Arrived at the Victor Exotica at about 16.30 after a fairly good exit from the airport and were welcomed and checked in quickly.
Shown to our room, which was ground floor by the bar area. The fridge we had asked for was not installed but came within 5 minutes.(300 rps per day) The room was large and had a very large double bed, wardrobe, bedside cabinets and a dressing table. The room was fairly dark owing to only having small window and patio door and a small balcony. There was a TV, ceiling fan and air conditioning,(a bit noisy) bedside lamps light over the dressing table and another near the wardrobe, but the room was still always fairly dim inside.
The bathroom was spotlessly clean with a good shower room (soap and shampoo provided), the only problem with the bath room ...
was that the hot water tap on the sink let only a trickle of water out. Hot water is only available at certain times (morning and evening)but this never caused us any problems. Towels were changed daily and bedlinen every other day. All in all we were pleased with the room and would rate it as good or better than the Phoenix park.Read More
Breakfast was fairly good, with the usual choices of fruit juice,fresh fruit, cereals, eggs, beans and tomatoes. Eggs were made fresh to order. Usually some form of Indian breakfast dish was available also. The restaurant was always clean and staff were plentiful to fetch and carry etc. One strange oddity was the fact that chilled water was only available to \"all inclusive guests\". We never ate in the restaurant at night but people who did said that it wasn\'t very good (a penalty of AI).
The pool area was clean and tidy with someone sweeping up the leaves from the trees all the time. The trees gave plenty of shade around the pool area. Maybe a bit short on sunbeds. The area near the pool for snacks and drinks etc had about a dozen tables with the dirtiest tablecloths we have ever seen, they changed them for the second week but were still dirty and unattractive looking.
Safety deposit boxes were adjoining the managers office and were secure enough,(you need to sign a book when you visit them).
Most of the rooms I saw had balconies BUT there were some that didn\'t and some also appeared to be in parts of the building where they wouldn\'t get much sunlight.
Drinks around the pool were at a reasonable price (65rps for a large Kingfisher)for the circumstances and had to be signed for, no cash taken.
We found the staff to be all friendly and helpful, willing to chat and pass the time of day, this included the security guards with the exception of ONE of the night security who was a bit grumpy (the other night guards we met were very friendly).
We had one boy to clean the room for the two weeks, except for his day off, and he was extremely thorough. He tidied up nicely, moved things that we had left lying about, shoes etc, but did not touch anything that he shouldn\'t have. Everyday we were treated to a different form of \"towel art\".
The hotel is located up a short side street off the main Candolim/ fort aguada rd, opposite the Cinabar restaurant bar, taking approx 10 minutes to the beach passing approx 4 cheap rubbish shops.Very handy for several good restaurants. There is a taxi rank at the bottom of the street.
Entertainment was pretty much typical of what regular Goan-goers would expect, fairly basic and a bit amateurish with the same acts for both weeks, but as we didn\'t stay to watch them we can\'t really criticise.
Amongst the visitors we met(many Goa first timers) and spoke to there everyone was happy with the standards except possibly one couple who had gone all inc and had paid what I thought was an extortionate amount for it, who thought that they would be getting something better for their money
All in all we were very happy with the hotel, thinking that it fairly deserves 3 stars and would go back but for the fact that it is AI next year.
Tour Operator: FIRST CHOICE