Casablanca Beach Resorts, Candolim Beach
Wadi Candolim Bardez
Ranked 24 amongst 152 hotels in Candolim Beach
Top Reviews of Casablanca Beach Resorts
There\'s no place like Goa to head to when you want to calm your stressed mind and body. As soon as you land at Dabolim airport, the tropical scenery and humidity relaxes you completely and you will find yourself getting as laidback as the locals as you wait patiently in a queue for your cab dirver to arrive. This year, we headed out to Goa over the Diwali break in November for some R&R. Due to the delay in making bookings, we couldn\'t manage to get anything other than Hotel Casablanca on Candolim beach. However, the promptness of the replies to our email by the resort staff and the overall efficiency with which we got our bookings reassured us that things were not as bad as some of the internet reviews had portrayed. As we drove into the resort, a little before sundown, I was a little apprehensive about the location as I gouldn\'t get a view of the sea. Besides, at the entrance of the Hotel was a small house, which looked like a settlement where workers lived. The reception area at the entrance was all but a small portico. Thankfully, the staff at the desk ensured that we had a smooth check in. As we walked from the reception towards our room, the property looked charming with the bright blue restaurant building adding a Portugese feel to the place. It was however not plush by any counts, but I suppose one can\'t expect more from a three star property in Goa. After checking in, we walked out towards the sea to explore and found that the beach was just a five minute walk away. In fact, the hotel is located right down the road from the point where a ship called the River princess has been lying abandoned for the past seven years. In typical goanese laid back fashion, the authorities have still not taken any action to remove it from where it ran aground in the sandy shores. The rooms in our hotel were large and airy, with a good-sized bath attached and an adjoining living area with TV and fridge, opening out onto a balcony. Once again, the room furnishings were quite basic but on the brighter side, the rooms were cleaned everyday without having to request it. (This was far better than some other three star properties in Calangute and baga that I had previously stayed at.) Room service was pathetic. An order for a cup of tea in the evening could take anything between 1-2 hours. Our advance request for morning tea made the previous night in attempt to make things move faster didn\'t work. We would still wake up in the morning and have to call a couple of times until finally giving up and having tea at the breakfast buffet at the restaurant every morning. The variety and quality of food was also below average, but this didn\'t really matter. When in Goa, it\'s best to have most your meals at a shack on the beach and fortunately for us there was a very good shack called the Calamari located about a ten minute walk away. We spent most of our days hitting this shack for a late breakfast and then staying on till sunset, with swimming and sunbathing thrown in to pass our time in between meals. We had some of the freshest seafood here, cooked to perfection. The watermelon martinis were superlative and the coconut pancakes - they were to die for! Casablanca did not have much to offer in terms of activities besides the swimming pool. The pool, although small, was extremely clean. In fact, since our rooms overlooked the pool, when we awoke every morning and looked out of the window, the sight of the pool attendant cleaning the pool would greet us - a rather reassuring sight since we were travelling with kids. However, the Candolim beach was a saving grace as far as activities were concerned. It offers one of the best spots for swimming in the sea as the beach slopes gradually offering shallow waters until quite far out. The abandoned River Princess acts as a barrier by breaking the waves, if you choose to swim in front of it. Candolim beach also offers excellent water sports like parasailing (Rs.1200 per person), jet skiing (Rs.400 per person), banana boat rides (Rs.300 per person) and several others including a boat trip along the shores of the Fort Aguada. Candolim is also not as crowded as other beaches like Baga and Calangute, so it is ideal for those looking for some peace and queit. For those looking for nightlife, a taxi to the party hotspots in Baga is less than half an hour away and costs approximately Rs.400 return. If you happen to be there on Saturday, then a must-visit is the night market at Arpora. The shopping at the night market is more expensive than the roadside shops but the ambience is great. There is live music and plenty of food stalls where you can grab a beer and snacks and settle down to listen to some of the bands play. All in all, this was a wonderful beach holiday and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to see the quieter side of North Goa.
The overall stay was fine. I did not face any difficulty to reach the hotel. They provide pick up and drop facility in the hotel. The surrounding of the hotel was good. The appearance of the hotel was fabulous. The staff was warm, polite and amicable. They did not delay in check-in and check-out service. The room was spacious and well-furnished. They regularly cleaned the room. They provide hot and cold water facility in the hotel. The basic amenities whichever provided were in working order. There was a scenery view from the room. The quality and quantity of the food was delicious and tasty and it was reasonable. Swimming pool was provided in the hotel. It was valued for the money. It was a family vacation.
Went for a holiday with family and loved the room, location, service and food. Professional and humble staff and housekeeping. Couldn't ask for any better hotel. Clean swimming pool, good poolside restaurant and never say no staff. Always there to help you in anything you need. We had infants with us and faced an extraordinary care and help from the kitchen and hotel staff. Parking is bit of a problem, but goes well with the gatekeeper. Overall would rate 9/10 and highly recommend for everyone.
Goa is a place of beaches, this hotel is good for food & location wise it is nice, but for stay, it is not that much good, place and swimming pool is good, and clean also parking space is good, visit hotel any time in the year, so if you require three properties it is good & budgeted.
I liked the rooms very much of this hotel but hotel was small. Behaviour of the staff members was friendly. Location wise, the hotel was very conveniently located. I faced bit problem to find this hotel. I preferred my food inside the hotel and quality wise, the food was okay. Price wise, the food was reasonable. I was fully satisfied with their room. Booking and front office services were easily done. All basic amenities were available there like AC, TV, etc but AC was not functioning properly but after my complained they changed my room quickly. Inner and outer look of the hotel was well maintained. Services were on time. I had gone there with my family in the month of August. Swimming pool was visible from my room. Candolim beach as a destination place is good. Money spend there was worth. Swimming pool was available there but other activities were not there like gym, etc.