The Golden Crown Hotel & Spa Colva
9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
My mother and me have been visiting Goa...
"My mother and me have been visiting Goa for many years and have recently returned from the Oceanique resort. This is one of the better resorts that we have stayed at. It is very relaxing throughout the day and at night they lay on great entertainment.
Outside the resort are many activities to take part in and places to eat.
I would recommend it to others but we wouldn't visit again because we like to visit many different places and try different things."
- Travel date: Tue 18th of December 2007
Very nice small hotel, very clean, spaci...
"Very nice small hotel, very clean, spacious rooms with fridge, TV, air /con, ceiling fan, good showers in en-suite, small furnished balcony, or terrace.
Good supply of clean linen, towels, & pool towels. Staff very helpful, immaculate garden area around pool and rooms.
Breakfast, limited choice but well presented and adequate. We had lunch at the hotel a few times and it was tasty and nicely presented.
There was entertainment laid on every night, though as we were only B/B we were out having our evening meal in one of the many local restaurants or shacks. All was quiet in the hotel after 2300.
Hotel is situated near a fishing village in Colva. So fishy smells are quite strong & Colva itself can be very busy with local people.
Our advice is to walk straight down to the beach from the hotel and then turn right, nice sandy beach, sun beds and parasols and basis toilet facilities, provided by beach shack owners.
Plenty of taxis for hire, bikes, scooters, and rickshaws are the cheaper option.
All in all a very cheap, restful holiday. The flight too was excellent; there is plenty of legroom on the First Choice plane, just what you need for long-haul. We would go again."
- Travel date: Mon 28th of May 2007
We had a fortnight's holiday here. We fo...
"We had a fortnight's holiday here. We found the hotel very peaceful, rooms fairly spacious, beds comfortable, pillows lumpy, cleaning good, linen and towels changed daily. Staff very helpful and willing to please.
Breakfast was limited but adequate, good supply of toast and eggs cooked anyway you wish. Snack menu sparse but nice and well presented. Cannot comment on dinner as never tried it. The power cut out a few times, but was quickly restored by a generator.
Colva itself is very busy, lots of cars and scooters and they do seem to have a litter problem. Beach is okay but it is best if you turn right after leaving the fishing village, sea is rough with a strong current. Plenty of restaurants and beach shacks, food is good and very reasonable.
There is an abundance of taxis, the drivers of these, always insist that you stop at the jewelers or government shops on route, which can be very annoying. There are also plenty of rickshaws, which are a very cheap form of transport and add to the fun. Also plenty of scooters to hire, price from 200- 300 rupees a day.
Hawkers are not allowed on the beaches in Colva, but have stalls along the roadside to town and beach and some continually pester tourists and do not take ' no ' for an answer. Please be aware if traveling with First Choice, stick to the 20kgs luggage allowance as they charge Â£7 a kilo excess charge. All in all we had an enjoyable holiday.
- Travel date: Wed 28th of March 2007
I traveled in a party of 9 people. For...
"I traveled in a party of 9 people. For a 3 star hotel I thought it was great. It was very clean all round, including the pool. Everybody in the party thought that their spacious rooms were kept wonderfully clean by the staff and linen was regularly provided.
Breakfast was varied each morning and included a choice of eggs to order, which were excellent. I would certainly return to this hotel..... great value. Just one thing... if you wish to leave a tip for the cleaners/room servants. ensure that you hand it to them personally....if you leave a tip in the room at the end of your stay, it normally doesn't reach them.
- Travel date: Mon 19th of March 2007
Returned 4 March after a 2 week holiday....
"Returned 4 March after a 2 week holiday. Could not fault the hotel, all the staff were very friendly and helpful and tentative.
The room was spacious with air conditioning and a fan, the room was cleaned thoroughly every day and clean towels usually brought to the room in the afternoon.
I had a few meals at the hotel and found them very good, but beware tax is added to the total bill.
The swimming pool is lovely, 4ft the whole length, especially inviting when coming back in the afternoon after being out the day.
A good choice of food for breakfast, however, the tomatoes, bacon and baked beans do taste sweet, and the eggs are wonderful.
The Lucky Star and Mickeyâs are good places to eat, was disappointed with other places. If going to the Silver Spoon beware before you sit down that they still have what is on the blackboard.
I sat down with my group and ordered drinks, then ask for a few items on the blackboard and was told most of it was not available.
On the local beach the "First Base" shack is popular so get their early for sun beds.
The only drawback when walking to the local beach and to the local shops is the smell of the drying Mackerel.
Apparently during the Monsoon the fish are not available so they catch it now and preserve it in salt so they have plenty during the Monsoon season.
Catch a bus at the local bus station when going to Margo as its cheap and good fun. Indian music is played during the journey; the buses leave every 15 mins. The market at Margo is undercover.
There is a local night market on a Monday evening. If going to Anjuna market on a Wednesday you need to go very early in the morning it takes an hour to get there and gets very hot.
My mother felt faint there and was told not to drink ice cold drinks as they give you stomach cramps, only drink room temperature drinks.
There is a Saturday evening market which is very good, takes an hour to get there called the German market; I think it's near Calangute.
I visited the local doctor a few times, ask the receptionist to phone ahead to let him know you are going. When you get there knock on the door and stand by the door.
When the door opens he will see you and ask you in, even if there are people waiting to see him. I know this is unfair to the people waiting but this is the routine.
By the end of the 2 weeks I had had enough of the spicy food and was asking for chips or food without spice. All the food is freshly cooked so you do need to wait a long time for it and for the bill.
Coming home on the First Choice flight most of us seated separately and not by choice."
- Travel date: Mon 12th of March 2007
Just returned from a one week all inclus...
"Just returned from a one week all inclusive holiday at the Oceanique Hotel in Goa, not very impressed!
The food was mediocre; the accommodation was just about acceptable, the location of the hotel was reasonable.
The biggest problem that we had were the rats running around the pool area after dark! I did manage to convince my wife that they were Goan hamsters.
I would not return to this hotel."
- Travel date: Mon 5th of March 2007
Clean, pretty well equipped twin room wi...
"Clean, pretty well equipped twin room with fridge and balcony. The hotel grounds are lovely with a good sized pool. Dining area is spacious and breakfast is excellent with the most helpful staff you've ever met.
Tried to get into this hotel this year but its fully booked - not surprised. The resort of Colva is pretty quiet, not much going on at night, but a few restaurants and bars. But hire some mopeds or arrange for a taxi to take you around Goa, he'll wait for you everywhere you go, but make sure you set a price for the whole trip.
If you book it through your hotel its likely to cost you more than if you do it yourself - always barter. The beaches are fantastic, hang around till about 5pm and you see hundreds of locals gather on the beach to get fresh fish from the fishermen. Enjoy - we did. Ania and Claire :)
- Travel date: Thu 23rd of November 2006
My husband had to queue for hours in a H...
"My husband had to queue for hours in a Huddersfield mosque for our visas but once in the air - the first choice plane was very comfortable- no need to pay for extra legroom . The Oceanique in Colva Beach was an oasis to return to every day from beautiful beaches and delightful villages.
Fosters was on the AI menu in our hotel and several bottles were enjoyed. Our cold winters are forgotten as Goa is just perfect for us Brits at New Year. We ate out most evenings as the cheapest place ever. You can select freshly caught fish-and watch friendly locals cook it. It was hard for a couple to spend Â£10-00 including rounds of Bacardi breezers. New years eve and a gala dinner was spectacular with piglets on spits, ice sculptures, firework display etc, etc Bonfires were lit up and down the beaches.
We were welcomed into every hotel and enjoyed tripping round on a scooter. Yes some of us were "mods" An overnight stay on a converted rice boat was a first. Ornate temples and bustling market places added to what was a delightful holiday."
- Travel date: Thu 17th of August 2006
An excellent holiday in a 3* hotel with...
"An excellent holiday in a 3* hotel with friendly attentive staff. The hotel has a small pool and all rooms open out onto the pool. Oceanique is on the outskirts of Colva a small Goan fishing village. There are fish drying areas close to the hotel that may put some people off with the smell. Myself it didn't take me long to get used to the slight fishy smell that was in the air. A five minute walk will see you on the beach next to a wonderful beach shack called "First Base".
A large bottle of Kingfisher will cost you almost nothing and a good meal costs only a little more! Staff are friendly and always greet you courteously. Breakfast at the hotel was very good, a selection of European dishes including eggs cooked fresh for you and how you want them by a chef in the dining room. There is also an Indian selection each morning with Idli, Dosas, and Sambals.
Activities - hire a taxi for the day and visit the Waterfall and Spice Farm. Spend the night on a converted rice boat known as the Floating Palace. Bus trip to visit the Flea Market at Anjuna. The hotel is situated next to rice paddy fields and there is a variety of birdlife including several types of Kingfishers, Red Wattled Plovers, Egrets, many types of wading birds, Kites and the very spectacular Blue Tailed Bee-eater. Don't forget to take your binoculars with you.
Flight with First Choice is excellent, clean, plenty of legroom. The First Choice rep at the hotel was also very pleasant and friendly."
- Travel date: Wed 1st of March 2006