19 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"i went to goa with 18 people altogether, and i have got to say it was the best holiday/break i have ever experianced!!!
the staff were very welcoming and polite...
All the rooms were very clean and always cleaned on a regular basis..
food was amazing, but if your not into curry dont panic there is lots to choice from..
What i noticede the most is you dont have to walk far to find more entertainment, there are lots of things going on inside the hotel as well outside!!!
the beach is two mins away from the hotel and the sea is like a bath....
well i loved it and im goiing back this year for more fun!!!
JUST BOOK IT!!!! "
- Travel date: Wed 4th of February 2009
We first went to Goa in 2005 and stayed...
"We first went to Goa in 2005 and stayed at the Marriot in Panjim, we decided to go again in march 2007 for our 25th and decided to go further south after vising on our previous trip. We decided on the holiday inn and the choice proved to be the right one. The hotel is right on the beach the food is fantastic and the staff are all really nice. book with confidence.
we liked it that much we bought a time share ! and that just is not me :)
cant wait till dec 08"
- Travel date: Sat 23rd of August 2008
My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time...
"My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time at this resort. We were really taken aback by not only the friendliness of the staff, but the cleanliness and overall ambience. It is in a perfect location with the beach just a minute's walk away. The rooms had excellent air-conditioning and the shower was nice and powerful. The only thing that let the resort down was the hotel shop which sold items with a mark up of about 200% on the actual Indian RRP and the staff were not particularly friendly.
So as long as you avoid the shop, you will have a glorious time!"
- Travel date: Thu 29th of May 2008
Fourth visit to Goa, second time at Holi...
"Fourth visit to Goa, second time at Holiday Inn. We had a Deluxe Room very large, clean nice view, friendly staff, fresh flower every couple of days. On my birthday came back to find a lovely cake in room - nice surprise.
The spa was a great place to visit, Indian head massage a must. It was nice to have the choice to stay by pool or on grass under the trees or go down to the beach. Bettyâs beach shades is a really good place to spend the day just on beach at the end of hotel gardens. Lots of things going on in and around hotel in evening if you donât want to go out, but eating out in Goa is a joy: Bettyâs across road, Fishermans wharf and down in Cavealossim: The Jazz Inn, River view, Mikes place, Gaffinois, the Goan village - all really nice, very friendly and good fun.
Shopping in all the local shops is another fun time; all the shop keepers have a good sense of humour and love a chat. Haggle to your hearts content; you can pick up some really nice items and a load of old tat as well.
Most trips can be arranged with the taxi drivers by the gate. We have done loads over the yearâs - waterfall good, Anjuna market great day but very hot, take lots of breaks. River trips with Bettyâs great value. Canât wait for next visit.
- Travel date: Wed 9th of January 2008
This hotel had everything if you want a...
"This hotel had everything if you want a quiet holiday. The rooms are cleaned every day, the staff will bend over backwards to help you nothing is too much trouble for them to do, and they are very friendly, love children. There is some form of entertainment every day. We went all inclusive; my partner has a gluten allergy and she found plenty of things that she could eat.
The fish bar has a barbeque once a week which you pay for but if all-inclusive then you get 25% discount and all local drinks are free. We will be going back in the near future.
- Travel date: Sat 29th of December 2007
Both my partner and myself really felt s...
"Both my partner and myself really felt special on this holiday the staff could not do enough for you.
The rooms were cleaned every day the air conditioning was turned on while you were out to dinner. My partner has a wheat/gluten allergy and she found that she could almost eat everything that was put out.
The entertainment was adequate the beach only 250 yards away the fish bar had a bar-b-cue once a week which you have to pay for but if youâre all inclusive you will get 25% discount and all the local drinks were free. If you like Brandy try the honey bee.
We certainly will be going back in the near future."
- Travel date: Fri 28th of December 2007
Having spent two weeks at the Holiday In...
"Having spent two weeks at the Holiday Inn hotel, myself and my partner were very impressed by the layout of the grounds.
The service from all the staff was exceptional, we were welcomed by everyone with good morning or whatever time of day it was. Nothing was too much for the staff to do.
We particularly enjoyed the fish bar. We would recommend this hotel to anyone going to Goa for a holiday. We shall be going back in the future."
- Travel date: Mon 14th of May 2007
Fantastic holiday in Goa! My husband and...
"Fantastic holiday in Goa! My husband and i loved it. I would recommend all inclusive as eating out is limited.
The Holiday inn was great, very clean and the staff lovely. The bar on the beach was perfect and you have to try the cocktails!
Stick to the traditional Indian food as they know that best. If you donât like curry it may not be ideal for you!
A great holiday, we will definitely be going back."
- Travel date: Sun 3rd of September 2006
Holiday Inn, Mobor Beach - Fantastic Hotel!!
"We have just arrived back from the Holiday Inn at Mobor Beach Cavelossim on a B and B basis. We were initially very worried after hearing about building work, damp rooms etc but I don't know what planet the other travellers were on when rating the hotel bad?
The hotel is excellent, clean, the food excellent, the staff are fantastic in fact we have not a bad word to say! Our room did smell damp when we first arrived, but what do you expect when the air conditioning had only just kicked in, and in April it is hot and humid? Once we were settled it became home and it was a pleasure to retreat to a cool airconditioned room after a hot hard days sunbathing!! The hotel lobby is pleasant and airy and words can not describe sitting there with a refreshing drink and watching the sun set over the sea between the palm trees. In other reviews it states that the hotel is geared up for couples and not so much about families, but again there is a little open hut where the staff entertained our two children ( aged 9 and 10) with plate decorating, Mendhi tattoos, Glass painting, Easter Egg Hunts and they genuinely chatted and had fun with the kids! The Pool and Pool staff were great. It has its own Spa Village where there are a variety of Aruveydic massages and treatments which were good. There is a business room with fax, computers etc, a gymnasium, a few shops, casino and tea shop - with chocolate cookies to die for!
It has direct beach access and you can walk along the shore ( we blagged our way through the Dona Sylvia hotel and cut through to the centre of Cavelossim) It is a pleasant way to get to the main stretch and get a taxi back for about 100Rps. The hotel is a little out of the way and a stones throw from the Leela Beach Resort, but there are a few stalls and restaurants outside the hotel.
There is some building work going on but it is was not intrusive as it is to the side of the hotel and we guess it will be complete for when the new season starts. We would not even hesitate going back to the Holiday Inn and on a first impression would choose it over the Dona Sylvia and the Haathi Mahal. We had an alround fantastic holiday and cant wait to get back."
- Travel date: Fri 21st of April 2006
Fantastic, yet again
"We have yet again not been disappointed with the Holiday Inn, we went in April last year and as soon as we came home we booked it for this year. We had our upgraded seats with First Choice and the staff were fantastic although some people in the premier seats love to keep ringing the buzzer. But we when we arrived at the hotel i had already been on trip advisor to see what the reviews had been like and was a bit concerned about the hotel renovations but when we got there they wer only finishing of the internal fixtures and fittings which we not noisy at all. We went to the fish grill which is part of the hotel but not the same prices as the hotel for some reason so a good steak (and they asked you how you wanted it done because normally outside the hotel they give you it as it comes) so a good steak fries and lots of mixed veg was 150 rupess which is just a touch over 2 pounds and it was delicious, and they do a lovely rose wine, also went to the goan village which is in cavalossim that was nice just behind Mikes place, went to Mikes place a lot last year but would'nt really recommend it this year only went twice and both times we all had dodgy tummys so wouldn't got there again, but the hotel is fantastic, people are wonderful, weather excellent everyone remembered use from last year we also had the same taxi driver as last year kep his number and rang him as soon as we got there to ask if he was free on certain days and he made sure he was able to free up his time for us also the beach sellers all remembered us and especially my mum (ha ha) as she drove them around the bend, but it was still the same as last year so i did the touristy bit last year so had a great chilling holiday this year and have been home 2 days and already booked again for next year but were doing 3 weeks next year with First choice and only costing an extra 120 pound each for the extra week which is fantastic."
- Travel date: Thu 20th of April 2006
"Just got back from a brilliant week in South Goa and stayed at the Holiday Inn all-inclusive.
There were eight of us and we all flew with Monarch. The flight was long but we did get to stop at Bahrain. The duty free here was fantastic and the best duty free in the world.
The all-inclusive package with Holiday Inn was great. We had booked three rooms but we had an hour wait until our rooms were ready. The rooms were all well sized and we had a deluxe room, which gave us so much space and a queen size bed. The room was cleaned every morning and housekeeping would also come in the evening to provide evening service.
Holiday Inn is very well maintained and only a short walk to Mobar beach, which is the longest beach in Goa at 23km. The pool was very clean and cleaned every morning. The water was nice and warm.
Food at the resort was fantastic and there really was no need to eat outside the hotel. Breakfast was served between 7.30 and 10.30 am and the choice of breakfast was from Indian to English. At lunch we would dine at the Mardi Gra, again serving excellent food. You had a choice from eating from the lunchtime buffet or of the all-inclusive menu. In the evening we would eat at the Village grill, again a buffet laid out.
Every Wednesday there is a flea market and we had visited this by taxi. The taxi drivers are very good. The taxi driver waited until we finished shopping and brought us back to the hotel. This outdoor market was very big and we bought back loads of items spending less than Â£20. You really have to barter.
The local shops are very good too, but every shop owner wants you to come into their shop and buy and they wish you good luck. It takes 20 minutes to walk if not 75p if you take the taxi.
Beach sellers would hassle you everyday selling sarongs, jewellery, drums and fresh fruit. They also do henna. The beach sellers were all women and very friendly and we would sit with them and talk about life in Goa. You may come across Sonya, Premodona, Ganga and others.
We all had a massage done - highly recommended. The beauty pallor was very good and cheap, and Maculate the beautician very polite.
All the staff at Holiday Inn are very friendly and you are left alone to get on with your relaxing holiday. The Holiday Inn is located in great place and there are also other hotels along the road. It is very safe to walk at night and during the day. I canât wait to go back and people have said that Christmas in Goa is brilliant."
- Travel date: Tue 18th of April 2006
2 wonderful weeks
"we have just returned from 2 wonderful weeks in goa staying at the holiday inn. we had booked the club rooms which had 7 ft beds and were very spacious and comfortable. The food on site was very good with plenty of choice between goan cuisine and the more english tastes for those that wanted it. The staff were extremely friendly and so polite , nothing was too much trouble for them.While we were there my nephew celebrated his 18th birthday, They made him a cake and we arrived to decorate the table with balloons etc ,we were surrounded by waiters all waiting to help. We visited the river view restaurant which was lovely, we watched the kingfisher diving for fish from the pontoon on the river sal.We took a dolphin trip and went to visit the elephants which we organised ourselves as we didn't want to do the full excursion. We hired the hotel mini bus for the day , there was 10 of us, the trip cost about Â£18 each, but for that we had travel there and back which was a 3 hour journey and the driver waited for us and transferred us to the 2nd elephant island destination, we rode the elephants ,we watched them work, we went on a raft to the elephant island, we fed the elephants, we swam in the river with the elephants and washed them and we had a power shower sitting on their backs in the water. It was a long day but well worth it, an experience that will never be forgotten! We bartered with the locals in the shacks and with the beach sellers. For those worried by news of building works---There is no noisy building work going on there at all. there is a bit of finishing off of a new conference room but that is at the side of the hotel and you dont hear anything from it. One point to watch if your all inclusive is , on the first day you arrive make sure you are signing blue receipts as they are all inclusive - white receipts are billed to your room and it takes a little while to set up all inclusive on your room number!We took some pens and pencils and colouring pencils and gave them to Wolton who is a captain at breakfast time, he has a lot to do with his local church and they help the local school. He insisted on us leaving our names and address so that the children could write to thank us.The beach is absolutely lovely and we enjoyed several walks along there at sunset. The local beach shacks are warm and welcoming and we spent a great couple of evenings dancing at Sams!Overall our holiday was a wonderful eye opening experience of how others live and different cultures to our own. Even our teenage children want to return and I am sure it won't be long before we do!"
- Travel date: Mon 17th of April 2006