Travel operator: Jewel in the Crown
Travel operator: thomas cook
The all inclusive food was extremely poor and after the first 3 days of a 2 week holiday we didn't eat in the hotel again. The room we had is one of the older rooms and is a bit dated and very dim but was cleaned efficiently everyday.
We would definitely return to Candolim again but not this hotel.
If you are considering Goa, travel room only or b & b as eating out is very cheap and nice, I recommend The Bistro and Ganesh shack opposite the tanker, can't do enough for you.
Travel operator: thomson
Avoid room 115 and any close to it as you get the added bonus of the kitchen extractor right next to your verandah.
Many guests flatly refused these rooms when they were offered, and others were requesting a change after their first night.
To be honest, the management did try to accommodate these changes, but the hotel is very full, and they had to wait for a day when lots of guests were leaving - this inevitably led to all the worst rooms being available for the new arrivals, and the whole process began again.
The other 'basic rooms are in blocks of 4 dotted around the pool. They are basic, medium sized but with a very large, and (by Goa standards)comfortable bed. The windows, doors etc are ill fitting and provide gaps for the mossies.
Cleaning/linen change is daily and of an acceptable standard.
The food, for all inclusive, is of a quite reasonable standard - nothing too expensive, but varied and you can usually get something to tempt you. The chefs do an excellent job in trying to keep food at the correct temperature and fly free-sometimes made more difficult by guests leaving lids / nets off. Substantial 'snacks' are always available outside main meal times. Breakfast can be a bit of an ordeal - the facilities may have been OK for the original 66 rooms, but new rooms have been added, and shortages in cutlery, crockery, and tables are a result of too many people trying to dine at the same time - so be prepared to have your early morning cuppa from a cereal bowl!
The newer blocks offer a slightly better room, a bigger bathroom, and a corner seating area, but are 20 pounds per night dearer and(as far as I am aware) cannot be pre-booked with Thompsons.
Approach the 'all inclusive' bar service with care. As usual,not all products on sale are included, but, the difference at Whispering Palms is as you are required to 'sign' for all drinks, it does not become immediately apparent what is being added to your final bill. There is a list of 'local ' drinks, but you need to look for it. Three meals at the a la carte are included for a 2 week stay - nothing special and again some items are not included in your all inclusive rate, but these are highlighted.
If you want a good fillet steak, pop over to the 'Mermaid' and you'll get one for about 600 rupees.The entertainment was good some nights and basic on others.
There are about 40 sunbeds, so it's either an early start or a trip to the beach. To get to the beach you need to pass about 20 stalls with some of the most persistant 'sellers' you will meet in Goa - there may be something worth buying in some of these stalls, but the sheer badgering tends to make most people get past them as quickly as possible. The shacks on this bit of beach are right beside the beached tanker - River Princess- but this is not as bad as it sounds - you don't notice it after a few days.
Ganesh and his family have a plesant shack and sunbeds, and Ganesh will give advice on most matters if required. He doesn't hard sell anything - which is a breath of fresh air in Goa, as much 'advice' is really a recommendation to a family member or a 'kickback'.
The hotel staff are all very friendly, and, once you have 'tipped' the ones who have looked after you best - you should get their attention again. All in all - a nice 3 star hotel, but with a few rooms you should avoid.
Travel operator: Thompson
Several of the hotel staff have become our friends and we also have many friends who are also guests at the same time each year. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff and and we always find them friendly and courteous.
The rooms are very clean with sheets and towels changed daily.
The food is very good. Breakfasts are good even though they desperately need a new toaster.
There is entertainment every night.
The hotel is near the sea and the walk down to the beach is always good fun with the banter with the sellers. We hardly ever buy from them as we have already bought most of what they have to offer in previous years but,nevertheless, they are always cheerful and friendly and remember us when we come back each year. You have to remember that they rely on selling in order to save money for the monsoon period when they have no work.
We always go to Ryan's shack on the beach and are now firm friends with Ryan and his family and are given a big welcome back when we arrive each year.
I think Goa, Candolim and the Whispering Palms are fantastic.
Travel operator: Cosmos
The de-luxe room we were allocated was dark and dingy with stained bedspreads. Because of this we paid
Travel operator: Thomas cook
Did not stay around hotel to see entertainment so can not comment.The pool are small and crowded but I never use the pool as I like the beach. The food was normal Goan/English breakfast of eggs and eggs, all done outside so there was a lot of flys landing on the jam.
I liked the hotel but would not stay there again now I have found The Phoenix Ppark.
Travel operator: First Choice
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