Some places have their own set of energy, it is so unique to those places only, and Goa is one of them. The moment you land you are charged up.
Says my blogger friend Nihar Pradhan. Back from a short vacation in Goa, I was smitten by the beauty of the place in the monsoon, which shows up in my posts Goa in the Monsoon and Going around Goa. I couldn’t have agreed more with him.
In these two posts, I have written about churches, temples, plantations, aquarium, beaches and forts, and even about a haunted place. What I also wanted to jot down was a review of the hotel where we had put up during our stay. So here it is.
We had booked for the stay at DoubleTree by Hilton, Goa, which is a part of the Hilton Worldwide Portfolio of Hotels, using our accumulated Hilton Honours points.
Landing at the Dabolim Airport, we headed towards the hotel. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, tucked near the village of Arpora to the North of Goa is DoubleTree by Hilton hotel. The weather being nice, we felt invigorated and didn’t mind the drive of 45 km from the airport to the hotel.
As we completed the check-in we received a warm welcome by the hotel staff at the reception along with warm chocolate chip cookies.
The lounge area looked inviting. Lively music playing in the lounge bar, set the mood for our Goan sojourn. A staff showed us the way into the room.
The room was well maintained and a spacious one, with a balcony facing the pool area. I would say it was just perfect for a family of three, with sufficient space for a single bed along with a double bed.
The first thing that we nowadays look for, after any travel, is a place to charge our mobiles. Thankfully there were sufficient number of points to charge all three mobiles. The desk along the length of the wall provided sufficient work space.
Bathrobe and towel flip-flops were available as expected.
Wi Fi in the room was available at an additional charge, however as I was carrying my Wi Fi dongle, I did not need to avail the hotel Wi Fi.
At a distance of around 4 -5 kms from the hotel is the sandy Baga beach. Calangute and Anjuna beach are also not very far off. There is a complimentary shuttle service with shuttles plying to and fro from the hotel to the Baga beach, at scheduled times.
At a walking distance from the hotel is the Saturday night market, a bustling flea market, with kiosks selling a range of goods from Pashminas, carpets, spices, hammocks, embroidered cushions, to gastronomic delights and live DJ performances that give you the typical flavour of a Goan evening.
Close to the hotel is a department store, from where things of utility can be purchased.
We spend most of the day exploring the places, but in the evenings we would relax on the deck by the poolside when it was not raining.
What I particularly liked about the hotel was the lounge area, as it had a cosy drawing room kind of a corner where people could sit, relax or read. Lively music played in the lounge bar at times.
The dining area was nicely decorated, clean and quite spacious. The staff in the service area were very courteous. I found that burgers and sandwiches were tastier than the traditional fare. The buffet, was overpriced for the options available, so Ala Carte worked out better.
The activities inside the hotel were limited to a Fitness Center, Game room and a Spa, but with so much around who needs more activities.
Besides, the hotel was spic and span; cleanliness being a big consideration more so during the monsoon, that’s definitely a plus.
The overall ambiance of the hotel is good. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful, which made our stay a pleasant one.
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