10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
some good points some bad
"stayed at the mariott after a week in the Grand Hyatt resort and spa, also in Goa. The Hyatt was on the whole better. (but more expensive) Despite two prevoius reviews saying breakfast at the Marriott was great, it was rubbish compared with the Hyatt. Howere there was a better selection for lunch and dinner at the Marriott. Marriott has a better location, the Hyatt is in the middle of nowhere. Did not mind small pool, how much water do you need to swim in?? service was good in Marriott, but at the Hyatt is was exemplary. We stayed in an Executive Bay view room which was beautiful, except for smelly toilet, but again how much time do you spend in the toilet. The best part about having an executive room is that you get access to the exec lounge with free food and drink in the evening! Goa is a terrible clash of standards, for the locals poverty, lack of infrastructure, power and water supplies limited and grand five star hotels where everything is available."
- Travel date: 5th March 2007
Noisy conference and package tourist hotel with ok standard
"I booked this because of the previous reviews - but we were really disappointed. Of course, it's about what you expect - so the Marriott may be suitable for some - not for us. Overall, this is a rather noisy conference and package tourist hotel with ok service in a remote location. Let's start with the good things: Service is very friendly. People are nice. It's located directly at the channel (not the sea!) so you always have a nice breeze. Breakfast ist really stunning. A huge variety and high quality - throughout. The spa is nice as well. The hotel has a good standard (somewhere around 4 Star with some 5 star features). Here is what we did not like: The hotel campus is rather small with just a 6-10 meter stretch of grass/pool between the wall at beach and the hotel itself. Within this rather small campus, all guests, the pool as well as restaurants try to find space - so it has a rather crowded feel. About half of the guests are UK package tourists and teh remainder 1-2 day conference guests, meaning there is lots of checking in and out all day. The hotel put's itself into the entertainment category. During dinner, there is always rather loud live music (african, 60's or a mix of both) playing. Given the small campus, it's hard to escape. In addition, we had large garden parties for the conference guests in the remainder of the garden for 4 out of 7 nights with own live music and buffet. So conversation during dinner is a real challenge. Luckily, our room was in the wing without garden so we could at least sleep - but our friends had the "party garden side" and were less lucky. To make things worse, the large discotheque on reception level operates twice a week. The lack of sound insulation means you get full sound from two sides during some dinners. Again, some may like this - for us it was hell. The building is the typical Marriott with US-style hallways and the normal amenities (could be anywhere in the world - few Indian touches). As to the service, it was ok but far from consistent. The mini-bar refill happened only twice in a week. Some appliances were broken and took days to get fixed. The room service did refill shampoo one day - not the other day, etc. Nothing major and well made up for by the friendly staff. If it would have been less noisy and intimidating, we would have forgiven the details - but this was one week of unwanted "party" and not relaxing at all. So if you enjoy entertainment and fun and do not normally spend time in 5* hotels, you will like this place. If you prefer intimacy or romance or local touches, stay away."
- Travel date: 21st February 2007
First Class from start to finish
"The Marriot Hotel in Panjim Goa is in my opinion a first class experience from the minute you walk through the doors. The cleanliness of the hotel is exemplary and the professionalism and friendly nature of the staff immediately shine through. The rooms are very large and extremely clean with the most comfortable beds. The air conditioning is extremely effective and not in the least noisy. The Hotel has an air of peace and tranquility about it. Despite a recent review from others I found the pool with its swim up bar to be one which the more discernable customer would appreciate. It is 50 metres long and a constant 4 feet deep, excellent for swimming and playing ball games. The pool side staff and waiters are extremely efficient and pleasant and a good source of local information. Sunbathing areas are quite extensive and beds plentiful. If you want loud poolside music and frenetic activity, diving boards and the like this hotel is not for you. At about 10.30 - 11am each day you can see the dolphins feed in the Mandovi River about 100 metres from the Hotel. The food in this hotel is excellent the breakfast sets you up for the day. However I will say that the food despite its unquestionable quality is rather expensive by local comparison, but nevertheless still cheap by UK standards. Don't book your tours from your holiday rep they are expensive and a rip off. Walk down the ramp from the Hotel to the road in front and speak to the taxi drivers, They can do the same tours for about 1/3 of the price. These guys are extremely trust worthy and reliable safe drivers who are all goverment registered. Once you find one stick with him for your holiday and he will take you anywhere you want and wait for you and bring you back and provide you with a local perspective on all things from sport to politics. Averages about 1000 rupees (Â£12) for a day out which is 8 hours. We cancelled our two trips with the rep and went with the taxi driver following advice and saved approx Â£85 over the two trips. If you use the tuk tuk's (Auto rickshaws) from Panjim to the Hotel agree a price before you travel, dont pay any more than 50 rupees about 60p All in all delighted with my holiday there and thoroughly recommend this Hotel"
- Travel date: 8th February 2007
Perfect Centre for Goa excursions
"Friendly Staff, Excellent Cuisine- the Indian breakfasts are amazing. Clean rooms - lovely view over the bay. Good pool area and access to the beach. Go outside the hotel to organise your taxi for the week - Recommended"
- Travel date: 6th February 2007
"We stayed here in early January and had a very good experience. The best feature is the friendly staff who were always helpful. We have had better breakfast buffets but the marsala dhosa could not be faulted. The rooms are getting a little tired and our balcony door would not lock which wasn't such a security problem as the slider was also broken and the door difficult to open!"
- Travel date: 20th January 2007
Not to my liking
"Advertised as luxury 5 star, but more like a poor 4 star. No beach, smell from water wafting around, pool is more akin to a large paddling pool than a 5 star hotel swimming pool, room in poor condition, bad food, warm beer, poor air-conditioning, generally poor service. If you go, then the best rooms are the suites. NB. The hotel at least has good toilets which you will come to appreciate after a few days."
- Travel date: 19th January 2007
Holiday of a lifetime
"We stayed at the Marriott from Christmas Eve to January 7th and found it a truly memorable experience. The whole complex is spotlessly clean and the staff are unfailingly courteous and friendly - nothing is too much trouble. We have stayed at other 5 stars in Aus and South America but this one wins hands down. The pool with swim-up bar is fantastic. There is no beach but a ridiculously cheap taxi ride north or south of the hotel takes you to wonderful beaches (we visited 7). This wasn't just a holiday it was a real experience. Go!!"
- Travel date: 11th January 2007
Fantastic Staff and Great Hotel! Loved the Goa Marriott!
"We have just returned from a 2 week stay at the Goa Marriott Resort which we chose based on the reviews on this page and it did not disappoint!! The hotel is excellently run and the staff cannot do enough for you and are always polite with a smile on their face. We went for an upgrade to a sea view (as recommended here) and the room was clean and comfortable with the best bed I have ever slept in at a hotel (loved the duvet over the mattress idea!) We had towel art in abundance as well with flowers, swans and crabs to name but a few! The pool is not massive but it does have a good atmosphere and you do not need to lift a finger to get a drink or snack as the staff are always on hand to bring you anything your heart desires! We ate at the Waterfront Terrace and Bar a couple of nights and at Simply Fish twice. Simply Fish was excellent and again the staff were great. We had our Christmas Dinner at Simply Fish which consisted of a beautifully and thoughtfully prepared 5 course meal. It was probably the best Christmas we have had! However, we mainly ate out in Panaji City as the prices are obviously a lot cheaper outside of the hotel. Ask for restaurant recommendations from fellow guests, the hotel or the taxi drivers. We liked the Sher el Punjab and Sea Pebble. You can also walk to Mum's Kitchen or Edu's which are next door to each other and both serve good food. The hotel put on a Gala Dinner on Christmas Eve and they had obviously gone to a great deal of effort as once again the food was out of this world and the efforts of all the staff were beyond our expectations. Although there is a beach it isn't the sort you would sun yourself on but we weren't bothered as the pool area was lovely and there are plenty of decent beaches in driving distance and it is so worth getting out and about to see the rest of Goa. If you are going to get a taxi then go out of the lobby and turn left and at the bottom of the slope there are taxi drivers who work for half the price of the ones ordered through the hotel. We had Francis and he was an absolute star so if you ask for him you will definitely be well looked after!! He took us everywhere, gave us lots of useful advice (about prices, bartering etc.) and waited for us for as long as we wanted where ever we went. You must sample the delights of Panaji City, Old Goa, the markets and the North and South beaches whilst you are in Goa to get a feel for the true essence and culture of the place and the Marriott is definitely the best place to be doing this from! All in all a fabulous hotel which is made great by the excellent and happy staff! We will definitely be back!!"
- Travel date: 31st December 2006
"I have just returned last week from a wonderful trip to Goa. Stayed at the Marriott thanks to the recommendations of a few friends of mine who have been there a few times, and the Marriott sure does not disappoint. Right from the time I walked into the lobby when the lovely sunset across the waters greeted me, to the beautifully done up towel art (they do up the bath towels in different shapes likes elephants!) when we walked in, very nicely done theme dinners at the plush 24-hour restaurant, to the lovely atmosphere in the sea side seafood place. The staff were very attentive and humble, and it is very well run by the Marriott. The newly done up pool and the PADI Dive centre were added highlights for us. My wife and I both thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the Goa Marriott and is well worth recommending!"
- Travel date: 10th December 2006
No Beach in Goa !!
"The Marriot Goa is a good property - good food & Service, nice pool, good setting BUT NO BEACH. Now if you really feel that you can enjoy your vacation in Goa and not have a beach in the vicinity go ahead.... There is nothing else wrong with the place. Infact the facilities like kids room, spa, casino are really good. City of Panaji is 5 mins drive. However this hotel is a favourite with seminar, conference crowds and the kind of people which do land here for such events can spoil the ambience of this place. You need to be lucky to not have them around you during the monsoon months.(Jun-Sep) During my stay in Sep'06 the hotel did not inform at the time of booking that the pool was closed. They did provide pool use in 'Cidade de Goa' but that again was not informed while checking-in. We learnt of it from another guest !! Net-Net go here if you really can't get bookings in the Taj, Hyatt, Radisson, Leela, Intercontinental etc. and you must Go."
- Travel date: 25th November 2006
Goa Marriott Resort & Spa is also called
- Goa Marriott Resort Hotel
- Marriott Beach Resort
- marriott goa hotel