The rooms are quite large with air con, 2 ceiling fans, TV, sofa, armchair, fridge, king size bed, bathroom and 2 balconies. Our sheets were changed every 2 days and towels changed daily, we tipped the room boys on our first day and told them we would do the same on our second week. The tea and coffee making facilities weren't in the room when we arrived but the reception staff organised it very quickly. I thought the rooms could have been cleaner, the windows, doors and paintwork were quite grubby but the floors and bedding were immaculate.
All the staff were excellent, very attentive and genuine smiles all the time.
Breakfast consisted of fruit juice, toast and Jam, cornflakes, fresh fruit, cakes and bread, eggs (alternating between cheese, mushroom or plain omlettes, scrambled and fried), fried potatoes, tea and coffee and some Indian breakfast food.
We were given some complimentary evening meal vouchers and used them all because the evening food was excellent, the bar prices are also the same as bars outside the hotel.
They try hard with the entertainment and lots of people enjoyed it, some joining in on Karaoke nights and some dancing to the bands who play although it wasn't really to my liking.
The pool area is very clean, pleanty of sunloungers and clean beach towels every day, the gardens are beautiful with lots of coconut palms, tropical plants and pot pants.
Overall I would say this is a very good hotel for Goa, they are trying very hard to be a posh hotel and I'm sure for Goa it is posh but don't expect the same standard as in Europe.
Staff were friendly and helpful, except for when we asked for a cork screw to open the wine in the mini bar and they could't find one for us!
We did not purposely stay in for the entertainment as we prefer to go out, on the odd occasion we came back and the entertainment was still on it was nothing special.
Travel operator: Yhomson
Travel operator: Thomas Cook
The thing that sets this hotel apart from others we have stayed at in Goa is the staff. They really do go out of their way to be friendly and polite at all times. Apart from one grumpy barman they were all excellent.
Valerie the receptionist seems to juggle about a dozen jobs effortlessly and always has time for the guests. She also comes round at breakfast to see if there are any problems.
This in India was a breath of fresh air. The popularity is obvious by the ammount of returning guests.
Yes the rooms are all a bit 1970 but this is Goa. Suspend your expectations of europe and you will have a great time here.
We stayed at the Highland Beach last year and the only thing better there was the number of pools. As we love the beach in Goa not a problem for us.
Please use the safety deposit boxes at reception. We did not and had some money go missing from our room. No blame attaches in any way to the hotel as I was stupid enough to leave it on a table right by the door. Most likely as the room boy was cleaning someone passed the room and saw some easy pickings. I had left rupees and sterling in the bedroom without problem.Harsh lesson but my own fault.
Will we go back. Definitely.
Travel operator: MyTravel
We got to the Nizmar and the staff was very helpful, telling us to go out and have breakfast. Being that it was the first day, we did not understand the the breakfast was not entirely "open", and I ordered an omelette from the chef. Wasn't bad, but not something you would want to pay extra for. We only did breakfasts at the Nizmar, which was more for a people watching experience than anything else, the food was mediocre at best, and I do not like that "some things are free, some things you pay for" set up.
For an old place, the Nizmar was immaculate. The staff was cleaning 24 hours a day! The general manager of the hotel celebrated his 50th birthday while we were there, what a set-up!
Floating swan statues in the pool with a golden 50 between them, tables lined up with the napkins and plates lined up in precise order, all of chic Goa must have been there that night, the parking lot was packed with SUV's!!!! We had a drink at the bar while general manager was toasting his family, and it looked like a hell of a party! Of course, the staff was so good, the next morning, you would never know that there was a party!
The location was fab, close enough to Candolim and Baga, and once we found the little short cut beach road that takes you out to the beach at Rosario's shack (super garlic shrimp from Rosario himself!), after much exploring, we found this to be the cleanest spot on the whole of Candolim, Calangute and Baga beaches!
Like I said, Nizmar staff was superb, couldn't do enough, especially the 2 lovely boys who cleaned our room, and the boy who took all our over-weight luggage down 4 flights of stairs at 4 in the morning when we left!
Entertainment seemed good, but we did not eat any other meal except breakfast there. The best entertainment we saw passed right outside the Nizmar when the "Shigmo" parade marking the 'Holi" festival was held. What floats, what dancers, what drummers, what music, what a blast!
I have to say, Nizmar was great, maybe they should revamp a little, but the staff was great.
And a word to the tourists who just hang all day by the pool...why did you waste your money..get out and see Goa, it is fantastic!
Travel operator: First Choice
Travel operator: First Choice
The staff very nice polite, the room we had was very clean nice fresh towles every day.
The breakfast was good nice to have clean cups to drink out. Live music every night, the whole place was a delight to stay.
If anyone is thinking of going to goa please try the Nizmar in calangute its super.
Travel operator: thomas cook
Staff were generally polite but at times lacked customer service skills and thought nothing of continuing a conversation with other colleagues when customers were awaiting attention.
If you wanted a sunbed you had to be up and at breakfast at 0700 to reserve one - we went to the beach everyday.
Silly rule about not permitting guests to bring in food or drink from outside. Was this a ploy to get guests to use mini bar and other hotel services? This meant relying on the room boy to correctly report what the mini bar usage was, and bar prices were almost double those of bars outside of the hotel.
Travel operator: Somak
Stairs etc looking tired & grubby. Rooms although clean are also looking dated, but the boys do their best to keep on top of it.
We found keeping a few choc bars or sweets in the fridge for them gets better service!!! Remember they only earn 20/40 rupees per day!!
Breakfast now includes fresh fruit,cornflakes,rolls,jam,toast,either boiled/scrambled/omelette on alternate days. Also indian veggie-dish or bread. You can also order bacon/fried eggs for an extra charge.
Staff are great esp Francis, Sita, Santa, Lawrence & Rudolph. If you have a problem a quiet word with one of them will get it sorted.
Do use the safety deposit boxes 50rupees per day.If your room is being cleaned the door will be open and it's easy to blame the staff....remember not all guests are honest!!!!
Well situated in between Calangute & Candolim.
Taxi's outside hotel really great.
Travel operator: first choice
The rooms are basic but were cleaned every day & towels changed every other day, all the staff at the hotel were brilliant & couldn't do enough for us.
We went to a couple of the theme nights at the hotel & really enjoyed them, especially the pirate night where the staff enjoy it as much as the customers.
The prevous reviewer said he thought is was a bit expensive at 600 rupees but the buffet is excellent & is open all night & it's only about 7pounds, I thought it was good value.
All in all we had a great time & would recommend the Nizmar to anyone.
Travel operator: First Choice
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