10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Not as good as it looks in the pictures
"Maybe I expected too much but I did not find that this hotel lived up to the pictures. We stayed in the Rajasthan Suite, it was clean but everything looked like it needed updating and the toilet leaked along with the lights flickering constantly. Also, the pictures of the little patios are slightly misleading as what they don't show is that the plants around the outside of the patio are not as numerous in the pictures so that you see through to the street outside and in the Rajasthan, you look left into the back of the kitchen. The road that the hotel is on is also not that nice and is quite dirty.
When we arrived at the hotel, we had to wait 10 minutes for someone to come and meet us and then all we got was 'that's your room' - hardly the friendly, personal service we expected. We stayed one night and then checked into another hotel, the bed however was very comfortable.
As I said, maybe I expected too much but this place is not overly cheap and I think there are better places out there."
- Travel date: Sun 22nd of November 2009
all clean rooms, well-decorated, amazingly green patio
"Loved it, best memory of my entire trip in SouthIndia.
This is a b&b, rooms are very different but all are clean, decent and decorated properly.
We had the Bougainvilliers ( saw the 2), the simplest rooms with twin beds, still equiped nicely, ac, books shelves, etc. Deco is ok and you have a lovely balcony facing the green.
Your entry door is on the stylish 'patio-dining room', great area where you meet others travelers, great time. Lovely fountain also. I understand that the room next to the kitchen (which looks really nice) can be noisy since you end up discussing and laughin until 12 while the staff still serves you. The guys who stayed in this one did not complain about the noise but still it's possible.
Overall, a very nice and decent stay, a human place like there's just a few. Food is GREAT.
Note : I visited the biggest room (president suite) : it's amazing!
Highly recommended, simple, feel-good and flawlessly clean.
ps : you need a scooter to ease your movements, they rent them."
- Travel date: Thu 12th of November 2009
The Holiday of a Lifetime - Fantastic!!!
"We went out to the Marbella Guesthouse, never having been to India before, not sure what to expect. What greeted us totally blew us away! We stayed in the Rajhastani Suite, which was just superb. A gorgeous suite, large seating area, beautiful furniture and the tiled floor was incredible. We had French doors leading out to our own private terrace which was surrounded by beautiful bourganvillia , just fabulous to have breakfast or a bottle of wine in the evening. The bed was very comfortable and even the mosquito net was a beautiful, embroidered masterpiece. The bathroom was huge, with a bath that my 6' 2" partner could float in, full length and still not touch the sides, which I couldn't get him out of one night for 3 hours! Sumptuous is the best word for it.
The service was second to none, no need for tea making facilities, just as one of the friendly and very helpful staff and within minutes you had a lovely hot cup of tea - they even bought us some mugs because we preferred them to cups and saucers! The food was fantastic, Rocqui, the chef, was just fabulous - whether it was indian food, which was to die for, or Italian (he trained under an Italian chef), or even Chinese and English food, he was excellent. All the food is fresh, no dodgy tummies at all.
All in all our holiday was superb, and particularly due to the exceptionally high standard of this hotel and its staff, and Nestor, the Hotel Manager, who keeps a watchful eye out to ensure everything is perfect. We cannot thank them enough for making our holiday a dream, and we have already booked to go back next year. And after having a viewing of other rooms which they kindly allowed us to do, I think next time we will be staying in the Penhouse Suite, although the Rajhastani will take a lot to beat. We cannot recommend the place highly enough."
- Travel date: Fri 5th of June 2009
Absolutely amazing . . .
"We had the most fantastic time here and would most definitely come here again . . and recommend to anyone visiting Goa.
We were staying in the beautiful Rajasthani Suite and it was amazing, pure luxuary and what we would describe as an oasis. The suite was a beautiful, the bedroom area was gorgeous, the furniture was tasteful and elegant and the lounge area was very comfortable. The bathroom alone was almost half the size of our London flat.
We both arrived in Goa from two weeks backpacking, tired and really unwell. The staff were fantastic and helped us out with Doctors and hospitals. Susan and Raymond in particular were just fantastic.
The food was delicious, we didn't eat anywhere else and was reasonably priced. The guesthouse was only a five - ten minute walk from a quiet beach and short walk into the main street."
- Travel date: Mon 18th of May 2009
Simply The Best
"Simply the best small hotel we have stayed in anywhere in the world and absolutely astonishingly good value. Book the penthouse suite if you can get it.
Set in a mass of flowering shrubs at the end of a private road the location could not be more peaceful. Its about 200 yards down the lane to the road and then left and walk five minutes to the beach or right and ten minutes to Sinquerim. If you want to go further Peter, the local taxi driver, lives in the bungalow just down the lane, he is a gem.
Staff are helpful and obliging, nothing is too much trouble and everything is accomplished with a smile. Breakfasts are made to order and all tastes are catered for. Light lunches of sandwiches, salads, pasta dishes and the like are available. For dinner you are encouraged to order fish and seafood that morning so that the cook can obtain them fresh from the boats as the fishermen come ashore. Everything we had was beautifully cooked and reasonably priced.
For a quiet retreat and utter relaxation it cannot be bettered and I canât recommend Marbella too highly."
- Travel date: Sun 8th of March 2009
Something different in Goa
"Marbella is a beautiful charming guesthouse. It is an old, original house that has been converted into beautiful rooms. We stayed in a suite and my sister in one of the rooms. Both lived up to the photos on their website. Rooms are clean, nicely furnished with reasonably sized bathrooms. As it is an old property showers are not powerful and the water in the showers is never boiling hot but is lukewarm which, although not ideal if you like hot showers, was not a problem in the heat of Goa. Staff are excellent, easy going and very accommodating. We only ate breakfast there which was very tasty and there was lots of choice on the menu although they offer lunch and dinner too.
We used to walk to the bus stop at the bottom of the road and use the buses to get around Goa but taxis are plentiful too. There is one nice restaurant within walking distance (Sweet Chillis) but you need a torch for part of the walk back in the evening. Otherwise it is a taxi into the centre of Candolim.
All in all it is a beautiful, tranquil place to stay with a lush garden/outdoor area. If you like small/boutique hotels with very personalised service then this is ideal."
- Travel date: Thu 5th of February 2009
Very noisy, little privacy
"We booked 6 nights at this hotel, but left after 2.
The building is beautiful however it is very noisy on the ground floor. The staff shout to each other across the hotel and the high ceilings amplify the noise.
Our room was next to the kitchen. A previous trip adviser review suggested that there was some noise in the morning. Unfortunately, the noise lasts all afternoon, into the night and from 7am in the morning. The staff listen to the radio at a loud volume and sing along. They shout at each other all of the time.
The garden is on the other side of the room. There are no borders so anyone in the garden walks directly along the room's window."
- Travel date: Thu 15th of January 2009
Beautiful and Serene Guesthouse
"This is a wonderfully restored guesthouse in a quiet spot of the city. The rooms were comfortably appointed with beautiful furniture and decorations. A ceiling fan and air conditioner kept the room at a comfortable temperature.
The friendly staff made us feel like we were staying at their home. There is a patio outside where you can eat meals cooked right by you in the kitchen. There are also plenty of nooks where you can relax with a book or newspaper.
It is about a ten minute walk to the end of the beach, but it's pretty grimy on that end. Once you get to the beach, walk about 15 minutes in and it gets a little better. From the city center, a taxi ride back to the guesthouse takes about 10 minutes. Watch out though, taxis are more expensive in Goa than in Bombay or Delhi.
There are a number of restaurants that are a 10-15 walk from the guesthouse. Carry a flashlight so you can find your way to the main road safely.
Practicalities: Prepaid taxis from the airport are reasonably priced. The neighbor of the guesthouse runs a taxi service you can use to get back to the airport.
Bottom Line: I highly recommend the Marbella Guesthouse if you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of India."
- Travel date: Thu 3rd of July 2008
Far from the madding crowd
"The Lonely Planet recommendation is not wrong.
The Guesthouse is down a quiet side street yet 10 minutes stroll from the beach / shops.
We stayed in the Rajasthani Suite: huge room, cool bed & decor, sunken bath and, best of all, a shady private terrace. The staff are fantastic and brought our freshly prepared breakfast to our terrace every morning.
I would recommend it to everyone, especially couples (it's romantic), particularly as it is one of the few "mid-market" places to stay in Goa. Goa is otherwise either package tourist hell or characterless five star hotel.....
- Travel date: Fri 16th of March 2007
Great guest house
"We really enjoyed ourselves at the Marbella.
The house has been beautifully restored into three rooms and three suites. Our suite was clean, spacious and really importantly air conditioned. We paid for breakfast everyday and it was 100 or so rupees well spent. We never got ill from it and the ingredients were first class whether you had the eggs or the fruit salad. Apparently the evening meals are also great, but we have to confess to having walked into town every night (ten minutes down a lit road which is, in our experience, very safe).
There were no downers for us, but you might like to bear these in mind:
- there is a resident dog, he is very clean and very friendly, but he is always around. There are also a couple of resident cats who might have to be persuaded off a chair so that you can sit down for breakfast.
- the suite next to the kitchen (the Moghul) does catch a bit of noise off the patio and from the kitchen. This never bothered us but if you like to sleep in past eight or go to bed before ten then ask not to have this one."
- Travel date: Sun 4th of March 2007