10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
gr8 food and holiday
"the hotel is not very close to beach which is not very good, but it is not kms far too. thre is no good view (scenic) but we enjoyed the hotel itself.
The pool is gr8, the bar around it was my fav.
The buffet variety and food is awesome.
everyone is very helpful, pleasing and not very money minded.
unlike other places, they dont keep on charging for small stuff like internet useage, gym, pool other activities.
goa being a hot season was not as much fun as the hotel itself."
- Travel date: Tue 27th of April 2010
The One place you get to see both sides of Goa- the beach and the countryside
"A fairly new hotel, Fortune Select Regina, off Fort Aguada Rd, exceeded my expectations since I had not previously stayed in any of their other Fortune properties. Their systems are still falling into place, however it is a great place to stay. Just 8 minutes from the beach, I enjoyed both the countryside and the beach as the hotel is located right in the middle of a village. The pool view rooms are the best. The rooms are modern and comfortable and each room has an attached veranda. The staff is courteous and attend to your every needs. The main restaurant is The Orchid where the buffet meals are laid out. The food in the restaurant is wonderful and each meal offers an extensive variety of salads, main course, non veg, Indian breads and desserts. The pool is not very big but it is good for those who want to relax on a hot day. The hotel also has a spa and a salon. The bar seemed to specialize in cocktails and had an extensive list of cocktails from different parts of the world.
I recommend taking an MAP package depending on your length of stay. Choose a pool view room. plan your stay for at least 2 nights so that you can really enjoy your stay."
- Travel date: Thu 15th of April 2010
Not worth the money charged.
1. Travel arrangements are horrible. We landed and Goa airport and pickup was to be arranged. After much efforts (20 mins) driver appeared with placard. Not a great thing to start holiday. We asked him to take us to Hotel and he said that he is waiting for another guest who is also coming at same time. No problem with that except that car he was having was swift and three of us were to sit at back seat!. We waited for another 30 mins, but I think another guest missed the flight. Finally we went to hotel. Also in complimentary trip, they tried to fit too many people in a single Innova.Not expected when you are paying a premium.
2. Location: The beach is good 25 mins walk from hotel. Under 10 mins only if you walk as if you are racing.
3. Pool closes by 7. So plan for pool accordingly.
4. Complimentary Goa visit is too tight packed schedule. The cruise they provide is horrible. Do not fall for it. Ask for discount and plan your day on your own.
5. Corridors for some reason smells bad.
6. Hotel is not that big and frequented by Corporate Conference. The big corporate team will interrupt your peace in pool and dining halls. So watch for it.
7. Not much to offer on food except what is there on offer in buffet. A couple with 2 yr daughter could not have anything extra for their daughter except what was buffet. So watch out if you are planning to visit with kids.
8. Go through Sree Balaji tours (which we didn't). You will get great discounts.
9. Our room's bathroom was having choking problem, which was never attended.
1. Rooms are clean as hotel is new.
2. Staff behavior is good."
- Travel date: Sat 10th of April 2010
Travel Dept Sucks
Being an ITC member , Recently i have been to this hotel with my family, few things i just want to share with you all,
THE TRAVEL DEPT SUCKS.
1. We had been given complimentary Pickup & drop facility ,but After confirming in advance , the Hotel car doesnt arrived at Thivim Rlwy station. When we called the reception they told to take the prepaid cab and in return they will reimburse the amount. There is no comparison between a black yellow taxi and an AC car.
2. The same situation happens next day when my friends arrived . They told us the car left at the station , but my friend waited for an hour and finally the driver came on Bike and told them to take the Prepaid taxi. This type of attitude sucks.
3. Fortune Regina Hotel doesnt owns a car , the entire hotel travel dept depends on the Tourist Car parked outside the hotel. There is guy called Lincoln who arrange for cars . but it wont be of any use. too confused guy.
4. Hotel claims they had complimentary shuttle service from Hotel to Candolim beach , which never goes , i ask them couple of times , they always given us the excuses.
5. Hotel claims Candolim beach is just 7 Min walk from the hotel, if you thought of walking down the candolim beach with a kid , it will take approx 25 min .
6. Rest all is good . Food Dept is very good. My overall experience i wont stay in this hotel in future."
- Travel date: Sat 10th of April 2010
"As the hotel was new and had just opened in December 2009, everything in the hotel was clean and nice.
The hospitality was wonderful and every staff was ready to help.
Although the only problem that we found was at the breakfast, lunch and dinner. As the package we had gone included everything, the hotel was very slow in replenishing the food item once it was over.
The rooms were very clean
Avoid the hotel if they have company who is having a conference. ."
- Travel date: Thu 8th of April 2010
Very, very nice!
"My husband and I stayed here for a week and it was our first time to Goa. For us one of the best things about the hotel is the lack of tourists and the friendliness of the staff. Whilst there was a conference in the hotel for the first couple of days of our stay it certainly didn't interfere with the general peace and tranquillity of the hotel, which is a blessed relief after the heat and hustle and bustle of the resort.
The hotel is nice, the public areas are clean and well maintained. The hotel is newly opened but not new - it has been built for several years. The bedrooms are spacious, comfortable, very clean and have all expected amenities.
In comparison to the rest of the resort the hotel is expensive for both food and drink - still no where near UK prices. Wine, in particular, is expensive but can be quite expensive throughout the resort.
We took a taxi up to Aswen beach to watch the sunset and had dinner at the La Plage restaurant which was lovely, taxi driver was fantastic pointed out places of interest on the way, stopped to let us take photographs of the river and the elephants - highly recommend this. The taxi driver just waits for you and it is very reasonable.
My husband did 10 dives with Barracuda Dive School, who picked him up and dropped him off each day and washed his kit for him each night! He would highly recommend them, Andy & Jeff were very professional, knowledgeable and very safety aware. The down side is the visibility is poor which spoils the diving but he got another 10 dives under his belt which makes him happy!
The taxi driver recommended an Indian restaurant further north of the resort, it was called All Spice and was fantastic and extremely reasonable. Again taxi driver took us and waited for us.
Within Candolim we had a couple of really good meals, Le Bistro, which we had read about here lived up to its name, we ate here twice and both meals where superb. The other restaurant was Aguada which was going out of Candolim in the opposite direction to Calangute, this too was extremely good but huge portions. Both of these restaurants are expensive by Goan standards but an absolute giveaway in comparison to European prices.
I didn't like the beach and I will just leave it at that.
We will definately return to Goa, probably not to Condolim but it was a good introduction to Goa. The people are warm and freindly, we felt safe at all times I freqeuntly ventured out on my own when my husband was diving."
- Travel date: Tue 30th of March 2010
Not really a resort! The true review.
"After seeing their beautiful pictures and nice description given on the website, we got tempted to try this property. We went in a group of 4 couples with huge expectations for the resort. However, there were some issues which made our stay unpleasant.
We reached the resort at 5 pm and wanted to enjoy the pool, however, by the time we changed and planned for a swim, the pool was closed. When later on we decided to sit by the poolside to enjoy a drink, the hotel had organized a poolside conference, Therefore no in-house guests were allowed to sit...Strange. I feel that the conference should have been in the conference/banquet hall so that the in-house guests can enjoy the facilities.
Another strange incident was that we misplaced one room (card)key and were charged extra for the duplicate key, which normally is given complimentary. Kindly take good care of your card key in case you don't want to pay extra.
There is a peculiar smell in the corridors and rooms, which is quite strange as it claims to be a new property. The location is not that great as it seems on their website.
The list of good and bad things are below:
The food quality is very nice. The staff is pleasant. The beds are comfortable.
The corridors and the rooms had an obnoxious smell. The pool get closed by 7. Location not very great, 10 mins walk from the main road. Not worth the rack rate."
- Travel date: Sun 21st of March 2010
Great Place. Great Food. Good service.
"Its a new hotel, and has that freshness to it.
Neat and very well appointed rooms, good service, buffet meals had great spread to them. Tasty and healthy too. We binged. Big time.
Had taken their winter package, which included pick up and drop, all meals, welcome drink, port wine and cashew pack onces during the stay (this never happened though!), sight seeing, tea/coffee maker in room etc
The pickup was a coach, which meant we had to wait for other travellers during the lunch hrs, given that it was a long drive from airport, the wait felt like forever with hungry stomach. luckily we were given a car for the drop back.
Once there, it was a pleasant place to get in, check-in happened in a minute. Was given a road view room at first, then we insisted on a pool view room. got that without much fuss. pool view rooms have a much better view to the pool and green fields.
buffet meals were a delight to have, and later sitting by the pool was a calming experience.
due to the ship wreck, the closest beach is not suggested at all. so others are a bit far off. which is a down side. but calungute market which is in neighborhood is a cool hangout in evening.
in all we had a nice stay, ate good food."
- Travel date: Sat 20th of March 2010
Very good new hotel
"We stayed here for 5 days, after a week at a villa and enjoyed our stay. It's 5 mins walk from Candolim beach, near the boat. We stayed on an all-inclusive winter pachage, for approx Â£50 a night. The food was outstanding, loads of choice, and you could eat extremely healthily or binge on curries. (However the food is so good and cheap in Candolim that if we went again we wouldn't go all in. - we'd already done a a week self catering at a villa, and thoroughly sampled the local fare.). The accomodation was very good - the beds were comfortable, the air conditioning silent, the bathrooms clean. The staff were delightful. Nice size swimming pool, with a pool bar. Very nice view from some of the rooms over the paddy fields and grazing buffalo, and egrets.
Small niggles - (it had only been open for two months) - there was an occasional awful, but localised pong, which I'm sure they will get sorted. The staff were sometimes a bit disorganised. The service varied from excellent to chaotic, but was always well-meaning. . The "finish" on the fixtures and fittings, such as the veneer on the lift surrounds, looks a bit cheap in places, and it might wear quickly. We had to pay for internet access - a tenner for a week - I do think that's naughty. They also booked us the smallest taxi in Candolim for our return (complimentary) trip to the airport, which was a big squeeze for our two big samsonite suitcases..
Despite these qualms, we would go back here, to Candolim and to this hotel - most unusual for us, as we've never gone back anywhere before that we haven't got family ties to! It was our first trip to Goa, but it was an absolute delight.
General points on Candolim
- lots of excellent and cheap eateries from beach shacks to Karaoke pubs to more classy joints. It's possible to eat very well for a tenner a day. We had a couple of truly wonderful meals - at Bomras (Burmese food), and a brilliant fish curry at a very unprepossessing shack "Se Breeze", and a great evening at Stonehouse - great curry and good entertainment.
-there's a bloomin' great boat marooned just off the middle of the beach............they are trying to get rid of it. It's an eyesore, but at the same time, strangely attractive..................
- demographics - mainly British tourists, but also some Russians who vie for the "most rotund in the smallest swimwear" prize. Be prepared to see large men in thongs. Someone had a heart attack on the beach while we were there, No surprise. For the love of God, have a salad.
- You can make major savings on some major purchases - I got a pair of bifocals from Eyesight for Â£79, and my husband got 3 cashmere suits, 5 shirts, adn a leather jacket all made to measure for Â£410 (and mycheap copper ring which the tailor took a fancy to!) from the tailors at Whispering Palms. You might also consider dentistry, and jewelry.We are very pleased with all the purchases...........
- sightseeing - you can get a taxi driver for 850 rupees, about a tenner, for a whole day, to take you to a different beach (we went to Ashwam, which is a lot quieter than Candolim, and had a lovely day there, but there are lots more), or sightseeing - to a spice plantation, and to spend some time with the elephants ( washing one in the river - they must have the cleanest elephants in India, but it is great fun.) - to visit the temples and churches - to got to the market .
- you can go dolphin spotting by boat
- take a couple of days on a houseboat up the river
- cows on the beach!
- Goans are delightful, and although they are poor and do want to make a buck from you, ( Candolim beach must have a ratio of about 20 tourists to 1 beach vendor) they do understand "No". You will end up making friends. Most tourists we spoke to were repeat visitors, some of whom were spending the winter out there.."
- Travel date: Mon 22nd of February 2010
Very Good High Standard Hotel
"Location: quiet area of Candolim set back approx 500 metres from the main road, about 7 mins walk to the beach. Great views over looking the surrounding countryside & hills.
Facilities: Good sized pool, Gym, Spa, Bar, 2 restaurants. In rooms: Wi-Fi, Big Screen TV, safe, good sized balcony, giant sized bed, Air Con.
Staff: Excellent....they couldn't do more for you. Always very helpful !
Overall: Nice, quiet, clean hotel....not overly suited though to anyone looking for a boozey, karaoke, full english breakfast type holiday. The Fortune Select is much more suited to people who are looking for a hotel of a slightly better standard and where they can escape the crowds and relax.
Very highly recommended."
- Travel date: Wed 10th of February 2010