This hotel is very popular with young Russian tourists and now has a distinctly "Russian" atmosphere which we personally did not enjoy. There were lots of drunk,noisy, partying young Russians which some people might have found intimidating.There were only a handful of British people staying here so ignore any comments by tour operators who claim that this hotel is popular with British guests as this is not true.
The pool area was quite dirty and not once during our 2 week stay did I see anyone cleaning the pool and surrounding tiles. The restaurant is grim and so is the food. Breakfast consists of toast and bread rolls with butter and jam. Tea and coffee only - you have to pay for anything else - even juice.Had dinner once in the restaurant and it was overpriced and very forgettable ! There are some wonderful places to eat in Candolim just don,t eat at the Dona Alcina.Poolside entertainment is pretty much non existent and there is absolutely no atmosphere in the evenings. We went out every night anyway but it might have been nice to enjoy the odd night at the pool bar.
Our room was large, cleaned every day if you leave your key at reception, and had a nice view of the gardens and pool from our balcony. We were lucky though! Some of the rooms look really grim !
The staff seemed friendly but most hotel staff in Goa are friendly wherever you stay.
Don,t change money at reception their rates are lower than elsewhere by about 3 rupees/ pound.
Under no circumstances would I stay at the Dona Alcina again. I should say that I am not a complainer and I do enjoy Goa but this hotel is simply not up to scratch and a bit seedy to be honest.
Travel operator: Thomas Cook/ Manos
Travel operator: travel republic
We've been to Goa many times so knew what to expect,but this place really is the pits.
Travel operator: cosmos
Travel operator: Going Places
We had not been to Goa before but had been to India so we were expecting very basic.
We had requested an AC room which we were allocated and the room was in a quiet area at the back of the complex. It was typically Indian-style with the bare necessities, although there was a separate water heater which worked so hot showers any time of the day or night!
The room was cleaned quickly (when we handed the key to Reception) and was of a high standard.
We asked to move rooms (for 'outside' reasons, nothing to do with the Hotel) and they were more than accommodating - we were moved to a huge apartment at the front of the complex. We had forgotten to take a few toilettries from the old room and the staff moved them for us!
There was entertainment every night until approx 11pm and it looked like the Hotel had made a real effort. We did not go to any of the entertainment as it is not our sort of thing but it looked good. The only downside was that it was on every night and you couldn't escape it, but that gave us the perfect excuse to go out to yet another beach shack and restaurant!
We did not eat breakfast but it looked like the usual tea and toast. We had one meal at the bar and the food was good.
When we return to Goa we will be looking for a private rental but I would have no hesitation in returning to or recommending this Hotel. The staff were excellent, the rooms were more than adequate and the location was perfect.
The Dona Alcina by far exceeded our expectation.
Travel operator: MyTravel
We questioned the disrepair of parts of the hotel and were told it is under new management and is getting done soon.
The bar staff were wonderful and really made our stay welcome with their friendy manner.
We knew what to expect going to india and we expected the worst. Our beds were changed daily new towels and room cleaned to a very good standard, So we would go there. again
Travel operator: Direct Holidays
Travel operator: Jewel inthe crown
The hotel staff could not have been more helpful, the room upstairs where breakfast was served, was very clean, and had fans running all the time. Any food stuffs that were open were kept covered against flies, altogether, a very well run hotel.
The only thing that gave me concern, was the falling coconuts! The entire complex is covered in coconut palms, and they do have a habit of dropping off.
Travel operator: Airtours
Travel operator: MyTravel
It was really clean.
The food was fantastic they made you what you wanted
Travel operator: coop
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