This little gem is tucked away down a quiet lane in Sinquerim, just past the Lui Beach Hotel, offering a bit of tranquillity from the mayhem of Calangute/Baga, but still within easy reach of more varied nightlife of Candolim.
Rooms vary from single to two bedroom, with shower room, A/C and a fridge that is stocked with minerals and beer, all at supermarket prices so no fear of a 'bar bill' that will shock you at the end of your stay.
The guest house is so near to the beach, 2 mins if that and 3mins walk to the restaurants and bars, yet you are in such an oasis of peace...no noise. 'Lucia' is a fabulous cook and is always happy to cook what you want.
The location is perfect, just a small field behind the house and the ocean just beyond it. A quiet location but close to the buzz of shops and restaurants in Candolim (an easy walk).
The rooms are big and clean. Our room had two rooms, a shower room and balcony overlooking the field, with a useful frige. Breakfast was served to us on our balcony every day by one of our hosts, always accompanied by a good chat. Joseph has been in Candolim most of his life and was very good at identifiying all the colourful species of birds and wildlife that we could spot from the balcony.
Joseph and Lucia could not do more to help make our stay enjoyable, hiring a motorbike for us, giving us tips on places to see, hints on prices, what to do in our six hour stop over in Mumbai, and even inviting us down for 'nibbles' on one of our last nights (delicious king fish and prawns over a glass of beer).
As another reviewer mentions, this is not a Titos or a five star resort but in terms of value for money, it is top notch. And it is worth considering when you book a holiday where your cash is going; would you rather pay a big company for your stay when you have no idea how the money is used and what people are paid, or put it right into the hands of those who have looked after you so brilliantly?! We'll definitely be going back again - like so many guests, one stay and you become a regular. The only worry is that we might not get a room next time we try to book!
Travel operator: booked on internet
Travel operator: Jewel In The Crown
The booking was made by email, and we sent the deposit by Western Union, no problems there, and Lucia and Joseph are very honest decent people, who work very hard.
However, we booked an air-con room facing the sea, only to be told the week we were due to fly to Goa that we coudn't have the room, the people who were already in there were staying another 3 weeks.
When we arrived at Lucia's, we were given a room with a bed with a 2" thick foam mattress, no air con and windows that hardly opened. We literally couldn't breathe in there, and didn't even bother to unpack. Joeseph found us another room across the way from them, but the accommodation, whilst a lot better, was still not great.
Joseph or Lucia brought us breakfast most mornings, or we went over to them, but we didn't find the food that good, and usually had a second breakfast on the beach. The room was also not cleaned daily, there were piles of dust in the corners, and dead insects.
The cockroaches turned up on day 3, and we spent a jolly hour killing them. The wasps nest outside the bedroom window was the final straw, and we moved up the road to the Lui Beach.
I honestly can't recomment Lucia's to anyone.
Travel operator: Independent
We arrived early morning after a long flight via Sri Lanka and were met by Lucia and Joseph
Travel operator: Independently
Travel operator: Own booking
Hotel room was very small and was shared with 4 different species of ants and a host of other insects. There was also so building work going on right outside our room every day which was very noisy and annoying.
I think they was offended when we never ate the breakfast and never got the free meal either. The hotel is in a good location for the beach.
Candolim itself was OK but not OK for young couples as you get too much hassle particularly my girlfriend, lots of beggars too.
I would only recommend this place for people who dont mind hundreds of ants and likes budget accommodation. If i came back to Goa I would be staying in 5 star accommodation like the Taj.
Travel operator: Manos
Travel operator: Samposebe
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