day or night. The food was nothing special. It gets a little breezy at night due to the location of the hotel as the fields are right next door. The room boys were lovely & we were happy to tip but on our last night as were about to go to bed &t he last to leave the bar;Adam who had cheerily been serving us for the last 2 weeks came tearfully to tell us that his mother was dying & he had no Â£ to visit her tomorrow in Tamil Nadu.We decided that we could not trust his info but we still felt guilty about not giving him any Â£.This is 3* hotel ,yes i agree with that for the rooms but everything else about it was a 2*I won`t be going back."
- Travel date: Mon 12th of February 2007
Jeckle and Hyde hotel
"Beware!! This hotel has two types of room accomodation refurbished and non reburbished and it is the look of the draw as to which you get. and how overbooked they are. Ours was so bad that we moved out after the first night at great expense to ourselves as Thomsons would not relocate us (several others had also left in prevoius weeks we found out). Some of the rooms are right on the road and the cars honk their horns all night long.The breakfast is also very poor.
The positives were the pool area and the food in the restaurant was OK. It is not an easy walk into calangute as the roads are busy and unsafe. The beaches are very busy and dirty in places and the beach shacks are of a poorer standard than those we tried in the south
The north resort is very busy and noisy compared to our experience when we relocated to the south - the down side of the south is the distance to access the markets and shopping of the north and the higher taxi fare costs which are necessary to get anywhere as most of the hotels are a little removed from the towns and walking is quite an experience in India compared to the many other places that we have travelled. We would definately go back to the south and the beaches are excellent"
- Travel date: Wed 7th of February 2007
palmarinha resort hotel calungute
"This hotel is brillant, large rooms fan and air con tea/coffee facilitieson request . All rooms clean over looking fields and country side.
Location outside the main resort but in my opinion this was a plus
We had a room to the side of the hotel which over looked paddy fields ( not in use at the time) only problem here would be when they are in use would be the mossies. We used to have a morning cuppa on the balacony on a morning watch the sun rise and see the locals waking in single file all going to work, see the elephant ( called luximee) travelling down the road every day and evening.
Staff very friendly and help full.
You will need a taxi to get about but these don't cost much.
Would I go back YES"
- Travel date: Sat 27th of January 2007