Goa, May 2011
We booked this hotel via the internet for an almost weeklong stay in Goa for a family re-union for 13 people. Getting through to them initially was a struggle but once we established a connection, it moved faster.
The rates sounded good and the pictures of the place looked very inviting. We reached there to discover that it was indeed quite close to the main road - walking distance but alas we realised that it was not really 5 minutes from Calangute beach , the way we expected it. It was about 5-10 mins walking distance from a strip of the calangute beach , which itself was about 30 mins walking distance along the beach to the main beach area .. so all in all a bit of a bummer there ! nonetheless, we went to this strip of the beach and probably had the best meal of our entire stay at the one and only local shack. We are goans , born in Goa but who stay there no longer and so we know what local Goan meals mean .. an the simple rice , prawn curry, rechad fish, plain fried fish for the kids and beer was just out of this world !!!!
Back to the hotel, the place is really nice- the best parts being the swimming pool which we enjoyed thoroughly.. well maintained except for the first day ( no idea why), it was large enough for the full family to have a gala time...
we asked for and were given ground floor rooms facing / opening out on to the pool - another 5 STAR ... what could help is if they had access via the balcony to the pool.. nonetheless our family ( where possible) made use of the same by jumping over the parapets !!
The rooms are spacious.. probably the biggest double beds I have seen in a while and while each room allows 2 adults and 2 kids, most of the rooms had 2 LARGE double beds , TV, mini fridge, a laid back chair , cupboards, side tables etc - huge .. great value for money. Clean , sparse and easy to maintain. A/cs worked well for most of the rooms except one which needed to be rectified.
However housekeeping and the hotel housekeeping rules have a gap. Towels and sheets can be changed once in 3 days.. now expecting people coming to Goa to be spending most of their time outside conference and board rooms, and with the proximity of the hotel to the beach, one would expect the hotel rooms to get dirty each day when you return from outings - goa is hot and humid too apart from your trips to the various beaches .. needless to say if you have children it makes it worse.. but the management was super strict on not changing towels and sheets.... what happens we asked if you get a new guest daily ?? Oh then we will change ... so ???? I pay for a room night daily with no discounted rates - so why not for me ? NO , management rules do not allow it .... BLACK mark....
Breakfast was included in the rate and the spread was manageable .. nothing great - definitely not Goan ! But the saddest part of being at the Sea breeze Beach hotel is the lack of F&B service through the day unless well planned for including things as small as tea/ coffee in the afternoon !!! They just dont have an operational kitchen and this can take the sting out of the place.. it did for us as we could not have beer and colas through the day.
Should this improve , the place would rock.
Part of the staff are extremely helpful.. part of rigid like iron.. not very conducive to a family vacation....
Overall, nice, safe and clean place... needs improvement in management rules and F&B.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to a quiet hotel Sea Breeze Beach close to the Calangute beach. The hotel has all of the services you need to relax and enjoy during your holiday. Great pool area, garden, big family rooms, friendly staff and a reception with multiple services. Sea Breeze Beach is located only a few minute walk away from the breath taking Calangute beach. The local centrum is within a walking distance to fulfill all of your shopping needs. All of the services you need to make a great holiday are only a few minutes away from the hotel. Majority of the hotel's rooms are facing the pool and the beautiful garden. The pool area has a swimming pool with a children's section and a snack bar. During the evening time you can enjoy Chinese and Indian dinner at the poolside. On some nights the hotel arranges live music and dance shows which you can enjoy with a tasty buffet dinner. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sea Breeze Beach Hotel Goa/Calangute