The hotel was surprisingly good. We did have one or two reservations before going but these were soon dispelled.
We were welcomed and shown to our room without any delay, the rooms was clean and airy with exellent AC and fan.Tv and fridge were included, note NOT a mini bar, provide your own beers etc.
The shower room was clean but a bit on the dingy side which has been reflected in our score for cleanliness.
The beds were two singles pushed together, with decent mattresses, although a bit on the firm side.
Sheets were clean and stain free,, towels were clean and fluffy. Pillows can only be described as.... EXCELLENT!
We asked for extra pillows on arrival but didn\'t need or use them.
On a night the room was quiet even though our room was the nearest to the kitchen and staff rooms.
grounds were kept clean and tidy, except perhaps where the resident dogs had scratched the earth up to make a bed. Very friendly dogs.Read More
the gardens were pleasant, with an assortment of wildlife, lizards, kingfishers and chipmunks.
Pool area was as we expected, a bit small and not much sun, but always some sunbeds as not many use it.
Breakfast was the usual basic tea and toast with jam etc, served either in the restaurant or at the Amara on Beach Road or at the Ceu Mar beach shack.
You are issued with vouchers on arrival which can be exchanged in any of these restaurants, extras are charged.
Toast at the Almara was ...rubbish!Dry and rock hard. but at the resturant and beach shack was very nice.
Staff were really friendly without being intrusive, room boys were friendly and quick, always with a smile and a pleasant word, restaurant and bar staff were the same although we did notice that two of the bar/restaurant staff seemed more interested in the cricket on TV and left the work to the others.
There is a pool table, a library and internet access (60rps per hour).
The Sheetal restaurant opposite is part of the same group and the food there was excellent,but portions could be a bit overfacing sometimes.
The Ceu Mar shck , also part of the hotel was clean and well organised with good staff, perhaps a bit further back from the beach than I would have preferred but thats just finding fault for the sake of it!
Only actually ate one meal at the Silver sands own restaurant and whilst it was OK we didn\'t really enjoy it but that could be more down to the heat(and Kingfishers)than to the food.
I wouldn\'t want to stay in one of the cottages as they appeared dark and small, although the people in them seemed happy enough. These are very good for people watching on an evening as everyone has to walk past them.
Some people did say that the standard rooms were not so good but as I didn\'t see them I couldn\'t confirm this.
Safety deposit boxes were available, either use their lock or take your own, I think the were 50 rps a day plus 200 rps deposit for their lock.
The only genuine complaint I can think of was that the toilets for the restaurant area could have been nicer, but they weren\'t really bad.
This is a hotel in a really good location, managed by a manager who knows his job and staffed by staff that are happy to do their jobs.
All guests appeared to be British, maybe a couple of Danish/Swedish/Indian visitors but no Russians at all.
Normally stay in the phoenix park but much prefer the Silver sands now.
I would happily recommend to anyone who knows what to expect in Goa.
Not sure if allowed to link to some pics of the hotel, but will post link and mods can delete if required.
Tour Operator: First Choice