8 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Charming basic hotel in pretty grounds
"I would support most of what others have said about this place and given I found it helpful to have others views I offer my own. I stayed 2 weeks on package deal. Great value!
Value & great for a quiet break.
Great setting and lovely if small grounds.
Grounds and pool restful & clean with superb view through the palm tress of the bay..
Restaurant food good & hotel kitchen was very clean
Great view from room, which was cleaned each day
Staff very helpful and friendly.
Location close to Panaji & good for trips out to other parts of Goa.
Beach & Sea not terribly clean. OK not the Hotels fault & while some guests swam in the sea I definitely would not given the visible evidence!
No mossy nets
Room very basic & probably due repainting and the toilet needed the tiles replaced. However no real complaints from me about this but donât expect the rooms to match up with the rest of the hotel.
Limited choice for alternative places to eat & most demonstrated dubious hygiene standards, however some were well liked by other guests and nobody died!
Try the "Goan Delicacy" if only for the walk through the village. Otherwise no shortage of good & great places to eat in Panaji.
I got much better rates and service from taxi drivers in Panaji than locally.
When in Panaji try both the Tali & the Indian Restaurants (Mirsch Masala) in the Fidalgo Hotel, both are very good and the vegetarian tali restaurant both excellent & cheap.
I followed up advice on trip advisor to visit the Mandovi Hotel for cocktails on the Veranda of the "High Tide Bar". This musty 1950's throw back proved interesting and worth the visit, some of the dust dating back to the 60's!"
- Travel date: Tue 10th of March 2009
"Have just returned from O Pescador Hotel. This is a beautiful little hotel just a short stroll from Donna Paula jetty. Hotel, grounds and pool are kept spotless.
Staff are pleasent and as helpful as they can be. We had a lady who cared for our room named Sunita, she was a little treasure. Beds are not too bad. No AC in our room but the ceiling fan was great. One good thing was the lack of mossies and gnats.
We knew after checking previous reports that this would be a quiet place, however, it is quiet with a capital Q. There was no entertainent of any sort either at the O Pescador or the hotel next door as stated in previous reviews..
Breakfast is continential, eggs and cereals were extra. We had lunch there a couple of times but it was rather expensive for what they served you. We did not try the evening meals.
There were only a couple of bar/cafes down by the jetty so the choice was rather limited. We found we were going to Panjim or Miramar most nights.
Unfortunately for us the hotel did have major downsides.
It is really unsuitable for the elderly or people with walking difficulties as there are lots of steps.
There were a lot of odd rules and regulations which may have just been put in place this year as no one else mentioned them. They are as follows:
Notices on room doors which state:
No travel kettles allowed.
No travel irons to be used. See reception for details.
No washing of clothes allowed. See reception for laundry details.
No hair driers to be used.
Fines of 200RS for any of the above.
Fridge hire 100RS per day, when they are available.
Loss of door key 2000RS.
We broke a small drinking glass one day and was asked to pay 25RS for a replacement! Even though this is a pittance we were a little unhappy about this and asked to see the manager only to be told there is no manager or owner on site. The poor staff could only follow the rules laid down.
Then a family came with four children and a dog. It does not say in TC brouchure that pets are allowed!!! The dog barked incesently from 6am. It was allowed to run around the hotel grounds and up and down stairs, it even went in the restaurant during meal times. One day after being on the beach and in the sea with it's owner it then jumped in the pool. The guests were not to happy about this, and the Thomas Cooke rep was very busy that afternoon with a large number of complaints. By this time we had had enough and decided to move hotels. I can't in all honesty say the rep was of any help to us.
This was a great pity because the hotel was beautiful and the location great.
We have been visiting Goa for the past 15 years so I don't think we are over fussy.
Unfortunately I think you need to read between the lines in holiday brouchures."
- Travel date: Thu 22nd of January 2009
Clean, basic hotel
"We stayed here on a 2 week package with Thomas Cook.
The hotel was clean if a little basic. The grounds and pool were kept spotless. The only complaint was that there were not enough cushions for the sun beds and there were only 4 armchairs in the bar area.
Our room was OK and cleaned daily. There were 2 single beds. Mattresses were hard but they provided extra mattresses and pillows on request. We had a room overlooking the sea which was nice. The rooms over the bar could be a bit noisy. Ceiling fan instead of air conditioning which we preferred. No mossie nets so we bought mossie coils and lit on every night and didn't have a problem.
The beach is OK but dissappears at high tide.
The area is very quiet although there were doing up the jetty area so there were lorries back and forth. Some nice cheap restaurants but not enough for a different one every night.
Would we stay there again? Probably not as the area was too quiet."
- Travel date: Sun 7th of September 2008
Lovely hotel in a great location
"My girlfriend and I just got back from Goa having stayed at the O Pescador on a Thomas Cook package deal. It was very, very clean, the room was done daily to a high standard, and the grounds and pool were immaculate. Staff were very friendly and helpful while not intrusive, and gave good advice about where to get the best deals on scooters, boat trips, taxis etc. The location is beautiful with a cute private beach. Food was excellent and service very quick. The hotel right next door offers massages and also serves great food but played hilariously awful keyboard-demo renditions of random pop classics in the evenings.
Downsides to O Pescador were the lack of air conditioning (the giant fan hanging over the bed did us ok tho), no mosquito nets (or way to hang your own), plus the room had an open vent to outside above the door, which let the mossies and crazy bird calls drift in unobstructed.
Dona Paula was quiet and charming with some great places to eat although sadly Nauticaa was shut for renovations.
If we went to Goa again, we'd go earlier in the year as it was almost unbearably hot by late March, and rained heavily a few times, although it was great to catch the Holi and Carnival festivals over the Easter weekend."
- Travel date: Fri 18th of April 2008
o pescador great hotel
"We stayed here on a bed and breakfast basis. When we arrived at the hotel we were pleasently surprised. The grounds and pool were in excellent condition. Our room was basic but ok we were given a room with 2 single beds pushed together and a view looking out over the beach and sea, but we found the single beds uncomfortable so after 2 days we asked to be moved to a room with a king sized bed. The hotel agreed without any problems. We were put in room 24 above the bar. The staff were brilliant derek and mickey in the bar could not do enough for you. Derek even went in to Panjim to get us things from the chemist. Please give these lads a tip if you go they deserve it. There was a miserable guy on reception who never smiled the whole 2 weeks but apart from that it was fine. The food at the hotel was good but we did find it a little expensive. We ate at the sea pebble next door to the hotel and food there was superb and much cheaper. We also ate at the Goan Delicacy which was just down the street that was a nice place too. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from though. Just down the steps from the hotel was the beach the sand was a bit silty though but overall nice. We went on several trips during our stay and used a taxi guy called albert he was good. He would take you out anywhere for a day and wait for you for about 1000 rps about Â£7.80. There is a taxi guy called Rupish who brings his family along for the day trips dont use him as he adds his and his familys food bill on to your fare. We went on a day boat trip to a deserted island with Joseph who cooked us a nice meal on the beach barbecued tiger prawns red snapper mackerel and salad. He also took us fishing and snorkelling on the way. Nice day out, but take sun cream gets very hot on beach. The next day went to the spice plantation got a free meal and drinks and a tour of the place we saw how the indian spices were grown and an elephant was there for photos. Just give the keeper 5rps and they will happily get the elephant to do a few tricks for you. That trip was 600rps each. A few days later we went to the waterfalls which was a bit further when you arrive the locals try and sell you nuts and bananas for the monkeys dont buy them as they are much cheaper up the mountain. A 4 wheel drive takes you up but it is very bumpy going over the rocks etc. Then when you arrive a short walk over some very difficult rocks and your there. You can swim in the pool under the falls which was nice there are large fish in there and then you can feed monkeys etc. That trip was 1000rps each. Dont use the travel companys trips the water fall costs Â£88 each with thomas cook do all your trips in a taxi much cheaper. We hired a 4 wheel drive taxi and travelled up the coast north for about 300 miles we stopped at 3 stunning beaches deserted no tourists just locals these beaches are amazing we saw india in its real state not commercialised like goa. We were travelling nearly all day but it was worth it cost around Â£30. The last trip was the crocodile trip on the everglades jake the snakes boat trips was the name this was good as you get to see not only the crocs but snakes birds and lots of wildlife too. Food and drinks provided 100rps each. Goa is a bit of a culture shock but thats the way they live and you just have to get on with it. If you visit any of the markets do keep your hand on your wallet pick pockets are around and most of them are kids. We went to mapusa market in alberts taxi he will happily walk around with you translating and haggling on your behalf. We got some nice lace table cloths t shirts etc but the market offers everything. There is too much to write about Goa but its well worth the journey a contrast between paradise and poverty.Would definately recommend it though. We went to coco beach twice its very relaxing there and the food in the shacks is excellent. If you go to Calangute beach be prepared to be pestered all day by beach sellers some are kids and you must keep an eye on your bags etc lots of theives about. The roads are very different than at home they are crazy drivers dont think they know how to give way or stop for each other they just use the horn alot a few times we were stamping on the floor as if to use brakes but i guess the locals are used to it. The chemists there are really cheap and you will always find what you need over the counter. Goa is a beautiful place but as anywhere keep your wits about you and dont forget malaria drugs."
- Travel date: Sun 16th of March 2008
Friendly little hotel
"We have just come back from goa and stayed at the O'Pescador. It is a very friendly hotel and the staff are very helpful. It is basicso dont expect the Ritz, but it is very clean. The restaurant serves good food, but wander down to the jetty to Nautica and be amazed at the selection, portion size and price!! About 5 pounds for beers gin & tonics and a 3 course meal for two !!!!
The hotel pool is clean and very refreshing and access to the beach it sits on is down a few steps. Loads of rock pools to explore when the tide goes out.
If you want a relaxing holiday, this is a good place to be. You can watch the locals play cricket and football on the beach on Sundays-all very amusing!!
We liked this hotel, because you get a feel for Goa here. The larger hotels in the main resorts lose the friendliness of a small hotel like this."
- Travel date: Mon 2nd of April 2007
A pleasant surprise
"Like the previous reviewer we stayed at O Pescador for 2 weeks and were very pleasantly surprised at how good it was.
It is a small hotel, situated on a penisular 6kms from the state capital, Panjim. The resort is mainly Indian hence there are no restaurants serving English Breakfasts, etc.
The rooms, whilst basic, are a good size, comfortable and very clean. We had a balcony overlooking the swimming pool and beach - great for watching the sunset. The only downside of the rooms was that the plumbing could have been better and we did not have aircon - however we found that the fan on the ceiling sufficed.
The staff were all very friendly and helpful.
The pool area was very nice and all meals are served on the terrace beside the pool. A lot of the time we had the pool and sun loungers to ourselves (sunloungers could be better though). The beach is not brilliant as it is silty, but was good for swimming when the tide was high.
The restaurant was good for breakfast and lunch. However, we ate there one evening and were very disapointed. There are several restaurants nearby which are good and it is also easy to get into Panjim (by bus, tuk tuk or taxi).
The hotel is a great base given its location in Goa and it is easy and cheap to hire taxis (a taxi for a day costs approx Â£10 and the driver will take you whereever you want to go).
If you want a lively resort with a lot of action this is not the place to be. However if you want a relaxing holiday and be able to catch up on your sleep etc then this is a great place."
- Travel date: Sun 12th of March 2006
V Relaxing, Great Location
"We stayed at O Pescador for 2 weeks and on the whole were really pleasantly surprised.
- A small hotel (20ish rooms)
- located centrally in Goa, excellent as a base to explore rest of Goa
- peaceful setting
- great, semi-private beach
- quite large rooms, nice & simple, most seem to be with balcony & great view of beach
- nice pool
- friendly staff
- beach is really beautiful but not perfect for sunbathing (sand is a little silty)
- hotel food was good but not great, although it's really cheap to eat out anywhere nearby or in the capital Panjim, which is 15mins by taxi.
- dirty sunloungers (though bizarrely the rest of the hotel is spotless!)
- they charge 50 rupees a DAY for use of the safe(!)
We found the pics at ------------------------------ useful.
Overall, definitely stay here if you want a mixed holiday (ie - relaxing at hotel and exploring Goa). If you want a holiday that is just beach and hotel, it may not be ideal because it's a small hotel and has few facilities (no sports etc), beach is a bit silty and immediate local area is ok but not a whole lot to do. But overall highly recommended.
- Travel date: Thu 30th of December 2004